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Vladimir Putin survived an assassination attempt at the start of the war in Ukraine, a Ukrainian intelligence chief has revealed.
Kyrylo Budanov, head of Ukrainian military intelligence, said in an interview with Ukrainska Pravda on Monday that Russian authorities thwarted a plot to kill the Russian president two months earlier.
“There were attempts to kill Putin,” Mr Budanov said.
“There was an assassination attempt recently by, as they call it, representatives of the Caucausus. This was not in the public domain. A completely failed attempt but it really did happen about two months ago.”
The Kremlin has not reported any such incidents in recent months. Mr Budanov did not provide any details and it was unclear if he was referring to Russia’s North Caucasus region where two separatist wars took place in the 1990s, or the South Caucasus which includes Georgia.
There have also been foiled plots from pro-Kremlin mercenaries kill Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky during the war.
That's all for now
Good evening and thanks for following our live updates. That's a wrap until the morning, but in the meantime here's a summary of the latest developments. Find more on our Ukraine page.
A Ukrainian court sentenced a 21-year-old Russian tank commander Sgt Vadim Shishimarin to life in prison for killing a Ukrainian civilian, in the first war crimes trial since Russia's invasion.
Russian president Vladimir Putin survived an assassination attempt at the start of the war in Ukraine, a Kyiv intelligence chief disclosed.
A Russian diplomat at the country's permanent mission at the United Nations in Geneva said on Monday he was leaving his post because of his disagreement with Moscow's invasion of Ukraine, a rare political resignation over the war.
Ukraine's First Lady warned a WHO assembly that the impacts of Russia's war on healthcare and mental health could be felt for decades. President Volodymyr Zelensky also said Ukraine is in talks over establishing food corridors to export its grain.
Some 20 countries have announced new security assistance packages for Ukraine during a virtual meeting with allies aimed at coordinating arms for Kyiv, US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin said.
Some 87 people were killed in a Russian air strike in the town of Desna last Tuesday, Mr Zelensky said, in what would be Ukraine's biggest military death toll in a single strike of the war.
Mr Zelensky used the Davos summit of global economic leaders to issue a fresh appeal for more weapons for his country and "maximum" sanctions against Moscow.
Russian troop casualties in Ukraine “likely” match the death toll from Soviet Union's nine-year war in Afghanistan, the UK's Ministry of Defence said.
'F--k the war': Watch Russian concert-goers chant in protest of invasion of Ukraine
Thousands of people chanted anti-war slogans at a rock concert in Russia last weekend in a growing sign of public discontent with the Kremlin’s invasion of Ukraine.
Concert-goers at a popular girl band show in St Petersburg at the weekend were chanting “F–ck the war!” in unison in a video that was widely circulated online.
One member of the Kis Kis band has been vocal about her opposition to the war, posting criticism of the Kremlin and the invasion on her social media.
The video was seen as a rare outburst of discontent after the Kremlin clamped down on anti-war protests just one week into the war that started in February. Any public opposition to what the Russian government refuses to call an invasion can now trigger criminal charges.
Ukrainian court orders ex-president's arrest in absentia on treason charge
A Ukrainian court on Monday ordered the arrest in absentia of former President Viktor Yanukovich, accusing him of treason over an agreement he signed in 2010 extending Russia's lease on naval facilities in Crimea.
The agreement, widely known in Ukraine as the Kharkiv Pact, allowed Russia to keep its Black Sea Fleet in the Crimean port of Sevastopol.
Yanukovich, who fled to Russia in 2014 after mass protests, has already received a 13-year jail sentence in absentia for treason. That case was related to a letter he sent to Russian President Vladimir Putin on March 1, 2014, asking him to use Russian army and police forces to restore order in Ukraine.
Yanukovich could not immediately be reached by Reuters for comment. He has previously denied all allegations against him.
The Ukrainian prosecutor general's office said a Kyiv court had ordered Yanukovich's arrest because the Kharkiv Pact had enabled Russia to increase troops in Ukraine and to annex Crimea in 2014.
Lithuania to withdraw its ambassador to Russia
Lithuania will withdraw its ambassador to Russia from June 1, according to a presidential decree signed on Monday. No replacement has been named.
The Baltic country expelled Russia's envoy on April 4. The Lithuanian government said at that time it intended to lower the level of diplomatic representation between the two countries.
It is the latest diplomatic tit-for-tat move between Moscow and other countries, which have surged during the war.
