Russia-Ukraine latest news LIVE: Vladimir Putin blames West for war as UK says Ukraine could ‘break’ Russia’s army

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Russian president Vladimir Putin has delivered a speech in Moscow’s Red Square in which he blamed the West for his war in Ukraine.

It came as a huge military parade was taking place in the capital to mark Russia’s “Victory Day”.

At the same time, UK’s defence secretary Ben Wallace said it is possible Ukraine could “break” the Russian army.

“It is very possible that Ukraine will break the Russian army to the extent that they either have to go back to pre-February or they have to effectively ... it folds in on itself,” he said in London.

The Victory Day Parade is one of the most significant events in the country. Held on May 9, it marks the end of World War II in Europe with the defeat and surrender of Nazi Germany late in the evening on May 8, 1945.

Some Russians and Western analysts believed Mr Putin would use his speech at the parade to declare the “special military operation” in Ukraine - as the Kremlin insists it be called - as a full-fledged war.

It comes as British defence chiefs said Mr Putin’s forces were having to fire “ageing” munitions in Ukraine after using up many of their precision-guided weapons.

Just hours before the Russian president was due to oversee the military parade, the UK Ministry of Defence stressed the “shortcomings” of Russia’s army to carry out precision strikes “at scale”.

Putin delivering speech in Red Square

08:24 , Michael Howie

Russian President Vladimir Putin is leading anniversary celebrations of the Soviet Union's victory over Nazi Germany.

He has used the anniversary in recent years to needle the West before a parade of troops, tanks, rockets and intercontinental ballistic missiles in Moscow’s Red Square.

This year’s event takes place under the shadow of Russia’s invasion of neighbouring Ukraine.

‘West was preparing to invade our land'

08:32 , Michael Howie

Mr Putin has used his speech to claim Russia’s intervention in Ukraine had been necessary because the West was “preparing for the invasion of our land, including Crimea”.

Putin claims Ukraine invasion necessary ‘over West invasion'

08:32 , Josh Salisbury

Mr Putin has hailed what he calls a “great day of victory” in a speech at Moscow’s Red Square.

He claimed that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine had been necessary because the West was “preparing for the invasion of our land, including Crimea”.

“They were openly preparing another punitive operation in [the] Donbas, to an aggression against our historical lands, including Crimea,” Mr Putin claimed.

The claims have been rejected across the international community.

The UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace will say Monday that Putin’s regime is “mirroring” the actions of the Nazis amid Putin’s speech.

Putin: ‘Troops fighting for Russian motherland'

08:39 , Josh Salisbury

Mr Putin tells troops and volunteers fighting in the eastern Ukrainian Donbas region that they are fighting for the “Motherland”.

“You are fighting for your Motherland, its future, so that no-one will forget the lessons of the Second World War,” he said.

“The death of every soldier and officer is painful for us,” he said. “The state will do everything to take care of these families.”

Russia has concentrated its unprovoked invasion of Ukraine on the eastern Donbas reigon in recent weeks, after failing to take areas in and around the capital Kyiv.

Members of a military band march on Red Square during the Victory Day military parade

08:41 , Josh Salisbury

Members of a military band march on Red Square during the Victory Day military parade (AFP via Getty Images)
Members of a military band march on Red Square during the Victory Day military parade (AFP via Getty Images)

Putin: ‘Death of soldiers is a tragedy'

08:46 , Josh Salisbury

Speaking after a minute’s silence, Mr Putin told the crowd: “The death of each of our soldiers and officers is a tragedy for all of us, an irreplaceable loss to their families.

“The state, the reigons, the companies, will do everything for those families and help them. And special support will be given to the children of those fallen and wounded.

“I wish speedy recovery to the wounded soldiers and officers.”

Russia’s heavy losses are estimated to be as high as 25,000, but numbers are hard to verify, amid strong resistance to the invasion by Ukrainian forces.

Around 3,280 civilians have been killed as a result of Mr Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.

08:48 , Josh Salisbury

Band marches in front of Red Square (REUTERS)
Band marches in front of Red Square (REUTERS)

Putin invokes WW2 as he brings speech to end

08:54 , Josh Salisbury

Drawing his speech to a close, Mr Putin attempted to invoke the spirit of WW2.

