Russia-Ukraine live news: Severodonetsk mayor says 1,500 killed


The city, where the mayor says most residential buildings have been destroyed, remains the only part of the Luhansk region in the Donbas under Ukrainian control.

  • Mayor of the eastern city of Severodonetsk claims at least 1,500 people have been killed and about 60 percent of residential buildings destroyed.
  • Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says Russia’s offensive in Donbas could leave the eastern region “uninhabited” and that Moscow’s forces want to turn cities like Popasna, Lysychansk and Severodonetsk to ashes.
  • To the northwest of the Donbas, shelling killed nine people in Ukraine’s second-largest city of Kharkiv on Thursday, including a five-month-old child, and wounded another 19, Zelenskyy says.
  • Ukrainian foreign minister Dmytro Kuleba says that Kyiv will not be able to counter Russia’s offensive without more heavy weapons.
  • US officials say the Biden administration is considering supplying Kyiv with the M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS), which can have a range of hundreds of kilometres.