According to Kremlin-installed authorities, Mariupol’s seaport is used to transport goods to and from Russia.
- Russian flags are flown on a highway to the strategic port city of Mariupol, with the city’s entrance sign painted in the colors of the Russian flag.
- The European Union blames Russia for stalling negotiations on a financing agreement on a plan to release Ukrainian grain that is currently blocked from export.
- Pro-Russian separatists in Donetsk have upheld the death sentences of two Britons and one Moroccan for fighting the Ukrainian army.
- Russian forces said they fired Kalibr cruise missiles to destroy a large depot of US and European weapons in Ukraine’s Ternopil region.
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Russia destroys bridge over Ukrainian river, cuts escape route
Russian forces have blown up a bridge connecting the disputed Ukrainian city of Severodonetsk with another city across the river, cutting off a possible evacuation route for civilians, local officials said.
Russian forces have taken most of the city, but Ukrainian forces still control an industrial area and the Azot chemical plant, which is home to hundreds of civilians.
But the Russians had destroyed a bridge over the Siverskyi Donets River connecting Severodonetsk to its sister city Lysychansk, Luhansk governor Serhiy Gaidai said.
“If the bridge collapses after new shelling, the city is really cut off. There will be no way to leave Sievierodonetsk in a vehicle,” Gaidai said, pointing to the lack of a ceasefire agreement and no agreed evacuation corridors.
Russian flags seen at the entrance to Mariupol
A new city sign painted in the colors of the Russian flag was unveiled on the outskirts of Mariupol, replacing a monument that had stood in Ukraine’s blue and gold.
Russian flags were also flown on a highway to the port city, which is now completely under the control of Moscow-backed forces.
According to Kremlin-installed authorities, the seaport is now ready for use as usual and was used to transport goods to and from Russia.