He said: “For us, their descendants, the loyalty to the motherland is our greatest value.

“Those who defeated Nazism during the great patriotic war showed us an example of heroism for all times.

“This is the generation of victors and we’ll always take their example.”

“For Russia, For Victory, Hurrah!”

Russia has frequently labelled Ukraine as ‘neo-Nazi’, in an attempt to engender support for its unprovoked invasion.

Russia ‘has nothing to celebrate’ - US ambassador

09:01 , Josh Salisbury

Ukraine’s General Staff has warned of heavier missile strikes by Russian troops to coincide with the rally.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has earlier warned the anniversary, which marks Russia’s triumph over Nazi Germany in 1945, could bring a renewed onslaught.“They have nothing to celebrate,” Linda Thomas-Greenfield, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said of the Russians, speaking on CNN.

“They have not succeeded in defeating the Ukrainians. They have not succeeded in dividing the world or dividing NATO. And they have only succeeded in isolating themselves internationally and becoming a pariah state around the globe.”

Zelensky: ‘No invader can rule over our people'

09:07 , Josh Salisbury

In his own address to mark WW2, Ukraine’s president Volodymr Zelensky said his country would win against Russia and would not cede any territory.

“There is no invader who can rule over our free people. Sooner or later we will win,” he said in a written address.

In a video marking the day of the Allied victory in Europe 77 years ago, Mr Zelensky appeared in black-and-white footage in front of a ruined apartment block in Borodyanka, a Kyiv suburb.

Drawing parallels between Russia's invasion of Ukraine and the evils of Nazism, Mr Zelensky said generations of Ukrainians understand the significance of the words "Never again," a vow not to allow a repeat of the horrors of the Holocaust.

Putin lays wreath at tomb of unknown warrior

09:20 , Josh Salisbury

Mr Putin has left the stage to lay a wreath at the tomb of the unknown warrior, and to inspect his displayed military on foot.

He was joined for his walk by defence minister Sergei Shoigu.

While Mr Shoigu was prominently featured during the event, foreign minister Sergei Lavrov did not appear to be featured on the broadcast.

 (via REUTERS)

UK Defence Secretary: ‘Putin wants to intimidate world'

09:27 , Josh Salisbury

The UK’s Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said Vladimir Putin wants to intimidate the world with his military parade in Moscow marking the Second World War victory over the Nazis.

In a speech at the National Army Museum in Chelsea on Monday, Mr Wallace said: "Really what President Putin wants is the Russian people and the world to be awed and intimidated by the ongoing memorial to militarism.

"I believe the ongoing and unprovoked conflict in Ukraine does nothing but dishonour those same soldiers."

Defence Secretary: Russian military leaders ‘amoral and corrupt’

09:37 , Josh Salisbury

In his speech, which comes after President Putin’s Red Square , Mr Wallace accused the leaders of Russia’s armed forces of “amorality and corruption”.

Speaking about World War Two, Mr Wallace said: “I thought about the scale of the suffering across the Soviet Union, but also how the suffering was used then as it is now - to cover up the inadequacy of those ruling in safety and comfort from behind the Kremlin walls above and within the general staff nearby.

“Most Soviet conscripts hadn’t a chance. The suffering was often needless. In the absence of effective military leadership many of their best officers were purged by the NKVD (the People’s Commissariat for Internal Affairs) for counter-revolutionary crimes.

“For barrier troops executed swathes of retreating soldiers, deemed unpatriotic for failing to press on in the face of unassailable odds.

“Fear and sycophancy dictated behaviours then, and today’s Russian armed forces still carry that Soviet imprint - the imprint of amorality and corruption.”

Putin must not be allowed to ‘mythologise’ history - Wallace

09:51 , Josh Salisbury

Russia must not be allowed to mythologise its national history as one of simply “smashing Nazism", Ben Wallace has added.

The Defence Secretary said that today in Moscow should be a day of “reflection” and a day to commemorate the suffering.

He added that Putin dismisses “the culpability of Stalin and his generals, whose 1939 non-aggression pact with the Nazis allowed both sides to dismember Poland” when talking about the history of WW2.

“Putin dismisses all these, claiming that Molotov pact was an act of personal power that in no way reflected the will of the Soviet people,” he said.

