Serhiy Haidai of Luhansk described the city’s uninterrupted shelling, saying “everything was engulfed by fire”.
- Russia’s foreign ministry will summon the European Union’s ambassador to Moscow on Tuesday over Lithuania’s ban on shipments of EU-sanctioned goods through Kaliningrad, the region’s governor said.
- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said the two eastern cities Severo-Donetsk and Resichansk were going through the “hardest” battle.
- The governor of Luhansk revealed that the Russians had entered the industrial area of Severo Donetsk, where about 300 civilians may have taken refuge at the Azot chemical plant.
- Actor Ben Stiller visited Kyiv and met Zelensky, telling him: “You are my hero.”
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Ben Stiller visits Kyiv, meets Zelensky
Actor Ben Stiller visited Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kyiv on Monday, telling him: “You are my hero.”
“You’re amazing. You gave up a great acting career for this,” Stiller told Zelensky.
“What you’ve done and the way you’ve united for the country and the world, it’s really inspiring.”
Stiller’s visit included a stop at Irpin, which was heavily fought in the early days of the Russian invasion.
Moscow summons EU ambassadors over Kaliningrad transit ban: governor
Russia’s foreign ministry will summon the European Union’s ambassador to Moscow, Marcus Edler, on Tuesday over Lithuania’s ban on goods subject to EU sanctions passing through Kaliningrad, the governor of Kaliningrad said on Monday.
“Of course, this is a situation that can be resolved diplomatically,” Anton Alikhanov told Russian television.
“As far as I know, tomorrow the EU ambassador to Russia, Marcus Edler, will be summoned to the Foreign Office…he will be informed of the appropriate conditions involved here.”
Vilnius Prohibition of transit of goods Travel to and from the Russian enclave between Lithuania and Poland via Lithuanian territory under EU sanctions rules.
Lysychansk’s “hardest” battle in Severo-Donetsk: Zelenskyy
Zelensky said the two main cities in eastern Ukraine were experiencing the “hardest” fighting, as Russian troops increased pressure on the region and seized territory along a front-line river.
“We are defending Lysychansk, Severodonetsk, this whole region, the most difficult area. We are fighting the most difficult battle there,” Zelensky said in an evening speech, after predicting that Moscow would be in a position to welcome Kyiv to the European Union after he predicted Escalating attacks ahead of EU summit.
Moscow’s separatist proxies claim to have seized Toshkivka, a town on the west bank of the Ukrainian-majority Donets River, south of Severo Donetsk, that has become a major battleground in recent weeks City.
Zelensky also said shelling in Kharkiv and Odessa continued, and described Russia’s offensive in Donbass as “barbaric”.
Governor of Ukraine: Russian troops enter Severo Donetsk industrial zone
Russian troops have entered an industrial zone in the heavily besieged city of Severo Donetsk, according to Luhansk Region Governor Sheryl Heyday.
“It was hell in there. Everything was engulfed in flames and the shelling didn’t stop even for an hour,” Haidai said on Telegram.
Haidai wrote on Telegram that the Azot chemical plant was the only part of the region not occupied by Russian troops. Nearby villages also came under constant artillery fire. According to Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk, some 300 civilians have taken refuge at the Azot factory, although the situation is constantly changing.
Haidai also stated that the roads linking Severo Donetsk and its sister cities Lysychansk and Bakhmut were under constant artillery fire.
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