20 countries commit new security aid for Ukraine, Pentagon chief says
Some 20 countries have announced new security assistance packages for Ukraine during a virtual meeting with allies aimed at coordinating arms for Kyiv, US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin has said.
The countries that announced new packages included Italy, Denmark, Greece, Norway and Poland, Austin told reporters following a meeting of the Ukraine Defence Contact Group.
Denmark would provide a harpoon launcher and missiles to defend Ukraine's coast, he added.
"Everyone here understands the stakes of this war," Austin said.
The top US military officer, General Mark Milley, told the same press conference that the US was still "a ways away" from any reintroduction of US forces into Ukraine.
War 'horrors' will leave deep scars, says Ukraine's First Lady
Ukraine's First Lady has warned a WHO assembly that the impacts of Russia's war on healthcare and mental health could be felt for decades, as Russia said the forum had been politicised.
"Russia's war has shown horrors we could not have imagined," Olena Zelenska said in a video address to World Health Assembly in Geneva, stressing in particular the consequences for mental health.
"WHO is committed to protecting the most crucial human rights to life and health. Now they are both being violated in Ukraine," she said.
"The consequences of this war unfortunately will remain for years and decades," said Zelenska.
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Corridor for food exports out of Odesa 'would need Russian consent'
Any corridor designed to secure safe passage for food exports out of the Ukrainian port city of Odesa could only occur with Russian consent, a Western official said on Monday, adding it would not be possible without Moscow's permission.
Ukrainian First Deputy Prime Minister Yulia Svyrydenko has called for such a corridor, saying it would help Ukraine and help avoid world hunger.
"Clearly the Russians are dominating that area. It would require the permission of the Russians, some sort of agreement to allow that to take place," the Western official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
"It would require some sort of security guarantee, I think from Turkey, to make it a reality. I think the thing that we'd have to rule out is any sense that this could be done without Russia's permission.
13,000 alleged Russian war crimes being probed, says Ukraine
Ukraine's Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova said there were about 13,000 cases of Russian alleged war crimes being probed as of Monday.
"As of this day, we have more than 13,000 cases (being probed) only about war crimes," Venediktova said in an interview to the Washington Post.
Kyiv has accused Russia of atrocities and brutality against civilians during Russia's invasion off Ukraine. Russia has denied targeting civilians or involvement in war crimes.
Russian-controlled Ukraine region declares ruble official currency
Authorities in the Moscow-controlled Ukrainian region of Kherson have announced the introduction of the ruble as an official currency alongside the Ukrainian hryvnia.
The region's capital Kherson was the first major city to fall to Russian forces in the war.
"Today a decree will be issued that formalises the introduction in the Kherson region of dual currency," the pro-Moscow head of the regional administration, Vladimir Saldo.
"This means all traders have the right to - and later will be obliged to - display prices in two currencies, in hryvnias and Russian rubles," he said.
"The Russian ruble exchange rate will be twice that of the hryvnia, two Russian rubles for one hryvnia."
He added that in the next few days a Russian bank would open a branch in Kherson and offer accounts to businesses, which could show Ukrainian documents.
Kremlin claims 'terror attack' on Ukraine's pro-Moscow official
The Kremlin on Monday accused Ukrainian nationalists of carrying out a "terror attack" against an official installed by Moscow in southern Ukraine.
Andrey Shevchik was appointed as mayor of Energodar in the Zaporizhzhia region after Russian troops took control of the town, the site of Europe's largest nuclear power plant, during Moscow's military campaign in Ukraine.
On Sunday, Shevchik and his two guards were wounded in the explosion as they were entering a building. Ukrainian "nationalist elements are using such methods", Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov claimed.
"Of course, this forces our military to be on the alert, to take preventative measures to make sure such terror attacks will not happen again," he said.
A local police official, Alexei Selivanov, told Russian state news agency RIA Novosti that Shevchik had "suffered burns and injuries, but his life and those of his bodyguards are not in danger".
Starbucks says it will completely exit Russia, closing 130 cafes
Starbucks said Monday it will cease operations in Russia, shuttering its 130 cafes in the country.
The coffee chain, which suspended its operations in early March following the invasion of Ukraine in late February, said it will "exit" Russia and "no longer have a brand presence in the market."
The move follows a similar action last week by McDonald's.
Watch: Moment Russian tanks are obliterated after attempting to hide from Ukrainian drones
'Golden Arches' tumble in Moscow as McDonald's exits
Workers removed the trademark "Golden Arches" sign from a McDonald's restaurant just north of Moscow on Monday, as the first stage of the rebranding of the fast food company's outlets started in Russia.
