Britain to send 8,000 troops to Eastern Europe

Russia fired missiles into central kyiv as the UN chief traveled to the city for talks with Volodymyr Zelensky.

Vitali Klitschko, the capital’s mayor, said two targets were hit in the central Shevchensky district, including an apartment building, on Thursday evening.

At least 10 people were injured in the attack. Our live blog has continuous updates.

It also emerged that Mr Zelensky refused to be evacuated from his compound in kyiv even as Russian assassination squads parachuted into the capital and tried to storm the building to kill him.

Read a presidential adviser’s account of the start of the war.

Official defends working from home amid passport chaos

One of the country’s top civil servants has come out at odds with the government over working from home by issuing a public statement in support of the beleaguered head of the Passport Office. Matthew Rycroft, permanent secretary at the Home Office, said where the chief executive of the Passport Office worked had “precisely no bearing” on the crisis engulfing his organisation. The telegraph revealed on Wednesday that Abi Tierney, the boss of the £160,000-a-year passport office, worked from his home in Leicestershire, 100 miles from his headquarters in London, as well as from satellite offices across the country. It comes as it emerged that a French call center company behind the Passport Office chaos is also running helplines for much-criticized UK refugee schemes. Judith Bois explains why the Passport Office fiasco shows that the public sector treats us with contempt.

Canine Lifespan: Dog Breeds That Live Longest

A dog may well be for life, not just for Christmas, but how long that life lasts depends a lot on the breed, according to a new study. Jack Russell terriers have the longest lifespan, living nearly 13 years on average. It’s almost three times longer than some of the ultra-trendy flat-faced dogs favored by social media fashionistas. The Royal Veterinary College analyzed data from over 30,000 dogs in Britain who died between 2016 and mid-2020 and calculated the average life expectancy at birth. Read this guide to the longest and shortest breeds.

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Porn Scandal | The chief whip is under pressure to appoint and suspend the Tory MP accused of watching pornography in the Commons amid growing outcry from party figures. Chris Heaton-Harris chose not to immediately sanction the MP, who has not been named, despite two Tory MPs bringing the charge on Tuesday night. Suzanne Moore examines why men started watching porn in public.

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