Live News on Russian-Ukrainian War: Three More Grain Ships to Leave Ukraine, Turkey Says; Russia claims land in the Donbass | Russia


Summary and welcome

Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. These are the latest developments

  • Ukraine ceded part of the territory of the Donbass region to Russian forces, with Kyiv acknowledging Russia’s “partial success” in recent days. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has called the pressure on his forces in the east of the country “hellish”. They recaptured two villages near the city of Sloviansk, according to Ukrainian General Oleksiy Hromov, but were forced to abandon a coal mine seen as a key defensive position as forces were pushed back to the outskirts of Avdiivka.
  • Russia could launch an offensive in the Kherson region of southern Ukraine to try to regain Kyiv’s momentum and visibly strengthened his forces, Hromov said on Thursday. Much of the region is already occupied by Russia after capturing areas at the start of its invasion, but Ukrainian forces have developed a counter-offensive to regain territory.
  • Three more grain-carrying vessels were allowed to leave Ukrainian ports Friday as part of a negotiated international agreement to unblock grain exports and ease the global food crisis. The ships are bound for Turkey, Ireland and the United Kingdom. Millions of tonnes of grain have been stuck in Ukraine since the Russian invasion just over six months ago.
  • Ukraine will receive another funding package worth around $8 billion of the European Union by September, a German government source told Reuters.
  • Canada sends up to 225 members of the Canadian armed forces to the United Kingdom to resume training of Ukrainian military recruits, announced the Canadian Minister of Defense. Since 2015, Canada has trained 33,000 Ukrainian military and security personnel, but in February it halted some aspects of the training.
  • Eight people were killed and four injured in Russian artillery shelling in the eastern Ukrainian city of Toretsk. in Donetsk Oblast on Thursday, the regional governor said. The shelling hit a transit stop where people had gathered. Three children were among the injured, regional governor Pavlo Kyrylenko said.
  • NATO members are working closely with defense companies to ensure Ukraine receives more weapons and equipment prepare for a long war with Russia, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Thursday. He told Reuters in an interview: “We are providing a lot of support, but we have to do even more and be ready for the long haul.”
  • A US official has accused Moscow of preparing to file false evidence to give the impression that the recent massacre of Ukrainian prisoners in an attack on a Russian-controlled prison was caused by Ukraine. Kyiv and Moscow swapped responsibility for the strikes on the Kremlin-controlled Olenivka prison in eastern Ukraine last week.
  • Amnesty International says Ukrainian army endangers civilian lives by moving into residential areas. The report has been dismissed by Ukrainian government officials, who say it blames Ukraine for the Russian invasion. Researchers from the human rights group found that Ukrainian forces used schools and hospitals as bases, fired near houses and sometimes lived in residential apartments. Ukrainian Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Maliar accused Amnesty of “distorting reality” and failing to understand the situation on the ground.

Key events

Ukraine has called for the deal that eases Russia’s blockade on its Black Sea grain exports to be extended to other productslike metals, reported the Financial Times.

“This agreement is about logistics, the movement of ships through the Black Sea,” Ukrainian Deputy Economy Minister Taras Kachka told FT. “What is the difference between grain and iron ore? »

Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelensky castigated Amnesty International after that accused his forces of violating international law and endangering civilians in their defense against the Russian invasion.

In a report released Thursday, Amnesty documented incidents in 19 towns and villages in which Ukrainian forces appeared to have endangered civilians by establishing bases in residential areas – Zelenskiy’s findings amounting to victim blaming in his speech from the evening.

The rights group, he said, had sought to offer “amnesty (to) the terrorist state and shift the blame from the aggressor to the victim”.

“There is no condition, even hypothetical, under which any Russian strike on Ukraine becomes justified. The aggression against our state is unprovoked, invasive and terrorist.

If someone makes a report in which the victim and the aggressor are supposed to be equal in some way…then that can’t be tolerated.

Relatives of prisoners of war captured by the Russians after the fall of Mariupol gathered in central Kyiv on Thursday demanding information about their husbands, fathers and sons following a strike against a prison housing prisoners of war in a breakaway region of eastern Ukraine last week that killed and injured dozens.

Russia and Ukraine have blamed each other for the attack, while US officials believe Russia is seeking to produce false evidence to suggest Ukrainian forces were responsible.

Relatives of prisoners of war are increasingly frustrated by the lack of information they receive about the fate of their loved ones. Because the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) acted as the guarantor of the security of the soldiers who left Azovstal in May, they look to the committee for answers.

“Our objective is to reach the Red Cross, to say that they are not fulfilling their duties. We entrusted the lives of our boys to them,” explains Iryna Yermoshyna, the wife of a prisoner of war.

Olha, wife of a defender of the Mariupol Azovstal factory, at Thursday’s rally in Kyiv. Photo: Valentin Ogirenko/Reuters

Summary and welcome

Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. These are the latest developments

  • Ukraine ceded part of the territory of the Donbass region to Russian forces, with Kyiv acknowledging Russia’s “partial success” in recent days. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has called the pressure on his forces in the east of the country “hellish”. They recaptured two villages near the city of Sloviansk, according to Ukrainian General Oleksiy Hromov, but were forced to abandon a coal mine seen as a key defensive position as forces were pushed back to the outskirts of Avdiivka.
  • Russia could launch an offensive in the Kherson region of southern Ukraine to try to regain Kyiv’s momentum and visibly strengthened his forces, Hromov said on Thursday. Much of the region is already occupied by Russia after capturing areas at the start of its invasion, but Ukrainian forces have developed a counter-offensive to regain territory.
  • Three more grain-carrying vessels were allowed to leave Ukrainian ports Friday as part of a negotiated international agreement to unblock grain exports and ease the global food crisis. The ships are bound for Turkey, Ireland and the United Kingdom. Millions of tonnes of grain have been stuck in Ukraine since the Russian invasion just over six months ago.
  • Ukraine will receive another funding package worth around $8 billion of the European Union by September, a German government source told Reuters.
  • Canada sends up to 225 members of the Canadian armed forces to the United Kingdom to resume training of Ukrainian military recruits, announced the Canadian Minister of Defense. Since 2015, Canada has trained 33,000 Ukrainian military and security personnel, but in February it halted some aspects of the training.
  • Eight people were killed and four injured in Russian artillery shelling in the eastern Ukrainian city of Toretsk. in Donetsk Oblast on Thursday, the regional governor said. The shelling hit a transit stop where people had gathered. Three children were among the injured, regional governor Pavlo Kyrylenko said.
  • NATO members are working closely with defense companies to ensure Ukraine receives more weapons and equipment prepare for a long war with Russia, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Thursday. He told Reuters in an interview: “We are providing a lot of support, but we have to do even more and be ready for the long haul.”
  • A US official has accused Moscow of preparing to file false evidence to give the impression that the recent massacre of Ukrainian prisoners in an attack on a Russian-controlled prison was caused by Ukraine. Kyiv and Moscow swapped responsibility for the strikes on the Kremlin-controlled Olenivka prison in eastern Ukraine last week.
  • Amnesty International says Ukrainian military endangers civilian lives by moving into residential areas. The report has been dismissed by Ukrainian government officials, who say it blames Ukraine for the Russian invasion. Researchers from the human rights group found that Ukrainian forces used schools and hospitals as bases, fired near houses and sometimes lived in residential apartments. Ukrainian Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Maliar accused Amnesty of “distorting reality” and failing to understand the situation on the ground.


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