“If that's the case, then it would be yet another example of Russian elites deceiving, exploiting a long-suffering population, but the government did conclude the tragic consequences for their soldiers and all the citizens of the Soviet Union.

“And Putin must not be allowed to raise such uncomfortable facts in an attempt to mythologise the official national history as one simply of smashing Nazism."

Odesa hit with four high precision missiles, say Ukraine

09:59 , Josh Salisbury

Ukraine’s military has said that four high-precision Onyx missiles fired from the Russian-controlled Crimea peninsula had struck the Odesa area in southern Ukraine.

Ukrainian officials had earlier warned that heightened missile strikes could happen Monday as Russia celebrates Victory Day.

Officials gave no immediate other details about the strike.

Russia 'running out of stockpile of sophisticated weapons’

10:12 , Josh Salisbury

Responding to questions from journalists, Mr Wallace said President Putin is running out of his “pension stock” of complex weaponry “fairly quickly”.

“We all have highly complex weapons that, funny enough, don’t take a couple of days to replace, it can take months,” he said.

“Once you fire them all in the way Russia has done, they have a real challenge and I think in the long term my point about ‘has Putin already won or lost in the long run’, you know, Putin trying to refurbish that armed forces is going to be incredibly hard.

“A lot of the components come from the West, he won’t be able to get hold of those.”

British officials had said prior to Mr Putin’s speech at the Victory Day parade that the country was turning to “ageing munitions” in Ukraine.

Defence Sec: Ukraine could break Russia’s army

10:22 , Josh Salisbury

Mr Wallace said he would not speculate about the potential for Russia to use nuclear weapons in Ukraine, but said it is possible Ukraine could “break” the Russian army.Asked how likely it is that the Kremlin may use a tactical nuclear weapon on the battlefield in Ukraine, and asked what the UK and Nato would do if that happens, the Defence Secretary said: “I’m not going to speculate about issues like that.”

He added: “Look, it is not inconceivable that large superpowers, as such, as he thinks he is, lose on the battlefield.”

Referencing the United States’ war in Vietnam, he said, “it is perfectly possible that very large nations can be defeated or pushed out by smaller nations”.

He added: “It is very possible that Ukraine will break the Russian army to the extent that they either have to go back to pre-February or they have to effectively ... it folds in on itself. But, ultimately, the price that is being paid by Russians for their illegal invasion is a price that needs to be faced up by the Russian leadership.“That’s what’s so absurd about today’s parade in Moscow: where is the facing-up to the reality of what’s happened to Russia’s reputation, but also the Russian soldiers, and also what they’ve been doing to, effectively in a sense, their brothers and sisters, their Ukrainian brothers and sisters, where is that culpability?”

Defence funding should change with threat level - Wallace

10:47 , Josh Salisbury

Defence funding should change as threats change, said Mr Wallace in response to questions.

The Defence Secretary said: "I have always said as a threat changes, so should our funding. No different from other parts of government, if pressure on the NHS goes up, that gets met with money. If threat changes, then that should.

"If it goes down, be prepared what you wish for, because if the threat goes down, maybe defence spending. So, I think it's up to me to present a case about the threat and what we need to do to counter it.”

He added that there should be a debate about how much is spent on defence because “it is a dangerous world”.

“But, at the moment, my spending for this year and last year, and next year, I'm in a sound position,” he said. “The long-term is as much about what Nato plans I mean, I think we have to ask Nato: what is your long-term plan?”

Russian TV hacked with anti-war message

10:58 , Josh Salisbury

A major hack of Russian TV schedules led to millions seeing a message that the blood of Ukrainians was on their hands.

The ‘No to War’ call came as Russians prepared to watch the Victory Day military parade.

A caption appeared on hacked screens saying: “The blood of thousands of Ukrainians and hundreds of their children is on your hands.

“TV and the authorities lie. No to war.”

The hack impacted online viewers of various channels transmitted by MTS mobile operator, NTV Plus, Rostelecom and Wink.

Read the full story here.

Russia claims peace talks with Ukraine have not stopped

11:43 , Josh Salisbury

Russia’s chief negotiator said on Monday that peace talks with Ukraine had not stopped and were being held remotely, according to the Interfax news agency.

Moscow has accused Kyiv of stalling the talks, while Ukraine has said public anger at Russian committed atrocities are to blame for a lack of progress.

