On Wednesday, Ukrainian forces claimed victory on the battlefield as a result of a counterattack that could signal a shift during the war, while Kyiv shut off gas flows along a route through Russian-held territory, increasing the risk of an energy crisis in Europe.
Ukrainian forces are advancing within a few kilometers of the Russian border in the Kharkiv region, a source in the Ukrainian military told Reuters.
Ukraine’s 92nd Mechanized Brigade said on Tuesday it had recaptured four villages north of Kharkiv.
Soldiers hiding at the Azovstal steel plant, the last bastion of Ukrainian resistance in the southern port of Mariupol, said Russia was bombing the area from the air and trying to storm.
On the eve of the parade of Russia’s victory on May 9, the country intensified attacks on civilians in Ukraine:
Russian gas exports to Europe via Ukraine fell by a quarter after Kyiv stopped using the Sakhranovka transit route, accusing Russian forces of interfering. This was the first time gas exports through Ukraine had been stopped since the start of the war.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Russia remains committed to its gas deals, but the country also has buyers for its energy resources outside Western countries.
Russia continues to defend its invasion of Ukraine at the UN:
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The Russian-occupied Kherson region of Ukraine plans to ask President Vladimir Putin to include it in Russia, reports TASS, citing an official from the Russian-controlled administration.
The new leader of Georgia’s separatist region of South Ossetia has said he will wait for a signal from Moscow before holding a referendum on joining Russia.
Sweden’s ruling Social Democrats have scheduled a parliamentary debate on NATO on Monday as the country prepares for an unexpected decision to join the alliance, abandoning decades of military non-alignment.
Russia’s oil pipeline supplies should be released from the EU’s planned oil sanctions against Moscow, which in their current form will destroy Hungary’s economy, the Hungarian foreign minister said.
“If Ukraine had been part of NATO before the war, there would have been no war,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky told Paris students via video link.
“This war will not last forever. There will be a time when peace talks will take place. I don’t see that in the near future. But I can say one thing. We will never give up, ”said UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.
The head of the UN nuclear service said that the situation at the Ukrainian power plant is shaky