Attack on Ukraine only the beginning -President Zelensky

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has flagged comments by a Russian commander, who said Moscow wants to take control of southern Ukraine as it would give access to the separatist region of Transnistria in Moldova.

Zelensky said the remark shows that Russia wants to invade other countries and that the attack on Ukraine would be only the beginning.

“Well, this only confirms what I have said many times: the Russian invasion of Ukraine was intended only as a beginning, then they want to capture other countries,” Zelensky said in his nightly address.

“Of course, we will defend ourselves as long as necessary to break this ambition of the Russian Federation. But all nations that, like us, believe in the victory of life over death must fight with us. They have to help us, because we are the first on this path. And who is next?

“If anyone who can become next wants to stay neutral today so as not to lose anything, this is the riskiest bet. Because you will lose everything.”

Moldova has summoned the Russian ambassador in response to Maj Gen Rustam Minnekayev’s comments.

The evacuation of about 100,000 people trapped in Mariupol will only succeed with the UN’s help, Ukraine’s deputy prime minister tells the BBC

Iryna Vereshchuk’s comments came prior to news that UN Secretary General António Guterres will meet Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Tuesday
There “is a realistic possibility” the war in Ukraine could continue until the end of next year, UK PM Boris Johnson says

European Council President Charles Michel highlights Russia’s “miscalculations and losses” in the war during a phone call with Vladimir Putin

Russia is prepared to allow fighters at the Azovstal steelworks in Mariupol to leave the plant, Russia’s defence ministry reportedly says

Moscow aims to take full control of southern Ukraine, as well as the Donbas region, a senior Russian military commander is quoted as saying.

Olympic champion banned for attending Putin rally

Russian Olympic champion Evgeny Rylov has been suspended for nine months by swimming’s world governing body, Fina, after attending a rally in support of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The 25-year-old swimmer was among a number of athletes present at the rally, hosted by Russian President Vladimir Putin at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium in March.

They wore the pro-war symbol of the letter ‘Z’ on their clothing.

Rylov won 100m and 200m backstroke gold in Tokyo last summer.

After the rally, Speedo announced it had terminated its sponsorship deal with Rylov.

The evacuation of about 100,000 people trapped in Mariupol will only succeed with the UN’s help, Ukraine’s deputy prime minister tells the BBC

Iryna Vereshchuk’s comments came prior to news that UN Secretary General António Guterres will meet Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Tuesday
There “is a realistic possibility” the war in Ukraine could continue until the end of next year, UK PM Boris Johnson says

European Council President Charles Michel highlights Russia’s “miscalculations and losses” in the war during a phone call with Vladimir Putin

Russia is prepared to allow fighters at the Azovstal steelworks in Mariupol to leave the plant, Russia’s defence ministry reportedly says

Moscow aims to take full control of southern Ukraine, as well as the Donbas region, a senior Russian military commander is quoted as saying.

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