Ukraine-Russia war live updates: Tens of thousands killed in Mariupol, says Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy

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Volodymyr Zelenskyy says Ukraine is taking the threat of chemical weapons very seriously.

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Volodymyr Zelenskyy says Russian forces could use chemical weapons in Mauripol

“Today we heard a statement from the occupiers confirming they are preparing for a new stage in their terror against us and our defenders. One of the spokespeople of the invaders said they are considering using chemical weapons against the defenders of Mariupol. We take it very seriously. I want to remind world leaders that a possible use of chemical weapons had already been discussed by the Russian military. At the time it meant the reaction to Russian aggression should have been harsher and faster. “

There have been unconfirmed reports that Russian fire targeted a nitric acid storage facility in Donetsk.

Last month US President Joe Biden warned Russia not to use chemical weapons in Ukraine, saying there would be “severe consequences” for doing so.

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Austrian Chancellor not optimistic after meeting with Vladimir Putin

Karl Nehammer says his trip to Moscow was “not a friendly visit” but rather his “duty” to exhaust every possibility for ending the violence in Ukraine.

“I generally have no optimistic impression that I can report to you from this conversation with President Putin. The offensive [in eastern Ukraine] is evidently being prepared on a massive scale, “

Mr Nehammer is the first European leader to meet with Vladimir Putin in Moscow since Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine in February.

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In pictures: Aftermath of shelling in Kharkiv

A residential area in Kharkiv was struck by incoming fire on Monday afternoon.

Associated Press journalists saw firefighters putting out the blaze and checking for victims following the attack, and saw that at least five people were killed.

(AP: Felipe Dana)
(AP: Felipe Dana)
(Reuters: Alkis Konstantinidis)
(Reuters: Alkis Konstantinidis)

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Where to find yesterday’s blog

Here’s a quick recap of what happened yesterday:

  • The World Bank forecasts Ukraine’s economic output will contract by 45 per cent this year due to the invasion
  • European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen kickstarted Ukraine’s bid to join the European Union.
  • Ukraine authorities say they have found more than 1,200 th most common bodies in the Kyiv region
  • The UN says more than 4.5 million Ukrainians have now fled the country since the invasion began on February 24

Read yesterday’s blog

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Tens of thousands killed in Mariupol, says Zelenskyy

Ukraine’s President says Russian forces have been slowing down evacuations from the besieged south-eastern city, where conditions are desperate.

“Mariupol has been destroyed, there are tens of thousands of dead, but even despite this, the Russians are not stopping their offensive.” President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in a video address to South Korean MPs, without providing more details.

The Reuters news agency said it had confirmed widespread destruction in Mariupol but could not verify the accuracy of his estimate of those killed.

If confirmed, it would be by far the largest number of dead so far reported in one place in Ukraine, where cities, towns and villages have come under relentless bombardment and bodies, including civilians, have been seen in the streets.

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Ukrainian demining engineers work their way through the streets of Kharkiv

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Banned landmines found in residential area of ​​Kharkiv

Hundreds of small explosive devices have been found scattered over a residential area in the north-eastern town.

Reuters is reporting that residents heard whooshing sounds in the early hours of the morning and later found hundreds of devices in small plastic casings scattered in their yards and on nearby roads.

Head of the Demining Unit of Kharkiv State Emergency Services Lieutenant Colonel Nikolay Ovarchuk identified the devices as PTM-1 landmines which are small, timer-operated devices carrying up to 1.5kg of liquid explosive.

Landmines were banned as antipersonnel mines by the 1998 Ottawa Treaty to reduce civilian casualties.

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Good morning

It’s around 12am in Ukraine, I’ll be taking you through live updates on the Ukraine war throughout the day. Let’s jump in.

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