Zelenskyy says only 'diplomacy' can end war; Russia is blocking medical supplies, Ukraine health ministry says: Live updates

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Russia should beryllium financially liable for the demolition it has inflicted during its invasion, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy contends.

Speaking connected the 3rd day of his inauguration, Zelenskyy said successful his nightly code Friday that Russia should beryllium made to wage for each home, school, infirmary and concern it destroys.

Zelenskyy urged allies to prehend Russian properties nether their jurisdictions and usage them to make a money for the Ukrainian victims of the war.

"That would beryllium fair," Zelenskyy said. "Russia would consciousness the existent value of each missile, each bomb, each ammunition that it has fired astatine us."

Friday, a Russian onslaught destroyed a Ukrainian taste halfway in Lozova, injuring 7 people. Zelenskyy called the onslaught "absolute evil."

“What is successful the minds of radical who take specified targets? Absolute evil, implicit stupidity," helium said.

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►Ukraine’s ambassador to neighboring Poland says his federation is grateful for the invited that Poles person fixed to millions of Ukrainian refugees, but helium hopes the European Union volition soon merchandise billions of euros to Poland truthful that the assistance does not travel “at the outgo of the Polish people.”

►Delegates from the United States and 4 different nations staged a walkout Saturday erstwhile a typical from Russia began his opening remarks astatine a gathering of commercialized ministers of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation group. 

►Russia chopped disconnected Finland's proviso of earthy state connected Saturday aft the Finns refused to wage for it successful rubles, days aft the Nordic state announced it wanted to articulation NATO. Company executives astatine Finland’s state-owned inferior Gaum said the determination wouldn’t make disruptions for customers during the summer.

►A topless pistillate with the words "stop raping us" painted crossed her thorax stormed the Cannes Film Festival’s reddish carpet Friday to protestation the alleged rapes of Ukrainian women by Russian soldiers, according to reports. 

►The Group of Seven starring economies agreed Friday to supply $19.8 cardinal successful economical assistance to Ukraine to assistance support choky finances from hindering its quality to support itself from Russia’s invasion.

Fighters of the territorial defence unit, a enactment    unit  to the Ukrainian army, stock  a airy  infinitesimal   aft  taking portion  successful  a grooming  workout  extracurricular  Kyiv connected  Friday. Russian soldiers are present  focused connected  the southbound  and eastbound   regions of Ukraine, but - anticipating a drawn-out struggle  - Kyiv has stepped up   the grooming  of its caller   recruits truthful  they are acceptable   to look   the force  if and erstwhile   needed.

Ukraine agency tells Russian soldiers looking to surrender to telephone hotline

Russian soldiers who privation to surrender tin telephone a hotline created by Ukraine, the nation’s Security Service said Saturday.

“Here's a extremity for the invaders who privation to enactment alive: telephone 2402 and surrender,” the Security Service wrote connected Facebook, noting the hotline works for Ukrainian and Russian telephone numbers. 

The Ukrainian Security Service said that Russian work members successful the Donetsk People’s Republic are looking for ways to flight the war. It released a telephone telephone allegedly betwixt a Russian worker and his wife, which it said was intercepted by Ukraine. In the call, 1 work subordinate reportedly compares work successful the Russian subject to slavery.

“This hotline is specifically designed for specified cases,” the Security Service’s Facebook station reads. “They volition assistance you.”

Ukrainian Health Ministry: Russian forces blocking aesculapian supplies

Russian troops person captured immoderate 235 aesculapian institutions and much than 200 aesculapian teams successful Ukraine since the commencement of the war, Ukraine's Health Ministry said Saturday.

But what the ministry describes arsenic the “biggest occupation now” isn’t the occupation, it’s the blocking of medically indispensable resources by Russian forces.

“For much than a week now, the aggressor state has been blocking the proviso of medicines, including captious ones, from the territories controlled by Ukraine, wherever an effort is being made to found an concern regime” the ministry wrote successful a release, calling the blockage of supplies “another of the galore crimes against humanity committed by terrorists from the Russian Federation successful Ukraine.”

Ukraine established 2 caller onshore routes for nutrient exports, authoritative says

Two caller onshore routes to present nutrient exports from Ukraine person been established, Ukrainian Foreign Affairs Minister Dmytro Kuleba said Saturday.

“Russia puts millions of radical astatine hazard of hunger by blocking our ports,” Kuleba said. “Together with partners, Ukraine has established 2 alternate onshore routes to present nutrient exports and prevention Africa and different regions from hunger. Russia indispensable extremity its blockade to let afloat and escaped export.”

Ukraine exported implicit $4 cardinal successful goods to Africa successful 2020, overmuch of which was food, according to the International Political Sociology journal.

President Joe Biden said earlier this period successful Kankakee, Ilinois, that America is warring connected “two fronts:" helping Ukrainians support ideology and ensuring different nations don’t starve owed to slowing exports of Ukrainian crops, according to CNN.

"If those tons don't get to market, an atrocious batch of radical successful Africa are going to starve to decease due to the fact that they are the sole supplier of a fig of African countries," Biden said.

Russia bans much than 900 Americans, including Biden, Harris

More than 900 American nationalist servants, researchers and activists person been permanently banned from entering Russia successful effect to the United States’ sanctions connected the federation and its enactment for Ukraine.

Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs connected Saturday released a database of 963 Americans who tin nary longer participate the country. It includes President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, on with a fig of different existent and erstwhile elder White House officials, similar erstwhile White House property caput Jen Psaki and Cedric Richmond, manager of the White House Office of Public Affairs and a elder advisor to the president.

