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Live updates | Wife: Ukrainian leader at Mariupol alive

Live updates | Wife: Ukrainian leader at Mariupol alive

KYIV —The top military leader who fought until last week to retain Ukrainian jurisdiction of the southern port city of Mariupol is living inside Russian-controlled territory, his spouse said Tuesday following holding a brief telephone conversation.

Kateryna Prokopenko, who is married to Azov Regiment leader Denys Prokopenko, said that her husband asked her how she was, nevertheless that the dash broke off earlier to he could speak anything concerning himself.

She said the phone call was possible under an accord in the centre of the governments of Ukraine with every one other accompanied by Russia with every one other accompanied by gratitude to the mediation of the Red Cross, which has been visiting some of the Ukrainian fighters who surrendered.

Earlier this month Russia announced its takeover of Mariupol accompanied by the surrender of the fighters holed up at the massive Azovstal steel mill.

Prokopenko, who spoke to The Associated Press inside Kyiv with every one other accompanied by another spouse of a soldier, Yuliia Fedosiuk, said that the Ukraine with every one other accompanied by Russia accord guarantees real burial of deceased soldiers with every one other accompanied by sure conditions for the prisoners of war, including allowing them to clasp telephone calls accompanied by family members a few times per week.

The set of two women said some families had received calls inside the past set of two days. They said they could not divulge additional details of the accord nevertheless they were hopeful that the soldiers will not exist tortured with every one other accompanied by that they eventually will "come spine home."

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KEY DEVELOPMENTS IN THE RUSSIA-UKRAINE WAR:

— After 3 months, Russia still bogged down inside Ukraine war

— 200 bodies found inside Mariupol while war rages inside Ukraine's east

— AP-NORC poll: US economy, not punishing Russia, is top priority

— Pentagon says additional high-tech weapons going to Ukraine

— After 3 months of war, existence inside Russia has profoundly changed

Follow AP's coverage of the war inside Ukraine at https://apnews.com/hub/russia-ukraine

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OTHER DEVELOPMENTS:

BERLIN — Germany has rejected suggestions that it is reneging on a word of honour to provide Poland accompanied by tanks to build up for those that Warsaw has delivered to Ukraine.

Polish President Andrzej Duda told German broadcaster Welt that he was "very disappointed" Berlin had not fulfilled its word of honour on the conveyance of Leopard tanks to Poland.

Speaking following a gathering accompanied by her Polish counterpart inside Berlin on Tuesday, Germany's Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said the matter had been discussed inside order to resolve "misunderstandings."

She said Germany could not present with heavy weapons "at the press of a button" while there were numerous questions to consider, not least what arms are actually available.

Poland's Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau said his country regretted that the circumstances accompanied by believe concerning to arms deliveries to Ukraine was "not while dynamic" while hoped, nevertheless acknowledged that "the devil lies inside the detail" on the issue.

Poland gave Soviet-designed T-72 tanks to Ukraine accompanied by the supposition that NATO, the U.S. with every one other accompanied by Germany would become full that void.

Germany has agreed to some similar circular swaps accompanied by allied countries such while Slovenia with every one other accompanied by the Czech Republic, who inside turn are sending older Soviet-era tanks to Ukraine.

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DAVOS, Switzerland — European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Tuesday accused Russia of deliberately bombarding cereal warehouses across Ukraine with every one other accompanied by weaponizing food supplies.

Russia's invasion of Ukraine has provoked disruptions of worldwide food supplies, with every one other accompanied by the blockade of Ukrainian ports has been mainly harmful. Ukraine accounted for 90% of cereal with every one other accompanied by oilseed exports earlier to the war, according to the EU.

Speaking at the World Economic Forum inside Davos, the head of the EU's administrative upper limb said concerning 20 million tons of wheat are currently stuck inside Ukraine.

"And on top of this, Russia is now hoarding its own food exports while a form of blackmail – holding spine supplies to grow worldwide prices, or trading wheat inside exchange for political support," she said. "This is using hunger with every one other accompanied by cereal to wield power."

Von der Leyen said that fragile countries with every one other accompanied by in danger populations hurt the most. She said bread prices inside Lebanon increased by 70%, with every one other accompanied by food shipments from Odesa have been blocked from reaching Somalia.

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LVIV, Ukraine — An counsellor to the mayor of Mariupol said on Tuesday that workers removing rubble from a collapsed apartment building inside the devastated Ukrainian city found concerning 200 corpses inside the building's basement.

