Russia-Ukraine Live News: Putin to discuss Ukraine’s grain supply | Russo-Ukrainian War

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin has told French and German leaders that Moscow is ready to look for ways to ship grain stranded in Ukrainian ports.
  • Putin warns German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and French President Emmanuel Macron against supplying heavy weapons to Ukraine in an 80-minute phone call.
  • He also says he is ready to look for ways to ship grain stranded in Ukrainian ports, but demands that the West first lift the sanctions.
  • Scholz and Macron urge Putin to release 2,500 Azovstal fighters.
  • The Russian army claims to have captured the strategic town of Lyman in eastern Ukraine.

INTERACTIVE map Russia-Ukraine Who controls what in the Donbass DAY 94

Here are the latest updates:

Parts of a Ukrainian village are still flooded months after the dam was destroyed to stop the Russian advance

Dozens of homes in the Ukrainian village of Demydiv remain partially submerged months after a dam was destroyed and the area flooded to prevent Russian troops from advancing on Kyiv, officials say.

“At the moment about 50 houses in the village of Demydiv remain flooded,” regional governor Oleksiy Kuleba wrote in a message on the Telegram messaging app.

“People understand the situation. We, in turn, make every effort to resolve the problem.

The Ukrainian army blew up the dam on the Irpin River in February, flooding homes and fields in Demydiv, whose history dates back a thousand years.

Russia prevents Ukrainians from leaving Kherson, says Zelenskyy

The Ukrainian president said that Russian forces were trying to prevent the departure of Ukrainians from the occupied areas in the south of the Kherson region.

“They don’t provide any humanitarian corridors. And closed the individual departure of people. Those who are confident in their position would certainly not make such decisions. This is clearly a sign of weakness,” Zelenskyy said in his evening speech.

Zelenskyy will address the European Council

The Ukrainian president said he was preparing to speak at a meeting of the European Council, which will take place on May 30-31.

“In particular, I will talk about the following: terror, which has in fact become the only form of Russian state action against Europe. Terror on the land of Ukraine. Terror in the energy market in Europe, not only in our country. Terror in the food market, and globally. And what kind of terror will be next? »

He said in his evening address that he would continue to address the parliaments of European countries next week.

“There will be many other international activities aimed at strengthening our state and increasing the joint pressure of the whole free world on Russia.”

Situation in eastern Ukraine ‘very difficult’ says Zelensky

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Russia’s war on the front lines in the Donbass and Kharkiv region “is very difficult”.

Wearing a t-shirt that read “I am Ukrainian,” Zelenskyy said Russian attention remains focused on the cities of Sievierodonetsk, Lysychansk, Bakhmut and Popasna.

He added: “I will remind the world that Russia must finally be officially recognized as a terrorist state and a state sponsor of terrorism.”

Ukrainian counter-offensive in the Kherson region underway: ISW

The Institute for the Study of War (ISW) said an ongoing counteroffensive by Ukrainian forces in the Kherson region may have pushed Russian forces back to “unfavorable borders” near the villages of Andriyivka, Lozove and Belohirka in Kherson.

The political research organization said earlier on Saturday that a ground attack launched by Russian forces near Kherson-Mykolaiv had failed.

It was the first such Russian attack near Kherson for several weeks.

Ukraine receives Harpoon anti-ship missiles and howitzers

Ukraine has started receiving Harpoon anti-ship missiles from Denmark and self-propelled howitzers from the United States, Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov said.

Reznikov said Ukraine received a range of heavy artillery pieces, including modified US-made M109 self-propelled howitzers that will allow the Ukrainian military to hit targets at longer ranges.

Coast-to-ship harpoon missiles will be used alongside Ukrainian Neptune missiles for the defense of the country’s coasts, including the southern port of Odessa, the minister wrote on his Facebook page.

Serhiy Bratchuk, a spokesman for the Odessa regional military administration in southern Ukraine, said in an online post that “so many harpoons have been handed over to us that we can sink the entire Russian fleet from the black Sea. Why not?”

A Harpoon missile on display at the 2011 Taipei Aerospace and Defense Technology Exhibition [Patrick Lin/AFP]
A Harpoon missile on display at the 2011 Taipei Aerospace and Defense Technology Exhibition [Patrick Lin/AFP]

Ukrainian official says deals with Moscow not worth ‘broken money’

Ukrainian presidential adviser and negotiator for the peace talks Mykhailo Podolyak said no deal with Russia was trustworthy, adding that the only way to stop the invasion of Moscow was by force.

“Any deal with Russia is not worth a broken penny,” Podolyak wrote on the Telegram messaging app. “Is it possible to negotiate with a country that always lies with cynicism and propaganda?

“Russia has proven itself to be a barbaric country that threatens global security,” Podolyak said. “A barbarian can only be stopped by force.”

Russia and Ukraine blamed each other after peace talks stalled, with the last known face-to-face talks taking place on March 29.

Putin says he is ready to discuss ways to ship grain to Ukrainian ports

Russian President Vladimir Putin told French and German leaders that Moscow was ready to look for ways to ship grain stranded in Ukrainian ports, but demanded the West lift the sanctions.

Putin said the difficulties in supplying grain to world markets were the result of “wrong economic and financial policies of Western countries”.

“Russia is ready to help find options for the unhindered export of grain, including the export of Ukrainian grain from Black Sea ports,” Putin told Macron and Scholz, the Kremlin said.

“An increase in the supply of Russian fertilizers and agricultural products will also help reduce tensions in the global food market, which, of course, will require the lifting of relevant sanctions.”

Mayor shows aftermath of shelling in Mykolaiv

The mayor of the southern Ukrainian city of Mykolaiv has released video footage showing the damage caused by shelling in the city’s residential area.

A woman died and seven people were injured, two of them in serious condition, according to Mayor Alexander Senkevich.

Several residents were seen cleaning up the mess in the footage – a couple made wry comments about their damaged homes, saying the Russian military had ‘improved’ and they had been ‘freed’ from ‘everything that we got in our 40s.

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