- Russia says its forces have destroyed a major military fuel depot near Kyiv.
- The United States and European Union have announced a new deal aimed at curbing Europe’s reliance on Russian gas.
- US President Joe Biden is readying to visit the Polish-Ukrainian border as he concludes his diplomatic trip to Europe.
- Ukraine’s northern city of Chernihiv has been cut off by Russian troops, according to local authorities.
Is the Ukraine war weakening Putin’s position in Russia?
- Although he appears increasingly isolated, analysts say Russian President Vladimir Putin is unlikely to be removed from power by a mass uprising or coup.Instead, some say, a move to unseat him may come from within his inner circle, among other possibilities.
Kremlin plays down impact of possible G20 expulsion
The Kremlin has said that nothing terrible will happen if the US and its allies succeed in expelling Russia from the G20 group of major economies.
the participants are in a state of economic war with us, nothing terrible will happen,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters when responding to a question about Moscow’s possible expulsion.
The US has said it is in favour of Russia being pushed out of the group, but Peskov said Washington’s efforts to isolate Moscow had so far only been partially effective and would ultimately fail.
Local officials say 300 killed in Mariupol theatre bombing
Mariupol’s local government, citing eyewitnesses, has said about 300 people were killed last week when Russian forces struck a theatre in the besieged city that was being used as a makeshift bomb shelter.
It was not immediately clear whether emergency workers had finished excavating the site.
When the theatre was struck on March 16, an enormous inscription reading “CHILDREN” was posted outside in Russian, intended to be visible from the skies above.
Soon after the bombing, Ludmyla Denisova, the Ukrainian Parliament’s human rights commissioner, said more than 1,300 people had been sheltering in the building. Russia has denied attacking the theatre and targeting civilians amid its offensive.
Ukrainian forces recapturing towns east of Kyiv, UK says
The United Kingdom’s defence ministry says Ukrainian forces have re-taken towns and defensive positions up to 35km (21 miles) east of Kyiv.
In its latest intelligence update, the ministry said the developments were the result of Ukrainian counter-attacks and “Russian forces falling back on overextended supply lines”.
It added Ukrainian forces were also likely to “continue to attempt to push Russian forces back along the north-western axis from Kyiv towards Hostomel Airfield”.