Kyiv says troops leaving Mariupol plant

  • Ukraine’s Joint Forces Task Force says 20 civilian killed in Russian shelling in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
  • Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Turkey “cannot say ‘yes’” to NATO bids by Finland and Sweden.
  • About a dozen buses apparently carrying Ukrainian fighters left the Azovstal steelworks in Mariupol, the Reuters news agency reports.
  • A senior US defence official says Russian long-range attacks near Lviv appeared to target a Ukrainian military training centre.
  • Polish agriculture minister says Ukraine’s grain exports could be routed through Poland as long as the war prevents them from departing Black Sea ports.

    Ukraine says more than 260 soldiers evacuated from Mariupol plant

    More than 260 Ukrainian soldiers have been evacuated from the besieged Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol, Ukraine’s Deputy Defence Minister Ganna Malyar has said.

    “53 heavily wounded (soldiers) were evacuated from Azovstal to the medical [facility] near Novoazovsk for medical aid,” Malyar said in a statement.

    Another 211 were taken out through the humanitarian corridor, she added.

    Evacuated Mariupol servicemen arrive in Ukraine’s Novoazovsk: Report

    Ukraine’s servicemen evacuated from the besieged Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol have arrived in Novoazovsk, Reuters has reported, citing a witness.

    Some of the evacuees were carried out of the buses on stretchers, the witness said. Novoazovsk is now under the control of Russia-backed separatists who have held parts of eastern Ukraine since 2014.

    US backs UN push to get Ukraine grain back to global market

    The United States supports efforts by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to get Ukrainian grain back into the international marketplace amid the war, the US ambassador to the United Nations has said.

    Ukraine’s grain exports could be routed through Poland: Minister

    The Polish agriculture minister has said that Ukraine’s grain exports could be routed through Poland as long as Russia’s war prevents them from departing Black Sea ports.

    Henryk Kowalczyk, the agriculture minister and a deputy prime minister, spoke in Warsaw alongside US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, as well as Ukraine’s agriculture secretary and the European Union’s commission for agriculture, who is Polish.

    Russian attack targets training centre in western Ukraine: US official

    A senior US defence official has said that Russian long-range attacks near the western city of Lviv appeared to target a Ukrainian military training centre in Yavoriv, ess than 25km (15 miles) from the border with Poland.

    The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the US military assessment, at this point, is that there were as many as a half-dozen missiles fired and that a few small buildings were damaged.

    There are no reports of casualties yet, the official said, adding that the missiles were fired from the Black Sea and likely came from a Russian submarine.

    Ukraine says 20 civilians killed in Russian shelling

    Ukraine’s Joint Forces Task Force has said 20 civilians, including a child, were killed in Russian shelling in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

    The military task force said in a statement on its Facebook page that 25 communities in the regions were fired at, with 42 residential buildings and a school among the locations hit.

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