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Ukraine’s president criticises decision by Antonio Guterres to head to Moscow before visiting Kyiv next week.

  • Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy criticised a decision by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to visit Moscow on Tuesday before heading to Kyiv.
  • Zelenskyy said Ukraine hoped to secure heavy weapons at talks with the US secretaries of state and defence in Kyiv on Sunday.
  • The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe says it is working to secure the release of a number of Special Monitoring Mission members detained in eastern Ukraine.
  • A series of cruise missile attacks killed at least eight people in Ukraine’s Odesa region, Zelenskyy says.

INTERACTIVE Russia Ukraine War Who controls what Day 59

Here are the latest updates:

9 mins ago (21:07 GMT)

Russian strikes kill six civilians killed in Ukraine’s Luhansk region: Governor

Six civilians died in Russian shelling in the village of Girske in Ukraine’s Luhansk region, its governor said.

“The village of Girske suffered heavy Russian shelling the entire day,” Sergiy Gayday said on Telegram. “Six inhabitants of the village died.”


16 mins ago (21:01 GMT)

Zelenskyy says eight people killed in Russian strikes on Odesa

Ukraine’s president said that Russian missile strikes had killed eight people in the city of Odesa, including a three-month-old child.

He fought back tears at one point during the press conference in a Kyiv metro station, saying that he shared the pain of every Ukrainian who had lost children in Russia’s war.

A Ukraine official had earlier reported that five people were killed after Russian forces fired at least six cruise missiles at Odesa.


35 mins ago (20:41 GMT)

OSCE working to secure release of staff held in eastern Ukraine

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe said it was trying to secure the release of a number of Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) staff members who had been detained in eastern Ukraine.

“The OSCE is extremely concerned that a number of SMM national mission members have been deprived of their liberty in Donetsk and Luhansk. The OSCE is using all available channels to facilitate the release of its staff,” its media office said, giving no more details.

In an address to the 157-member body on Friday, the UK’s deputy ambassador to the Vienna-based OSCE, Deirdre Brown, criticised Russia for refusing to extend the SMM’s mission in Ukraine beyond March, and said that the UK had “received alarming reports that Russia’s proxies in Donbas are threatening mission staff, equipment and premises and that Russian forces have taken SMM staff members captive”.


41 mins ago (20:35 GMT)

Zelenskyy: Kyiv meeting set with US officials

Ukraine’s president said he hoped to secure heavy weapons at talks with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin in Kyiv on Sunday, supplies that he said were vital for Ukraine to eventually retake Russian-occupied territory.

“As soon as we have [more weapons], as soon as there are enough of them, believe me, we will immediately retake this or that territory, which is temporarily occupied,” he told reporters.

Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy attends a news conference at a metro station in Kyiv
During a news conference in Kyiv, Zelenskyy again for a meeting with his Russian counterpart to ‘put an end to the war’ [Gleb Garanic/Reuters]

49 mins ago (20:27 GMT)

Zelenskyy slams UN chief’s ‘illogical’ plan to visit Moscow before Kyiv

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has criticised a decision by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to visit Moscow on Tuesday before heading to Kyiv on Thursday.

“It is simply wrong to go first to Russia and then to Ukraine,” Zelenskyy told reporters in the Ukraine capital. “There is no justice and no logic in this order,” he added.

“The war is in Ukraine, there are no bodies in the streets of Moscow. It would be logical to go first to Ukraine, to see the people there, the consequences of the occupation,” he said.

Zelenskyy also called again for a meeting with Russian leader Vladimir Putin in an effort to “put an end to the war”.

Read more here.

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