Author: RFE/RL’s Ukrainian Service

All four European leaders who visited Ukraine on June 16 support “immediate” European Union candidate status for Ukraine, French President Emmanuel Macron said after a meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kyiv. Mr. Macron, speaking at a joint news conference in Kyiv alongside the leaders of Germany, Italy and Romania, added that France would...

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Kyiv has defied a Moscow ultimatum to surrender Severodonetsk despite the Russians controlling most of the key eastern city as Western defense ministers gather in Brussels to decide on sending more heavy weapons to the outgunned and outnumbered Ukrainian forces. Russia has told Ukrainian defenders holed up in the Azot chemical plant in the city...

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All bridges out of the eastern Ukrainian city of Severodonetsk have been destroyed and conditions for people remaining in the city are “extremely difficult,” the military governor for the Luhansk region told RFE/RL. “All the bridges have been destroyed, so it is impossible to bring anything to the city today, unfortunately,” said Serhiy Hayday, adding...

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The battle for the eastern Ukrainian city of Severodonetsk could be decisive for the fate of the Donbas, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said, as Russian forces concentrated their artillery power on the strategically important industrial hub, forcing the Ukrainian defenders to retreat to the outskirts of the city. “According to the results of this day, the...

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Ukrainian forces have been pushed to the outskirts of the eastern city of Severodonetsk, the region’s governor said on June 8 as the Turkish and Russian foreign affairs ministers concluded talks in Ankara on a plan to open a sea corridor to allow exports of Ukrainian grain. Luhansk governor Serhiy Hayday said Ukrainian forces control...

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The new U.S. ambassador to Ukraine promised more weaponry to help the country in its fight against Russia after presenting her credentials to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on June 2 in Kyiv. Bridget Brink told reporters that her No. 1 mission was “to help Ukraine prevail against Russian aggression” and said the delivery of military...

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Russian forces shelled dozens of towns in the Donbas region of Ukraine and were inching closer to encircling two key cities in the region where thousands of civilians are in danger of being trapped without a way out, Ukraine’s military said. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelens­kyy, meanwhile, blasted suggestions that Ukraine make territorial concessions to Russia to end the war, likening the idea to the West’s appeasement of Nazi Germany in 1938. Russian forces shelled 40 towns in the easternmost pocket still held by Kyiv in the Donbas, Ukraine’s military said on May 26. Russian forces were advancing on the key…

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Ukraine grain exports under strain Russia has continued to pour forces and equipment into its all-out offensive in eastern Ukraine, where it seeks to encircle Ukrainian troops in two cities, as Kyiv warns that the country is facing an existential battle that could determine its fate. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelens­kyy said the situation in the...

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Ukraine continued to rule out any “concessions” to Russia despite the intensive onslaught by Kremlin forces and as Polish President Andrzej Duda, in a surprise visit, urged Kyiv not to give in to the demands of Russian President Vladimir Putin. “The war must end with the complete restoration of Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty,” Ukrainian...

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Russia’s Defense Ministry says 771 Ukrainian fighters at the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol – Ukraine’s last stronghold in the besieged southern port city – have “surrendered” in the last 24 hours, taking the total to 1,730 since May 16 as the Red Cross began registering “hundreds” of them. The ministry said 80 of those...

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The Russian state news agency TASS reported on April 14 that the Russian warship Moskva has sunk, according to a report from CNN that cited a statement from the Russian Ministry of Defense. “During the towing of the cruiser Moskva to the port of destination, the ship lost its stability due to hull damage received...

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has urged his countrymen to keep up their resistance against Russian forces despite bombardment and encirclement efforts against major cities. The appeal came after Russia’s all-out invasion entered its second week and U.N. members condemned Moscow’s actions as “deplorable” and demanded a withdrawal. In his latest video address after a night...

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