Russia-Ukraine war: Ukrainian gas operator says it will suspend Russian supply to Europe – live

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Ukraine to suspend Russian state pipeline to Europe

Ukraine has said it volition suspend the travel of state done a transit constituent that it says delivers astir a 3rd of the substance piped from Russia to Europe done Ukraine, blaming Moscow for the determination and saying it would determination the flows elsewhere.

Ukraine has remained a large transit way for Russian state to Europe adjacent passim Russia’s warfare successful Ukraine.

GTSOU, which operates Ukraine’s state system, said it would halt shipments via the Sokhranivka way from Wednesday, declaring “force majeure”, a clause invoked erstwhile a concern is deed by thing beyond its control, Reuters reports.

But Gazprom, which has a monopoly connected Russian state exports by pipeline, said it was “technologically impossible” to displacement each volumes to the Sudzha interconnection constituent further west, arsenic GTSOU proposed.

GTSOU CEO Sergiy Makogon told Reuters that Russian occupying forces had started taking state transiting done Ukraine and sending it to 2 Russia-backed separatist regions successful the country’s east. He did not mention evidence.

The institution said it could not run astatine the Novopskov state compressor presumption owed to “the interference of the occupying forces successful method processes”, adding it could temporarily displacement the affected travel to the Sudzha carnal interconnection constituent located successful territory controlled by Ukraine.

Ukraine’s suspension of Russian earthy state flows done the Sokhranivka way should not person an interaction connected the home Ukrainian market, authorities vigor steadfast Naftogaz caput Yuriy Vitrenko told Reuters.

The authorities state institution successful Moldova, a tiny federation connected Ukraine’s occidental border, said it had not received immoderate announcement from GTSOU oregon Gazprom that supplies would beryllium interrupted.

Russia’s quality bureau RIA is carrying quotes from Apta Alaudinov, adjunct to the caput of Chechnya, claiming that the remnants of the Ukrainian troops driven retired of the metropolis of Rubizhne successful the Donbas are blocked astatine the Zarya plant. It quotes him saying:

All these days we person been engaged blocking the Zarya plant. We had the task of clearing it from the near flank of the Zarya works to Kudryashovka from those strongholds and points that were there, truthful arsenic not to permission the force down us. This task has already been completed, our forces and means person practically blocked the Zarya plant.

Rubizhne is successful the Luhansk portion to the eastbound of Ukraine. Zarya is simply a chemic plant.

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Wounded soldiers trapped wrong Azovstal plead for help

A bid of photos published connected the Azov Regiment’s Telegram transmission aboriginal this greeting purport to amusement the squalid conditions of wounded Ukrainian defenders holed up nether the Azovstal steelworks works successful besieged Mariupol.

The harrowing images uncover the fearfulness of a dimly lit, makeshift ‘hospital’ wrong the works wherever soldiers person treatment, galore for mislaid limbs. The photos were published alongside a connection pleading for help.

The full civilised satellite indispensable spot the conditions successful which the wounded, crippled defenders of Mariupol are and act!

In wholly unsanitary conditions, with unfastened wounds bandaged with non-sterile remnants of bandages, without the indispensable medicine and adjacent food.

We telephone connected the UN and the Red Cross to amusement their humanity and reaffirm the basal principles connected which you were created by rescuing wounded radical who are nary longer combatants.

The servicemen you spot successful the photograph and hundreds much astatine the Azovstal works defended Ukraine and the full civilised satellite with superior injuries astatine the outgo of their ain health. Are Ukraine and the satellite assemblage present incapable to support and instrumentality attraction of them?”

The regiment pleaded for the “immediate evacuation of wounded servicemen to Ukrainian-controlled territories” wherever they could beryllium assisted and provided with due care.

A antheral   successful  a sling stares astatine  the camera arsenic  Russian troops proceed  their battle  of the Azovstal alloy  works   successful  Mariupol.
A antheral successful a sling stares astatine the camera arsenic Russian troops proceed their battle of the Azovstal steelworks successful Mariupol. Photograph: Azov Regiment Press Service/Reuters
An injured Ukrainian work  subordinate   sits astatine  a tract  infirmary  wrong  a bunker of the Azovstal Iron and Steel Works successful  Mariupol, Ukraine.
An injured Ukrainian work subordinate sits astatine a tract infirmary wrong a bunker of the Azovstal steelworks successful Mariupol, Ukraine. Photograph: Azov Regiment Press Service/Reuters
An injured Ukrainian work  subordinate   sits with his limb  successful  a sling wrong  the Azovstal plant.
An injured Ukrainian work subordinate sits with his limb successful a sling wrong the Azovstal plant. Photograph: Azov Regiment Press Service/Reuters
A antheral   makes a bid    motion   astatine  the camera.
A antheral makes a bid motion astatine the camera. Photograph: Azov Regiment Press Service/Reuters
An injured Ukrainian work  subordinate   sits successful  the dimly-lit, makeshift hospital.
An injured Ukrainian work subordinate sits successful the dimly-lit, makeshift hospital. Photograph: Azov Regiment Press Service/Reuters
A worker  with wounds inflicted connected  his look   seen successful  bandages.
A worker with wounds inflicted connected his look seen successful bandages. Photograph: Azov Regiment Press Service/Reuters
Two men who each   mislaid  a limb  from Russian assaults usage  crutches to stand.
Two men who each mislaid a limb from Russian assaults usage crutches to stand. Photograph: Azov Regiment Press Service/Reuters
An injured Ukrainian work  subordinate   receives aesculapian  assistance   successful  a tract  infirmary  wrong  a bunker of the Azovstal plant.
An injured Ukrainian work subordinate receives aesculapian assistance successful a tract infirmary wrong a bunker of the Azovstal plant. Photograph: Azov Regiment Press Service/Reuters

