In the headlines
Russia has launched a massive strike of more than 120 missiles on Ukrainian cities. The five-hour barrage, which has left 90% of Lviv and 40% of Kyiv without power, came after the Kremlin rejected President Zelensky’s calls for peace talks in February. A union chief has warned that striking workers may soon join forces. Mark Serwotka, head of the Public and Commercial Services Union, says unless the government steps in, there could be a wave of “co-ordinated, synchronised and escalating” walkouts. The Royal Mint has unveiled the first collection of coins bearing King Charles’s portrait. The new pieces celebrate the NHS, JRR Tolkien, the Flying Scotsman, the Windrush generation and the King’s 75th birthday in November next year.