Russia-Ukraine war latest: Zelenskiy predicts ‘victorious chord’ in battle after Ukraine wins Eurovision – live

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Hello and invited to the Guardian’s unrecorded sum of the warfare successful Ukraine. I’m Tess McClure and I’ll beryllium with you for the adjacent fewer hours earlier handing implicit to my colleagues successful London.

Here are immoderate of the cardinal developments of the past fewer hours, including the harmless evacuation of different convoy of refugees from Mariupol and Ukraine’s triumph successful the Eurovision opus contention connected a question of affectional enactment from the European public.

  • Millions of radical volition starve to decease unless Russia allows the export of Ukrainian atom from blockaded ports. G7 governments said Russia was pushing 43 cardinal radical into starvation with its blockade of Ukrainian grain. It came amid protests successful Iran astir the terms of bread.
  • A ample convoy of hundreds of cars and vans carrying refugees from the ruins of Mariupol arrived successful the Ukrainian-controlled metropolis of Zaporizhzhia connected Saturday nighttime aft waiting days for Russian troops to let them to leave, Reuters reports. Ukraine has gradually been evacuating civilians from the devastated metropolis for much than 2 months.
  • Ukraine has ridden a question of affectional enactment from Europeans to win the 66th Eurovision opus contest, which was held connected Saturday evening successful Turin successful Italy. Stefania by Kalush Orchestra finished archetypal aft beardown showings by the United Kingdom, Spain and Sweden successful the aboriginal voting. The Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy hailed the triumph and pledged to 1 time clasp the last successful a “free, rebuilt” Mariupol.
  • The US Senate number leader, Mitch McConnell, joined the increasing database of US politicians making visits to Kyiv. Zelenskiy welcomed McConnell’s sojourn arsenic a almighty awesome of bipartisan enactment for Ukraine.
  • Zelenskiy besides thanked president Joe Biden for signing into instrumentality this week an update to the 2nd satellite warfare epoch Lend-Lease act, which allows for faster accumulation and transportation by the US of weapons and munitions to allies engaged successful conflicts successful which it is not a nonstop participant.
  • Russia’s ambassador to the US, Anatoly Antonov, says his country’s diplomats successful Washington DC are being threatened with unit and harassed by US quality services, Reuters is reporting, citing the Tass quality bureau of Russia.
  • Finland’s president, Sauli Niinistö, told Vladimir Putin that Helsinki plans to join Nato. Niinistö delivered the quality during a telephone telephone with the Russian leader.
  • Putin said abandoning neutrality would beryllium a mistake and that determination are nary existent threats to Finland’s security. Russia has described Helsinki’s bid to articulation Nato arsenic a hostile determination that “definitely” would correspond a menace – to which Moscow volition respond.
  • Ukraine says Moscow is readying to clasp a referendum, possibly arsenic aboriginal arsenic Sunday, connected whether Mariupol wants to go portion of Russia. It follows quality of a akin canvass successful Georgia’s breakaway portion of South Ossetia and allegations from occidental allies that Russia is readying sham referendums to warrant subject actions.
  • Russian troops person withdrawn from the Kharkiv metropolis area, its mayor, Ihor Terekhov, said. He said that, “due to the efforts of Kharkiv territorial defence and Ukrainian equipped forces, the Russians person withdrawn retired acold from the metropolis country successful the absorption of the Russian border”.
  • The warfare volition beryllium implicit by the extremity of 2022, Ukraine’s caput of subject quality said. Major wide Kyrylo Budanov claimed Moscow was suffering dense casualties and predicted a turning constituent by mid-August – adding his content that “most of the progressive combat actions volition person finished by the extremity of this year”.
  • Moscow is failing to scope its governmental aims successful Ukraine, the UK’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) said. The information Russia has lone succeeded successful imposing a pro-Russia section enactment successful the metropolis of Kherson “highlights the nonaccomplishment of Russia’s penetration to marque advancement towards its governmental objectives”, the latest quality update said.
  • “Very hard negotiations” connected the adjacent signifier of evacuations from Mariupol were ongoing, Zelenskiy said. The city’s past remaining Ukrainian defenders are holed up successful the Azovstal alloy plant