US House approves much than $40bn much assistance for Ukraine

The US House of Representatives has approved much than $40bn successful assistance for Ukraine.

The House passed the Ukraine spending measure by 368 to 57 connected Tuesday evening, with each “no” ballot coming from Republicans, according to a Reuters report. The measurement present heads to the Senate, which is expected to enactment quickly.

President Joe Biden had asked Congress to o.k. an further $33bn successful assistance for Ukraine 2 weeks ago, but lawmakers decided to summation the subject and humanitarian funding.

“This measure volition support democracy, bounds Russian aggression, and fortify our ain nationalist security, while, astir importantly, supporting Ukraine,” Democratic typical Rosa DeLauro, who chairs the House appropriations committee, said.

US President Joe Biden signs the Ukraine Lend-Lease Act portion    the US House conscionable  approved much  than $40bn successful  further  assistance  for Ukraine.
US president Joe Biden signs the Ukraine Lend-Lease Act, portion the US House approved much than $40bn successful further assistance for Ukraine. Photograph: REX/Shutterstock

Some Republicans opposed the bill, criticising Democrats for moving excessively rapidly to nonstop excessively galore US payer dollars abroad. Biden’s chap Democrats narrowly power Congress, but the measure volition request Republican votes to get done the Senate.

The bundle includes $6bn for information assistance, including training, equipment, weapons and support; $8.7bn to replenish stocks of US instrumentality sent to Ukraine, and $3.9bn for European Command operations.

In addition, the authorities authorises a further $11bn successful Presidential Drawdown Authority, which allows the president to authorise the transportation of articles and services from US stocks without legislature support successful effect to an emergency. Biden had asked for $5bn.

It besides authorises $4bn successful overseas subject financing to supply enactment for Ukraine and different countries affected by the crisis.

Ukraine to suspend Russian state pipeline to Europe

Ukraine has said it volition suspend the travel of state done a transit constituent that it says delivers astir a 3rd of the substance piped from Russia to Europe done Ukraine, blaming Moscow for the determination and saying it would determination the flows elsewhere.

Ukraine has remained a large transit way for Russian state to Europe adjacent passim Russia’s warfare successful Ukraine.

GTSOU, which operates Ukraine’s state system, said it would halt shipments via the Sokhranivka way from Wednesday, declaring “force majeure”, a clause invoked erstwhile a concern is deed by thing beyond its control, Reuters reports.

But Gazprom, which has a monopoly connected Russian state exports by pipeline, said it was “technologically impossible” to displacement each volumes to the Sudzha interconnection constituent further west, arsenic GTSOU proposed.

GTSOU CEO Sergiy Makogon told Reuters that Russian occupying forces had started taking state transiting done Ukraine and sending it to 2 Russia-backed separatist regions successful the country’s east. He did not mention evidence.

The institution said it could not run astatine the Novopskov state compressor presumption owed to “the interference of the occupying forces successful method processes”, adding it could temporarily displacement the affected travel to the Sudzha carnal interconnection constituent located successful territory controlled by Ukraine.

Ukraine’s suspension of Russian earthy state flows done the Sokhranivka way should not person an interaction connected the home Ukrainian market, authorities vigor steadfast Naftogaz caput Yuriy Vitrenko told Reuters.

The authorities state institution successful Moldova, a tiny federation connected Ukraine’s occidental border, said it had not received immoderate announcement from GTSOU oregon Gazprom that supplies would beryllium interrupted.

Russia could predominate north-west Black Sea, UK MoD says

Russia could predominate the north-western Black Sea if it is capable to consolidates its presumption connected Snake Island, according to the the UK ministry of defence.

The report, released conscionable aft 6am this morning, reads:

Fighting continues astatine Zmiinyi Island, besides known arsenic Snake Island, with Russia repeatedly trying to reenforce its exposed garrison located there.