McDonald's in March decided to close its restaurants in the country, including the symbolic Pushkin Square location in central Moscow.
The world's largest burger chain is selling its restaurants in Russia to one of its local licensees, who will rebrand them under a new name that has yet to be announced, ending more than three decades in the country. McDonald's has said it will retain its trademarks.
The yellow arches stood on the ground outside the restaurant in Khimki, a town near Moscow. It was not clear if work to remove the logo from other branches across the country was already underway.
Russian diplomat quits in protest at Ukraine invasion
A Russian diplomat at the country's permanent mission at the United Nations in Geneva said on Monday he was leaving his post because of his disagreement with Moscow's invasion of Ukraine, a rare political resignation over the war.
Boris Bondarev, a who identified himself on LinkedIn as a counsellor at Russia's permanent mission to the UN who worked on arms control, told Reuters: "I went to the mission like any other Monday morning and I forwarded my resignation letter and I walked out."
"I started to imagine this a few years ago but the scale of this disaster drove me to do it," he said.
He said he had raised his concerns about the invasion with senior embassy staff several times. "I was told to keep my mouth shut in order to avoid ramifications," he said.
Ukraine in talks over food corridors as Putin steals grain
Volodymyr Zelensky has said Ukraine is in talks over establishing food corridors to export its grain as he accused Russia of stealing supplies.
Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, the Ukrainian President said he had held discussions with several countries about setting up export routes for wheat, grain and sunflower seeds.
Mr Zelensky said Baltic sea ports could be used to transport the crucial food supplies as he repeated accusations that Russia was stealing thousands of tonnes of grains in occupied territories.
Putin’s war is threatening the harvest in Ukraine – often known as the breadbasket of Europe – and could fuel food shortages across the globe.
Ukraine says 87 were killed in Russian air strike last week
Some 87 people were killed in a Russian air strike in the town of Desna last Tuesday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has said, in what would be Ukraine's biggest military death toll in a single strike of the war.
On the day of the attack, a Russian military spokesman said high-precision, long-range missiles had hit Ukrainian reserves forces at a training centre near Desna, in the northern region of Chernihiv, and at one other site.
Zelensky did not specify if the casualties from the attack in Desna were military or civilian. There is a military barracks and training base near the town.
"Today we completed work at Desna. In Desna under the rubble there were 87 casualties. 87 corpses," Zelensky said on Monday during an address by videolink to a meeting of global business leaders at Davos.
Ukrainian authorities had said last week that eight people were killed in the strike. At least 52 people were killed at a train station in the Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk in April.
In pictures: Russian tank commander sentenced to life for war crimes
Zelensky tells Davos: send us weapons, stop Russia trade
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has used the Davos summit of world leaders to issue a fresh appeal for more weapons for his country and "maximum" sanctions against Moscow.
Speaking by videolink, Zelensky told the World Economic Forum that tens of thousands of lives would have been saved if Kyiv had received "100 per cent of our needs at once back in February", when Russia invaded.
"This is why Ukraine needs all the weapons that we ask (for), not just the ones that have been provided," said Zelensky.
He called for an oil embargo on Russia, punitive measures against all its banks and the shunning of its IT sector, adding that all foreign companies should leave the country.
"There should not be any trade with Russia," he told the gathering of the world's political and business elites. "I believe there are still no such sanctions against Russia - and there should be."
Lukashenko accuses West of attempting to dismember Ukraine
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said on Monday that he was concerned about what he called moves by the West to "dismember" Ukraine, and accused Poland of seeking to seize the Western part of the country.
In a strongly-worded televised meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, he said Kyiv would eventually have to ask for help in preventing the seizure of western Ukraine. He offered no evidence for these claims.
Belarus has been a close ally of Moscow during the war.
Russian death toll 'probably the same now as its nine-year war in Afghanistan'
Russian troop casualties in Ukraine “likely” match the death toll from Soviet Union's nine-year war in Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence has said.
In an intelligence update on Monday morning, the MoD claimed that in the first three months of fighting, Russia “has likely suffered a similar death toll to that experienced by the Soviet Union during its nine year war in Afghanistan”.
It said that a combination of “poor low-level tactics, limited air cover, a lack of flexibility, and a command approach which is prepared to reinforce failure and repeat mistakes” has led to the high casualty rate, which continues to rise in the Donbas offensive.
