Ukraine: Some 60 people are presumed dead after a Russian airstrike hit a school where they were sheltering in Bilohorivka, a village in eastern Ukraine’s Luhansk region, authorities there said.
Embattled Ukrainian forces making a last stand in Mariupol vowed to fight till the end if they aren’t rescued. Two commanders of Ukraine’s Azov Regiment trapped in Mariupol’s steel plant said thousands of civilians have perished in the battle. People who managed to escape the steel plant described their long ordeal. An adviser to Ukraine’s president said Moscow seeks to seize the last part of Mariupol by Monday, Russia’s annual Victory Day.
At great risk to themselves, Ukrainian villagers shared tips and Google map locations on Russian positions to help Ukraine’s military win the battle for Kyiv. Elsewhere in Ukraine, residents are trickling back to villages near Kharkiv, finding destruction, litter and explosives left behind by retreating Russian troops.
Western support: First lady Jill Biden made an unannounced visit to Ukraine on Sunday, meeting with the nation’s first lady, Olena Zelenska, near the country’s border with Slovakia.
The U.S. is sharing classified intelligence with Ukraine while trying to avoid getting dragged into direct conflict with Russian President Vladimir Putin. An international donor conference in Warsaw drew pledges for Ukraine relief equivalent to more than $6.3 billion.
Talks are under way to export Ukraine’s summer grain harvest through Polish and Lithuanian ports to get around a Russian naval blockade and help alleviate food shortages.