Russian forces intensified their attacks
with barrages of heavy artillery to capture Sievierodonetsk, a key Ukrainian city
in the southeastern region of Donbas. Meanwhile, President Zelenskiy visited troops in the
northeastern Kharkiv region in what was his first
official appearance outside Kyiv region since the Russian
invasion began on February 24.
leaders will meet on Monday to reiterate support for Ukraine as
Russian forces intensified attacks to capture Sievierodonetsk, a
key city in the southeastern Donbas region that Moscow has
prioritised taking full control over.
Incessant shelling has left Ukrainian forces defending ruins
in Sievierodonetsk, but their refusal to withdraw is stalling a
massive Russian offensive across the Donbas.
European Union leaders will
meet on Monday to declare continued support for Ukraine to help
it fend off Russia’s assault, but the talks will be overshadowed
by their failure to agree on a new sanctions package against
Over two days, leaders of the 27-nation bloc are to discuss
how best to aid Ukraine four months into Russia’s invasion and
how to deal with the conflict’s impacts: high energy prices, an
impending food shortage and the EU’s defence needs.
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