About 15,000 Soviet soldiers were killed and around 35,000 wounded during the nine-year war in Afghanistan, which ended in 1989.
Ukraine’s government claims over 27,000 Russian troops have been killed in the country since the invasion began in February but Russia has not updated its official death toll since late March when it stood at over 1,351.
The MoD added that Russian public “dissatisfaction with the war” and a willingness to voice it “may grow” as casualties suffered in Ukraine continue to rise.
Here are more details on the first war crimes trial against Russia's invasion
A Ukrainian court has sentenced a 21-year-old Russian soldier to life in prison for killing a Ukrainian civilian, in the first war crimes trial since Russia's invasion.
Sgt Vadim Shishimarin was accused of shooting a Ukrainian civilian in the head in a village in the northeastern Sumy region in the early days of the war.
He pleaded guilty and testified that he shot the man after being ordered to do so.
He told the court that an officer insisted that the Ukrainian man, who was speaking on his cellphone, could pinpoint their location to the Ukrainian forces.
During the trial, Shishimarin asked the widow of the victim to forgive him.
Shishimarin's defense attorney Victor Ovsyanikov argued that his client, a member of a Russian tank unit who was eventually captured, had been unprepared for the "violent military confrontation" and mass casualties that Russian troops encountered when they first invaded Ukraine.
"The court has found that (Vadim) Shishimarin is guilty and sentences him to life imprisonment," judge Sergiy Agafonov said.
World faces a turning point, Zelensky warns
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Monday told a meeting of global business leaders at Davos that the world faced a turning point and had to ratchet up sanctions against Russia as a warning to other countries considering using brute force.
"History is at a turning point... This is really the moment when it is decided whether brute force will rule the world," Mr Zelensky said in an address to the conference.
More than 6.5 million people have fled Ukraine -UN agency
More than 6.5 million people have fled Ukraine since Russia's invasion in late February, the UN refugee agency has said.
Since Russia's invasion on February 24, 6,538,998 refugees have left Ukraine, with the majority of them entering Poland.
Watch: 'F--- the war!' Russians defiantly chant against war in St Petersburg concert
Russia pounds eastern Ukraine as battle for Donbas deepens
Russia pounded dozens of targets in eastern Ukraine with airstrikes and artillery as ground forces attempted to encircle the Donbas city of Sievierodonetsk, the Russian Defence Ministry said.
In eastern Ukraine, the Russian air force hit four command centres, a communications point, an anti-aircraft missile system and 87 areas where troops and Ukrainian military equipment amassed as well as seven ammunition stores, the defence ministry said.
Russian artillery hit 73 command points, 578 areas where troops and Ukrainian military equipment amassed, as well as 37 artillery and mortar units in firing positions, the defence ministry said. Russia said it shot down three Ukrainian Su-25 jets.
Sea-launched long range missiles hit Ukrainian weapons at the Malin railway station in western Ukraine which were being transported to the east, the defence ministry said.
Russia says it will resume talks when Ukraine is 'constructive'
The Kremlin will be ready to return to negotiations with Ukraine "as soon as Kyiv shows a constructive position", RIA cited Deputy Foreign Minister Andrey Rudenko as saying.
Speaking on the subject of Russia exchanging prisoners from the Azovstal steelworks, RIA reported that Rudenko did not rule out that discussions are taking place.
Kremlin says West triggered a global food crisis with sanctions
The Kremlin said on Monday that the West had triggered a global food crisis by imposing the severest sanctions in modern history on Russia over the war in Ukraine.
President Vladimir Putin, the Kremlin said, agreed with the United Nations assessment that the world faced a food crisis that could cause famine.
"Russia has always been a rather reliable grain exporter," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. "We are not the source of the problem."
Watch: Zelensky's wife says she hadn't seen her husband at all in two months in rare interview
Pictured: Destruction caused by ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict
Ukraine rules out territorial concessions as Russia steps up attacks
Ukraine ruled out a ceasefire or any territorial concessions to Russia, and Poland's president said any loss of Ukrainian territory would be a "huge blow" to the entire West as he warned against appeasing Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Air raid sirens blared across Ukraine on Monday morning, sounding the daily alarm ahead of anticipated attacks by Russian forces in the east and south of the country.
Russia has stepped up its pounding of the Donbas and Mykolaiv regions with air strikes and artillery fire, in what Ukraine has described as a "scorched-earth" strategy to win control of the eastern front.
"The war must end with the complete restoration of Ukraine's territorial integrity and sovereignty," Andriy Yermak, Ukraine's presidential chief of staff, said in a Twitter post on Sunday.
