Russia-Ukraine war live: Russia warns west will ‘regret’ sending military aid as Kyiv’s allies meet to decide on supplying tanks

LIVE – Updated at 11:59 Nato defence leaders among those meeting in Germany to decide whether tanks will be supplied to Ukraine.   11:59

The first delivery of UN humanitarian aid arrived near the frontline town of Soledar in Ukraine’s eastern Donetsk region, a UN spokesperson has said. A three-truck

convoy offloaded supplies of food, water, hygiene and medicines for about 800 people in areas controlled by the Ukrainian government, according to the UN’s Office for the

Coordination of Humanitarian Aid (OCHA) spokesperson, Jens Laerke. He did not provide details of the convoy’s exact location, or of how the OCHA was able to ensure its

safety, but said the vehicles departed from Dnipro, adding: People there are in dire need of aid so we are indeed happy this convoy has reached [them]. The

agency is seeking to increase the number of aid convoys close to the frontlines and more are expected in the days ahead, he added. Summary of the day so far … 11:44

US defence secretary Lloyd Austin has called for allies to “dig deeper” in their support for Ukraine as “history is watching us”, as he gave details of the $2.5bn military

aid package the US announced on Thursday. Speaking at a meeting of the Ukraine defence contact group in Germany, Austin said “This is a crucial moment. Russia is

regrouping, recruiting and trying to re-equip. This is not a moment to slow down. It’s a time to dig deeper. But Ukrainian people are watching us. The Kremlin is watching us and

history is watching us. So we won’t let up. And we won’t waver in our determination to help Ukraine defend itself from Russia’s imperial aggression.”