President Zelensky meets US officials
Overall, at least 40 Russian colonels have reportedly been killed in Ukraine, although the official number is thought to be greater.
Elsewhere, Russian attacks and shelling concentrated on Donbas over the weekend, killing at least three civilians and wounding two, officials said, adding that Moscow has made capturing the strategic city of Sievierodonetsk its top priority in the besieged region.
Incessant shelling kept the Ukrainian forces in the region on the defensive on Sunday and destroyed or damaged more than 60 buildings, including a power station and a community centre, Ukraine’s military said.
Meanwhile, Volodymyr Zelensky is expected to address European Union leaders at an emergency summit later on Monday to push for new sanctions against Russia.
‘No sane person’ thinks Putin is ill, says Russian foreign minister
Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has denied that Vladimir Putin is ill, and lashed out at consistent western comments about the health of the country’s president.
In a rare interview with French television, Mr Lavrov “no sane person” would regard the Russian leader as suffering from ill health.
In recent weeks it has been reported that Mr Putin has had cancer, lost his eyesight and has been given three years to live.
Eleanor Sly30 May 2022 15:49
Russian state TV host threatens to invade UK and attack Stonehenge
Eleanor Sly30 May 2022 15:30
EU will reach consensus on oil embargo, Scholz
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said that he expects that the European Union will reach a consensus on an oil embargo against Russia.
He did not, however, give a time frame when it might happen.
“Everything I hear sounds like there could be a consensus – and sooner or later there will be”, Reuters reports he told reporters as he arrived in Brussels for an EU summit.
Eleanor Sly30 May 2022 15:05
Biden says US will not send Ukraine weapons systems to reach into Russia
US President Joe Biden has revealed that the United States will not send rocket systems to Ukrain that would be able to reach Russia, Reuters reports.
His comments followed reports that the Biden administration was intending to send advanced long-range rocket systems to the Ukrainian capital Kyiv.
Eleanor Sly30 May 2022 14:46
Germany to extend length of some visas
Germany has announced that it will remove some of the red tape involved in visa processing.
This will make it easier for critics of the Russian government to relocate to the country.
Those able to qualify for a longer stay include human rights activists, employees of NGOs and civil society groups, and journalists who have taken a stand against the war, Reuters reports.
The change was announced by an interior ministry spokesperson on Monday.
It will guarantee a longer stay than the current 90 days permitted under the Schengen tourist visa.
Eleanor Sly30 May 2022 13:45
Supermarket food costs surge with pasta up by 50 per cent in last year, ONS data shows
Supermarket grocery costs have surged with pasta up by 50 per cent since last year new ONS data shows.
The findings assessed the price of 30 everyday grocery shopping items between April 2021 and April 2022, finding varying increases across the items with five products showing a 15 per cent increase.
It comes as Russia’s blockade of Black Sea ports has left 25 million tonnes of grain stuck in Ukraine – threatening famine in the poorest countries, but with stark implications also for the UK, which relies on food imports.
Thomas Kingsley has more:
Eleanor Sly30 May 2022 13:25
Why did Russia invade Ukraine? The conflict explained
Russia’s long-feared invasion of Ukraine continues to rage following Vladimir Putin’s announcement of his “special military operation” against the country in the early hours of 24 February, the Russian leader declaring, groundlessly, a need to “demilitarise and de-Nazify” the neighbouring state after eight years of fighting in the Donbas.
As Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky leads by example from the streets of Kyiv, tirelessly rallying the international community for support, his people mount an impressive resistence, holding back Russia’s armed forces as best they can.
The aggressor meanwhile continues to employ brutal siege warfare tactics, surrounding the country’s cities and subjecting them to intense shelling campaigns, a strategy previously seen in Chechnya and Syria.
Eleanor Sly30 May 2022 13:05
EU leaders split over Russian oil ban as street fighting rages in besieged Donbas city
European leaders are split over whether to target Russian oil in the latest round of sanctions aimed at supporting Ukraine.
Heads of state and government from the European Union’s 27 nations will meet on Tuesday at a summit to discuss further measures to inflict pain on Russia in response to its unprovoked invasion of Ukraine.
But the extent to which the bloc can help could be limited as it emerged Hungary is leading a group of countries, along with Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Bulgaria, to prevent an oil embargo.
Eleanor Sly30 May 2022 12:43
Moment Russian soldier gives middle finger to Ukraine drone before it blows up tank
The moment a Russian soldier gives the finger to a Ukrainian drone just before it drops a grenade on the tank next to him has been captured on camera.
The tank, a Russian BTR-82A APC, was being hidden at the side of a building but was left a blazing wreck by the attack as Ukrainian forces continue to defend the country’s east.
In the footage released by Ukrainian military and posted on Twitter, six Russian troops are sighted converged around the vehicle and one of them sticks up his middle finger in the direction of the drone.
Eleanor Sly30 May 2022 11:57
New satellite imagery of activity in eastern Ukraine
Eleanor Sly30 May 2022 11:10