Georgian U19 national team advances to European Championship Elite Round

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The match with Moldova was held in Georgia’s capital Tbilisi, with Luka Sherozia scoring two goals for his team. Photo via

The Georgian Under-19 national team on Saturday defeated Moldova 2:1 in the European Championship qualifying match, advancing to the tournament’s Elite Round.

The match with Moldova was held in Georgia’s capital Tbilisi, with Luka Sherozia scoring two goals for his team.

Coached by Vasil Maisuradze, the national team will play against Spain in the last round at Mikheil Meskhi Stadium 2 in Tbilisi.


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Ukraine war latest: Russian nationalist to stand against Putin - as UK offers gloomy assessment of frontline situation

The UK Ministry of Defence says there are "few immediate prospects" for major changes on the frontline as winter sets in - despite Ukraine claiming a significant gain along the Dnipro River. Meanwhile, a blast caused by a grenade has killed two people in a Kyiv apartment.

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Two people were killed after Russian forces shelled a car park in the city of Kherson, Ukrainian authorities said. 

The strike prompted regional prosecutors to open a war-crimes investigation.

One other person was reportedly injured after the strike at around 9am local time today. 

Oleksandr Prokudin, governor of Kherson, said the two people killed were drivers for a "private transport business". 

This takes the total number of people killed in the past 24 hours to three, The Kyiv Independent reported. 

Around nine people have been injured. 

On Sunday, a 51-year-old man was killed after an attack on the village of Seredyna-Buda in the Sumy Oblast, according to the prosecutors' office in the village.

Lloyd Austin, US defence secretary, has made an unannounced visit to the Ukrainian capital. 

The visit to Kyiv is a message that the US will keep money and weapons flowing into the country as international resources are becoming stretched as a result of conflict in the Middle East. 

It comes amid increasing division over Ukraine aid among US lawmakers.

Mr Austin was pictured meeting Bridget Brink, the US ambassador to Ukraine, earlier today after arriving by train from Poland. 

"The US will continue to stand with Ukraine in their fight for freedom against Russia's aggression," Mr Austin wrote in a post on X, formerly Twitter. 

To date, Ukraine has received more $44bn (£35bn) from the US, and more than $35bn (£28bn) from other allies.

However, the conflict in Gaza has pulled some attention and resources from Ukraine's plight. The US has already committed two carrier strike groups, scores of fighter jets and thousands of American personnel to the Middle East.

A decree signed by the Russian prime minister will further restrict citizens' access to the internet, in a move to strengthen government control over the Russian information space, according to the Institute for the study of War (ISW).

PM Mikhail Mishustin approved the measure to allow the Russian Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media to block websites that publish information about how to access other blocked sites.

It comes after the lower house of the Russian parliament adopted a bill on 17 October which can restrict which websites carry information on election campaigns.

Both decrees are likely a way of the Russian government controlling the information space ahead of the election next year, the ISW said. 

Ardent Russian nationalist Igor Girkin has said he will run in the 2024 presidential elections despite currently being in prison - a US thinktank has said. 

Girkin, who has been openly critical of Vladimir Putin, said the Russian government fears his nomination because it would disrupt its plans to run sham candidates against the current president. 

He said Mr Putin is the "only winner [of the presidential election] already known in advance" and that joining the race is "like sitting down at a table to play with cheaters" but that he wanted to bring "patriots" together. 

Girkin is currently in prison accused of discrediting the Russian military.

The 52-year-old led pro-Russia fighters in eastern Ukraine in 2014, after Moscow annexed the southern Crimea peninsula.

He is also one of three people convicted in absentia by a Dutch court for his role in the shooting down of MH17 in 2014. 

All 298 people on board the passenger jet were killed. 

A Ukrainian soldier and a woman have died after a grenade exploded in a Kyiv apartment, the city's police department said.

A second man was also injured in the blast.

The cause of the explosion is not immediately clear, but explosives technicians and investigators are working at the scene in the Ukrainian capital. 

The incident happened in the Dniprovskiy district. 

Kyiv's police said: "A citizen contacted the police with a report that an explosion rang out in a neighbouring apartment." 

Earlier this month, an aide to Ukraine's commander-in-chief, General Valery Zaluzhnyi, died when a grenade given to him as a birthday gift blew up.

Britain's Ministry of Defence has offered a gloomy assessment of prospects for Ukraine's counteroffensive as the war enters its second winter. 

It said in a statement there were "few immediate prospects of major changes in the frontline" with neither Russia nor Ukraine having made meaningful progress on the battlefield. 

Intense fighting was concentrated near Kupiansk in the Kharkiv region, Avdiivka in the Dontesk region, and on the left bank of the Dnipro River, where Ukrainian forces have established a bridgehead, the MoD said. 

The glum outlook is despite news from Ukraine over the weekend that its forces had managed to push back Russian forces up to five miles from the Dnipro river. 

Analysts have said fighting is likely to become less intense over the winter due to weather conditions, meaning both sides are unlikely to make much progress. 

Welcome back to our live coverage of the war in Ukraine. We took a brief pause over the weekend, so here's a round-up of what you need to know from the last 48 hours. 