Asked when-in person talks might be held with Ukrainian negotiators, Vladimir Medinsky said: "We need more specifics on hand in order to meet in person."

Ukraine and Russia have not held face-to-face peace talks since March 29, though they have met by video link.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said last month that there was a high risk that the talks would end.

Boris Johnson: Putin ‘condemning young Russians to their deaths in vanity war’

11:56 , Josh Salisbury

Vladimir Putin is senselessly condemning more young Russians and Ukrainians to their deaths to avoid humiliation in an “unwinnable war” fought “solely for his own vanity”, Boris Johnson told the Standard on Monday.

The Prime Minister hailed Russia’s “heroic” role in defeating Adolf Hitler as its armed forces took part in the annual May 9 parade in Moscow to mark the Nazis’ surrender in the Second World War.

But in a scathing assessment, Mr Johnson tore into Mr Putin’s invasion of Ukraine as an “ego-driven mistake” which now had no clear strategic objective.

Mr Johnson told the Standard: “This is Putin’s unwinnable war. Russians are right to commemorate their heroic role in the defeat of Nazism. But Putin’s brutal attack on Ukraine shames Russia. His unwinnable war is being fought solely for his own vanity.”

Read the full story here.

Protesters throw red paint on Russian ambassador in Poland

12:05 , Josh Salisbury

Protesters threw red paint on the Russian ambassador on Monday as he arrived at a cemetery in Poland to pay respects to Red Army soldiers who died during World War II.

Activists threw paint at ambassador Sergey Andreev and prevented him from laying flowers in the cemetery in protest at the war in Ukraine.

The protesters carried Ukrainian flags and chanted "fascist" at him, while some were dressed in white sheets smeared with blood, symbolizing the Ukrainian victims of Russia's war.

Other men in his entourage were also seen splattered with what appeared to be red paint.

Navalny’s spokesperson brands Putin ‘mad’ after parade

12:19 , Daniel Keane

Kira Yarmysh, exiled spokesperson for jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny, has criticised Vladimir Putin’s speech at Russia’s victory day parade.

He tweeted: “An old man, mad in his self-isolation, stands alone on the podium because no one came to be with him, coughs and says something about the Nazis of NATO. I don’t think even the most devoted Putin supporter will believe that this is an image of victory.”

Russia is ‘aggressive neighbour’, says Estonian leader

12:36 , Daniel Keane

Estonian President Alar Karis has called Russia an "aggressive neighbor," saying that "instead of peace and hope, they have chosen war and evil."

He spoke on Monday in a video address to Ukraine on Twitter.

Karis is head of state in the Baltic country where memories of former Soviet rule are still fresh. The three Baltic countries - Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania — were annexed during World War II and regained their independence with the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991.

The Baltic nations joined NATO in 2004, putting themselves under the military protection of the United States and its Western allies.

Russian military incompetence is ‘betrayal of their own people'

12:46 , Daniel Keane

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said Russia's military "incompetence" was a "betrayal" of their own people while making clear he was not expressing sympathy for Russian soldiers suffering in the war.

Speaking at the Defence of Europe conference hosted by King's College London, Mr Wallace said there had been a "failure of the general staff of the Russian army to both, I suppose, speak truth to power but also to prepare their forces properly".

He said he was not attempting to show sympathy for the Russian forces, adding it was an illegal war and "every soldier, whether they're junior or senior, has a responsibility in that".

Mr Wallace described the "incompetence in the Russian general staff" and said: "From a professional point of view as a soldier, you have to marvel at the sort of betrayal, really, of many of those people."

He also spoke about the need for a "long-term plan" through Nato on how to respond to Russia and President Putin to "contain Russia" and "reassure our allies", and provide "resilience" to other allies.

Russian forces ‘carry Soviet imprint of amorality'

13:01 , Daniel Keane

The Defence Secretary also said Russian suffering was used under the Soviets "as it is now, to cover up the inadequacy of those ruling in safety and comfort from behind the Kremlin walls".

"Fear and sycophancy dictated behaviours then, and today's Russian armed forces still carry that Soviet imprint - the imprint of amorality and corruption," he said.

"They are the ones who truly insult the memory of the Immortal Regiment. So let's call out the absurdity of Russian generals resplendent in their manicured parade uniforms, weighed down by the gold braid and glistening metals.

