Hungary slams EU’s Russian oil ban move

  • Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said a European Union embargo on Russian oil would be equivalent to dropping an “atomic bomb” on his country’s economy and could not be accepted.
  • Orban added that while his government is willing to negotiate on any EU proposals that are in Hungary’s interests, the country’s geography and existing energy infrastructure make a shutdown of Russian oil unfeasible.
  • In Mariupol, the next stage of civilian evacuation efforts from Azovstal steel plant is under way, according to the Ukrainian president’s office.
  • Some 500 civilians have recently been evacuated from the Azovstal plant and wider Mariupol areas, according to tweets Kyiv and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.
  • Washington has denied accusations that it provided intelligence on the locations of Russian generals on the battlefield so that Ukrainian forces could kill them.

    Russia says it destroyed ammunition depot, shot down warplanes in Ukraine

    Russia has said its missiles destroyed a large ammunition depot in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk, according to its defence ministry.

    Moscow also said its air defences shot down two Ukrainian warplanes, an Su-25 and a MiG-29, in the eastern Luhansk region.

    Luhansk braces for more powerful Russian attacks

    Russian forces will be intensifying their assault on the southeastern region of Luhansk, its governor said on Friday.“We are getting ready for more powerful attacks in the nearest three or four days,” Serhiy Haidai said in televised remarks.

    He added that Russians will “focus their efforts” to take the strategic towns of Severodonetsk and Popasna in order to encircle Ukrainian forces in the region that has been partially controlled by pro-Russian separatists since 2014.

    He said that Popasna “is razed to the ground” after weeks of indiscriminate Russian bombardment that destroyed most apartment buildings and houses.

    Russians impose taxes, tally land in occupied Zaporizhzhia: Officials

    Russian authorities in occupied parts of the southern Ukrainian region of Zaporizhzhia are forcing locals to re-register their businesses, pay taxes and report the land they farm, defence officials said.

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