Russia-Ukraine war live updates: Ukraine claws back part of Severodonetsk, but Putin shows no sign of slowing

A resident of Lysychansk, an eastern city near Severodonetsk, walks past his neighbor’s burning house. (Serhii Nuzhnenko/Reuters)



Updated June 4, 2022 at 6: 13 a.m. EDT|Published

June 4, 2022 at 2: 00 a.m. EDT

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Ukraine has managed to reclaim about 20 percent of the city of Severodonetsk, its last major foothold in Luhansk, regional governor Serhiy Haidai said late Friday. The governor of the Eastern Region stated that Russian troops were destroying the bridges of Severodonetsk to stop Ukraine moving in reinforcements. He also said it was not possible to transport food or medicine to the area.

As Russian President Vladimir Putin’s unsparing invasion grinds past the 100-day mark, calls for a negotiated settlement are growing. United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres reiterated the need for an immediate cease-fire, urging diplomacy. While President Biden admitted that an agreement was possible, he said that Kyiv would have to decide whether to give territory to Moscow to end the conflict.

Talks to alleviate the global food crisis stemming from the war are continuing. Belarus, an allies of Russia, stated that it would be open to Ukrainian agricultural products being shipped via Belarusian rail to Western ports in exchange for lifting sanctions. Russia blames the West for the current hunger crisis.

Here’s what else to know

  • Putin believes he can outlast the West and Ukraine in any standoff and intends to deploy economic weapons, such as the blockade of Ukraine’s Black Sea ports, to pressure his opponents.
  • Ukrainian prosecutors trying to build a genocide indictment against Russia are examining allegations that Ukrainian children have been forcibly deported to Russian-controlled territory since February’s invasion, Kyiv’s top prosecutor said.
  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has urged U.S. cities such as Chicago, San Diego and Albany, N.Y., to cut “sister city” relationships in Russia.
  • The Washington Post has lifted its paywall for readers in Russia and Ukraine. Telegram users can subscribe to our channel.

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