Watch: Russians clear mines from the ruins of Azovstal steelworks in Mariupol
More than 100m people forcibly displaced from their homes
The war in Ukraine has pushed the number of forcibly displaced people around the world above 100 million for the first time, the United Nations said on Monday.
The "alarming" figure must shake the world into ending conflicts forcing record numbers to flee their own homes, the UN Refugee Agency UNHCR said.
UNHCR said the number around the world rose towards 90 million by the end of 2021. Since Russia's invasion on February 24, more than eight million people have been displaced within the country, while more than six million refugees have fled across the borders.
"One hundred million is a stark figure - sobering and alarming in equal measure. It's a record that should never have been set," said UNHCR chief Filippo Grandi.
"This must serve as a wake-up call to resolve and prevent destructive conflicts, end persecution, and address the underlying causes that force innocent people to flee their homes."
The 100 million figure amounts to more than one per cent of the global population, while only 13 countries have a bigger population than the number of forcibly displaced people in the world.
Russia says it destroyed unit of US-made weapons in Ukraine
Russia's defence ministry said its forces destroyed a Ukrainian unit of US-produced M777 howitzers, a type of artillery weapon, RIA news agency reported on Monday.
US is fully committed to Japan's defence
American President Joe Biden assured his "good friend" Prime Minister Fumio Kishida of Japan on Monday that the US is fully committed to Japan's defence, amid simmering tension with China and the ramifications of Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
The cornerstone of Mr Biden's visit, which includes meetings with the leaders of Japan, India and Australia, in the "Quad" group, will be the launch of an Indo-Pacific Economic Framework, a broad plan providing an economic pillar for US engagement with Asia.
"The US-Japan alliance has long been the cornerstone of peace and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific, and the United States remains fully committed to Japan's defence," Mr Biden said at the beginning of talks with Mr Kishida at the Akasaka Palace in central Tokyo.
Spotlight on Russian abuses in brutal war
With a verdict due today in the war crimes trial in Kyiv, Moscow's offensive in eastern Ukraine is only intensifying, with the city of Severodonetsk under "round-the-clock" bombardment as Russian troops attempt its encirclement.
The trial in Ukraine's capital – seen as a public test of the Ukrainian judicial system's independence – comes as international institutions conduct their own investigations into alleged abuses that have turned cities like Bucha and Mariupol into watchwords for destruction.
Polish President Andrzej Duda, whose country is a vital staging area for Western arms shipments and host to millions of the war's refugees, pointed to the devastation in those cities as a reason why "business as usual" with Russia was no longer possible.
"An honest world cannot return to business as usual while forgetting the crimes, the aggression, the fundamental rights that have been trampled on," he told Ukraine's parliament on Sunday.
Gene-edited crops to be sped up to ease food crisis
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The production of gene-edited crops is to be sped up to help guarantee British food supplies in the wake of the conflict in Ukraine.
Russian blockades are preventing the export of key goods such as wheat from the country, leading to rising food prices and shortages globally.
Amid concern over the UK's food self-sufficiency, the Government will this week introduce a Bill that will allow farms to grow more crops by planting variants that have been edited to be more resistant to disease or need less water or fertiliser.
Read The Telegraph's front page story here.
Russians clear mines from Azovstal steel works
Russian soldiers have cleared mines and debris on the industrial grounds of the Azovstal steel works in Mariupol.
Soldiers walked through the compound and used mine detectors over roads littered with debris, while others checked under objects for the explosive devices, video footage showed.
"The task is huge, the enemy planted their own landmines, we had also planted anti-personnel mines while blocking the enemy. So we've got some two weeks of work ahead of us," said a Russian soldier who gave only his nom de guerre Babai.
Russia on Friday said the last Ukrainian fighters defending Azovstal had surrendered. Ukraine has not confirmed that development, but a commander of one of the units in the factory said the troops had been ordered to stand down.
Russians 'engaging in a scorched-earth approach'
Russia appears to have made slow, grinding moves forward in the Donbas in recent days. It has intensified efforts to capture Sievierodonetsk, the main city under Ukrainian control in Luhansk province – which, together with Donetsk province, makes up the Donbas.
The Ukrainian military said Russian forces had mounted an unsuccessful attack on Oleksandrivka, a village outside Sievierodonetsk.
Sievierodonetsk came under heavy shelling, and Luhansk Governor Serhii Haidai said the Russians were "simply intentionally trying to destroy the city ... engaging in a scorched-earth approach."
