Live updates of the Russian-Ukrainian crisis | Ukraine claims to have sunk Russian landing craft at Snake Island

kyiv said on Saturday it destroyed another Russian warship near Black Sea Snake Island, where Ukrainian forces were rewarded for their heroism after rejecting Russian demands to surrender.

The United Nations Human Rights Office said on Friday that 3,309 people, including 234 children, have been killed since the start of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. In addition, 3,493 people were reportedly injured, including 350 children.

Dozens more civilians were rescued Friday from the tunnels under the beleaguered steelworks where Ukrainian fighters in Mariupol made their last stand to prevent Moscow’s full takeover of the strategically important port city.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said diplomatic efforts were underway to rescue the remaining fighters locked in the Azovstal steelworks in the city of Mariupol as more civilians were evacuated from the bombed plant.

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Ukraine claims to have sunk Russian landing craft at Snake Island

kyiv said on Saturday it destroyed another Russian warship near Black Sea Snake Island, where Ukrainian forces were rewarded for their heroism after rejecting Russian demands to surrender.

Ukraine’s Defense Ministry said in a statement that an armed drone destroyed a Serna-class landing craft and a missile defense system on the small Russian-held island. – AFP

BUCHAREST

Jill Biden hears grief from Ukrainian mothers now in Romania

Jill Biden on Saturday heard heartbreaking stories of Ukrainian women and children who fled the war in Russia and found refuge across the Romanian border, and the US first lady praised the Romanian government and humanitarian organizations for the range of humanitarian aid they provide to refugees.

At a Romanian public school hosting refugee students, Ms Biden has seen first-hand relief efforts to help some of the 900,000 Ukrainians who have fled to Romania since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24.

Most of these Ukrainians have left for other countries, but many – mostly women and children – have remained as the fighting rages on. – PA

NEW DELHI

Path of diplomacy, dialogue should be the only viable option: India on the Ukrainian conflict

The path of diplomacy and dialogue should be the only viable option to resolve the ongoing conflict in Ukraine and no solution can be found by shedding blood, India said, while reiterating its deep concern over the deterioration of the situation in this Eastern European country.

Russia on Friday hosted an Arria Formula Security Council meeting on “systematic and serious mass violations of international humanitarian law and other war crimes committed by Ukrainian military personnel and militia uncovered during the ongoing special military operation of the Russian Armed Forces.Advisor at India’s Permanent Mission to the UN, Pratik Mathur, said India remained “deeply concerned” about the deteriorating situation in Ukraine and reiterated the call for an immediate cessation of violence and an end to hostilities.

“We believe that no solution can be found by shedding blood and at the cost of innocent lives. We have emphasized from the outset of the conflict that the path of diplomacy and dialogue should be the only viable option,” he said. -he declares.

THE UNITED NATIONS

Meenakshi Lekhi discusses Ukraine conflict, impact on food and energy with UN General Assembly President

Minister of State for External Affairs Meenakshi Lekhi discussed the conflict in Ukraine and its impact on food and energy as well as the situation in Afghanistan with the President of the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, Abdulla Shahid in New York.

Christi C. Elwood