Russia ‘pressing strongly’ towards Donetsk, says president, as officials confirm several eastern areas are captured.
- Russia marks the day Nazi Germany’s forces invaded the Soviet Union on June 22, 1941, with President Vladimir Putin due to lay flowers to honour the dead.
- Ukrainian officials say Russian forces have captured several settlements near the embattled cities of Lysychansk and Severodonetsk in the eastern Luhansk region.
- Seven Russian missiles hit the southern city of Mykolaiv, regional governor Vitaliy Kim has said.
- Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Ryabkov says country’s priority is to prevent nuclear war: News Outlet via RIA Novosti.
- An investigation by Reporters Without Borders has found that Ukrainian photojournalist Maks Levin and serviceman Oleksiy Chernyshov who were found dead near Kyiv on April 1 were “coldly executed”.
- Indonesian President Joko Widodo will visit both Ukraine and Russia next week to meet his counterparts and push for a peaceful resolution to the conflict, his foreign minister says.
- Russian forces pounded the country’s second largest city Kharkiv on Tuesday and on Wednesday morning killing at least 15 civilians.
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