Meanwhile the situation in Severodonetsk was “extremely difficult”, after the Russian army destroyed a second bridge into the city and was heavily bombarding the last one, regional governor Sergiy Gaiday said.
Ukraine’s geopolitical vulnerability has been laid bare by Russia’s 24 February invasion, which has killed thousands, sent millions fleeing and reduced swathes of the country to rubble.
NGO Promote Ukraine, together with the Institute of Innovative Governance and Avenir de lEurope organised a symbolic EU-Ukraine human chain around the Nerlaymont, EU Commission headquarter on 12 June, 2022 in Brussels, Belgium. Source: Getty / Thierry Monasse/Getty Images
In Brussels on Sunday, demonstrators brandishing blue and yellow Ukraine flags circled the European Commission headquarters in a show of support.
Regional governor Volodymyr Trush said that four missiles fired from the Black Sea had partially destroyed a military installation in the town, about 140 kilometres from the border with Romania, on Saturday evening.
“The situation in Severodonetsk is extremely difficult,” said Lugansk governor Gaiday on Sunday, adding that by attacking the bridges, Russian forces wanted to cut off the city completely.
However Leonid Pasechnik, leader of pro-Russian separatists in the Lugansk region, accused Ukrainian battalions of shelling Severodonetsk from the plant.
Moscow claims it invaded Ukraine to protect residents of eastern breakaway regions and to “demilitarise and de-Nazify” the country, a stance flatly rejected by Kyiv.
A child is seen standing on a deserted street in Soledar, a town in the Donetsk region, counting about 11,000 inhabitants before the war. Source: Getty / SOPA Images/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Gett
“They came to Ukraine to kill civilians for money,” he told reporters in the Russian-controlled port of Mariupol, calling the punishment “perfectly fair”.
In an escalating diplomatic and economic battle, the West has sought to punish Moscow with sanctions, causing major brands to leave the country, among them US fast-food chain McDonald’s.
First customers pose for a photograph after eating from the new fast-food restaurant that came as a substitute for McDonald’s on the Pushkinskaya Square in Moscow. Source: AAP / SOPA Images/Sipa USA
The restaurant that launched Mcdonald’s in Russia in 1990, heralding Moscow’s opening up after decades of Soviet rule, reopened Sunday with a new name and logo.
“Now we’re going for a reunion lunch,” she smiled.
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