KYIV: An operation is planned to evacuate civilians trapped in Mariupol’s Azovstal steel plant on Friday, the Ukrainian president’s office has said, without providing further details.
Moscow regards winning the “Battle for Donbas” as crucial if it is to achieve its stated objective of securing control over the Donetsk and Luhansk regions in the east, Britain’s defence ministry has said.
A local police official says the bodies of 1,187 dead civilians have been found so far in Kyiv region.
Some 8,000 UK soldiers will conduct a series of planned exercises across Europe this summer, the British ministry of defence has said, noting it will be the “largest deployment since the Cold War”.
US President Joe Biden asks Congress for $33bn to support Ukraine.
Norway shuts borders, ports to Russian goods, exempts fishing vessels
Norway will close its borders and ports to Russian trucks and ships, joining a string of sanctions imposed by the EU over the war in Ukraine, the Norwegian foreign ministry has said.
Russian fishing vessels, which often land their catch at ports in northern Norway, will receive exemptions from sanctions. Norway’s Arctic Svalbard archipelago, which operates under a 1920s treaty allowing expanded foreign access, will also be exempted, the ministry said.
Facebook’s Meta makes court appeal over ban for ‘extremist activities’ in Russia
Meta Platforms Inc has appealed to a Moscow court against a ban imposed on some of its activities in Russia due to “extremism”, the Interfax news agency cited the court’s press office as saying.
Russia in March found Meta guilty of “extremist activity”, but said the ruling would not affect its WhatsApp messenger service, focusing on the US firm’s already-banned Facebook and Instagram social networks.
Ukraine shells Russian border checkpoint: governor
Ukrainian mortars damaged a border checkpoint in western Russia, regional governor Alexander Bogomaz has said.
This is the second time today where Moscow says Ukrainian forces hit a target on Russian soil.
Journalist killed in Kyiv attack
Vera Gyrych, a journalist with Radio Liberty, was killed by a Russian missile in Kyiv, a colleague of has said. Her body was found after a missile struck her apartment building on Thursday, Oleksandr Demchenko said on Facebook.
Gyrych started working in the Kyiv bureau of Radio Svoboda in 2018 after working on Ukrainian TV channels, Radio Liberty reported. (Int’l Monitoring Desk)