Russia Ukraine War Crisis Live: Sievierodonetsk, a prime target in Moscow’s offensive to seize full control of the eastern region of Luhansk, was again under heavy artillery and rocket fire as Russian forces attacked areas outside the industrial city, the Ukrainian military said. The Ukrainian armed forces’ general staff admitted its forces had suffered a military setback in the settlement of Metolkine, just to the southeast of Sievierodonetsk.
In a rare trip outside Kyiv, Ukraine President Volodomir Zelensky visited the war-damaged city of Mykolaiv for the first time since Russian invasion. A video showed Zelenskyy in his trademark khaki t-shirt handing out medals and posing for selfies with servicemen.
Meanwhile, the head of Nato said on Sunday the war in Ukraine could last years and Ukrainian forces faced intensified Russian assaults after the EU executive recommended that Kyiv should be granted the status of a candidate to join the bloc. Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg was cited by Germany’s Bild am Sonntag newspaper as saying the supply of state-of-the-art weaponry to Ukrainian troops would increase the chance of liberating the eastern Donbas region from Russian control.