The President of Ukraine has condemned Russia for destroying a historic monastery in the eastern region of Donetsk. Volodymyr Zelensky called on the international community to expel Russia from UNESCO, the United Nations cultural agency.
Zelenskyy wrote on social media that no other country in Europe has destroyed as many cultural heritage monuments since World War II as Russia did during its invasion of Ukraine.
In the neighboring region of Luhansk, the situation is more serious because the Russian army boasted of having dealt a fatal blow to Severodonetsk, Ukraine’s last stronghold in the region.
Luhansk Governor Serhiy Haidai said on Saturday that most of the city had been taken by the full-scale Russian assault launched against it.
He added that Russian forces had blown up bridges to prevent Ukraine from bringing in military reinforcements.
The Russian military said on Saturday that their strikes had caused Ukrainian forces to lose a maximum of 90% of their units.
The international community is concerned about global food shortages as the war has halted grain exports from Ukraine.
The Russian military says 70 foreign ships are stuck in six ports along the Black Sea, including Kherson, Mykolaiv and Odessa. He claims the ships cannot move for fear of being shelled by Ukrainian forces.
Ukraine blamed Moscow for the blockade, saying the Russians left naval mines at sea.