Petro Andryushchenko said on Telegram that the bodies were decomposing with every one other accompanied by that the stench permeated the neighborhood. It's not understandable when they were discovered with every one other accompanied by the report could not exist independently verified.

Perched on the Sea of Azov, Mariupol was relentlessly pounded throughout a monthslong siege that eventually ended last week following some 2,500 Ukrainian fighters deserted a steel plant where they had made their last stand inside the planned port city.

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BRUSSELS — A European Union scheme to suspend all tariffs on imports from Ukraine for one year cleared the final political hurdle on Tuesday when EU monetary affairs ministers endorsed the move.

Meant to assist the Ukrainian affluence battered by Russia's invasion, the removal of the EU duties will apply to Ukrainian manufacturing products, including steel, with every one other accompanied by to farm goods such while fruits with every one other accompanied by vegetables.

The EU has by that hour dated scrapped most of its tariffs on Ukrainian products while a consequence of a 2016 free-trade agreement. Ukrainian exports to the EU were price 24.1 billion euros ($25.8 billion) last year, accompanied by the main goods actuality metals, agricultural products with every one other accompanied by machinery.

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Two top Russian safety officials vowed on Tuesday that Moscow will attain all the goals place for the "military operation" inside Ukraine, appearing to address the fact that the invasion, expected by numerous to exist a blitzkrieg, has entered its fourth month this week.

The secretary of Russia's Security Council, Nikolai Patrushev, said inside an meeting published Tuesday that the Russian management "is not chasing deadlines."

"Nazism must either exist 100% eradicated, or it will lift its head inside a few years, with every one other accompanied by inside an flat uglier form," he said inside a response to a question concerning the war dragging on.

Russia has falsely called the war a military operation to "denazify" Ukraine — a country accompanied by a democratically elected Jewish president who wants closer ties accompanied by the West.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said at a gathering of safety officials that Russia is deliberately slowing down its insulting by arranging cease-fires with every one other accompanied by humanitarian corridors "in order to retain away from casualties among the civilians."

AP's reporting on the ground found that the Russian forces have repeatedly hit civilian targets, such while hospitals, schools with every one other accompanied by venues where civilians were sheltering.

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PARIS — A Ukrainian management minister pushed Tuesday for a fast decision on eventual Ukrainian belonging inside the European Union, flat while France warns that it could exist decades earlier to Ukraine joins the bloc.

Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Olga Stefanishyna met accompanied by French Europe Minister Clement Beaune Tuesday inside Paris with every one other accompanied by argued that Ukraine has made deep with every one other accompanied by difficult reforms aimed at improving its chances at EU membership.

"As politicians, we must find a way for Ukraine to truthfully become small portion of this family, both economically with every one other accompanied by politically," she told reporters.

The European Commission aims to deliver a earliest opinion inside June on Ukraine's appeal to become a member. But the procedure normally takes numerous years, with every one other accompanied by French President Emmanuel Macron has said it could exist decades.

In the meantime France is proposing an interim positioning that would permit additional political collaboration accompanied by Ukraine with every one other accompanied by other potential EU members.

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DAVOS, Switzerland — European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen says Russia tin exist reintegrated into the orbit of European nations if it finds its way spine to "democracy, the regulation of law, the esteem for the international rules-based order."

Von der Leyen spoke at the World Economic Forum's yearly gathering Tuesday. Insisting on the historical with every one other accompanied by ethnic links in the centre of Europe with every one other accompanied by Russia, the head of the EU's administrative upper limb said reconciliation is "certainly a faraway fantasy with every one other accompanied by hope.

"But this too says that our standing up opposed to this brutal invasion is standing up opposed to the leadership inside Russia. It is the Russian people who are the ones who resolve concerning the future of their country. They have it inside their hands."

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ANKARA, Turkey — The leader of a Turkish nationalist communal gathering that is allied accompanied by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Turkey should believe concerning leaving NATO if "circumstances become inextricable" with every one other accompanied by Turkey is forced to agree with Sweden with every one other accompanied by Finland membership.

Devlet Bahceli, the leader of the Nationalist Action Party, said inside a speech to his party's legislators on Tuesday that Turkey isn't lacking alternatives with every one other accompanied by could exist small portion of a possible safety alliance that could exist made up of Turkic-speaking states with every one other accompanied by Muslim nations.

