Russia-Ukraine live news: Ukraine prepares for ‘huge battle’-Sloviansk

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Russian forces attack Sloviansk in Donetsk, killing six and wounding 20, as the front-line city prepares for an imminent invasion.

  • Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy pledges to retake lost territory, including the city of Lysychansk, after Russia claimed full control of the eastern Luhansk region.
  • At least six people have been killed and 20 wounded in Sloviansk after the eastern city was hit by Russian shelling from multiple rocket launchers, officials say.
  • Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has visited Kyiv and said Canberra would send Ukraine 14 more armoured personnel carriers and 20 Bushmaster vehicles.
  • Delegations from Ukraine, donor countries and civil society groups are gathering in Lugano, Switzerland for the Ukraine Recovery Conference (URC2022) where discussions will focus on how to rebuild the war-torn country.