Putin, Lukashenko to meet in eastern Russia
Vladimir Putin and Belarus leader Alexander Lukashenko will meet Tuesday at the Vostochny Cosmodrome in eastern Russia, Interfax reported. The pair are expected to discuss Lukashenko’s hopes of being part of negotiations with Ukraine.
The EU’s military committee held a meeting on Sunday to discuss the next phase of the war in Ukraine, with Russia expected to push for control of eastern areas. Fighting continues around the southern city of Mariupol, where air strikes are being targeted at the center of the city. Mariupol remains in Ukrainian hands after a month-long siege. Russia renewed missile attacks on the Dnipro airport.
U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson made a surprise visit to Kyiv to meet with President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Saturday. More foreign leaders are expected to make the trip.
A global pledging campaign with some celebrity help raised 10.1 billion euros to help those displaced by the war. Russia said YouTube had blocked its Duma-TV channel, which shows parliamentary debates and other political content. Moscow is boosting an economic stability fund and will finance it with oil and gas revenues, which continue to flow.
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