- Russia has carried out missile strikes in southern and eastern Ukraine, including one that destroyed the runway at Odesa airport.
- A group of 20 civilians left the Azovstal steelworks, where the last Ukrainian troops are hiding in Mariupol, according to the Azov regiment.
- A Russian reconnaissance plane briefly violated Sweden’s airspace, Swedish defense officials said.
- A Russian official told state media that the risks of nuclear war must be kept to a minimum amid the conflict in Ukraine.
- Fourteen Ukrainians, including a pregnant soldier, were freed in the latest prisoner exchange with Russian forces, Ukraine says, without disclosing the number of Russians returned to Moscow.
Here are the latest updates:
Europe’s future depends on the war in Ukraine, says Moldovan FM
Moldovan Foreign Minister Nicu Popescu said Europe’s future depends on how the war in Ukraine ends.
“I think the future of the entire continent depends on Ukraine’s ability to maintain its political system, its country, its resilience,” Popescu told British broadcaster Sky News.
Moldova has been closely following the conflict in Ukraine, particularly after a senior Russian military official said Russian forces intend to take full control of southern Ukraine, saying such a move would also open up a land corridor to the breakaway region of Transnistria. where Russia has troops stationed.
Transnistria, a strip of land of about 470,000 people between Moldova and Ukraine, has been under the control of separatist authorities since the 1992 war with Moldova.
Ballerina Olga Smirnova leaves the Bolshoi ballet because of the war in Ukraine
A famous Russian ballerina is starting a new life in Holland because of the war in Ukraine.
Olga Smirnova says she was so embarrassed by the invasion that she left the Bolshoi ballet in Moscow to dance in Amsterdam.
Turkish presidency spokesperson meets Zelenskyy in Kiev
Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin met Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kiev on Saturday, his office said.
There were no immediate details on the content of Kalin’s meetings in Kiev, but Ankara has been mediating between Ukraine and Russia in efforts to end the war.
Kalin was accompanied by Vice Chancellor Sedat Onal.
Turkey is trying to pave the way for a summit in Istanbul between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Zelenskyy.
Russian military plane briefly violates Swedish airspace
A Russian reconnaissance plane briefly violated Sweden’s airspace, Swedish defense officials say, as the Scandinavian country ponders an offer of NATO membership following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
“A Russian AN-30 propeller plane violated Swedish airspace on Friday night,” the Swedish Defense Ministry said in a statement Saturday night, adding that its teams followed the incident and photographed it.
The ministry said the plane was flying east of Bornholm, a Danish island in the Baltic, before heading towards Swedish territory.
“It is totally unacceptable to violate Swedish airspace,” Defense Minister Peter Hultqvist told SVT public television.
20 civilians leave the Azovstal site of Mariupol: Ukraine regiment
A group of 20 civilians left the Azovstal steelworks, where the last Ukrainian troops are holed up in the Black Sea port of Mariupol, according to the Azov regiment.
“Twenty civilians, women and children… have been transferred to a suitable location and we expect them to be evacuated to Zaporizhzhia, in Ukrainian-controlled territory,” said Sviatoslav Palamar, deputy commander of the Azov regiment.
Earlier on Saturday, a correspondent for Russian news agency TASS reported from the city that 25 civilians – including six children under the age of 14 – had left the site.
Russian rocket attack destroys Odesa airstrip
A Russian missile attack destroyed an airport runway in Odesa, Ukraine’s third-largest city and a major Black Sea port, the Ukrainian army said.
In a Telegram post, Ukraine’s Southern Operational Command said there was no way the Odesa runway could be used as a result of the missile attack.
Local authorities urged residents of the area to take shelter there, as the Ukrainian news agency UNIAN, citing army sources, reported that “several” explosions were heard in Odesa.
The regional governor of Odesa said the missile was fired from Russian-occupied Crimea. Maksym Marchenko said there were no reports of injuries.
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