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LIVE UPDATES: US Won't Supply Kiev With Missiles Able to Reach Russia, Biden Reportedly Says

Russia launched its special military operation in Ukraine on 24 February, after intensifying attacks by Ukrainian troops in Donbass prompted mass evacuations of civilians, forcing the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics to ask Moscow for protection.
Russian forces and the Donbass militias continue their offensive, pressing the Ukrainian troops from their positions.
At the same time, Kiev’s troops continue to shell the territory of the DPR and LPR, which has resulted in mass casualties, including the death of children: Donetsk authorities previously reported that 35 minors had been killed in the republic since February.
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01:25 GMT 31.05.2022
Russia Has Supplied Over 24,000 Tonnes of Humanitarian Aid to Ukraine - Defense Ministry
Since March 2, Russia has delivered more than 24,000 tonnes of humanitarian cargoes to Ukraine, head of the Russian National Defense Control Center, Col. Gen. Mikhail Mizintsev, who also leads Russia's humanitarian response coordination headquarters, said.

"Starting from March 2, 2022, the Russian Federation has already delivered 24,342.3 tonnes of essentials, food, medicines and medical supplies to Ukraine," Col. Gen. Mizintsev said.
22:01 GMT 30.05.2022
European Council President: Bloc Has Agreed to Partial Ban on Russian Oil Imports
The EU leaders, on the first day of the summit in Brussels, agreed on a partial ban on oil imports from Russia, European Council President Charles Michel said on Twitter.

"Agreement to ban export of Russian oil to the EU. This immediately covers more than 2/3 of oil imports from Russia," Michel said.

"This sanctions package includes other hard-hitting measures: de-Swifting the largest Russian bank Sberbank, banning 3 more Russian state-owned broadcasters, and sanctioning individuals," he wrote.
20:12 GMT 30.05.2022
South Ossetian President Suspends Decree on Referendum on Joining Russia
South Ossetian President Alan Gagloev suspended the decree on calling a referendum on the republic's entry into Russia, the corresponding document was published on his website.

The decree states that the president fully supports the initiative of the citizens of South Ossetia on further integration with the Russian Federation. In addition, he calls the unilateral decision of the referendum on issues affecting the legitimate rights and interests of Russia unacceptable.

Gagloev decided to hold consultations with Russia on the whole range of issues related to further integration.

