President Zelensky meets with US officials
Ukrainian leaders reiterated their call for US-made long-range multiple rocket launchers to defend against increasing Russian attacks.
“It’s hard to fight when you’re attacked from 70 km away and you have nothing to fight back,” Ukrainian presidential adviser and peace negotiator Mykhailo Podolyak said on Twitter.
“Ukraine can bring Russia back behind the Iron Curtain, but we need effective weapons for that.”
President Volodymyr Zelensky expressed hope that Ukraine’s allies would provide the necessary weapons, adding that he expected “good news” this week.
US officials have said such systems are being actively considered.
Meanwhile, Zelensky said the military situation in Donbass was very complicated, adding that defenses were holding up in a number of places, including Sievierodonetsk and Lysychansk.
“It’s indescribably difficult there. And I am grateful to everyone who stood up to this onslaught,” he said.
Elsewhere, the British Ministry of Defense has said that if Russia succeeds in gaining control of these areas, the Kremlin would likely consider it a “substantial political achievement”, which it could use to justify its invasion to the Russian people.
Ukrainian leaders demand more weapons
Ukrainian presidential adviser and peace negotiator Mykhailo Podolyak reiterated his call for long-range American-made multiple rocket launchers. U.S. officials told Reuters such systems are being actively considered, with a decision possible in the coming days.
“It’s hard to fight when you’re attacked from 70 km away and you have nothing to fight back. Ukraine can send Russia back behind the iron curtain, but we need effective weapons for that” , Podolyak said on Twitter.
President Volodymyr Zelenskiy expressed hope in a late-night video address that Ukraine’s allies would provide the necessary weapons, adding that he expected “good news” this week.
Maryam Zakir-HussainMay 29, 2022 07:40
Thank you for following our coverage of the invasion of Ukraine today.
We are suspending coverage on the blog and will resume coverage tomorrow morning.
Here is a summary of everything that happened today:
Holly BancroftMay 28, 2022 9:23 p.m.
Today’s Highlights: Putin urged to hold ‘serious negotiations’ with Ukraine
French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz have called on Mr Putin for an “immediate ceasefire and withdrawal of Russian troops” as the assault on Ukraine’s Donbass region intensifies.
In an 80-minute three-way phone call, the leaders also urged Mr Putin to release 2,500 Ukrainian fighters taken prisoner of war at the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol, according to a reading from Mr Scholz’s office.
The Russian president warned Mr. Macron and Mr. Scholz that Western arms supplies to Ukraine were “dangerous”, according to the Kremlin.
It comes after Russia claimed to have taken control of Lyman after days of fighting for the Ukrainian town. The claimed success is seen as key to the next phase of Moscow’s assault on the Donbass region.
Holly BancroftMay 28, 2022 9:22 p.m.
West trying to break Russian blockade and ‘avoid global food crisis’, says PM
The West is working to break the Russian blockade on Ukrainian ports to “avoid a global food crisis” by releasing millions of tonnes of grain, Boris Johnson has said.
The prime minister spoke with President Volodymyr Zelensky on Saturday morning about international efforts to end the “despicable blockade” of Odessa, southern Ukraine’s main port on the Black Sea.
The conversation between the leaders comes after Mr Johnson revealed this week that the West was backing the Ukrainians to clear the Black Sea and reopen international shipping lanes.
Holly BancroftMay 28, 2022 8:02 p.m.
European leaders call for ‘serious negotiations’ between Putin and Zelensky
Vladimir Putin has been invited to hold “serious direct negotiations” with Volodymyr Zelensky to try to end Russia’s war against Ukraine.
Macron and Scholz urged the Russian president to “find a diplomatic solution to the conflict”, while also calling for an immediate ceasefire and the withdrawal of troops from Ukraine.
Ukraine, however, doubts the negotiations will be successful, saying no deal with Russia is trustworthy.
“Any deal with Russia is not worth a broke penny. Is it possible to negotiate with a country that always lies with cynicism and propaganda?” peace talks negotiator Mykhailo Podolyak wrote on Telegram.
Zaina AlibhaiMay 28, 2022 8:02 p.m.
Macron and Scholz demand the release of the Ukrainian in the steelworks
French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Schloz have urged Vladimir Putin to release Ukrainians detained at the Azovstal steelworks in Mariupol.
Some 2,500 fighters have been taken prisoner by Russian forces after surrendering after months of relentless shelling in the besieged city.
Hundreds were reportedly taken to a former penal colony while others were treated in hospital.
Zaina AlibhaiMay 28, 2022 7:31 p.m.
ICYMI – UK MP’s son in Ukraine ‘filmed destroying Russian armored vehicle’
The son of a Tory MP was filmed helping to blow up a Russian armored vehicle during an operation in Ukraine, according to footage obtained by the I.
Ben Grant was heard shouting “shoot it now” and “watch out for the rear explosion” before an anti-tank missile was launched at a Russian BTR in a forest in northeast Ukraine.
Mr Grant, 30, the son of former minister Helen Grant, Conservative MP for Maidstone and The Weald, is part of a group of Western volunteer fighters supporting Ukraine following the Russian invasion.
My colleague Emily Atkinson has more details here:
Maryam Zakir-HussainMay 28, 2022 7:00 p.m.
Russia takes small towns, aims to expand eastern Ukraine battle
Russia claimed on Saturday that its troops and separatist fighters had captured a key railroad junction in eastern Ukraine, the second small town to fall to Moscow forces this week as they fight to seize the entire contested region of Donbass.
Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said the town of Lyman had been “completely liberated” by a joint force of Russian soldiers and Kremlin-backed separatists who waged war in the area eastern border of Russia for eight years. #
Maryam Zakir-HussainMay 28, 2022 6:30 p.m.
Ukraine War: Today’s Economy Updates
Russian President Vladimir Putin told French and German leaders in a phone call that Russia was willing to discuss ways to allow Ukraine to resume grain shipments from Black Sea ports, the report said. Kremlin.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has told Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy that international partners are working intensively to find ways to resume the export of grain from Ukraine to avert a global food crisis.
A ship has entered the Ukrainian port of Mariupol for the first time since Russia completed its capture of the city to load metal and ship it east to Russia, TASS news agency reported. in a move Kyiv called looting.
The EU is seeking an agreement this weekend to ban deliveries of Russian oil by sea but not by pipeline to reach Hungary. Zelenskiy accused the EU of dithering.
Maryam Zakir-HussainMay 28, 2022 6:00 p.m.
The war devastates Norway’s oil and gas profits. Now it is asked to help
Europe’s frantic search for alternatives to Russian energy has dramatically increased the demand – and the price – for Norwegian oil and gas.
As the money pours in, Europe’s second-largest natural gas supplier is pushing back against accusations that it is profiting from the war in Ukraine.
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, who is counting on the Scandinavian country to replace some of the gas Poland was getting from Russia, said Norway’s “gigantic” oil and gas profits “feed indirectly from the war”. He urged Norway to use this windfall to support the hardest hit countries, primarily Ukraine.
Maryam Zakir-HussainMay 28, 2022 5:30 p.m.