Mar 27, 2022 03:00 pm
Region of Ukraine could hold referendum on joining Russia
The Russia-backed self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic in eastern Ukraine could hold a referendum soon on joining Russia, local separatist leader Leonid Pasechnik has said, according to Russia's state-owned news agency RIA.
US has no strategy of regime change in Russia, Blinken says
Grain exports getting worse by the day and can improve only with end of war - Ukraine's agriculture minister
US President Joe Biden's comment that his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin "cannot remain in power" has prompted strong criticism from veteran US diplomat Richard Haass.
The comments "made a difficult situation more difficult and a dangerous situation more dangerous", tweeted Mr Haass, who is president of the US Council on Foreign Relations.
"That is obvious," he added. "Less obvious is how to undo the damage, but I suggest his chief aides reach their counterparts & make clear the US is prepared to deal with this Russian government."
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has urged Western governments to supply planes, tanks and missile defence systems to his country.
Seven Russian generals have died in Ukraine, says Western official
Chernobyl’s vodka producer defies Russia's troops
A company that produces Atomik - a vodka made in Chernobyl's exclusion zone - is releasing two more premium drinks and donating profits to Ukraine's refugees.
The move comes as Russian troops occupy the land where the fruit is grown and harvested to make the drinks.
Russia continues to strike targets across Ukraine - UK MoD
Lviv strikes were a message to Biden, mayor says
On Saturday the western Ukrainian city of Lviv came under heavy rocket fire, one of several targets in the west to be struck despite Russia saying it would focus on the east.
Lviv has so far escaped the heavy bombardment seen by other cities, and has become a hub for those fleeing the fighting.
Lviv's Mayor, Andriy Sadovy, said with US President Joe Biden visiting Poland, the timing was clear.
"With today's strikes, the aggressors want to say hello to President Biden who is currently in Poland," he said.
Russian general Lt Gen Yakov Rezantsev killed near the Ukrainian city of Kherson
Sanctions could be lifted if Russia's forces withdraw - UK foreign secretary