- Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says that winning the war against Russia is “crucial” for global stability, as he calls for more weapons.
- The mayor of the bombed-out port city of Mariupol says a cholera outbreak will likely kill thousands and called for remaining residents to be evacuated.
- Estonia has summoned the Russian ambassador to condemn President Vladimir Putin’s “completely unacceptable” praise of Peter the Great.
- A Ukrainian governor says the country conducted its 11th prisoner exchange with Russia.
- Amid heavy fighting in eastern Ukraine, 300 Ukrainians left the city of Pokrovsk on a special evacuation train heading to Dnipro and other cities further west.
Czech citizen killed fighting in Ukraine: Minister
A Czech citizen has died in Ukraine, Czech Foreign Minister Jan Lipavsky has said, confirming media reports about the first casualty among its volunteers fighting in the country.
“I can confirm that a Czech citizen has died in the Donetsk region of Ukraine,” Lipavsky told reporters. “The body should be transported to Kharkiv region tomorrow.”
More than a hundred Czechs have joined Ukrainian armed forces, with the consent of local authorities, to help in Ukraine’s defence against the invasion launched by Russia on February 24.
Zelenskyy warns of food crisis, urges end to Russian blockade
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has urged international pressure to end a Russian naval blockade of Black Sea ports that has choked off his country’s grain exports, threatening a global food crisis.
“The shortage of foodstuffs will inexorably lead to political chaos, which can result in the [collapse] of many governments and the ousting of many politicians,” he said in a video address to the Shangri-La Dialogue security summit in Singapore.
“This looming threat is plain to see by just looking at the skyrocketing prices of basic products in the world markets and in certain countries. This is the direct consequence of the acts of the Russian state.”
Kyiv is in discussion with the UN, Turkey and other countries to open a way to allow the grain exports, and Zelenskyy said the talks are focused on the “format” of the corridor.