• The focal point is Mariupol, a strategically important southern port that has suffered some of the heaviest bombardments since Russia invaded. Many of its 400,000 residents remain trapped as fighting rages around them.
  • Russian artillery continues to pound the eastern cities of Kharkiv, Sumy, and Chernihiv.
  • A Ukrainian news outlet is reporting air raid sirens “in almost every region” of the country.
  • The Pentagon says Russia is boosting air and sea military operations in Ukraine, flying more than 300 missions in the past 24 hours.


  • Nearly 3.5 million people have left Ukraine while 6.5 million people have been displaced internally, the United Nations says. More than 8,000 people were evacuated on Monday.

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  • The European Union cannot agree on whether or how to impose sanctions on Russia’s lucrative energy sector. Germany says the bloc is too dependent on Russian oil for that.


  • Peace talks have resumed but there is no sign of significant progress to end the conflict.
  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says he is ready for talks with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin “in any format”.
  •  US-Russia ties are on the brink of collapse, Russia’s foreign ministry says, summoning the US ambassador after Biden called Putin a “war criminal”.
  • The UN General Assembly is expected to vote again this week on a motion criticising Russia for the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine.

Facebook, Instagram ban

  • A Russian court has banned Facebook and Instagram as “extremist”, part of the Kremlin’s sweeping efforts to censor news about the war.


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