Russia-Ukraine war live news: Borrell in Kyiv trip stresses EU’s support

  • EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell arrives in Kyiv on a trip to underline the EU’s “unwavering support” to Ukraine as the war nears its third year.
  • A Russian attack overnight on a village in Ukraine’s northeastern Kharkiv region kills a two-month-old boy and injured his mother, the governor says.

    Ukrainian parliament extends martial law

    The Ukrainian parliament has extended both its martial law and army mobilisation law imposed after the full-scale Russian invasion by a further 90 days or until mid-May.

    A clear two-thirds majority voted in favour of both bills introduced by President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, several members of parliament (MPs) said.

    Member of Parliament Yaroslav Zhelezniak posted on Telegram that the bills had been approved, saying this was already the tenth vote of the Council for martial law.

    Regular parliamentary and presidential elections have also been suspended.

    • Ukraine says it blew up drilling platform used by Russia

      Ukraine says a group of its special forces blew up a drilling platform in the Black Sea that Russia was using to enhance the range of its drones.

      In a statement on the Telegram messaging platform, special forces said equipment on the platform was used for drones involved in attacks on Ukraine’s critical infrastructure and to control the northwestern part of the sea.

      The operation, dubbed Citadel, was conducted at night and resulted in the capture of “important enemy equipment” and the platform being blown up, the statement said.

      “A successful special operation ensured safer movement of ships and limited the enemy’s capabilities in the northwestern part of the Black Sea,” it added.

      A showy video published alongside the statement featured troops landing on the platform in the dawn hours, operating inside and moving away from it while a bright explosion is seen in the background.

      Reuters could not independently verify the information. Moscow did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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