Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says peace talks with Ukraine will continue, but says World War III danger is ‘serious’.
- Russia has fired rockets near two towns in Ukraine’s central Vinnytsia region, killing five people and wounding 18, the regional prosecutor’s office says.
- Russia’s defence ministry says its high-precision missiles destroyed six facilities powering railways used to deliver foreign weapons to Ukrainian forces in the eastern Donbas region.
- The United States will reopen its embassy in Ukraine soon, Secretary of State Antony Blinken has said after he visited Kyiv, promising more military aid.
- The US is considering imposing additional sanctions against Moscow, the White House says.
Here are all the latest updates:
US leader sees fast action on upcoming Ukraine military aid request
US Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has said he expected “swift, bipartisan” passage of another bill to aid Ukraine in its fight against Russia once Biden submits a new funding request.
“We must continue helping the people of Ukraine in their fight against Russian aggression,” he said, without providing any details on the possible amount of assistance that will be approved.
“I expect swift bipartisan cooperation to get it done,” he added.
Russia’s Lavrov warns of ‘real’ danger of World War III
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said that peace talks with Ukraine would continue, while warning there was a “real” danger of a World War III.
“The danger is serious, it is real, you can’t underestimate it,” Lavrov told the Interfax news agency.
He also criticised Kyiv’s approach to the talks, adding: “Goodwill has its limits. But if it isn’t reciprocal, that doesn’t help the negotiation process.”
Russia says two injured in shelling of village bordering Ukraine
Two people were injured in shelling of a village in Russia’s Belgorod region bordering Ukraine, the region’s governor, Vyacheslav Gladkov, has said in a post on social media.
Officials in southern Russian regions have in the past few weeks reported cases of what they said was cross-border shelling that damaged residential buildings, although reports of civilians sustaining injuries have been rare.
Gladkov said some homes were damaged in the latest shelling, without providing further details. He said earlier that four homes and a car had been damaged in the shelling of another village.
More sanctions against Russia likely: White House
The US is likely to impose more economic sanctions against Russia over its invasion of Ukraine, White House press secretary Jen Psaki has said, warning that “no one is safe from our sanctions”.
Psaki would not comment specifically on a Wall Street Journal article that the reported mother of three of Vladimir Putin’s children had so far not been sanctioned to avoid riling the Russian president.
Supplemental US aid for Ukraine likely to be in longer-term package
New aid for Ukraine requested by US President Joe Biden is likely to be part of a longer-term package that will require approval from Congress, the White House has said.
Biden said last week that he would seek approval from Congress soon for more assistance for Ukraine after announcing $800m in additional military assistance last week.
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