Ukraine has successfully struck Russian aerial defences and resupply vessels with Bayraktar drones. Russia’s resupply vessels person minimum extortion successful the occidental Black Sea, pursuing the Russian Navy’s retreat to Crimea aft the nonaccomplishment of the Moskva.

A outer  presumption    shows fume  rising implicit    Snake Island, Ukraine.
A outer presumption shows fume rising implicit Snake Island, Ukraine. Photograph: Planet Labs Pbc/Reuters

Russia’s existent efforts to augment its forces connected Zmiinyi Island connection Ukraine much opportunities to prosecute Russian troops and attrit materiel.

If Russia consolidates its presumption connected Zmiinyi Island with strategical aerial defence and coastal defence cruise missiles, they could predominate the north-western Black Sea.”

In lawsuit you missed this somewhat uplifting quality from earlier, Ukraine has been voted done to the expansive last successful the Eurovision Song Contest.

At the extremity of their semi-final performance, the folk-rap radical Kalush Orchestra thanked everyone for supporting their state amid the Russian invasion.

The radical had been incapable to conscionable and rehearse regularly and were lone capable to get unneurotic astir six weeks earlier Tuesday night’s performance.

Radio 1 DJ Scott Mills, who was commentating for the BBC sum of the semi-final, said: “Frontman Oleg joked that helium doesn’t deliberation the deficiency of rehearsal clip volition impact their show due to the fact that they’re precise charismatic men.”

The Ukrainian enactment is the favourite to win.

The competition’s producers antecedently announced Russia volition nary longer enactment successful this year’s contention pursuing Russia’s penetration of Ukraine.

Kalush Orchestra from Ukraine execute  the opus  ‘Stefania’ during the archetypal  semi last  of the 66th yearly  Eurovision Song Contest.
Kalush Orchestra from Ukraine execute the opus ‘Stefania’ during the archetypal semi last of the 66th yearly Eurovision Song Contest. Photograph: Alessandro Di Marco/EPA
he Ukrainian enactment  Kalush Orchestra is the favourite to win.
he Ukrainian enactment Kalush Orchestra is the favourite to win. Photograph: Jussi Nukari/REX/Shutterstock
At the extremity  of their semi-final performance, the folk-rap radical  thanked viewers for supporting Ukraine.
At the extremity of their semi-final performance, the folk-rap radical thanked viewers for supporting Ukraine. Photograph: Alessandro Di Marco/EPA
Kalush Orchestra from Ukraine has been voted done  to the expansive  last  successful  the Eurovision Song Contest.
Kalush Orchestra from Ukraine has been voted done to the expansive last successful the Eurovision Song Contest. Photograph: Yara Nardi/Reuters

Ukrainian forces retake villages successful Kharkiv, Zelenskiy says

Ukraine earlier announced its forces person recaptured villages from Russian troops northbound and north-east of Kharkiv, pressing a counter-offensive that could awesome a displacement successful the war’s momentum and jeopardise Russia’s main advance.

Tetiana Apatchenko, property serviceman for the 92nd Separate Mechanised Brigade, the main Ukrainian unit successful the area, successful the country’s east, confirmed that Ukrainian troops had successful caller days recaptured the settlements of Cherkaski Tyshky, Ruski Tyshki, Borshchova and Slobozhanske, successful a pouch northbound of Kharkiv.

Defence ministry advisor Yuriy Saks said the successes were pushing Russian forces retired of scope of Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest metropolis and located successful the north-east, which has been nether perpetual bombardment since the warfare began.

The subject operations of the Ukrainian equipped forces astir Kharkiv, particularly northbound and north-east of Kharkiv, are benignant of a occurrence story. The Ukrainian service was capable to propulsion these warfare criminals to a enactment beyond the scope of their artillery.”

Ukrainian forces retake villages successful Kharkiv, Zelenskiy says
Ukrainian forces retake villages successful Kharkiv, Zelenskiy says

Ukraine’s president Zelenskiy besides confirmed the quality during his nationalist address, though helium cautioned against expecting “certain victories”.

The Armed Forces of our authorities provided america each with bully quality from the Kharkiv region. The occupiers are gradually being pushed distant from Kharkiv.

I americium grateful to each our defenders who are holding the enactment and demonstrating genuinely superhuman spot to thrust retired the service of invaders. Once the 2nd astir almighty service successful the world.

But I besides privation to impulse each our people, and particularly those successful the rear, not to dispersed excessive emotions. We shouldn’t make an ambiance of circumstantial motivation pressure, erstwhile definite victories are expected play and adjacent daily.

The Armed Forces of Ukraine are doing everything to liberate our onshore and our people. To liberate each our cities - Kherson, Melitopol, Berdyansk, Mariupol and each others.

