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Russia continues to ship gas to Europe via Ukraine, Gazprom confirmed.

The Russian gas producer said its supply through the Sudzha entry point stood at 44.1 million cubic meters, down from 43.95 on Saturday.

The amount is still lower than that seen earlier in May, which stood at 95.8 million cm before Ukraine halted a route through Kyiv due to the war.

A request to supply gas through another entry point, Sokhranovka, was rejected by Ukraine, according to Reuters.

Here Harry Taylor in London, bringing you more updates throughout the day.

Miranda Bryant

Their reports in the Observer reveal the reality of life in the occupied city. Today, two Ukrainian women journalists are safe in England but want to continue their work. Here is an excerpt from a report on the duo, by Miranda Bryant.

In a series of dispatches for the Observer At the start of the war, the two Ukrainian journalists courageously documented the horrors of life in occupied Kherson – from the city’s courageous resistance to impending humanitarian disaster and the burial of the dead. But they also offered insight into how, despite everything, residents fiercely continued to find glimmers of joy: a story of young hospital interns getting married; drinking coffee in their favorite café to the roar of artillery strikes. There were also dark humor scenes. In a dispatch, they described how a queue of civilians made a group of empty-handed Russian soldiers laugh at the butcher shop because they were unimpressed with the quality of the meat available.

Despite the growing number of people leaving, escalating danger – especially for journalists – and dwindling supplies, the old friends, both in their 50s, had no plans to leave their hometown.

Although they wrote anonymously, they feared being identified by their reporting. A friend of theirs, Oleh Baturin, was detained and tortured for eight days and threatened with mutilation and death, and Maxim Negrov, the owner of the online newspaper post factum, was arrested and detained. They also feared that if the town was liberated it would lead to further killings by Russian soldiers.

But it wasn’t until they were offered seats in friends’ cars that they made the decision to go. Borisova in a car with her daughter-in-law and a baby, and Poliakova with a friend and her cat. Their husbands and sons remain in Kherson.

“I made my decision very quickly, in half a day,” Borisova said.. “Not because of me, more for the sake of my daughter-in-law because my son begged me. Now with all those Bucha stories [of rape], he was very scared. He said: “I will sleep well when you get out of Kherson.” She added: “This chance was given to me and it was too silly not to take it.”

They left just in time.

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Russia has demonstrated its readiness to leverage global food security for its own political purpose, then present itself as the reasonable actor and blame the West for any failures, according to the latest intelligence update of the British Ministry of Defence.

On May 25, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Andrei Rudenko said Russia was ready to provide a humanitarian corridor for ships carrying food through the Black Sea in exchange for the lifting of sanctions.

The Minister also asked Ukraine to clear the area around the port of Odessa to allow the passage of ships. In this case, Ukraine deployed sea mines only because of the continuing credible threat of Russian amphibious assaults from the Black Sea.

Russia has demonstrated that it is ready to leverage global food security for its own political purpose, then present itself as the reasonable actor and blame the West for any failures.

Russia’s attempt to obtain a reduction in the severity of international sanctions also highlights the constraints the sanctions place on the regime.

A dispatch here from the Associated Press to Pokrovsk, where some civilians may have fled as Russian forces continued their offensive to take the eastern Ukrainian towns of Sievierodonetsk and Lysychansk, the last major towns under Ukrainian control in the Luhansk region.

Bouncing her 18-month-old son on her lap, Yana Skakova fought back tears as she described living in a basement under relentless shelling and having to abandon her husband when she fled with her baby and 4-year-old son year.

In the beginning, after the outbreak of the war, there were quiet times when they could come out of the basement to cook in the street and let the children play outside. But about a week ago the shelling intensified. For the past five days, they hadn’t been able to venture out of the basement at all.

“Now the situation is bad, it’s scary to go out,” she said.

It was the police who came to evacuate them on Friday from the basement where 18 people, including nine children, had been living for two and a half months.

“We were sitting there, then the traffic police came and they said: you should evacuate as soon as possible, because it’s dangerous to stay in Lysychansk now,” Skakova said.

Despite the bombardments and the lack of electricity, gas and water, no one really wanted to go there.

“None of us wanted to leave our hometown,” she said. “But for the sake of these little children, we decided to leave.”

he broke down in tears when she described how her husband had stayed behind to tend to their home and animals.