As the winter sets in and it becomes clear Ukraine's counteroffensive has not achieved what was hoped, Kyiv is desperate for a morale boost. 

There is some potential good news as Ukraine has claimed its most significant strategic advance in months , saying it has pushed Russian forces back up to five miles from the Dnipro river . 

It said its forces are now battling for control of three Russian-occupied villages south of the river - which, if achieved, would be a much-needed boost for Ukraine. 

More good news for Kyiv came in the form of the return of a Ukrainian teenager who was taken to Russia from Mariupol. 

Bohdan Yermokhin, who turned 18 yesterday, appealed to Volodymyr Zelenskyy this month to help bring him home after he was prevented from leaving Russia earlier this year.

It was announced over the weekend he had been safely brought back to Ukraine.

The Ukrainian president announced this in his nightly video address - where he also demanded rapid changes in the operations of his country's military .

Mr Zelenskyy said he had met defence minister Rustem Umerov and priorities "were set" as questions have been raised over the counteroffensive.

"There is little time left to wait for results. Quick action is needed for forthcoming changes," he said.

He also announced the dismissal of Major-General Tetiana Ostashchenko as commander of the Armed Forces Medical Forces.

Meanwhile, Russia launched drone attacks over the Ukrainian capital for two nights in a row after several weeks of reprieve. 

Moscow launched the drones "in waves, from different directions", leading to several air raid alerts, the head of Kyiv's military administration said.

Ukraine's military claimed it had destroyed a total of 15 Russian naval vessels in the Black Sea since the start of the war.

Another 12 had been damaged, the military said.

Dmytro Pletenchuk, a navy spokesperson, described Ukraine as the "driver of a new type of naval warfare" having forced Russia to move its naval forces into more difficult positions, as a result of attacks by Kyiv. 

The military's operations carried out in the Black Sea so far have included strikes on the Russian Black Sea Navy headquarters in Sevastopol, and the shipyard in Kerch, which damaged a vessel that had not officially joined the fleet.

Attacks have also targeted warships near annexed Crimea, including a large landing vessel and a submarine.

A European Union decision to launch membership talks with Ukraine are "at risk", a senior official said. 

Amid regular assurances that the EU would support Ukraine for "as long as it takes" in the face of Russian aggression, the official said the latest discussions in the bloc over further support to Kyiv were a "reality check".

"Leaders... were realising it's quite expensive," they said.

The unnamed official is involved in preparing a summit in Brussels of the EU 27 member states' national leaders from 14-15th December. 

"How do we pay for this?" the official added.

In a potential further blow, the official said there is no agreement to grant Kyiv a further €50bn (£43m). 

This comes after a proposal by the bloc's executive European Commission to revise the bloc's long-term budget to assign another €50bn for Ukraine through to 2027 was criticised from several sides.

"We cannot allow Ukraine to go bankrupt, it's not an option for us. But it's not easy," the official said.

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has thanked the president of Finland for providing Ukraine with a new military package. 

The latest defence package is worth €100m (£87m).

This brings the total of military aid provided by Finland up to €1.5bn (£1.3bn).

"This support strengthens not just Ukraine but also the security of Finland and the rest of our Europe," Mr Zelenskyy said in a statement on social media.

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2022/23 Under-19 EURO elite round: Greece, Iceland, Italy, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain qualify

Tuesday, March 28, 2023

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Italy, Greece, Iceland, Norway, Poland, Portugal and Spain have joined hosts Malta in July's finals.

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Greece, Iceland, Italy, Norway, Poland, Portugal and Spain topped their UEFA European Under-19 Championship elite round groups to join hosts Malta in the finals from 3 to 16 July.

In the elite round, the 27 teams that emerged from the qualifying round join top seeds Portugal, who entered at this stage, and are among the teams now into the finals, as are Iceland, who knocked out holders England to qualify for the first time.

Qualified for finals

Greece, Iceland, Italy, Malta (hosts), Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain

Elite round groups

Group 1 Qualified: Norway Also in group: France (hosts), Romania, Northern Ireland

Group 2 Quaified: Italy Also in group: Germany (hosts), Belgium, Slovenia

Group 3 Qualified: Spain (hosts) Also in group: Denmark, Luxembourg, Ukraine

Group 4 Qualified: Portugal (hosts) Also in group: Czechia, Sweden, Croatia

Group 5 Qualified: Greece ALso in group: Slovakia, Republic of Ireland (hosts), Estonia

Group 6 Qualified: Poland (hosts) Also in group: Israel, Serbia, Latvia

Group 7 Qualified: Iceland Also in group: England (hosts), Türkiye, Hungary

• The group winners qualify to join hosts Malta in the finals.

• Iceland, like Malta, will be in their first U19 finals after eliminating holders England.

• Italy, who reached the semis last year, are the only one of the eighth teams that played in the 2022 finals to qualify this time.

• Former U19 champions (since 2001/02) involved in the finals will be Spain (8 titles), Italy (1) and Portugal (1).

• Spain have set a new record by qualifying for the 13th time since the switch to U19 classification.


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