LIVE UPDATES: Ukraine Rejects Concessions as Russia Attacks in East and South

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Ukraine Rejects Concessions to Russia

Ukraine ruled retired a ceasefire oregon immoderate territorial concessions to Moscow arsenic Russia stepped up its onslaught successful the eastbound and confederate parts of the country, pounding the Donbas and Mykolaiv regions with aerial strikes and artillery fire.

“The warfare indispensable extremity with the implicit restoration of Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty,” Andriy Yermak, Ukraine’s statesmanlike main of unit said successful a Twitter station connected Sunday.

Polish President Andrzej Duda offered Warsaw’s backing, telling lawmakers successful Kyiv connected Sunday that the planetary assemblage had to request Russia’s implicit withdrawal and that sacrificing immoderate territory would beryllium a “huge blow” to the full West.

“Worrying voices person appeared, saying that Ukraine should springiness successful to (President Vladimir) Putin’s demands,” Duda said, the archetypal overseas person to code the Ukrainian parliament successful idiosyncratic since Russia’s Feb. 24 invasion.

“Only Ukraine has the close to determine astir its future,” helium said.

Speaking to the aforesaid parliamentary session, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy renewed a plea for stronger economical sanctions against Moscow.


Russia Pounds Ukraine’s East and South

Russia pounded Ukrainian forces with airstrikes and artillery successful the eastbound and the south, targeting bid centers, troops, and ammunition depots, the Russian defence ministry said connected Sunday.

Major General Igor Konashenkov, spokesperson for the defence ministry, said air-launched missiles deed 3 bid points, 13 areas wherever troops and Ukrainian subject instrumentality amassed, arsenic good arsenic 4 ammunition depots successful the Donbas.

In Ukraine’s confederate portion of Mykolaiv, Russian rockets deed a mobile anti-drone strategy adjacent the colony of Hannivka, astir 100 kilometers northeast of Mykolaiv city, Konashenkov said.

Rockets “and artillery deed 583 areas wherever troops and Ukrainian subject instrumentality amassed, 41 power points, 76 artillery and mortar units successful firing positions, including 3 Grad batteries, arsenic good arsenic a Bukovel Ukrainian physics warfare presumption adjacent the colony of Hannivka, Mykolaiv region,” helium said.

Since the Feb. 24 commencement of what Moscow calls its “special subject operation,” Russia has destroyed 174 aircraft, 125 helicopters, 977 unmanned aerial vehicles, 317 anti-aircraft rocket systems, 3,198 tanks and different armoured combat vehicles, and 408 aggregate rocket launchers, Konashenkov said.


Polish President Meets Zelenskyy successful Kyiv

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and Poland’s President Andrzej Duda met successful Kyiv connected Sunday, posing for photographs unneurotic and shaking hands.

The 2 presidents walked successful the Ukrainian superior and held talks.

Duda besides attended a league of the Ukrainian parliament connected Sunday, telling lawmakers determination that lone Ukraine has the close to determine its future, arsenic helium became the archetypal overseas person to springiness a code successful idiosyncratic to the Ukrainian parliament since Russia’s Feb. 24 invasion.

Duda offered Warsaw’s backing, telling lawmakers successful Kyiv that the planetary assemblage had to request Russia’s implicit withdrawal and that sacrificing immoderate of it would beryllium a “huge blow” to the full West.


Russia-Appointed Head of Occupied Ukraine Town Wounded successful Blast

The Russian-appointed caput of the occupied Ukrainian municipality adjacent to Europe’s largest atomic powerfulness works was injured successful an detonation connected Sunday, a Ukrainian authoritative and a Russian quality bureau said.

Andrei Shevchik, who was named politician of Enerhodar by Russia pursuing its concern of the town, was successful intensive attraction pursuing the blast, Russia’s RIA quality bureau said, citing a root successful the exigency services.

“We person close confirmation that during the detonation the self-proclaimed caput of the ‘people’s administration’ Shevchik and his bodyguards were injured,” Dmytro Orlov, who Ukraine inactive recognizes arsenic the morganatic politician of the town, said successful a station connected the Telegram messaging app.

Orlov wrote connected Telegram connected Sunday evening that Shevchik had been taken to the Russian-occupied metropolis of Melitopol to retrieve from his injuries, and that helium would beryllium temporarily replaced arsenic person of the town.

Enerhodar had a pre-war colonisation of implicit 50,000. Many residents enactment astatine the 2 powerfulness plants located adjacent to the town, 1 of which is the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant, the largest atomic powerfulness presumption successful Europe.


Top Putin Adviser Warns of ‘Global Famine’ by the End of This Year

A apical adjutant to Russian President Vladimir Putin warned that a “global famine” whitethorn commencement by the extremity of 2022 due to the fact that of atom shortages caused by the struggle successful Ukraine.

“It is important that successful the conditions, for example, of a planetary famine that volition hap person to autumn, by the extremity of this twelvemonth each implicit the world, Russia should not suffer, but beryllium afloat provided with food,” Maxim Oreshkin, Putin’s adviser, told a forum successful Moscow precocious past week, according to state-run media RT.

Oreshkin said the famine volition be, successful part, caused by the United States’ monetary policy.

“Until astir 2020, wheat prices connected the satellite marketplace were stable, but pursuing the accrued printing of the dollar, which started astir July 2020, prices started rising sharply,” helium said, referring to Washington’s measures to woody with effect of COVID-19-related lockdown policies.

“In fact, what America is trying to bash with Ukraine present is to instrumentality retired the atom reserves that Ukraine presently has successful its possession—just different enactment that dooms Ukraine to superior humanitarian problems, but besides dooms the planetary assemblage to having large problems with hunger,” Oreshkin warned.

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Jack Phillips and Reuters contributed to this report.

Epoch Times Staff