- Russian President Vladimir Putin has told French and German leaders that Moscow is ready to find ways to deliver food stranded at Ukrainian ports.
- In an 80-minute call, Putin warned German Chancellor Olaf Schultz and French President Emmanuel Macron not to supply Ukraine with heavy weapons.
- Putin said he was ready to study how to transport grain stranded at Ukrainian ports, but demanded that the West first lift sanctions.
- Scholz and Macron urged Putin to release 2,500 Azovstal fighters.
- Russian troops claim to have captured the strategic town of Lehman in eastern Ukraine.
Here are the latest updates:
Zelensky addresses the European Council
The Ukrainian president said he was preparing to speak at the European Council meeting on May 30-31.
“In particular, I will talk about the following: terror, which has become practically the only form of action by the Russian state against Europe. Terror on Ukrainian soil. Terror in European energy markets, not just our country. Food markets and globally of terror. So what terror will come next?”
In his evening speech, he said he would continue to address European national parliaments next week.
“There will be many other international activities aimed at strengthening our country and increasing the common pressure on Russia across the free world.”
Situation in eastern Ukraine ‘very difficult’: Zelensky
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky said Russia’s war on the front lines in the Donbass and Kharkiv regions was “very difficult”.
Zelensky, wearing a T-shirt that reads “I’m Ukrainian,” said Russia’s focus remains on the cities of Sivir Donetsk, Lysichansk, Bakhmut and Popasna.
“I would remind the world that Russia must finally be officially recognized as a terrorist state and a state sponsor of terrorism,” he added.
Ukrainian counteroffensive in Kherson region underway: ISW
According to the Institute for War Studies (ISW), continued Ukrainian counteroffensives in the Kherson region have reportedly pushed Russian troops back to the “Kherson Andreivka, Lozov and Beloshika villages” Unfavorable Boundaries”.
The policy research group said earlier Saturday that a ground attack by Russian forces near Kherson-Mikolev was unsuccessful.
It was the first such attack by Russia near Kherson in weeks.
This is the CoT map today. #Ukraine Troops are launching an ongoing counteroffensive #Russian Troops near unfavorable borders #Andriyivka, #vinesand #belosilka exist #kerson State (about 70 km northeast of Kherson) pic.twitter.com/V87nabPNL0
– ISW (@TheStudyofWar) May 28, 2022
Ukraine receives Harpoon anti-ship missiles, howitzers
Ukraine has begun receiving Harpoon anti-ship missiles from Denmark and self-propelled howitzers from the United States, Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov said.
Ukraine received a range of heavy artillery pieces, including an improved U.S.-made M109 self-propelled howitzer, which would allow Ukrainian forces to strike targets from greater distances, Reznikov said.
The minister wrote on his Facebook page that the Harpoon shore-to-ship missiles will be used alongside Ukrainian Neptune missiles to defend the country’s coast, including the southern port of Odessa.
“So many harpoons were handed over to us that we could sink the entire Russian Black Sea Fleet. Why not?”
Ukrainian official says deal with Moscow is worthless
Mikhailo Podoljak, adviser to the Ukrainian president and peace negotiator, said any deal with Russia was not credible, adding that the only way to stop Moscow’s invasion was force.
“Any deal with Russia is worth nothing,” Podoljak wrote on the Telegram messaging app. “Is it possible to negotiate with a country that is always cynical and propaganda?”
“Russia has proven that it is a barbaric country that threatens the security of the world,” Podoljak said. “Barbarians can only be stopped by force.”
Russia and Ukraine have blamed each other after peace talks stalled, with the last known face-to-face talks on March 29.
Moscow made a lie: “🇺🇦 refuses to negotiate”. We can negotiate, but only if 🇷🇺 give up hypocrisy (say one thing, do another), leave the south of the country and withdraw. Until then, negotiations were conducted by another “delegation” from the front.
– Mikhail Podolyak (@Podolyak_M) May 28, 2022
Putin says he’s open to discussing ways to get grain to Ukrainian ports
Russian President Vladimir Putin told the leaders of France and Germany that Moscow was ready to find ways to deliver food stranded at Ukrainian ports, but demanded that Western sanctions be lifted.
Putin said the difficulties in supplying food to world markets were the result of “wrong economic and financial policies of Western countries”.
Putin told Macron and Schultz: “Russia is ready to help find options for unhindered grain exports, including Ukrainian grain from Black Sea ports,” the Kremlin said.
“Increasing supplies of Russian fertilizers and agricultural products will also help ease tensions in global food markets, which of course require the lifting of related sanctions.”
Mayor demonstrates consequences of shelling in Mykolaiv
The mayor of the southern Ukrainian city of Mykolaiv released video footage showing the damage caused by shelling in residential areas of the city.
One woman was killed and seven people were injured, two seriously, according to Mayor Alexander Senkevich.
Several residents are seen in the video cleaning up the damage – a couple commenting with irony on their damaged home said the Russian army “made it better” and that they had “get rid of” “our Everything that has “our 40 years”.
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