Russia-Ukraine live: Kyiv urges more weapons as war hits 100 days | Russia-Ukraine war News

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  • Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says Russian forces have occupied about 20 percent of his nation’s territory.
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin will host the head of the African Union for talks focused on grain supplies and political cooperation.
  • The US has announced new sanctions against Russian officials, oligarchs, and businessmen linked to Putin.
  • UN aid chief Martin Griffiths is in Moscow to discuss allowing exports of grain and other food from Ukraine’s Black Sea ports, a UN spokesperson has said.
INTERACTIVE Russia Ukraine War Who controls what in Ukraine Day 99
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Here are all the latest updates:

Much of key Ukraine city destroyed by attacks

Some 60 percent of the infrastructure and residential buildings in Lysychansk, one of only two cities in the east still under at least partial Ukrainian control, have been destroyed by attacks, a local official has said.

Oleksandr Zaika, head of Lysychansk City Military-Civil Administration, said on an “information telemarathon” cited by the Unian news agency that non-stop shelling had knocked out electricity, natural gas, telephone and internet service.

Zaika said 20,000 people are left in the city, down from a prewar population of 97,000.

Ukrainian forces have had some success in Severodonetsk: Zelenskyy

Ukrainian forces have had some success fighting Russian forces in the city of Severodonetsk but the overall military situation in the Donbas region has not changed, Zelenskyy has said.

“The situation in the Donbas has not changed significantly over the last 24 hours. We have had some success in the battles in Severodonetsk,” Zelenskyy said in a late-night video address.

He also slammed what he called the “absolutely senseless shelling” of northern border regions from Russian territory.

“The entire temporarily occupied territory of our state is now a zone of complete disaster, for which Russia bears full responsibility,” he said.

US State Department defends advanced weapons for Ukraine

Price, the State Department spokesman, has defended the United States’ position that it has supplied Ukraine with advanced weapons after receiving assurances that the country would not strike Russian territory.

“We want to do everything we can to strengthen the hand of our Ukrainian partners, both on the battlefield but also at the negotiating table,” Price said during a news conference.

“But we also want to be careful to ensure that we are not doing anything or the international community is not doing anything that would needlessly prolong this conflict,” he said.

Biden meets NATO’s Stoltenberg in Washington

Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris have met with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in Washington, in a meeting that focused on preparing for a NATO Summit scheduled in Madrid at the end of June, the White House has said.

“The leaders discussed the implications of Russia’s war on Ukraine for Transatlantic security and the importance of strengthening NATO’s deterrence and defense, in addition to ensuring NATO is properly resourced to address a wide range of challenges, from cyber to climate change,” it said in a readout of the meeting.

US adds 71 new Russian, Belarus companies to trade blacklist

The United States has added 71 new Russian and Belarusian entities to its trade blacklist, including aircraft plants and shipbuilding and research institutes.

The export restrictions include the Russian Academy of Sciences. In total, the Commerce Department has now added 322 entities to its economic blacklist for support of Russia’s military since February.


UN aid chief in Moscow to discuss Ukraine grain exports

The United Nations’ aid chief Martin Griffiths is in Moscow to discuss allowing exports of grain and other food from Ukraine’s Black Sea ports, a UN spokesperson has said.

Griffiths will meet Russian officials days after another senior UN official, Rebecca Grynspan, had “constructive” talks in Moscow with Russian First Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Belousov on expediting Russian grain and fertilizer exports.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is trying to broker what he calls a “package deal” to resume both Ukrainian food exports and Russian food and fertilizer exports, which were disrupted by the war.

“The situation remains fluid. The secretary-general, and the two main people he has tasked to work on this, Rebecca Grynspan and Martin Griffiths – we will do and go anywhere we need to go to push this project forward,” spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said.

Zelenskyy urges more weapons as war enters 100th day

Zelenskyy has urged the country’s Western allies to provide more weapons to help Ukraine reach an “inflection point” and prevail in the war.

Zelenskyy told Luxembourg’s parliament via video link that Russian forces now occupied about a fifth of Ukrainian territory, as the invasion entered its 100th day on Friday.

During a separate address to a forum in Slovakia, Zelenskyy said more weapons supplies would “ensure an inflection point in this confrontation” in Ukraine’s favour.

US sanctions Russian officials, oligarchs, Putin’s megayachts

The US has announced further sanctions on Russia, targeting an oligarch who heads a major steel producer, a yacht management company, the spokesperson for the country’s foreign ministry, and a cellist.

“Today’s action demonstrates that Treasury can and will go after those responsible for shielding and maintaining these ill-gotten interests,” Under Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Brian Nelson said in a statement.

“We will continue to enforce our sanctions and expose the corrupt systems by which President Putin and his elites enrich themselves,” Nelson added.

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New US ambassador to Ukraine submits credentials to Zelenskyy in Kyiv

The new US ambassador to Ukraine has said she gave her credentials to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, as the American embassy resumes its work in the capital, Kyiv.

Bridget Brink hailed Zelenskyy as “a symbol of bravery and courage around the world”.

“As I told him, my team and I will do everything we can to help Ukraine defend itself, to hold Russia accountable for atrocities, and to help rebuild Ukraine,” she wrote on Twitter.

Blinken discusses ‘urgency’ of Ukraine support in talks with UK counterpart

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has discussed “the urgency of continued support to Ukraine” in talks with his British counterpart, Foreign Secretary Elizabeth Truss.

That support includes “vital humanitarian and security assistance”, State Department spokesperson Ned Price said in a readout of the call between the two leaders.

“The Secretary reconfirmed the importance of transatlantic unity in holding those who support the Kremlin’s war of choice to account, as well as ensuring vital agricultural commodities can leave Ukraine to provide the world critical food supplies,” the statement said.

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