LIVE: 82nd day of Russian invasion of Ukraine

Ukrainian soldiers in the Kharkiv region. Photo: PAP/Mykola Kalyeniak

According to the latest reports, Ukrainian forces have pushed back the Russian army far beyond Kharkiv’s boundaries. Meanwhile, NATO foreign ministers have met in Berlin for an informal summit. The meeting addressed primarily Sweden and Finland’s possible accession into the alliance and Turkey’s concerns over the move. NATO leaders also spoke about the alliance’s support for Ukraine.

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Ukraine's servicemen evacuated from the besieged Azovstal steel plant arrived late on Monday in Novoazovsk, some of them carried out of the buses on stretchers, a Reuters witness said.

Novoazovsk is now under the control of Russia-backed separatists who have held parts of eastern Ukraine since 2014.

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The Ukrainian unit holed up beneath the Azovstal steelworks in Mariupol said on Monday its garrison was fulfilling orders to save the lives of troops, an apparent sign that the longest and bloodiest battle of the Ukraine war had come to an end.

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Ukraine's Joint Forces Task Force said late on Monday that 20 civilians, including a child, were killed in Russian shelling in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions. The military task force said in a statement on its Facebook page that 25 communities in the regions were fired at, with 42 residential buildings and a school among locations hit.

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The European Union has not yet found agreement on a sixth package of sanctions against Russia, its top diplomat Josep Borrell said after a meeting of the bloc's foreign ministers in Brussels on Monday.

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Ukraine's Kalush Orchestra returned to their homeland on Monday after an emotional Eurovision Song Contest victory, greeted at the border with Poland by servicemen and women whose cause the band had championed in Turin.

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Vladimir Putin appeared to climb down on Monday from Russia's objections to Sweden and Finland joining NATO, saying Moscow had no issues with them entering the U.S.-led military alliance they now aim to join in reaction to his invasion of Ukraine.

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Monday he had discussed the need for financial support for Ukraine's economy with International Monetary Fund Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva.

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Support programmes for women soldiers freed from Russian captivity and children who have lost their fathers to the war in Ukraine were announced on Monday by a senior Polish prime-ministerial aide and the Ukrainian deputy prime minister.

Michał Dworczyk, head of the Polish Prime Minister's Office, said, following talks with Iryna Vereshchuk in Kyiv, that both programmes would start within six weeks and would be conducted in Ukraine. In the coming weeks, details of the programmes will be given, including their financing.

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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.

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Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban on Monday raised the prospect of an "era of recession" in Europe as the continent grapples with surging energy costs and rising inflation due to the war in Ukraine.

Orban, who took the oath of office in parliament following his April election landslide, said Hungary would not block European Union sanctions against Russia over its invasion of Ukraine as long as they posed no risk to Hungary's energy security.

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Vladimir Putin warned the West on Monday that Russia would respond if NATO began to bolster the military infrastructure of Sweden and Finland which have both decided to join the US-led military alliance after the invasion of Ukraine.

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Ukrainian border guards repelled an incursion by a Russian sabotage and reconnaissance group in the northeastern region of Sumy on Monday, governor of the Sumy region Dmytro Zhyvytsky said.

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Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko on Monday urged other members of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO), a Russian-dominated military alliance, to stand united, and accused the West of hoping to prolong the conflict in Ukraine to try to weaken Russia as much as possible.

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Russia had cut all its exports of electricity to Finland on Monday, flow data showed, after Russian utility Inter RAO said last week it would halt them because it had not been paid.

Finnish grid operator Fingrid, which said Moscow supplied about 10 percent of Finland's needs, said it could replace Russian supplies with Swedish power and by boosting domestic production.

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Ukraine and Japan have signed an agreement on a $100 million loan intended primarily to help support vulnerable people in Ukraine following Russia's invasion, the Ukrainian finance ministry said on Monday.

It said the loan was for 30 years and included a grace period of 10 years.

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EU foreign ministers sought to publicly pressure Hungary on Monday to lift its veto on a proposed oil embargo on Russia, with Lithuania saying the bloc was being "held hostage by one member state".

The embargo proposed by the European Commission in early May would be the harshest sanction yet after Moscow's February 24 invasion of Ukraine and includes carve-outs for EU states most dependent on Russian oil.

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Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis said on Monday that the European Union's plans to impose an oil embargo on Russia were being blocked by just one of the bloc's 27 members.

"The whole union is being held hostage by one member state ... we have to agree, we cannot be held hostage," Landsbergis said as he arrived for a meeting with his counterparts.

The country that is holding out is Hungary, EU diplomats said.

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The European Union's foreign ministers cannot be sure of reaching an agreement on an oil embargo on Russia on Monday, in response to its invasion of Ukraine, EU's top diplomat Josep Borrell said.

He said there were some "strong positions from some member states."

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The Ukrainian Ministry of Defence on Sunday released a video it said showed soldiers who were in the Kharkiv region and near the Ukraine-Russia border.

The Ministry stated that a battalion of the Armed Forces of Kharkiv had "expelled the Russians and went to the state border".

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Renault said on Monday it would sell its majority stake in carmaker Avtovaz to a Russian science institute, adding the agreement provided a six-year option for the French carmaker to buy back this interest.

"The closing of these transactions is not subject to any conditions, and all required approvals have been obtained", Renault said.

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