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Ukraine and Russia: What you need to know right now

Local residents sit in a courtyard near a block of flats heavily damaged during the Ukraine-Russia conflict, in the southern port city of Mariupol, Ukraine May 20, 2022. REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko

May 28 – Russian forces were assaulting the Ukrainian city of Sievierodonetsk after saying they had captured the nearby rail hub of Lyman as Moscow pressed its offensive in the eastern Donbas. read more

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FIGHTING

* Russia’s defence ministry said its forces had taken full control of Lyman, a railway hub west of Sievierodonetsk. read more

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* Hanna Malyar, Ukraine’s deputy defence minister, said the battle for Lyman continued, the ZN.ua website reported.

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* Russia also said it had used missile strikes to destroy Ukrainian command posts in Bakhmut and Soledar. Both towns lie on an important road running southwest from Lysychansk and Sievierodonetsk.

* Luhansk’s governor, Serhiy Gaidai, said on Friday Russian troops had entered Sievierodonetsk, the largest Donbas city still held by Ukraine.

* Gaidai said 90% of buildings in Sievierodonetsk were damaged with 14 high-rises destroyed in the latest shelling.

* The General Staff of Ukraine’s armed forces said Ukrainian forces had repelled eight assaults in Donetsk and Luhansk in the previous 24 hours. Russia’s attacks included artillery assaults in the Sievierodonetsk area “with no success”, it said.

* Ukraine has started receiving Harpoon anti-ship missiles from Denmark and self-propelled howitzers from the United States, Ukrainian Defence Minister Oleksiy Reznikov said.

ECONOMY

* Russian President Vladimir Putin told the leaders of France and Germany in a phone call that Russia was willing to discuss ways to make it possible for Ukraine to resume shipments of grain from Black Sea ports, the Kremlin said. read more

* British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy that international partners were working intensively to find ways to resume the export of grain from Ukraine to avert a global food crisis. read more

* A ship has entered the Ukrainian port of Mariupol for the first time since Russia completed its capture of the city to load metal and ship it east to Russia, TASS news agency reported, in a move that Kyiv decried as looting. read more

* The EU is seeking a deal this weekend to ban Russian oil deliveries by sea but not pipeline to win over Hungary. Zelenskiy has accused the EU of dithering. read more

TALKS

* Ukrainian presidential adviser and peace talks negotiator Mykhailo Podolyak said any agreement with Russia cannot be trusted and Moscow can only be stopped in its invasion by force. read more

* The Kremlin blamed Kyiv for stalled peace talks.

COMING UP

* An EU summit on Monday and Tuesday could see divisions between members who want to take a hard line against Russia and those calling for a ceasefire. read more

Compiled by Frances Kerry

Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

REUTERS

MAY 28, 2022

https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/ukraine-russia-what-you-need-know-right-now-2022-05-16/

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