Live news: Russian negotiator accuses Kyiv of 'rolling back' on agreements
Live news updates: Some 344 people have been evacuated in and around the besieged city of Mariupol, says Ukraine's president.
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Last Updated at May 5, 2022 15:44 IST
Irpin Territorial Defence and Ukrainian Army soldiers hold flowers to be placed on the graves of comrades fallen during the Russian occupation, at the cemetery of Irpin, on the outskirts of Kyiv, on Sunday, May 1, 2022. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
Live news updates: Ukraine has launched a global fundraising initiative, United24, said President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. Finland and Sweden are getting security assurances from the U.S. if threatened by Russia if they apply to join NATO, Sweden’s foreign minister said.
Some 344 people have been evacuated in and around the besieged city of Mariupol, Zelenskiy said. A daytime cease-fire is due to be in effect for three days even Ukrainian officials say Russia’s trying to “destroy” the remaining soldiers in the Azovstal steel plant, including with new air bombardments.
Russian forces have been slowed by supply line and morale problems in the southern and eastern parts of Ukraine, the Pentagon’s chief spokesman said.
India defended its continued purchases of Russian oil on Wednesday, saying they were part of its long-standing effort to diversify its supplies and arguing a sudden halt to imports would jack up world prices and hurt its consumers. Attracted by discounts, the world's third-largest crude oil importer has bought more than twice as much oil from Russia since it invaded Ukraine as in the whole of 2021.
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