Robert Mueller, the erstwhile manager of the FBI who oversaw the probe into Russian interference successful the 2016 election, was banned arsenic well, positive a fig of researchers and activists from groups similar the Atlantic Council, the Wilson Center and the National Democratic Institute.

Former Democratic statesmanlike nominee Hillary Clinton is besides connected the list. While astatine slightest 200 Republican lawmakers are listed, former President Donald Trump is not. 

Ukraine received 29,000 tons of humanitarian assistance past week, authoritative says

Some 29,000 tons of humanitarian assistance was delivered to Ukraine successful the past week, according to Kyrylo Tymoshenko, lawman caput of Ukraine’s statesmanlike office.

The assistance spanned from food, covering and medicine to furniture, cars and generators, Tymoshekno said astatine a briefing Friday, later shared to his Telegram page.

The total aid imported to Ukraine amounts to astir 360,000 tons, helium said. Kyiv, the nation’s capital, and the Lviv portion person received the astir aid.

Zelenskyy: Only ‘diplomacy’ tin extremity war

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy believes the warfare betwixt Russia and Ukraine tin beryllium solved with diplomacy, contempt stalled bid talks.

The struggle betwixt the 2 nations “will beryllium bloody,” Zelenskyy said, but “the extremity volition decidedly beryllium successful diplomacy.”

“I'm definite of that,” helium added.

Peace negotiations betwixt Russia and Ukraine paused Tuesday, with each broadside placing blasted connected the other, Reuters reported.

Zelenskyy suggested reaching a bid statement would beryllium challenging due to the fact that “we privation to instrumentality everything, and the Russian Federation wants not to springiness everything – successful different words, not to springiness anything."

 People driving backmost  into Kyiv halt  to instrumentality     photographs of a destroyed Russian main   conflict  vessel  connected  the main   road  into the metropolis  connected  May 20, 2022 successful  Kyiv, Ukraine. As Russia concentrates its onslaught  connected  the eastbound  and southbound  of the country, residents of the Kyiv portion   are returning to measure  the war's toll connected  their communities. The towns astir   the superior  were heavy  damaged pursuing  weeks of brutal warfare  arsenic  Russia made its failed bid to instrumentality     Kyiv.  (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 775811075 ORIG FILE ID: 1398340244

War successful Ukraine is driving enactment trafficking of women and children

Human trafficking, often successful the signifier of commercially exploiting women and children for sex, is 1 of the mostly hidden tragedies of Russia’s warfare successful Ukraine, authorities and experts told USA TODAY.

The scope of the occupation is unknown, successful portion owed to the clandestine quality of enactment trafficking and the unprecedented travel of radical from Ukraine to arsenic acold distant arsenic Asia and the United States. But determination has been a skyrocketing summation successful each forms of amerciable trafficking of women and girls successful the portion – and besides boys – including forced enactment and labor, prostitution, pornography and different forms of intersexual exploitation, authorities and experts said.

“Collectively, the planetary assemblage is starting to spot indications that traffickers are preying connected oregon attempting to prey connected Ukrainians, and others that are fleeing Russia's warfare connected Ukraine,” Kari Johnstone, the State Department’s apical anti-human trafficking official, said successful an exclusive interview. Read much here.

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Biden signs $40B Ukraine assistance bill

President Joe Biden has signed a measure to supply $40 cardinal successful assistance to Ukraine aft Congress OK’d the authorities earlier successful the week.

The Senate cleared the measurement Thursday, to debar a spread successful funding. The last drawdown of $100 cardinal of antecedently approved backing occurred Thursday, according to Jake Sullivan, Biden’s nationalist information adviser.

The package includes much than $20 billion for the Pentagon to supply weapons, intelligence and training, and astir $14 cardinal for the State Department for food aid, refugee assistance and different diplomatic programs.

Biden is on a travel done Asia, wherever helium met with South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol and toured a Samsung facility.

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Russian troops patrol an country  astatine  the Kakhovka Hydroelectric Station, a run-of-river powerfulness  works  connected  the Dnieper River successful  Kherson region, southbound  Ukraine, connected  Friday.

Russia claims it has afloat power of Mariupol alloy mill

Russian officials connected Friday claimed their forces person "completely liberated" the Azovstal alloy mill successful Mariupol, the past holdout of Ukrainian forces, in what would beryllium its biggest triumph yet successful its warfare with Ukraine.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu reported to Russian President Vladimir Putin that Russia present has afloat power of Mariupol. 

The past 531 Ukrainian fighters surrendered to Russian forces connected Friday, according to Russia’s authorities quality bureau RIA Novosti. A Russian authorities TV analogous said connected Telegram that among those surrendering Friday was Denys Prokopenko, commandant of the Azov regiment.

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Prokopenko said earlier Friday that the defenders of Mariupol received an bid to “cease the defence of the city" successful bid to “save lives and wellness of the servicemen of the garrison."

The Russian claims were not confirmed by Ukrainian officials.

Russia steps up attacks connected cardinal tract successful Donbas region

For weeks, Russian forces person been trying to seize Severodonetsk, a cardinal tract successful the Donbas that’s extracurricular the territory separatists person held for respective years. They stepped up attacks determination and in Lysychansk connected Friday.

Luhansk Gov. Serhiy Haidai said Friday that Russian forces present person power of 90% of the Severodonetsk region.

Three adults were killed successful a Friday attack connected a schoolhouse wherever astir 200 people, including galore children, were taking structure in Severodonetsk, Haidai said connected Telegram. In different attack, 60 houses were destroyed and 12 radical killed, Hadai said. But, Hadai besides said that the “the Russians suffered unit losses and retreated.”

Haidai said connected Telegram that Russian forces “just privation to destruct the city.”

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Contributing: The Associated Press

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