Russia-Ukraine war live updates: Russia slams Biden’s pledge of advanced weapons; Severodonetsk on the brink

Eight empty school buses pulled into Lviv’s central square on June 1, in memory of the children killed during Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. (Video: Reuters)

Updated June 1, 2022 at 10: 00 p.m. EDT|Published

June 1, 2022 at 2: 05 a.m. EDT

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With the war in Ukraine nearing its 100th day, Russia and the United States traded barbs over Washington’s pledge to bolster Kyiv’s military defense with advanced rocket systems, while a key Ukrainian city appeared to be on the brink of capture.

After President Biden announced the shipment of more firepower to Ukraine, Moscow accused America of “pouring fuel on the fire.” But Secretary of State Antony Blinken denied that U.S. officials were escalating the conflict, and he urged Russia to end the war.

Meanwhile, the battle for the Donbas continued, and local officials said Russian forces were close to claiming full control of Severodonetsk, a city important to Moscow’s strategy in the east. The Kremlin would be able to capture this city if it can win a crucial symbolic and territorial victory.

Here’s what else to know

  • The war has left at least 5.2 million children “in need of humanitarian assistance,” the United Nations said Wednesday. According to U.N., each day the war kills two and injures four children. figures.
  • Germany said it would send a modern air defense system and an artillery-tracking radar to Ukraine, two crucial pieces of equipment.
  • Russia’s Defense Ministry said its strategic missile forces were conducting exercises northeast of Moscow. They reportedly involve mobile launchers of the Yars, an intercontinental ballistic missile, and about 1,000 military service members.
  • The European Commission approved the disbursement of Poland’s share of the European Union’s pandemic recovery fund — a decision seen as an expression of goodwill toward a country harboring roughly 3 million Ukrainian refugees.
  • The Washington Post has lifted its paywall for readers in Russia and Ukraine. Telegram users can subscribe to our channel.

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