In the headlines
The Ukrainian army is pushing back against Russian forces outside Kyiv, according to the Ministry of Defence, and has retaken several towns east of the capital. Russia is flying in “plane-loads of Libyan war veterans” and other mercenaries to shore up troop numbers, says The Times. Boris Johnson, who has pledged another 6,000 missiles for Ukraine, says the West must strengthen “the quills of the Ukrainian porcupine” to make it “indigestible” to Moscow. P&O Ferries chief Peter Hebblethwaite admitted to MPs yesterday that his company broke the law by firing 800 staff without any consultation – and said he’d do the same again. The only dock this “shameless pond life” should be allowed near, says the Daily Mirror, “is in a court”.