Russia-Ukraine war live: Poland ‘will close Belarus border’ if there is incident with Wagner; Ukraine troops pushing south

6.47pm BST

Closing summary

This blog is now closing. Below is a roundup of today’s stories:

  • Poland and the Baltic states will close their borders with Belarus entirely if a “critical incident” involving Wagner mercenaries takes place, the Polish interior minister, Mariusz Kamiński, said on Monday .

  • Three people were killed in an overnight Russian missile strike on Ukraine , and a fourth was killed in shelling on Monday morning, Ukrainian officials have said .

  • Finland plans to spend 2.3% of its gross domestic product (GDP) on defence next year.

  • Vladimir Putin will not visit India for the G20 summit next month, with the foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, representing the country instead.

  • A Russian-born Swedish citizen has reportedly been charged with collecting information for the Russian military intelligence service GRU for almost a decade.

  • Russian air defences downed two Ukrainian drones over Russian-annexed Crimea on Monday, Sergei Aksyonov, the Russian-appointed head of the region, wrote on Telegram .

  • Moscow said on Monday it had detained a Russian citizen and former US consulate employee in Vladivostok for allegedly passing information about the war in Ukraine to US diplomats.

  • Ukraine said on Monday its troops had liberated the south-eastern settlement of Robotyne and were trying to advance farther south in their counteroffensive against Russian forces, Reuters reports.

  • Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy , has said he will ask parliament in the coming week to increase penalties for those found guilty of corruption during wartime .

Updated at 6.53pm BST

6.16pm BST

Olga Stefanishyna , Ukraine’s deputy prime minister for European and Euro-Atlantic integration, had a “productive exchange” with Romanian foreign minister Lumini ța Odobescu on Monday where the pair discussed a European-Ukrainian “integration calendar”.

Had a productive exchange w/🇷🇴Minister of Foreign Affairs @Odobes1Luminita on 🇺🇦🇪🇺integration calendar & ongoing reforms. Highly appreciate your resolute support on our way towards EU membership. Welcome the initiative to launch a special training program for 🇺🇦 civil servants.

— Olga Stefanishyna (@StefanishynaO) August 28, 2023

Updated at 6.27pm BST…

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