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Russia and Turkey on June 8 expressed support for a safe Black Sea corridor to allow Ukrainian grain exports, but Kyiv rejected the proposal, saying it was not credible. The European Union has accused Moscow of “weaponizing” food supplies to gain an advantage in the war.

Meanwhile, Kyiv forces may have to withdraw from the eastern city of Severodonetsk, a senior Ukrainian official acknowledged on Wednesday, as diplomatic efforts intensified to unblock grain stuck in Ukrainian ports.

The strategic city has become the center of the Russian offensive as it seeks to seize part of eastern Ukraine, having been pushed back from other parts of the country.

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Kyiv

The brutal battle for Sievierodonetsk in Ukraine will determine the fate of Donbass, says Zelensky

The battle for the Ukrainian city of Sievierodonetsk is brutal and will determine the fate of the Donbass region, the country’s president has said, as Russian troops devastate the city in an assault aimed at controlling eastern Ukraine.

After failing to take control of the capital Kyiv, the Kremlin says it is now seeking to completely “liberate” Ukraine’s dissident Donbass where Russian-backed separatists broke control of the Ukrainian government in 2014. Reuters

Kyiv

Ukraine says Russia defeats Sievierodonetsk

An adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s office said Russian troops had changed tactics in the battle for Sievierodonetsk.

Oleksiy Arestovych said on Wednesday that Russian soldiers have withdrawn from the town and are now pounding it with artillery and airstrikes.

As a result, he says, the city center is deserted.- PA

NEW YORK

Russia feels too strong to talk, says Zelensky

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Russia was unwilling to negotiate an end to the war because it still felt strong.

Mr Zelenskyy told US business leaders on Wednesday that Russia’s participation in the negotiations “is simply not possible now because Russia can still feel its power”.

Speaking via a video link via a translator, he added: “We have to weaken Russia and the world is supposed to.”- PA

BAKHMOUT

More bodies found in Mariupol as global food crisis looms

Workers removed dozens of bodies from destroyed buildings in an “endless death caravan” inside the devastated city of Mariupol, authorities said on Wednesday, as fears of a global food crisis grew. intensified in the face of Ukraine’s inability to export millions of tonnes of grain through its blocked ports. . – PA

LYSYCHANSK

‘Fierce battle’ in key eastern Ukrainian city largely under Moscow’s control: Zelensky

Russian forces now largely control the key city of Severodonetsk in eastern Ukraine amid fierce fighting, Kyiv said on Wednesday, as UN chief Antonio Guterres made it clear that the impact of the war on the world was worsening.

The strategic city has become the center of the Russian offensive as it seeks to seize part of eastern Ukraine, having been pushed back from other parts of the country. – AFP

THE UNITED NATIONS

Millions injured as war in Ukraine drives prices up

A UN report says the war in Ukraine is increasing the suffering of millions by raising food and energy prices, adding to the ills of a growing financial crisis, the impact of COVID-19 pandemic and climate change.

The UN Global Crisis Response Group report released Wednesday says the war ‘has exacerbated a global cost-of-living crisis not seen in at least a generation’ and undermines the UN’s goal of ending poverty. extreme poverty in the world by 2030. – PA

LILLE

Russia surprisingly poor at cyber warfare: European military leaders

Several European cyber defense military chiefs agreed on Wednesday that Russia had been much less effective than expected in using digital warfare capabilities in its offensive against Ukraine.

“Among cybersecurity experts, we were pretty sure there would be a cyber Pearl Harbor based on past experience of Russian behavior and capabilities,” said General Karol Molenda, head of the National Center for cybersecurity from Poland.

But Ukraine was prepared and “resisted attacks from Russia,” Molenda told a meeting of the International Cybersecurity Forum (ICF) held in Lille, northern France. . – AFP

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