It is noted that this decree comes into force from the date of its signing.
18:43 GMT 30.05.2022
Slovak Prime Minister Says Tried to Persuade Orban to Agree to Russian Oil Ban
Slovak Prime Minister Eduard Heger said on Monday that he had met with his Hungarian counterpart, Viktor Orban, and tried to persuade him to support the joint position of the European Union on Russia sanctions by banning Russian oil supplies.
Heger told Slovak broadcaster TA3 that he had met with Orban in Brussels before the Council meeting on the Russian oil embargo earlier on Monday.
"My goal [in talks with Orban] was to 'get him on board' because it is important to maintain unity and adopt the sixth package of sanctions. Everyone understands that the money we pay for Russian gas and oil provides finances for the Russian war in Ukraine. That was the purpose of our discussion, and I hope it was a success," Heger said.
Orban said earlier on Monday that "there is no agreement at all" on the EU's oil embargo against Russia. He also welcomed the EU's proposal to exclude Russia's pipeline oil deliveries from the sixth package of sanctions.
18:24 GMT 30.05.2022
Zelensky Urges EU to Adopt More Sanctions Against Russia
"All quarrels in Europe must end, internal disputes that only encourage Russia to put more and more pressure on you," Zelensky told an EU summit in Brussels via video-link. "It is clear that there should be progress in sanctions against Russia."
18:22 GMT 30.05.2022
Russia to End Deal on Cultural, Academic, Media Cooperation With US
The Russian government has backed the Foreign Ministry's proposal to tear up the 1998 memorandum of understanding with the United States that sought to foster cultural, academic and media cooperation.
A decree, dated May 28, says the move to sever ties "in the spheres of culture, humanities and social sciences, education and mass media" was coordinated with federal executive agencies.
The Russian Foreign Ministry has been tasked with informing the US of the decision, which follows a freeze on educational and cultural exchanges announced by Western governments in the wake of the Russian security operation in Ukraine.
18:00 GMT 30.05.2022
Ukrainian Troops Kill 2 Civilians, Hurt 24 in Attack on LPR's Stakhanov - Prosecutors
A shelling of Stakhanov, a city west of Lugansk, by Ukrainian troops left two pregnant women dead and 24 civilians injured on Monday, the chief prosecutor’s office said.
"Confirmed data puts shelling deaths at two, both pregnant women, with 24 people injured, 8 of them children," the prosecutor general’s office of the Lugansk People’s Republic said on social media.
Lugansk republican authorities said Ukrainian troops used self-propelled 220mm multiple rocket launchers Uragan in the attack on the city.
Soviet-made Uragans, Smerches, Grads and heavy artillery were used to shell 13 towns and villages in the neighboring Donetsk People’s Republic, leaving five civilians dead and 17 others injured, the region’s militia said on social media. More than 150 shells were reportedly fired by Ukrainians at DPR during the day.
16:10 GMT 30.05.2022
Dutch GasTerra Refuses to Pay Gazprom in Rubles, Gas Deliveries to Stop From May 31
Dutch energy company GasTerra said on Monday it had refused to pay for Russian gas in rubles, after which Gazprom notified it deliveries would stop from May 31 resulting in about 2 billion cubic meters of gas not received under the current contract.
"Dutch gas trader GasTerra has decided not to comply with Gazprom’s one-sided payment requirements. These payment requirements are set out in a decree passed by Russian President Vladimir Putin regarding payment for the supply of Russian gas. In response to GasTerra’s decision, Gazprom declared to discontinue supply with effect from 31 May 2022," the company said.
The cessation of supplies by Gazprom means that in the period from now until October 1, 2022, the expiration date of the contract, about 2 billion cubic meters of contracted gas will not be supplied, it added.
The company added that it was unaware whether the European market would cope with the loss of these volumes without serious consequences.
15:12 GMT 30.05.2022
Von der Leyen: Sixth Package of Russia Sanctions Won't Be Agreed on Within 48 Hours
The European Council is unlikely to come up with a decision on the Russian oil embargo within 48 hours, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Monday.
The European Council has convened a meeting to discuss the situation in Ukraine, energy and food security in the world, Russian oil embargo and the EU defense capabilities on May 30-31 in Brussels.
"One topic that is still open is the sixth sanctions package. We’ve been working very hard and successful with five sanctions packages already. It has never been easy. It’s the same now with the sixth package. The commission and the French presidency have been working intensively in the last days to move forward on this package. We are not there yet, but it has matured for sure. My expectations are no that it will be solved in the next 48 hours, but I’m confident that after, there will be a possibility," von der Leyen said upon arrival to the special meeting of the Council.
Later in the day, EU foreign and security policy chief Josep Borrell said that the EU was making every effort to reach consensus on new sanctions on Monday.
"Another important thing is to discuss about how we make a final deal on the sixth sanctions package. I’m fully confident that we will get an agreement. Yesterday afternoon and today in the morning the COREPER has been meeting, we have been pushing everyone in order to get an agreement today. And I’m very much confident that we will have this agreement," Borrell said.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Monday that there is no consensus on the issue of oil embargo among the EU member states.
The European Commission announced plans weeks ago to impose a blanket ban on Russian oil but landlocked Hungary has stalled the embargo over concerns it would not be able to make up for the shortfall in oil coming from Russia through pipeline.
14:15 GMT 30.05.2022
Putin, Erdogan Discuss Situation in Ukraine by Phone
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed the situation in Ukraine during a phone conversation on Monday, the office of the Turkish leader said.
"Regional issues were discussed, such as the Russian operation in Ukraine, as well as Turkish-Russian relations. Erdogan said that steps were needed that will minimize the negative consequences of the war and strengthen confidence by quickly restoring the ground for peace between Russia and Ukraine. President Erdogan proposed holding meeting with Russia, Ukraine and the UN in Istanbul and play a role in a possible monitoring mechanism if both sides agree in principle," the office said.
Erdogan also said during the talks that "attacks by the terrorist organization PKK/ YPG [Kurdistan Workers' Party] against Turkey and the Syrian civilian population continue in Syria."
14:14 GMT 30.05.2022
About 2,300 Ex-Azovstal Militants Currently in DPR Custody – DPR Justice Minister
About 2,300 Ukrainian militants detained after surrendering and exiting their stronghold in the Azovstal plant in Mariupol are currently in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR), DPR Minister of Justice Yuri Sirovatko said on Monday.
"All military prisoners remain in the DPR territory… Specifically, we have about 2,300 prisoners from Azovstal," Sirovatko told Rossiya 1 broadcaster.
He added that they are treated no different than any other military prisoner and that investigators are working with them.
14:14 GMT 30.05.2022
Biden Says US Not Supplying Kiev With Missile Systems Capable of Striking Russia - Reports
US President Joe Biden said that Washington will not supply Kiev with missile systems capable of striking Russian territory, Reuters reported on Monday, citing sources.
Last week, CNN reported, citing multiple US officials, that Washington may include advanced long-range systems in a new US military assistance package for Ukraine. Kiev has been asking the United States to supply MLRS M270 and M142 HIMARS, the report said.
However, Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby said on Thursday that the US had not made the final decision on the supply of its MLRS to Ukraine.
The Biden administration has already provided Ukraine with 1,400 Stinger anti-aircraft systems along with 5,500 Javelins since Russia's special military operation began in February. However, this aid falls short of what Ukraine has claimed it needs. In March, Kiev requested 500 Javelins and 500 Stingers per day, although US officials told CNN the Pentagon believes Ukraine is inflating its requirements.
13:23 GMT 30.05.2022
Hungarian PM Orban: There is No Agreement on Russian Oil Embargo in EU
12:12 GMT 30.05.2022
NATO to Boost Defence Across Entire Territory, Not Only Eastern Flank, Stoltenberg Says
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NATO to Boost Defence Across Entire Territory, Not Only Eastern Flank, Stoltenberg Says
10:43 GMT 30.05.2022
Kremlin Not Ruling Out New Gas Payment Mechanism May Be Applied for Paying Public Debt
Russia's first liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant on Sakhalin - Sputnik International, 1920, 30.05.2022
Kremlin Not Ruling Out New Gas Payment Mechanism May Be Applied for Paying Public Debt
09:06 GMT 30.05.2022
Aftermath of Car Bomb Explosion in Melitopol
09:04 GMT 30.05.2022
WATCH: Donetsk School Hit by Ukrainian Shelling
08:55 GMT 30.05.2022
WATCH: Russian Su-25 Planes Destroy Ukrainian Military Vehicles and Strongholds
In this handout photo released by the Russian Defence Ministry, a pilot of a Russian Sukhoi Su-25 fighter jet is seen inside a cabin during a flight in the course of Russia's military operation in Ukraine, at the unknown location - Sputnik International, 1920, 30.05.2022
WATCH: Russian Su-25 Planes Destroy Ukrainian Military Vehicles and Strongholds
08:25 GMT 30.05.2022
Heavy Artillery Delivered by US Was Used to Shell Donetsk, Mayor Says
08:24 GMT 30.05.2022
Death Toll From Shelling of Donetsk Rises to 6, at Least 14 More Wounded, DPR Militia Reports
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