"They are utterly complicit in Putin's hijacking of their forebears' proud history of defending against the ruthless invasion, of repelling fascism and sacrificing themselves for higher purpose.

"And now they are the ones inflicting needless suffering in the service of lowly gangsterism and for them, and for Putin, there can be no victory day, only dishonour and surely defeat in Ukraine."

Best way out of war 'is Ukraine military victory’

13:15 , Josh Salisbury

The best way out of the war waged by Russia is “if Ukraine wins militarily”, the country’s ambassador to the UK has said.

Speaking at a conference at King’s College London on Monday, Vadym Prystaiko said defeating President Vladimir Putin in the “fields of war” may ultimately be better for Russians themselves.

“If you allow yourself ... the idea that actually Russia can be defeated on the fields of war, you will allow yourself to think and find a way what to do, maybe it would be even better for Russians themselves,” he said.

The ambassador added that, once the conflict is over, the cost of rebuilding the country should not fall to “western taxpayers” and Russia should pay “for everything”.

Wallace: Russia could use brutality to win war

13:23 , Josh Salisbury

Vladimir Putin could still use “brutality” to win the war in Ukraine, the British Defence Secretary has warned.

Speaking at a King’s College London conference, Ben Wallace said Russia’s “battle-winning components” of technology, leadership and intelligence had all failed.

He said: “There is one component he still has in his back pocket, which we should really worry about, which is brutality.

“If you win your war by killing, murdering, raping, bombing civilian territories, breaching all human rights, all Geneva Conventions, corruption, and that becomes the battle-winning component, the message that sends around the world to other adversaries around the world is incredibly dangerous.

“That you don’t need to have all the best kit or the best training or appropriate rule of law, you just need to be able to be more brutal than the other person and more prepared to destroy everything in your path.”

Defence Secretary resists calls to expand size of army

14:26 , Josh Salisbury

While hinting earlier in the day that defence spending should go up as a result of the war, the Defence Secretary has pushed back against calls to expand the size of the Army.

Ben Wallace told a conference at King's College London that he did not want “hollow forces", but would concentrate on ensuring the existing Army "did what it said on the tin".

He said: “If I got some new money, would I suddenly treble the size of the infantry? I'm not sure.”

Mr Wallace added: "We get lots of Top Trump collectors who say 'look at all these Type 45s'. Yeah, well none of them work, or three of them work and the rest are tied up and have been for years.

“What is the point in boasting you've got so many units if they're not properly wrapped, as I call it.”

UN human rights body to hold meeting on Ukraine

15:32 , Josh Salisbury

The UN’s top human rights body will hold a special session on Ukraine this week, after calls from Kyiv.

Diplomats told the Reuters news agency that the meeting, set to take place on Thursday, could include a resolution that would task the newly formed Commission of Inquiry into the war with providing a detailed report to the council later this year.

Among at least 55 signatory countries to a letter requesting the meeting were Germany, Britain, Turkey and the United States.

Diplomats supporting Ukraine said the expression of solidarity was important amid fears that Russian attacks could intensify as Moscow marks Victory Day, commemorating World War Two.

Ursula von der Leyen to meet Hungary’s PM to discuss energy supply

16:03 , Elly Blake

European Comission president Ursula von der Leyen and Hungary’s prime minister Viktor Orban will meet in Budapest on Monday.

The pair will discuss issues related to European security of energy supply, a spokesman said.

It comes amid tensions from some EU countries on sanctions on Russian energy.

US Treasury issues fresh sanctions on Russia

16:14 , Elly Blake

The US Treasury has issued fresh sanctions on Russia including on individuals linked to Sberbank.

Sberbank is the country’s biggest bank. It comes amid plans set out by the European Union for the bank to be cut off from the SWIFT international payment system.

Pictured: Moscow’s ‘Victory Day’ parade

16:24 , Elly Blake


Marcon and Scholz say they will ‘stand shoulder to shoulder with Ukraine'

18:34 , Elly Blake

Olaf Scholz and Emmanuel Macron (AP)
Olaf Scholz and Emmanuel Macron (AP)

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and French president Emmanuel Macron have met in Berlin for the first time since Mr Macron’s re-election.

