Russia Ukraine war latest: Zelensky visits frontline as situation in Luhansk ‘extremely escalated’

President Zelensky meets with US officials

On a rare trip to the front lines, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky visited soldiers in the city of Kharkov.

His country’s troops managed to push Russian troops back from their positions around the northeastern city a few weeks ago.

“I feel boundless pride in our defenders. Every day they risk their lives for Ukraine’s freedom,” Zelensky said after his visit. On the same day as his trip, long-range Russian bombing raids were heard in the area.

The Kremlin’s attack on the city has destroyed more than 2,000 residential buildings, regional governor Oleh Syniehubov said. The Ukrainian army has recaptured another 5 percent of the region, he added, saying Russian forces still control about 30 percent of the territory.

However, most of Russia’s focus is on the eastern Donbas region, which includes the provinces of Donetsk and Luhansk. Zelensky admitted on Saturday night that the fighting there was “indescribably difficult”, not long after he said up to 100 Ukrainian soldiers died every day in the Donbas.

Fighting in Luhansk had “escalated extremely,” said Governor Serhiy Gaidai, who said dozens of buildings had been destroyed in recent days.

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After sending artillery shells to Ukraine, Canada asks South Korea for refill

Canada has asked South Korea for help to replenish its stockpile of artillery shells after it sent howitzers and shells to Ukraine, officials in Seoul said Monday.

The request for lethal military aid from Ottawa was confirmed by South Korea’s Ministry of Defense, but the spokesman added that “no official proceeding regarding the request is pending”.

Seoul is now “actively pursuing a plan to supply 100,000 cartridges to Canada,” the official said.

According to a senior official at South Korea’s defense ministry, Seoul could send the hundreds of thousands of shells from the country’s reserves that are likely to be sold below market value.

In its recent post, the government led by Justin Trudeau sent M777 towed howitzers firing 155-millimeter shells into Ukraine.

Defense Minister Anita Anand announced last week that the country would help Ukraine with an additional 20,000 cartridges of 155mm ammunition from the United States.

Arpan RaiMay 30, 2022 04:49

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Russia has lost the battle for Kiev and its future, says Zelensky

Volodymyr Zelensky has said the Russian state can see itself and the losses it has suffered in the large-scale war against Ukraine, adding that the troops sent by Moscow in February failed to take Kharkov and Kiev.

“Russia has already lost not only the battle for Kharkov, not only the battle for Kiev and the north of our country. It lost its own future and all cultural ties to the free world. They all burned down. Especially there, in Saltivka,” Mr Zelensky said in his late-night speech on Sunday.

Talking about his visit to Kharkov – a third of which is still under Russian control – the Ukrainian president said on Sunday that the city has been battered in the war.

“Both the city itself and the frontline of our military in the region. Kharkov received terrible blows from the occupiers. Black, burnt-out, half-destroyed apartment buildings face east and north with their windows — from which Russian artillery fired,” he said.

“From where Russian warplanes arrived. They face Russia. And in it the Russian state can now see itself, as in a mirror. Look how much it lost during these 95 days of all-out war against Ukraine,” Zelensky said.

The war president said he and his government will work to liberate the entire territory of Kharkov.

During his trip, Mr Zelensky said officials discussed the post-war reconstruction of Kharkov and the Kharkov region “very objectively with local authorities”. “We have to use only advanced ideas in reconstruction, only modern technologies. In particular, security technologies. And the best offers from our partners,” he said.

Kharkiv and all other cities and communities in our country affected by the war need to be reconstructed to get the most modern look of Europe, he added.

Arpan RaiMay 30, 2022 04:33

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Russia increases intensity of attack on Sievierodonetsk

Fighting has intensified in Ukraine’s Luhansk region as Russian forces attempt to take the largest city in the area still under Ukrainian control, officials said.

Kremlin troops have their sights on Sievierodonetsk, which lies about 90 miles from the Russian border on the strategically important Siverskiy Donetsk River.

In recent weeks, Kremlin troops have shelled it with heavy artillery, leaving much of the city in ruins.

Read more of our daily recap of Ukraine here:

Rory SullivanMay 30, 2022 03:00

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Zelensky fires security chief in Kharkiv

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has fired the head of the security service in Kharkov after accusing him of inaction during the war.

Speaking on the same day he visited troops in Kharkov, Mr. Zelensky said Roman Dudin, who he claimed had not contributed to the defense of his city, would be investigated.

Rory SullivanMay 30, 2022 02:00

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Eurovision winners raise $900,000 for Ukraine by selling trophy

Kalush Orchestra, the Ukrainian band that won this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, has raised $900,000 (£715,000) for their country by auctioning their trophy.

The money generated from the sale will be spent by the military on the PD-2 unmanned aerial system.

The Kalush Orchestra from Ukraine celebrates after winning the Eurovision Song Contest in Turin on 14 May

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Rory SullivanMay 30, 2022 01:00

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Moscow’s ‘unconditional priority’ is to take Donbas, says Lavrov

Moscow’s “unconditional priority” is to conquer Ukraine’s Donbas region, Russia’s foreign minister said.

Sergei Lavrov’s comments came three months after the Kremlin recognized the eastern Ukrainian provinces of Donetsk and Luhansk as breakaway states, shortly before Vladimir Putin ordered his soldiers to launch a large-scale invasion.

After Russia failed in its attempts to take Kiev, its troops withdrew from the vicinity of the Ukrainian capital. The most intense fighting is now taking place in the Donbas, the eastern region that includes Donetsk and Luhansk.

Rory SullivanMay 29, 2022 23:58

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Photos from Ukraine

In some of the latest photos to emerge from Ukraine, a man walks over the rubble of his ruined village, while a Ukrainian soldier stands guard in a trench elsewhere in the Donetsk region.

A Ukrainian soldier named Nataliia stands in a trench in Ukraine’s Donetsk region on May 29, 2022

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Ukrainian soldiers walk near the village of Zaytseve in the Donetsk . region

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A man walks among the rubble of Zaytseve

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People walk after photos of fallen Ukrainian troops in St Michael’s Square in the capital as the city celebrates Kiev Day on May 29, 2022

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Rory Sullivan29 May 2022 23:00

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Fears of EU unity against Russia ‘starting to crumble’, says German minister

It is feared that Europe’s unity against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is “beginning to crumble,” said German Economy Minister Robert Habeck.

His comment came when the bloc did not agree to a Russian oil embargo. More negotiations will take place on Monday.

Rory SullivanMay 29, 2022 22:00

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Russia’s ‘main target’ is to take Severodonetsk, says Zelensky

Russia’s “main goal” is to take the city of Severodonetsk, where all critical infrastructure has now been destroyed, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has said.

“As a result of Russian attacks on Sievierodonetsk, all of the city’s critical infrastructure has been destroyed… More than two-thirds of the city’s housing stock has been destroyed,” he said in a televised speech.

“Capturing Sievierodonetsk is the main goal of the occupying contingents,” he added.

Rory SullivanMay 29, 2022 21:15

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Truss will ‘extend’ war in Ukraine, claims Russian ambassador to UK

Russia’s ambassador to the UK has accused British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss of “warfare”, saying she will prolong the war by sending weapons to Ukraine.

Andrei Kelin claimed her attitude “will not be good for Ukraine, it will not be good for European peace and stability, and Europe itself”.

Rory SullivanMay 29, 2022 20:30

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