As the war in Ukraine rages on, up to 100 people are killed every day in the fighting in the east of the country, where Russia has focused its military efforts in recent weeks, according to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Meanwhile, Britain’s Ministry of Defense said on Monday that Russia “probably suffered a similar number of deaths” in the first three months of its invasion of the Soviet Union during its nine-year war in Afghanistan.
Here are the latest developments that occurred today:
Russian soldier sentenced to life imprisonment in first war crimes trial: A court in Kyiv convicted 21-year-old Russian soldier Vadim Shishimarin of war crimes and sentenced him to life imprisonment. Shishimarin, who has 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 energy relationship with Russia: Poland’s Climate Minister Anna Moskowa announced Monday that the Polish government has ended a 30-year agreement with Russia on gas supplies and infrastructure. The agreement included the supply of gas through the Yamal pipeline and the construction and maintenance of infrastructure related to the transportation of gas through Poland.
The president says up to 100 people are killed every day in eastern Ukraine: Zelensky said that up to 100 people die every day in the conflict in eastern Ukraine. Zelensky made the comment on Sunday while speaking to the press alongside Polish President Andrzej Duda. He was responding to a question about an online petition to allow men of military age – between the ages of 18 and 60 – to leave Ukraine. “Today, 50 to 100 people could be killed here in the most complex region, the east of our country,” Zelensky said.
The Russian death toll in Ukraine is ‘probably similar’ to the Soviet war in Afghanistan, says the UK: The British Ministry of Defense said Monday that Russia “probably suffered a similar number of deaths” in the first three months of its invasion of Ukraine compared to the invasion of the Soviet Union during its nine-year war in Afghanistan. “The combination of poor low-level tactics, limited air cover, a lack of flexibility, and a leadership approach set up to foster repeated failures and errors resulted in a high casualty rate, which continues to rise in the Donbass offensive,” the department said in an intelligence update.
More than 6.5 million have fled Ukraine, according to the United Nations: At least 6.5 million people have left Ukraine since the Russian invasion began on February 24, according to the latest data from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
Ukrainian presidential adviser rules out ceasefires or concessions: Mikhailo Podolak, Zelensky’s adviser, ruled out a ceasefire with Russia and said that Kyiv would not accept any agreement with Moscow that involved ceding territory. “The war will not stop (after any concessions). It will stop for a little while,” he told Reuters in an interview on Saturday. Podolak said that making concessions would be counterproductive to Ukraine because Russia would respond more forcefully after any interruption. in combat.