Live updates of the Russian-Ukrainian crisis | Ukraine says troops may withdraw from eastern region as Russia advances

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelesnkyy spoke defiantly on May 27 in two speeches about his country’s ultimate victory over Russian forces in both the most pressing battle in eastern Ukraine and in the war in general.

“Ukraine is a country that has destroyed the myth of the extraordinary power of the Russian army – an army that is supposed to be able to conquer whoever it wants in a matter of days,” he told students in a video. Stanford University. “Now Russia is trying to occupy the whole state, but we feel strong enough to think about the future of Ukraine, which will be open to the world.”

Meanwhile, Russia continued its deadly offensive to capture key points in Ukraine’s eastern Donbass region, with further shelling of residential areas and pro-Moscow forces claiming capture of a key town on the way to territory controlled by Kyiv.

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Kyiv

Former Ukrainian president banned from leaving the country

Former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has been prevented from leaving Ukraine to attend a meeting of a NATO body in Lithuania, his party’s parliamentary faction announced on Saturday.

Poroshenko was arrested twice at a border crossing with Poland on his way to the meeting of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, an interparliamentary consultative organization, the statement said. – Reuters

BERLIN

Scholz and Macron ask Putin for “serious direct negotiations” with Zelensky

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday asked Russian Vladimir Putin to conduct “serious direct negotiations” with his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky.

During an 80-minute chat with the Russian president, the two EU leaders “insisted on an immediate ceasefire and a withdrawal of Russian troops”, the German chancellor’s office said.

Macron and Scholz urged Putin to have “serious direct negotiations with the Ukrainian president and [find] a diplomatic solution to the conflict. – AFP

PARIS

Liverpool to play for Ukrainians in Champions League final: Klopp

As the Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid takes place in Paris instead of St Petersburg due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, coach Jurgen Klopp says his side are playing for Ukraine.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has dedicated Saturday’s Champions League final against Real Madrid in Paris to the people of Ukraine, expressing his support for the country against the Russian invasion. – Reuters

MOSCOW

Russia showcases Zircon hypersonic cruise missile in sea launch test

Russia has successfully tested a Zircon hypersonic cruise missile over a range of around 1,000 km (625 miles), the Defense Ministry announced on May 28.

The missile was fired from the Barents Sea and hit a target in the White Sea, he added. Video released by the ministry showed the missile being fired from a ship and blazing through the sky in a steep trajectory.

President Vladimir Putin has described the Zircon as part of a new generation of unparalleled weapon systems. Hypersonic weapons can travel at nine times the speed of sound, and Russia has already tested launching the Zircon from warships and submarines over the past year. – Reuters

Kyiv

Ukraine negotiator says any deal with Russia is worth a broke penny

Ukrainian presidential adviser and negotiator for the peace talks Mykhailo Podolyak said on Saturday that no deal with Russia was trustworthy and that Moscow could only be stopped in its invasion by force.

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

MOSCOW

Russia’s Gazprom continues to ship gas to Europe via Ukraine

Russian gas producer Gazprom said on May 28 that its gas supply to Europe via Ukraine via the Sudzha entry point amounted to 43.96 million cubic meters (mcm), up slightly. compared to 43.6 mcm.

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

MOSCOW

Communist MP calls for Russian withdrawal

Breaking the party line in a rare show of opposition to his country’s war in Ukraine, a Communist Party lawmaker in the Russian Far East demanded an end to the military operation and the withdrawal of Russian forces.

“We understand that if our country does not stop the military operation, we will have more orphans in our country,” Leonid Vasyukevich told a meeting of the Primorsk Regional Legislative Assembly in the peaceful port of Vladivostok. Friday. – PA

LYSYCHANSK

Ukraine says everything is done to defend Donbass against Russian attacks

Ukraine has pledged to do “everything” to defend Donbass, where the intensification of the Russian offensive is pushing forces in Kyiv to consider a strategic withdrawal from certain key areas to avoid being surrounded.

Russia is waging all-out war for the eastern regions of Donetsk and Lugansk that make up Donbass – the country’s industrial heartland – where Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has accused Moscow of committing “genocide”. – AFP

LYSYCHANSK

Russia moves to key city amid Ukrainian church schism

Russian troops approached the strategic city of Severodonetsk on Friday in a relentless offensive to control Ukraine’s eastern Donbass region, as the war sparked a historic schism between the Ukrainian Orthodox Church and its Russian Patriarchate.

Pro-Russian separatists said they had captured the town of Lyman between Severodonetsk and Kramatorsk, on the route to major towns still under Kyiv’s control. – AFP

KRAMATORSK

Ukraine fears repeat of Mariupol horrors elsewhere in Donbass

Moscow-backed separatists pounded the industrial Donbass region in eastern Ukraine on Friday, claiming to have captured a rail hub amid growing concerns that beleaguered towns in the region will suffer the same horrors as the inhabitants of Mariupol in the weeks preceding the capture of the port.

Ukrainian officials have renewed their calls for more sophisticated weapons supplied by the West. Without it, they said, Ukrainian forces could not stop the Russian offensive. – PA

Kyiv

Ukraine says troops may withdraw from eastern region as Russia advances

Ukraine has said its forces may need to withdraw from their last pocket of resistance in Luhansk to avoid capture by Russian troops pressing an eastern advance that has changed the momentum of the old war. three months.

A withdrawal could bring Russian President Vladimir Putin closer to his goal of taking over the entire Ukrainian regions of Lugansk and Donetsk. His troops gained ground in the two regions known as Donbass while blowing up some wasteland towns. – Reuters

Christi C. Elwood