The counterattack adjacent Kharkiv could awesome a caller phase, with Ukraine present going connected the violative aft weeks successful which Russia mounted a monolithic battle without making a breakthrough.

By pushing backmost Russian forces who had occupied the outskirts of Kharkiv since the commencement of the invasion, the Ukrainians are moving into striking region of the rear proviso lines sustaining the main Russian onslaught unit further south. Neil Melvin of the RUSI deliberation vessel successful London said:

They’re trying to chopped successful and down the Russians to chopped disconnected the proviso lines, due to the fact that that’s truly 1 of their (the Russians’) main weaknesses.

Ukrainians are getting adjacent to the Russian border. So each the gains that the Russians made successful the aboriginal days successful the noerth-east of Ukraine are progressively slipping away.”

A antheral   rides a bicycle successful  beforehand   of a damaging BMP connected  the outskirts of Kharkiv, Ukraine.
A antheral rides a bicycle successful beforehand of a damaging BMP connected the outskirts of Kharkiv, Ukraine. Photograph: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Summary and welcome

Hello and invited backmost to the Guardian’s unrecorded sum of the warfare successful Ukraine.

I’m Samantha Lock and I’ll beryllium bringing you each the latest developments until my workfellow Martin Belam successful London takes the reins a small later.

It is conscionable aft 8am successful Ukraine. Here is everything you mightiness person missed:

  • Ukrainian forces person retaken villages successful the Kharkiv region, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has said successful his nightly address. The liberation of Cherkaski Tyshky, Ruski Tyshki, Borshchova and Slobozhanske could awesome a caller signifier successful the war, Zelenskiy said, portion cautioning against expecting “certain victories”.
  • Belarus has said it volition deploy peculiar operations troops successful 3 areas adjacent its confederate borderline with Ukraine. The Belarusian president, Alexander Lukashenko, said Moscow had agreed to assistance Minsk nutrient missiles and warned Belarus could “inflict unacceptable harm connected the enemy”.
  • The fig of civilians killed successful Ukraine since the opening of the warfare is “thousands higher” than authoritative figures, the caput of the UN’s quality rights monitoring ngo successful the state said. The authoritative UN civilian decease toll successful Ukraine stands astatine 3,381 arsenic good arsenic 3,680 injured.
  • At slightest 100 civilians remained successful the Azovstal steelworks nether dense Russian occurrence successful the confederate Ukrainian metropolis of Mariupol, an adjutant to the city’s politician said. Ukraine’s Azov Regiment made a plea to the planetary assemblage for help, saying its soldiers were trapped successful “completely unsanitary conditions, with unfastened wounds” and without indispensable medicine oregon food.
  • The UK premier minister, Boris Johnson, volition sojourn Finland and Sweden connected Wednesday arsenic they see whether to use for Nato membership. Downing Street said they would sermon “broader information issues”.
  • Ukrainian officials said they recovered the bodies of 44 civilians successful the rubble of a five-storey gathering that was destroyed successful March successful Izium, astir 120km (75 miles) from Kharkiv.
  • US lawmakers successful the House of Representatives person approved much than $40bn much assistance for Ukraine. The authorities was owed to spell the US Senate with hopes precocious for its passage.
  • Vladimir Putin volition “turn to much drastic means” to execute his objectives successful Ukraine, potentially triggering his edifice to utilizing a atomic weapon, the US manager of nationalist quality has said. Avril Haines told the Senate equipped services committee that the Russian president was “preparing for prolonged conflict” successful Ukraine and that his strategical goals person “probably not changed”.
  • The UN wide assembly has voted overwhelmingly for the Czech Republic to regenerate Russia connected the apical quality rights body.
  • Ukraine has said it volition suspend the travel of state done a transit constituent that it says delivers astir a 3rd of the substance piped from Russia to Europe done Ukraine. GTSOU, which operates Ukraine’s state system, said it would halt shipments via Sokhranivka from Wednesday, declaring “force majeure”, a clause invoked erstwhile a concern is deed by thing beyond its control, Reuters reported. Russia’s Gazprom said this would beryllium “technologically impossible”.
  • Four Russian determination governors reportedly resigned connected Tuesday arsenic the state braces for the interaction of economical sanctions. The heads of the Tomsk, Saratov, Kirov and Mari El regions announced their contiguous departure from office, portion the caput of Ryazan portion said helium would not tally for different term.
  • Ukraine has been voted done to the expansive last successful the Eurovision opus contest. At the extremity of their semi-final performance, the folk-rap radical Kalush Orchestra thanked viewers for supporting Ukraine amid the Russian invasion.
  • The fig of Ukrainians who person fled their state since Russia’s penetration connected 24 February is approaching six million, according to the United Nations.