President Zelensky meets with US officials
Ukrainian leaders have reiterated a call for US-made long-range missile launchers to defend against bolstering Russian attacks.
“It’s hard to fight when you’re attacked from 70 km away and have nothing to fight back with,” Ukrainian presidential adviser and peace negotiator Mykhailo Podolyak wrote on Twitter.
“Ukraine can bring Russia back behind the Iron Curtain, but we need effective weapons for that.”
President Volodymyr Zelensky expressed hope that Ukraine’s allies would provide the necessary weapons, adding that he expected “good news” this week.
US officials said such systems are being actively considered.
Meanwhile, Mr Zelensky said the military situation in the Donbas was very complicated, adding that the defenses held up in a number of places, including Sievierodonetsk and Lysychansk.
“It is indescribably difficult there. And I am grateful to everyone who endured this attack,” he said.
Elsewhere, the British Ministry of Defense said that if Russia were to succeed in taking over those areas, the Kremlin would likely view it as a “substantial political achievement”, which it could use to justify its invasion to the Russian people.
Fighting for Sievierodonetsk Continues – Ukrainian Armed Forces
Fighting for the eastern Ukrainian city of Sievierodonetsk continues with Russian troops conducting strike operations on Saturday, the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces said on Sunday.
“Using artillery, Russian troops conducted assault operations in the area of the Sievierodonetsk city,” the general staff said in a statement on its Facebook page.
“The fighting continues.”
Maryam Zakir-HussainMay 29, 2022 08:10
Ukrainian leaders call for more weapons
Ukrainian presidential adviser and peace negotiator Mykhailo Podolyak reiterated a call for US-made long-range missile launchers. US officials have told Reuters such systems are under active consideration, with a decision likely in the coming days.
“It’s hard to fight when you’re attacked from 70km away and have nothing to fight back with. Ukraine can bring Russia back behind the Iron Curtain, but we need effective weapons for that,” Podolyak wrote on Twitter.
President Volodymyr Zelenskiy expressed hope in an overnight video address that Ukraine’s allies would provide needed weapons, adding that he expected “good news” this week.
Maryam Zakir-HussainMay 29, 2022 07:40
Thanks for following our coverage of the invasion of Ukraine today.
We are pausing coverage on the blog and will resume coverage tomorrow morning.
Here’s a rundown of everything that happened today:
Holly BancroftMay 28, 2022 21:23
Today’s Highlights: Putin urged ‘serious negotiations’ with Ukraine
French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz asked Mr Putin for an “immediate ceasefire and withdrawal of Russian troops” as the attack on Ukraine’s Donbas region intensifies.
In an 80-minute three-way meeting, leaders urged Putin to release 2,500 Ukrainian fighters taken as prisoners of war at the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol, according to a readout from Mr Scholz’s office.
The Russian president warned Macron and Scholz that Western arms supplies to Ukraine were “dangerous” according to the Kremlin.
It comes after Russia claimed it had taken control of Lyman after days of fighting over the Ukrainian city. The claimed success is considered key to the next phase of Moscow’s attack in the Donbas region.
Holly BancroftMay 28, 2022 21:22
West is working to break Russian blockade and ‘avoid global food crisis’, PM says
The West is working to break the Russian blockade of Ukrainian ports to “avoid a global food crisis” by releasing millions of tons of grain, Boris Johnson said.
The prime minister spoke to President Volodymyr Zelensky on Saturday morning about international efforts to end the “despicable blockade” of Odessa, Ukraine’s main southern port on the Black Sea.
The talk between the leaders comes after Johnson revealed this week that the West was backing Ukrainians in clearing the Black Sea and reopening international shipping routes.
Holly BancroftMay 28, 2022 8:02 PM
European leaders call for ‘serious negotiations’ between Putin and Zelensky
Vladimir Putin has been urged to enter into “direct serious negotiations” with Volodymyr Zelensky to try to end Russia’s war against Ukraine.
Macron and Scholz urged the Russian president to “find a diplomatic solution to the conflict”, while also calling for an immediate ceasefire and withdrawal of troops from Ukraine.
Ukraine, however, doubts whether the negotiations would be fruitful, as a deal with Russia was not to be trusted.
“Any agreement with Russia is not worth a broken penny. Is it possible to negotiate with a country that is always cynically and propagandistically lying?” peace negotiator Mykhailo Podolyak wrote on Telegram.
Zaina AlibhaiMay 28, 2022 8:02 PM
Macron and Scholz call for Ukrainian release from steel mills
French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Schloz have urged Vladimir Putin to release Ukrainians detained at Mariupol’s steel plant in Azovstal.
About 2,500 fighters were captured by Russian forces after they surrendered after months of relentless shelling in the besieged city.
Hundreds were said to have been taken to a former penal colony, while others have reportedly been treated in hospital.
Zaina AlibhaiMay 28, 2022 19:31
ICYMI – Son of UK MP in Ukraine ‘filmed destroying Russian armored vehicle’
The son of a Conservative MP has been filmed helping to blow up a Russian armored vehicle during an operation in Ukraine, according to footage obtained by the i†
Ben Grant can reportedly be heard shouting “shoot it now” and “watch the back blast” before an anti-tank missile is launched at a Russian BTR in a forest in northeastern Ukraine.
Grant, 30, the son of former minister Helen Grant, Conservative MP for Maidstone and The Weald, is part of a group of Western volunteer fighters supporting Ukraine in the wake of the Russian invasion.
My colleague Emily Atkinson has more details here:
Maryam Zakir-Hussain28 May 2022 19:00
Russia takes small towns, wants to broaden battle in eastern Ukraine
Russia claimed on Saturday that its troops and separatist fighters had captured a key railway junction in eastern Ukraine, the second small city to fall to Moscow’s forces this week as they fought to capture the entire disputed Donbas region of the country.
Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said the city of Lyman had been “completely liberated” by a joint force of Russian soldiers and Kremlin-backed separatists, who have been waging war for eight years in the eastern region bordering Russia. Russia.#
Maryam Zakir-Hussain28 May 2022 18:30
War in Ukraine: Current Economy Updates
Russian President Vladimir Putin told leaders of France and Germany in a phone call that Russia was willing to discuss ways to allow Ukraine to resume grain shipments from its Black Sea ports, the Kremlin said.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy that international partners were working intensively to find ways to resume grain exports from Ukraine to avert a global food crisis.
A ship has entered the Ukrainian port of Mariupol for the first time since Russia captured the city to load metal and ship it east to Russia, the TASS news agency reported, in a move that Kiev decried as looting.
The EU is aiming this weekend for a deal to ban Russian oil shipments by sea, but not to win Hungary over a pipeline. Zelenskiy accuses the EU of dithering.
Maryam Zakir-Hussain28 May 2022 18:00