Moscow closes in on Severodonetsk city

  • Russian troops are slowly advancing towards the centre of the city of Severodonetsk, the governor of Luhansk says.
  • A Russian separatist leader claims Moscow’s forces now control a third of Severodonetsk but their advance is slower than hoped.
  • The mayor of Mariupol discl

    EU oil ban would cut money Russia has to spend on Ukraine war: Borrell

    The EU deal to cut most of Russian oil imports would force Moscow to offer crude at a lower price to others, according to the bloc’s top diplomat, Josep Borrell.

    “We are the most important client for Russia,” Borrell said on arriving to second day of EU leaders talks about the latest in Russia’s war against Ukraine. “The purpose is to make Russia have less financial resources to feed its war machine.”

    Russian-backed separatists to own ships left in Mariupol port: TASS

    The self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic will have its own “merchant navy” after ships in the port of Mariupol, including some foreign ships, are to be transferred into the ownership of the DPR, the separatist head of the republic has said, Russian state news agency TASS reports.

    oses city staff have discovered 25 new grave trenches where bodies were being placed in “layers” and that Russian occupiers have buried at least 16,000 residents in mass graves near the city since the middle of April.

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  • Charles Michel, president of the European Council, announces an agreement among European Union countries to ban most Russian oil imports.

    “Some of the ships will be transferred to the jurisdiction of the DNR. The relevant decisions have already been made. The flags that will be on them are also already clear,” Denis Pushilin said.

    Earlier, the head of Russia’s national defence management centre had said that six foreign ships remain in the port of Mariupol: “Princess” (Bulgaria), “Azburg” (Dominican Republic), “Smart” (Liberia), “Blue Star” (Panama), “Azov Concord” (Turkey) and “Lady Augusta” (Jamaica).

    TASS reported that Russian Colonel General Mikhail Mizintsev said the countries that owned the ships have not taken measures to withdraw them.

    Three killed, four injured in Donetsk: Governor

    Three civilians were killed in the Donetsk region, and four more were injured on Monday, Ukraine’s regional governor has said.

    Pavlo Kyrylenko said that two people died in the town of Toretsk and one in the town of Avdiivka.

    “It is currently impossible to determine the exact number of victims in Mariupol and Volnovakha,” Kyrylenko said on Telegram.

  • Russia would need territory beyond Severodonetsk to fully control Donbas: UK

    Russia will need to capture territory beyond Severodonetsk, including the key city of Kramatorsk and the M04 Dnipro-Donetsk main road, if it wants to fully occupy the Luhansk and Donetsk regions, the United Kingdom’s defence ministry has said.

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