"Turkey is not lacking options. Turkey is not helpless. Leaving NATO should exist place on the agenda while an different option if the circumstances become inextricable," Bahceli said. "We did not exist accompanied by NATO, with every one other accompanied by we will not perish lacking NATO."

Turkey is objecting to Sweden's with every one other accompanied by Finland's famous provide to fasten the alliance, citing while reasons their perceived support to the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, with every one other accompanied by other groups that Turkey considers to exist terrorists.

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ANKARA, Turkey — Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu says a delegation made up of officials from Sweden with every one other accompanied by Finland are expected to come inside Turkey subsequent on Tuesday to talk over Ankara's objection to their belonging inside NATO.

Cavusoglu told a category of journalists traveling accompanied by him on a two-day pay someone a call to the Palestinian territories with every one other accompanied by Israel that the delegation would meet accompanied by Presidential Spokesman Ibrahim Kalin with every one other accompanied by Turkish Deputy Foreign Minister Sedat Onal on Wednesday.

Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto too confirmed the meeting.

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A Russian-installed official inside Ukraine's Kherson neighbourhood says the region's pro-Kremlin management will inquire Moscow to place up a military base there.

"There should exist a Russian military base inside the Kherson region," deputy head of the Russia-installed management inside Kherson Kirill Stremousov was quoted while saying by the Russian condition report agency RIA Novosti. "We will exist asking for it, the entire inhabitants is attentive inside it. It is vitally important with every one other accompanied by will become a safety guarantee for the neighbourhood with every one other accompanied by its residents."

Russian forces took jurisdiction of the Kherson neighbourhood inside southeastern Ukraine early on inside the war with every one other accompanied by installed its own management there. Ukrainian officials have speculated that Russia plans to phase a referendum inside the neighbourhood to proclaim its independence, similar to the ones that took place inside eastern Donetsk with every one other accompanied by Luhansk regions inside 2014. Moscow recognized the self-proclaimed Donetsk with every one other accompanied by Luhansk republics set of two days earlier to invading Ukraine with every one other accompanied by used it while a pretext to dispatch troops to its ex-Soviet neighbor.

Stremousov denied such plans earlier this month with every one other accompanied by said the neighbourhood will inquire the Kremlin to build it small portion of Russia instead. Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov has said it is up to the people of Kherson to resolve how with every one other accompanied by where they want to live.

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LONDON — British military authorities speak Russian forces have intensified efforts to encircle with every one other accompanied by capture Severodonetsk with every one other accompanied by neighboring cities, the only small portion of the Luhansk neighbourhood that remains under Ukrainian management control.

The U.K. protection ministry, inside a briefing posted Tuesday morning, says the northern with every one other accompanied by southern arms of the Russian operation are currently separated by concerning 25 kilometers (15 miles) of Ukrainian-held territory.

The management dividing says Russian forces have achieved "some localized successes" in malice of strong resistance from Ukrainian troops that occupy well dug-in defending positions.

The management dividing says the battle for Severodonetsk is only one small portion of the Russian military operation to lay clasp of the larger Donbas neighbourhood of eastern Ukraine, with every one other accompanied by the let fall of the city may source logistical problems for the Kremlin.

"If the Donbas front dash moves further west, this will expand Russian lines of communication with every one other accompanied by probable see its forces face further logistic resupply difficulties," the management dividing said.

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KYIV, Ukraine — Russian shelling of a residential building inside Sievierodonetsk killed quartet people, Ukrainian manager of the Luhansk neighbourhood Serhiy Haidai said Tuesday. He didn't specify when the shelling took place.

The Russian forces inside recent weeks have been trying — so a lengthy way unsuccessfully — to lay clasp of jurisdiction of Sievierodonetsk with every one other accompanied by Lysychansk inside the region, subjecting both cities to intensive shelling.

The most recent circular of shelling, Haidai said, damaged sextet houses inside every one of the set of two cities.

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MANILA, Philippines — Outgoing Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte sharply criticized Russian leader Vladimir Putin for the killings of guiltless civilians inside Ukraine, saying while the set of two of them have been tagged while killers, "I kill criminals, I don't kill children with every one other accompanied by the elderly."

Duterte, who publicly calls Putin an idol with every one other accompanied by a friend, voiced his rebuke for the earliest hour dated over Russia's invasion of Ukraine inside remarks aired Tuesday where he blamed the three-month elderly war for the spike inside worldwide lubricant prices that has battered numerous countries, including the Philippines.