Mr Haidai said Moscow was concentrating forces and weaponry there to try to win control of Luhansk, bringing in forces from Kharkiv to the northwest, Mariupol to the south, and from inside Russia.
The sole working hospital in the city has only three doctors and supplies for 10 days, he said.
Ukrainian officials have said little since the war began about the extent of their country's casualties, but Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelenskyy said on Sunday that 50 to 100 Ukrainian fighters were being killed – apparently each day – in the east.
Fears for fate of Azovstal fighters
With Russia claiming to have taken prisoner nearly 2,500 Ukrainian fighters from Mariupol's Azovstal steel plant, concerns have grown about their fate and that of the remaining residents of the city - now in ruins with more than 20,000 feared dead.
Relatives of the fighters have pleaded for them to be given rights as prisoners of war and eventually returned to Ukraine.
Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said Ukraine "will fight for the return" of every one of them.
Denis Pushilin, the pro-Kremlin head of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, vowed that the Ukrainian fighters from the plant would face tribunals.
War may end in a deal, but not any time soon
An editorial in the New York Times has sparked uproar in Kyiv amid growing fears about the resolve of elites in both the United States and Europe to see the conflict through.
The piece, attributed to the paper’s Editorial Board, argued that Russia is too strong for Ukraine to defeat decisively on the battlefield; that the realistic outcome of the war will involve territorial concessions from Ukraine; and that President Joe Biden should make this clear to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky sooner rather than later - including by placing clear limits on US support for Kyiv.
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Just read the shameful @nytimes editorial on 🇺🇦. One thing they don’t get: the “hard decisions” expected from Ukraine (ceding more land) mean mass terror/genocide on ceded territories. We can’t feed our people to 🇷🇺crocodile. Therefore we’ll fight, with or without NYT’s approval.
— olexander scherba🇺🇦 (@olex_scherba) May 21, 2022
Grateful to @POTUS for signing the law on additional support for 🇺🇦. The leadership of 🇺🇸, President Biden & the American people in supporting 🇺🇦's fight against the Russian aggressor is crucial. Look forward to new, powerful defense assistance. Today it is needed more than ever.
— Володимир Зеленський (@ZelenskyyUa) May 21, 2022
Ukraine, and only Ukraine will define when and how the war ends. We exercise our right to self-defence under article 51 of the UN Charter following a brutal armed attack. President @ZelenskyyUa has been clear. We don’t need anyone else’s land, but we won’t give up on what’s ours.
— Dmytro Kuleba (@DmytroKuleba) May 21, 2022
'We strongly urge Russia to ... unconditionally withdraw'
Representatives of the US, Australia, Canada, Chile, Japan, the Republic of Korea, and New Zealand have said in a joint statement that they have "grave concerns" over the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine.
"Reaffirming the importance of the rules-based international order that underpins an open, dynamic, resilient and peaceful Asia-Pacific region, we strongly urge Russia to immediately cease its use of force and completely and unconditionally withdraw all of its military forces from Ukraine," the nations said.
Representatives from Canada, New Zealand, Japan and Australia joined the Americans, led by US Trade Representative Katherine Tai, in walking out of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting on Saturday.
The walkout took place while Russian Economy Minister Maxim Reshetnikov was delivering remarks at the opening of the two-day meeting of the group of 21 economies.
The delegations from five countries that staged the protest returned to the meeting after Reshetnikov finished speaking, a Thai official said.
'The world is falling apart'
The United Nations has said the number of forcibly displaced people around the world has risen above 100 million for the first time - pushed up by Russia's war in Ukraine.
UN Refugee Agency UNHCR announced the grim figure on Monday. It said the number of forcibly displaced people rose towards 90 million by the end of 2021, spurred by violence in Ethiopia, Burkina Faso, Myanmar, Nigeria, Afghanistan and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Since Russia's invasion of Ukraine on February 24 more than eight million people have been displaced within the country, while more than six million refugees have fled across the borders.
UNHCR chief Filippo Grandi said: "The international response to people fleeing war in Ukraine has been overwhelmingly positive.
"Compassion is alive and we need a similar mobilisation for all crises around the world. But ultimately, humanitarian aid is a palliative, not a cure.
"To reverse this trend, the only answer is peace and stability so that innocent people are not forced to gamble between acute danger at home or precarious flight and exile."
Norwegian Refugee Council chief Jan Egeland said: "It has never been as bad as this.
"The world is falling apart."
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