“Explosions” in Kharkiv, Ukraine after Zelensky’s visit

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Russia has stepped up its assault on the Ukrainian city of Sievierodonetsk after claims it captured nearby Lyman rail hub, as kyiv calls for longer-range weapons from the West to fight in Donbass as conflict escalates on the 95th day.

Kharkiv has come under Russian bombardment in recent days after several weeks of relative calm. (Reuters)

Sunday, May 29, 2022

Several explosions heard in Kharkiv, Ukraine after Zelensky’s visit

Several explosions were heard in the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv hours after the visit of President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, who was making his first trip outside the kyiv region since the start of the Russian offensive, a Reuters journalist said.

A large plume of black smoke could be seen rising northeast of downtown.

Kharkiv has come under Russian bombardment in recent days after several weeks of relative calm.

The visit marks Zelensky's first official appearance outside the kyiv region since the start of the Russian offensive in Ukraine.

The visit marks Zelensky’s first official appearance outside the kyiv region since the start of the Russian offensive in Ukraine. (Reuters)

Zelensky on the front line during his first visit outside the Kyiv region

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has visited Ukrainian troops on the front lines in the Kharkiv region of northeastern Ukraine, the president’s office announced.

The visit marks his first official appearance outside the kyiv region since the start of the Russian offensive in Ukraine on February 24.

“You are risking your life for all of us and for our country,” he told the soldiers on the president’s office website, adding that he had handed out congratulations and gifts.

30,150 Russian soldiers killed since the start of the conflict – Ukraine

At least 30,150 Russian soldiers have so far been killed during the conflict in Ukraine, the Ukrainian General Staff said, adding that some 150 Russian soldiers have been killed in the past 24 hours.

He added that Ukrainian forces have destroyed 207 planes, 174 helicopters, 1,338 tanks, 3,270 armored vehicles, 631 artillery, 203 rocket launchers and 93 air defense systems since the start of the conflict.

Russia also lost 2,240 vehicles, 13 light ships and boats, and 504 unmanned aerial vehicles as well as 116 cruise missiles, the statement added.

Pope ‘welcomes’ President Erdogan’s efforts to end conflict in Ukraine

Pope Francis appreciated Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s efforts to reconcile Ukraine and Russia, Türkiye’s envoy to the Vatican said.

“The Pope expressed his gratitude to Turkey, which has been in contact with both sides since the start of the conflict and is working for peace,” Ambassador Lutfullah Goktas said on Twitter, recounting his meeting with Francis to discuss the situation. Russian offensive in Ukraine.

“The only possible way to establish a ceasefire and start negotiations is through diplomacy,” Goktas said, adding that he was “extremely happy to observe that the pope, who closely followed our president’s reconciliation efforts, also shares the same sensitivities with our country.”

Ukraine: the fighting for Sievierodonetsk continues

Fighting for the eastern Ukrainian city of Sievierodonetsk continues, with Russian forces carrying out assault operations, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine said.

“With the use of artillery, Russian forces conducted assault operations in the area of ​​the city of Sievierodonetsk,” the General Staff said in a statement posted on its Facebook page.

“The fighting continues.”

Kremlin: Russia and Serbia agree new gas supplies

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Serbian counterpart Aleksandar Vucic agreed in a phone call that Russia would continue to supply natural gas to Serbia and that the two countries would strengthen their partnership, the Kremlin said.

The two leaders also discussed the issue of Ukraine and Kosovo, according to the Kremlin.

Russian Gazprom continues to ship gas to Europe via Ukraine

Russian gas producer Gazprom said its gas supply to Europe via Ukraine through the Sudzha entry point stood at 44.1 million cubic meters, down from 43.96 on Saturday.

A request for gas supplies through another major entry point, Sokhranovka, was rejected by Ukraine, Gazprom said.

Russia claims to have destroyed Ukrainian army arsenal in Kryvyi Rih

The Russian Defense Ministry said Russian missiles destroyed a major Ukrainian army arsenal in the central Ukrainian city of Kryvyi Rih, state news agency TASS reports.

The Defense Ministry also said Russian air defense systems shot down a Ukrainian SU-25 fighter jet in the Dnipro region, TASS reported.

Russia is tightening, the situation is “very difficult” — Zelenskyy

Russia continued its attacks on eastern Ukraine, claiming it had captured the strategic town of Lyman and claiming to have surrounded the urban center of Severodonetsk.

“The situation is very difficult, especially in the Donbass and Kharkiv regions, where the Russian army is trying to achieve at least some result,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in his evening speech.

“The town of Krasny Liman has been completely liberated from Ukrainian nationalists,” the Russian Defense Ministry said, using Moscow’s name for Lyman and confirming an announcement made the day before by pro-Moscow separatists.

But a Ukrainian official denied Moscow’s claim that Severodonetsk had been surrounded, saying government troops had pushed Russian forces back from the outskirts of the key city.

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Source: TRTWorld and agencies

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