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  • The Kremlin has admitted to suffering “significant losses” of troops since Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine, in a rare admission of the seriousness of the war. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said he hoped the besieged city of Mariupol would be “liberated from nationalist battalions” as soon as possible.

  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy praised his nation’s bravery in his final national late-night address. “Being brave is our mark,” he said, while calling for bolder sanctions against Russia. He also claimed that Russian troops were preparing “elaborate propaganda scenarios” to make it look like the civilians they killed in Mariupol had been killed by Ukrainian soldiers.

  • A Russian airstrike on a railway track near Barvinkove station in Donetsk Oblast prevented three evacuation trains from leaving, according to reports. Thousands of passengers who needed to be evacuated on trains have been placed at the station, according to Ukrainian media Hromadske.

  • Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova said 26 bodies were found under two ruined buildings in Borodyanka, a town about 25 km west of Bucha.. She did not say whether authorities had established the cause of death, but accused Russian troops of carrying out airstrikes on the town, which is wanted by Ukrainian authorities after the withdrawal of Russian troops occupying it. .

  • Ukraine is preparing for a new Russian offensive on its eastern front, as Russian forces retreat from the shattered outskirts of kyiv to regroup and step up their attacks in the Donbass region. Ukrainian presidential adviser Oleksiy Arestovych said the beleaguered southern city of Mariupol was resisting and he believed Russian efforts to surround Ukrainian troops to the east would be futile.

  • Mariupol Mayor Vadym Boichenko says more than 100,000 people are still in urgent need be evacuated from the city. Speaking on national television, he described the situation in the Ukrainian port city besieged by Russia as a humanitarian catastrophe.

  • Zelenskiy called on the Greek parliament to use its influence to save the remaining population in Mariupol, which has had large ethnic Greek populations for centuries.

  • In his address, Zelenskiy said that “the Russian state and the Russian military are the biggest threat on the planet to freedom, human security, the concept of human rights.” In Mariupol, he said, “the same cruelty, the same heinous crimes” that occurred in Bucha and the kyiv region were reproduced, accusing Russian forces of re-enacting the war based on the propaganda of their country.

  • The UN General Assembly has voted to suspend Russia from the UN Human Rights Council following reports of ‘gross and systematic violations and abuses of human rights’ by invading Russian troops in Ukraine. Ninety-three countries voted in favor of the US-led motion, while 24 countries voted against and 58 countries abstained.

  • Russia will will probably renew its attack on kyiv if it manages to take full control of the eastern regions of Donetsk and Luhansk, said Deputy Chief of Staff of Ukrainian Ground Forces Oleksandr Hruzevych. Ukrainian Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Malyar warned earlier in the day that Russian forces were biding their time as Moscow stepped up its intelligence operations there and learned how best to fight Ukrainian troops.

  • The mayor of Dnipro, a city in central eastern Ukraine, has urged women, children and the elderly to leave as fighting with Russia is expected to intensify in eastern regions. Filatov’s warnings follow similar calls from authorities in the Luhansk region, east of Dnipro. On Wednesday, the Luhansk regional governor urged all residents to evacuate while they still could in relative safety.

  • NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg says allies have agreed to step up support for Ukraine, and provided “a wide range” of weapon systems, as well as cybersecurity assistance and equipment to protect against chemical and biological threats. There were no signs Vladimir Putin intended to step down, he added.

  • Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba called for more heavy weapons Western allies and “ruinous” sanctions against Moscow, warning: “Either you help us now – and I mean days, not weeks – or your help will come too late, and many people will die.

  • German intelligence agencies intercepted radio messages from Russian soldiers discussing the killings of civilians in Ukraine, according to reports. Two separate communications were allegedly intercepted in which Russian soldiers describe how they interrogate soldiers as well as civilians and then proceed to shoot them, the Washington Post quoted an intelligence official as saying.

  • General Mark Milley, chairman of the United States Joint Chiefs of Staff, has been given stark warnings for the millions who desperately hope that Putin sees the meaning and stops the attack on Ukraine. “It’s going to be a long haul,” Milley told the US Senate Armed Services Committee during a hearing in Washington DC.

  • Soldiers fighting for Ukraine appear to shoot a Russian prisoner of war outside a village west of kyiv in a video posted online. The images were originally shared on social media app Telegram. The New York Times said it verified the video and the BBC said it confirmed the location north of the town of Dmytrivka and found satellite images showing bodies on the ground.

  • The Nobel laureate and editor of Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta was attacked with red paint while on a train, he said. The investigative newspaper had suspended publication until the end of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, after Russia’s communications regulator warned it to cease reporting.

– Léonie Chao-Fong, Joanna Walters, Guardian team

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