Russia Ukraine War News LIVE Updates: Russian shelling has killed 10 civilians in Ukraine's Sievierodonetsk, the governor said. Turkey, meanwhile, said it will not say 'yes' to Nato membership for Sweden and Finland. Russian President Vladimir Putin has said expansion of NATO is a problem and additional attention is needed to be paid to NATO plans to increase its global influence. Ukraine has claimed that overnight strikes on a hospital have killed two persons. Ukrainian troops counter-attacking against Russian forces in the country's northeast have pushed them back from the city of Kharkiv and advanced as far as the border with Russia, Ukrainian officials said on Monday. Stay with TOI for all updates.Read Less
Turkey 'won't say yes' to Nato membership for Sweden, Finland
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday confirmed Turkey's opposition to NATO membership for Finland and Sweden, again accusing them of failing to take a clear stance against terrorism. (AFP)
Russia says it will evacuate wounded Ukrainian soldiers from Azovstal
Russia said on Monday that it had agreed to evacuate wounded Ukrainian soldiers from the bunkers below the besieged Azovstal steel works in Mariupol to a medical facility in the Russian-controlled town of Novoazovsk. "An agreement has been reached on the removal of the wounded," the Moscow defence ministry said in a statement. (Reuters)
Russian shelling kills 10 civilians in Ukraine's Sievierodonetsk, says regional governor
At least 10 civilians were killed by Russian shelling of the city of Sievierodonetsk in eastern Ukraine on Monday, regional governor Serhiy Gaidai said. (Reuters)
Ukraine talks financial aid with IMF
Ukraine's President Zelenskyy today said that he has discussed with the IMF chief the need for financial aid for the country's economy. (Reuters)
In Ukraine and internationally, scenario darkens for Russia
Europe pushed Monday to sharpen and expand its response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine, with Sweden poised to follow Finland in seeking membership of NATO and European Union officials working to rescue proposed sanctions that would target the Russian oil exports helping finance the war. On the ground, Russia saw more setbacks in its offensive in the east, where Ukrainian defenders are fighting desperately against attempted advances and successfully rolling back the front lines. (AP)
Putin says new military infrastructure in Finland, Sweden would demand reaction
President Vladimir Putin on Monday said Russia had no issue with Finland and Sweden, but that the expansion of military infrastructure on their territory would demand a reaction from Moscow, as the Nordic countries move closer to joining NATO. (Reuters)
Russian President Putin has termed the expansion of NATO a problem. (Reuters)
Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that we need to pay additional attention to NATO plans to increase its global influence. (Reuters)
Regional military governor Serhiy Haidai said on Monday that Ukrainian special forces blew up Russian-held railway bridges between Rubizhne and Severodonetsk as part of efforts to slow the Russian offensive, and posted a video on Telegram purportedly showing such a blast. (AP)
McDonald's to exit Russia, sell business in country
American fast-food giant McDonald's will exit the Russian market and sell its business in the increasingly isolated country, the company said Monday. Many Western businesses have pulled out of Russia since its invasion of Ukraine in February. (AFP)
Ukraine says strikes on hospital kill 2
A Ukrainian military commander in the eastern Luhansk region says strikes overnight hit a hospital in Severodonetsk, killing two and injuring nine, including a child. Overnight strikes also hit other towns. (AP)
Ukraine war to slash euro zone 2022 growth, boost inflation
Russia's invasion of Ukraine and the resulting surge in energy and commodity prices will slash euro zone economic growth this year and next, while boosting inflation to record levels, the European Commission forecast on Monday. The Commission cut its growth forecast for the 19 countries sharing the euro to 2.7% this year from 4.0% predicted only in February, shortly before the war in Ukraine started. Growth is to slow to 2.3% next year, also below the 2.7% seen before. (Reuters)
Ukraine says Russia strikes at Donetsk sites
Russia's defence ministry said its forces shot down Su-25 aircraft near the settlements of Yevhenivka in the Mykolaiv region and Velyka Komyshuvakha in Kharkiv, and a Su-24 near Snake Island, which achieved worldwide fame in the conflict's first hours when Ukrainian border guards stationed there rejected a Russian warship's demand for their surrender.
Russia on Monday said its forces had shot down three Ukrainian fighter jets, one near Snake Island in the Black Sea and the others in the Mykolaiv and Kharkiv regions, while its missiles continued to pound targets in the east of the country. (Reuters)
"The general level of military tensions will increase," he was quoted as saying by Russian news agencies. "It is a pity that common sense is being sacrificed for some phantom ideas about what should be done in the current situation."
Russia warned Monday that decisions by Finland and Sweden to join the NATO military alliance were serious mistakes and Moscow would take measures. "This is another grave mistake with far-reaching consequences," deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov told reporters. (AFP)
In the Donetsk region, it said Russian forces used a range of weaponry on Ukrainian military fortifications and units and fired artillery at civilian infrastructure in the towns of Dovhenke, Ruski Tyshki, Ternova and Petrivka.
The general staff of Ukraine’s armed forces said Russia’s military also continued air and artillery strikes around the Azovstal plant in Mariupol, the last holdout of Ukrainian forces in the strategic city. In the Donetsk region, it said Russian forces used a range of weaponry on Ukrainian military fortifications and units and fired artillery at civilian infrastructure in the towns of Dovhenke, Ruski Tyshki, Ternova and Petrivka.
Russian forces focused their latest attacks in Ukraine on the Donetsk region in the east, targeting civilian and military sites in multiple towns, the Ukrainian military said Monday. (AP)