Brussels is stockpiling drugs and obliging manufacturers to guarantee supplies, and Russian forces are stepping up attacks on the Ukrainian town of Soledar. Plus, the FT’s Peggy Hollinger explains why Virgin Orbit's failed satellite launch is such a big deal for Europe.

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Virgin Orbit scrambles to establish why first UK satellite launch failed

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Military briefing: Ukraine’s hopes lift as western allies assess tank coalition

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