As the Russian-Ukrainian war enters its 95th day, we take a look at the main developments.
Here are the main events so far for Sunday, May 29.
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- Russian troops conduct a surprise operation to fight for the eastern Ukrainian city of Severo Donetsk.
- The invading force appears to be close to taking over the entire Luhansk region, one of the Kremlin’s more moderate war goals.
- Russian artillery bombed the Lysichansk-Bakhmut road, which Russia had to take to surround Ukrainian troops.
- Russia’s Defense Ministry said its forces had taken full control of Lehman, west of Severo Donetsk; however, Ukraine’s Deputy Defense Minister Hannah Maliar said fighting in the town continued.
- Russia also said it had used missile strikes to destroy Ukrainian command posts in Bakhmut and Soledar.
- Ukraine has begun receiving Harpoon anti-ship missiles from Denmark and self-propelled howitzers from the United States, Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov said.
- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said he expected good news on arms supplies this week, but gave no details.
- Russia’s Defense Ministry said its navy successfully launched a new hypersonic missile from the Barents Sea, hitting a target 1,000 kilometers (600 miles) away.
- Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Olga Stefanishyna said dismayed by the West’s divisions over the war, NATO showed it could not have a unified response.
- French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Schultz urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to release 2,500 Ukrainian defenders of the Azovstal steel plant held by Russian forces during an 80-minute call, the Elysee Palace said. .
- Putin warns Macron and Schultz strengthen weapons Supply to Ukraine would be “dangerous” and risk “further destabilization”.
- Prime Minister Boris Johnson pledged in a conference call with Zelensky on Saturday that the UK would continue to provide support “including helping to provide the equipment they need”.
- EU summits on Monday and Tuesday could lead to a split between member states that want to take a tough stance on Russia and those calling for a ceasefire.
- Putin tells Macron and Scholz that Moscow is willing to discuss ways to make Ukraine possible recovery food transportationthe Kremlin said.
- The port of Mariupol has resumed operations after Russian troops cleared mines in the Sea of Azov, according to reports.
- Johnson told Zelensky that international partners were stepping up efforts to find ways to restore Ukrainian grain exports to avert a global food crisis.
- For the first time since Russia completed its occupation of the city, a ship has entered the Ukrainian port of Mariupol to load the metal and transport it east to Russia.