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  • 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.
  • Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says Western weapons sent to Ukraine “will be a legitimate target” for Russia’s military.
  • The US is considering imposing additional sanctions against Moscow, the White House says.
  • UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow.
INTERACTIVE Russia-Ukraine map Who controls what in Donbas DAY 61
(Al Jazeera)

Here are all the latest updates:

29 seconds ago (22:34 GMT)

New mass grave identified north of Mariupol, officials say

Officials in Mariupol say a new mass grave has been identified north of the Ukrainian port city.

Mayor Vadym Boychenko said authorities are trying to estimate the number of victims in the grave about 10 kilometres (6 miles) north of Mariupol.

Satellite photos released over the past several days have shown what appear to be images of other mass graves.

20 mins ago (22:14 GMT)

Western weapons in Ukraine legitimate targets for Russian military: Lavrov

Deliveries of Western weaponry to Ukraine mean that the NATO alliance is “in essence engaged in war with Russia” and Moscow views these weapons as legitimate targets, Lavrov has said.

“These weapons will be a legitimate target for Russia’s military acting within the context of the special operation,” the foreign minister told state television.

“Storage facilities in western Ukraine have been targeted more than once [by Russian forces]. How can it be otherwise?” he said. “NATO, in essence, is engaged in a war with Russia through a proxy and is arming that proxy. War means war.”

32 mins ago (22:02 GMT)

Ukraine’s Zelenskyy says Russia will not win the war

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has said Russia will not be able to win the war against his country and called on residents to do everything to make the presence of Russian troops in Ukraine “unbearable”.

Zelenskyy said Russia will lose the war but in order to make Russia seek peace Ukrainians must think of how to make “the presence of occupiers [in] our land even more unbearable”.

“Ukraine is ready for peace … But in order to make Russia seek peace, every Ukrainian man and woman must fight, must defend freedom. Because every day of the fight will add years and years to the peaceful life after this war, after our victory,” Zelenskyy said.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy
Zelenskyy called on Ukrainians to make it ‘unbearable’ for Russia troops to stay on Ukrainian territory [Ukrainian Presidential Press Office via AP]

42 mins ago (21:52 GMT)

Russia seeks to reduce existing ‘serious’ risks of nuclear war: Lavrov

Russia wants to reduce all chances of “artificially” elevating the risk of nuclear conflict, Lavrov has said in a television interview.

“This is our key position on which we base everything. The risks now are considerable,” Lavrov told Russia’s state television, based on a transcript provided on the ministry’s website.

55 mins ago (21:39 GMT)

UK to send ambulances, medical aid to Ukraine

Britain is providing Ukraine with new ambulances, fire engines, medical supplies and funding for health experts to help its emergency services deal with the aftermath of Russian attacks, the government has said.

“We have all been appalled by the abhorrent images of hospitals deliberately targeted by Russia since the invasion began over two months ago,” Prime Minister Boris Johnson said.

“The new ambulances, fire engines and funding for health experts announced today will better equip the Ukrainian people to deliver vital health care and save lives.”

1 hour ago (21:28 GMT)

War has disrupted Ukrainian agricultural production: UK

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has significantly disrupted Ukrainian agricultural production, the British Ministry of Defence tweeted in a regular bulletin.

“Ukrainian grain harvest for 2022 is likely to be around 20% lower than 2021 due to reduced sowing areas following invasion,” it said.

The reduced grain supply from Ukraine will generate inflationary pressures, elevating the global price of grain, British military intelligence said.

1 hour ago (21:16 GMT)

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.

2 hours ago (20:22 GMT)

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.”

2 hours ago (20:13 GMT)

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.

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2 hours ago (20:06 GMT)

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.

3 hours ago (19:57 GMT)

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.

Welcome to Al Jazeera’s continuing coverage of the war in Ukraine.

Read all the updates from Monday, April 25 here.

Source: Al Jazeera

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