Mr Scholz said during a joint press conference good co-operation between the two countries is vial and they must “work well together for Europe to work well together”.

The German Chancellor added: “We need to do everything to protect democracy and stand shoulder to shoulder with Ukraine while protecting our citizens”.

He also said new sanctions against Russia could be expected, stressing the need for Europe to reduce its dependency on Russian energy.

Russian forces target Azovstal steelworks in Mariupol and continue with fighting in Donbas

18:42 , Elly Blake

Ukraine’s defence ministry said Russian forces backed by tanks and artillery were conducting “storming operations” on the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol on Monday.

This is where the beseieged city’s last defenders are holed up., but no details of the assault were given.

Russian forces also continue in attempts to take control of Rubizhne in Luhansk in preparation for a further assault on the towns of Lyman and Sievierodonetsk.

Ukrainian officials said four high-precision Onyx missiles fired from the Russian-controlled Crimea peninsula had also struck the Odesa area in southwestern Ukraine.

The governor of Mykolaiv, also in the southwest, said overnight strikes were very heavy.

Pictured: Russian ambassador to Poland splattered in red paint on Victory Day

18:51 , Elly Blake

Russia’s ambassador to Poland was doused in a red substance by people protesting against the war in Ukraine as he went to lay flowers at the Soviet Military Cemetery in Warsaw.

Sergey Andreev was targeted by protestors during an event to commemorate Victory Day, which marks the 77th anniversary of the 1945 USSR victory against Nazi Germany.

Sergey Andreev (AFP via Getty Images)
Sergey Andreev (AFP via Getty Images)

EU chief ‘made progress’ with Hungary’s PM on Russian oil ban ‘but further work needed’

19:00 , Elly Blake

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen said on Monday she had made progress during talks with Hungary’s prime minister Viktor Obran on a potential EU-wide ban on Russian fossil fuels.

“This evening’s discussion with PM Viktor Orban was helpful to clarify issues related to sanctions and energy security”, von der Leyen said in a tweet.

“We made progress, but further work is needed”, she added.

Von der Leyen said she would convene a video conference with other countries in the region to strengthen regional cooperation on oil infrastructure.

The pair met in Budapest on Monday to “discuss issues related to European securty of energy supply”.

The meeting comes as the bloc’s 27 member states have so far failed to agree on a sixth package of sanctions – with tensions remaining around a proposed ban on Russian oil imports.

Pentagon spokesman: Some Ukrainian's being forcibly taken to Russia

19:21 , Elly Blake

An official from the Pentagon has said the US has seen indications of some Ukrainians being moved to Russia against their will during its latest briefing on the Ukraine invasion.

Spokesman John Kirby condemned the actions as “unconscionable.”

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby (AP)
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby (AP)

Russia forced to fire ‘ageing’ munitions in Ukraine after using up precision-guided weapons, says UK

19:34 , Elly Blake

Vladimir Putin’s May 9 display of military power was undermined on Monday by British defence chiefs who said his forces were having to fire “ageing” munitions in Ukraine after using up many of their precision-guided weapons.

Just hours before the Russian president was due to oversee a military parade in Moscow’s Red Square, the Ministry of Defence in London stressed the “shortcomings” of Russia’s army to carry out precision strikes “at scale”.

This failure meant Mr Putin’s generals had resorted to indiscriminate shelling and air strikes, killing thousands, if not tens of thousands of civilians in Ukraine.

Read the full report here.

Pictured: von der Leyen’s car leaving Budapest after talks with Hungary’s PM

19:40 , Elly Blake

Ursula von der Leyen’s motorcade leaving Budapest (AFP via Getty Images)
Ursula von der Leyen’s motorcade leaving Budapest (AFP via Getty Images)

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen’s motorcade has been pictured leaving Viktor Orban’s office in Budapest following talks on a potential EU-wide ban on Russian fossil fuels.

Hungary has been opposed to the plan, which would phase out the use of Russian crude oil across the EU within six months, though Hungary would be given until the end of 2023 to halt use.

Following the meeting, von der Leyen tweeted that the talks were “helpful to clarify issues related to sanctions and energy security”.

“We made progress, but further work is needed,” she added.

Recap: Victory Day parade in Moscow

20:47 , Elly Blake

That’s all for this evening

21:00 , Elly Blake

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