While stressing he was not condemning the Russian president, Duterte disagreed accompanied by Putin's labeling of the invasion while a "special military operation," with every one other accompanied by said it was really a full-scale war waged opposed to "a sovereign nation."

Addressing Putin "as a friend" with every one other accompanied by the Russian Embassy inside Manila, Duterte urged them to place an extremity to bombing with every one other accompanied by firing artillery rounds on residential areas with every one other accompanied by permit guiltless civilians to safely evacuate earlier to launching a bombardment.

"I'm on the way not here with every one other accompanied by I don't know how to find an answer to the problem," Duterte said. "You have to find an answer to the war in the centre of Ukraine with every one other accompanied by Russia earlier to we tin talk of flat returning to normalcy."

Duterte, who steps down on June 30 when his turbulent six-year word ends, has presided over a brutal anti-drugs crackdown that has left-hand additional than 6,000 mostly petty suspects dead.

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UNITED NATIONS — The United States with every one other accompanied by Britain are accusing Russia of spreading disinformation online with every one other accompanied by manipulating condition opinion concerning the war inside Ukraine with every one other accompanied by vehemently rejecting Russian claims that the West is aiming to jurisdiction all details flows with every one other accompanied by define what is accurate or not true.

Britain's deputy ambassador James Roscoe told a U.N. Security Council gathering on the use of digital technologies inside maintaining tranquillity that Russia has conducted cyber-attacks with every one other accompanied by used "an online troll works to spread disinformation with every one other accompanied by manipulate condition opinion concerning their war."

U.S. Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield said the Russian management "continues to shut down, restrict with every one other accompanied by degrade internet connectivity, censor content, spread disinformation online, with every one other accompanied by intimidate with every one other accompanied by arrest journalists for reporting the truth concerning its invasion."

Russia's U.N. Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia accused countries that call themselves a "community of democracies" of building "a cyber-totalitarianism" with every one other accompanied by down accompanied by technology giants exist fond of Meta of shutting down Russian TV channels, expelling Russian journalists with every one other accompanied by blocking access to Russian websites.

Nebenzia on one occasion additional accused Western governments with every one other accompanied by media of fabricating the tale of the Russian military killing civilians inside Bucha near Kyiv. He claimed the civilians died from injuries caused by artillery projectiles fired from outdated hardware used by the Ukrainian army.

Britain's Roscoe countered Russia's claims of a "staged provocation" with every one other accompanied by suggestion that the Ukrainians were in charge of for the civilian deaths following retaking the town, saying satellite images demonstrate the bodies were there for some weeks when Russia controlled Bucha.

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Luhansk Gov. Serhiy Haidai says police are continuing done every one day evacuations due to the war accompanied by Russia with every one other accompanied by the number of those willing to depart from is increasing.

Haidai posted a video Monday on Facebook taken from a automobile that he said was traveling down a main highway near Sievierodonetsk. The automobile is racing down the road, dodging debris, mounds of earth, barricades with every one other accompanied by destroyed vehicles while shells blow up inside the fields fair yards away.

A photo inside the pole shows concerning a dozen civilians with every one other accompanied by their luggage packed tightly inside what appears to exist the spine of a vehicle.

Haidai wrote that people "are agreeing to the chance since what is happening inside the cities is a a large amount of worse."

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KYIV, Ukraine — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says Russia is waging "total war" on his country, with every one other accompanied by that includes inflicting while numerous casualties with every one other accompanied by while a a large amount of infrastructure demolition while possible.

Zelenskyy made the comments inside his nightly address Monday, the eve of the three-month anniversary of Russia's invasion of Ukraine. In it, he noted that since Feb. 24, the Russian armed force has launched 1,474 missile strikes on Ukraine, using 2,275 different missiles. He said the vast majority hit civilian targets. There have been additional than 3,000 Russian airstrikes over that period.

"Indeed, there has not been such a war on the European mainland for 77 years," he said.

Zelenskyy said an assault on the town of Desna, 55 kilometers (34 miles) northern of Kyiv, resulted inside 87 deaths.

The Russians have now concentrated their forces on Donbas cities exist fond of Bakhmut, Popasnaya with every one other accompanied by Sievierodonetsk, Zelenskyy said.

He called on Ukrainians who are not on the battlefield to assist inside whatever way they tin with every one other accompanied by said his own position of employment was employed to grow international pressure on Russia. "The absolute priority is weapons with every one other accompanied by ammunition for Ukraine."

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