Latest news on the Russia-Ukraine war: live updates

The battle for Severodonetsk – one of the last major cities under Ukrainian control in a key eastern province – is becoming a focal point of Russia’s war. Russian troops are constantly shelling the region and using “scorched earth” tactics in the city as the Kremlin seeks to capture the Luhansk region, its governor said.

Severodonetsk: Russian forces attempting to encircle the city have made minor gains in the past 24 hours, driving north through the town of Zolote, the Institute for the Study of War (ISW) think tank ) based in Washington. mentioned in his last review. Fighting also continues in the northern town of Lyman as Russian forces attempt to cut Ukrainian supply lines.

Kharkiv: A Ukrainian counteroffensive northeast of Ukraine’s second-largest city continues to threaten Russian positions, ISW military analysts said. The counterattack forces Russia to withdraw units from offensive operations in eastern Ukraine to reinforce their defensive positions near the Russian border town of Vovchansk.

Kyiv: Despite the almost daily sirens of air raids and the presence of soldiers in the streets, the Ukrainian capital is coming back to life, with restaurants, bars and shops full of people on weekends.

Chernihiv: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Monday evening that 87 people had been killed after Russian troops on May 17 fired four missiles at Desna, a village on the banks of the Dnieper River north of kyiv, in what appears to be one deadliest attacks of the war. . There is a Ukrainian military training center in the area, and it was not immediately clear whether the dead were civilians or military.

Mariupol: The pro-Russian leader of a separatist-controlled area of ​​eastern Ukraine says preparations are underway for an ‘international tribunal’ to try Ukrainian fighters who left the Azovstal steel plant in this southern port city as part of a negotiated surrender.

Paulina Villegas, Kasia Strek and Jennifer Hassan contributed to this report.

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