“Yehor is 1.5 years old, and now he is fatherless,” Skakova said.

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Yana Skakova and her son Yehor who fled Lysychansk with other people sit in an evacuation train at the train station in Pokrovsk, eastern Ukraine, on Saturday 28 May 2022. Photography: Francisco Seco/AP

More than 682 children have been injured or killed in Ukraine, according to a government statement. He said 242 people had died and 440 injured, adding that the figures were not definitive as it was difficult to confirm reports of where active fighting was taking place. The highest numbers were in Donetsk (153), Kyiv (116) and Kharkiv (108).

Ukraine’s armed forces have accused Russian authorities in Crimea of ​​ordering hospitals to turn away civilian patients in order to free up beds for Russian soldiers. In a statement posted on its Facebook page, the forces said blood from donors was also being collected “intensively”.

⚡️ Ukrainian Army: Civilians have been denied access to hospitals in Crimea to make room for the Russian military.

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine said on May 29 that blood donations were also being collected at an increasing rate in Russian-occupied Crimea.

— Kyiv Independent (@KyivIndependent) May 29, 2022

Ukrainian President Zelenskiy has ruled out using force to win back all the land Ukraine has lost to Russia since 2014, including the southern Crimean peninsula, annexed by Moscow that year.

“I don’t believe that we can restore all of our territory by military means. If we decide to go down this path, we will lose hundreds of thousands of people,” he said.

Fighting for the city of Sievierodonetsk in eastern Ukraine continues, with Russian forces carrying out assault operations on Saturday, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine said on Sunday.

“With the use of artillery, Russian forces conducted assault operations in the area of ​​the city of Sievierodonetsk,” the General Staff said in a statement posted on its Facebook page.
“The fighting continues.”

“There remains a threat of the task from the territory of the Republic of Belarus of rocket and aircraft strikes on Ukrainian infrastructure objects.”

Hello and welcome to today’s continuing coverage of the war in Ukraine. Below is a brief summary of the latest developments.

Ukraine is in a race against time to save the eastern region of Donbass as relentless Russian artillery and airstrikes threaten to turn the tide of the war, and support for continued defiance of Kyiv among some Russian allies. Western Europe seems to be collapsing. You can read our latest wrap here:

  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said in a televised address on Saturday evening that conditions in Donbass were “indescribably difficult”, and thanked the Ukrainian defenders who stood up to the onslaught.
  • Ukraine urgently requests heavy weapons to repel Russian forces in eastern Donbass regionas relentless Russian artillery and airstrikes threaten to turn the tide of the war and support for Kyiv’s continued defiance among some Western European allies appears to crumble.
  • Zelenskiy has admitted that not all of the land Russia has seized since it annexed Crimea in 2014 can be taken back militarily. While his country is certain that his country will take back the territory claimed by Russia since its February 24 invasion, he said that other territories could not be regained by force.
  • The Russian Ministry of Defense claims to have captured the strategically important town of Lyman and several other smaller towns and encircle Sievierodonetsk, which Ukraine denies.
  • At least six superyachts linked to UK-sanctioned Russian oligarchs have ‘gone dark’ on ocean tracking systemsdisappearing from global maps used to locate maritime traffic.
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin has removed the upper age limit for military recruits in the face of mounting losses in Ukraine, Tass reported. British intelligence estimated this month that Russia had lost around a third of its ground forces.
  • Officials in the southeastern port city of Mykolaiv said at least one person had been killed and at least six injured, in the Russian bombardments. Two shells landed in the yards of high-rise buildings and one shell fell near a kindergarten, CNN reported.
  • Boris Johnson and Zelenskiy discussed food supply concerns in a phone call. A Downing Street spokesperson said Johnson told Zelenskiy that the UK continue to support the Ukrainian armed resistance, in particular by providing equipment.
  • Putin spoke to French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and, according to the Kremlin, told them that continued arms deliveries were ‘dangerous’, warning “against the risks of further destabilization of the situation and aggravation of the humanitarian crisis”. Russia has said it is willing to discuss ways to allow Ukraine to resume grain shipments from Black Sea ports.
  • Spain sends surface-to-air missile battery and 100 troops to NATO’s Forward Presence Mission in Latviajoining around 500 compatriots already in the Baltic state, El País reported.



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