As the war in Ukraine rages on, up to 100 people are killed every day in fighting in the east of the country, where Russia has concentrated its military efforts in recent weeks, according to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Meanwhile, Russia “probably suffered a similar death toll” in the first three months of its invasion to that of the Soviet Union during its nine-year war in Afghanistan, Britain’s Ministry of Health said on Monday. defense.
Here are today’s latest developments:
Russian soldier gets life sentence in first war crimes trial: A kyiv court found Vadim Shishimarin, a 21-year-old Russian soldier, guilty of war crimes and sentenced him to life in prison. Shishimarin, who pleaded guilty to killing an unarmed civilian, is the first soldier to be convicted of war crimes since Russia invaded Ukraine in February.
Poland ends its energy relationship with Russia: The Polish government has ended a 30-year-old agreement with Russia on gas supply and infrastructure, Polish Climate Minister Anna Moskwa announced on Monday. The agreement included the supply of gas via the Yamal gas pipeline and the construction and maintenance of infrastructure related to the transit of gas through Poland.
Up to 100 people are killed every day in eastern Ukraine, according to the president: Zelensky said up to 100 people die every day in the conflict in eastern Ukraine. Zelensky made the comment on Sunday while addressing the press alongside Polish President Andrzej Duda. He was responding to a question about an online petition to allow men of draft age – aged between 18 and 60 – to leave Ukraine. “Today, 50 to 100 people could be killed here in the most complicated area, in the east of our country,” Zelensky said.
The Russian death toll in Ukraine is “probably similar” to that of the Soviet war in Afghanistan, according to the UK: Russia “probably suffered a similar death toll” in the first three months of its invasion of Ukraine to that of the Soviet Union during its nine-year war in Afghanistan, Britain’s Ministry of Health said on Monday. defense. “A combination of poor low-altitude tactics, limited air cover, a lack of flexibility and a command approach ready to reinforce repeated failures and mistakes has led to this high casualty rate, which continues to increase in the Donbass offensive,” the ministry said in an intelligence update.
More than 6.5 million people have fled Ukraine, according to the UN: At least 6.5 million people have left Ukraine since the start of the Russian invasion on February 24, according to the latest data from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
Ukrainian presidential adviser rules out ceasefire or concessions: Mykhailo Podolyak, an adviser to Zelensky, ruled out a ceasefire with Russia and said kyiv would not agree to any deal with Moscow involving a ceding of territory. “The war won’t stop (after any concessions). It will just be put on hiatus for a while,” he told Reuters in an interview on Saturday. Podolyak said making concessions would backfire on Ukraine because Russia would retaliate harder after any break. in the fights.