Ukraine battle: One-hour telephone name between US Defence Secretary and Russian counterpart – after months of attempting

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Breakthrough talks have taken place between the US and the Russian Defence minister – after months of refusal.

Sergei Shoigu spoke for an hour with US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin who, in accordance with the Pentagon, known as for an “fast ceasefire”.

Austin mentioned that whereas the decision didn’t resolve any “acute points” it was an essential step in conserving strains of communication open.

Initiated by Mr Austin, the dialog marked the very best stage American contact with a Russian official because the battle started in late February.

Over the previous a number of months, Pentagon officers have repeatedly mentioned Russian leaders have declined to take calls from Mr Austin and Common Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Employees.

Friday’s dialog got here hours after Mr Lloyd had spoken to UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace in Washington, to debate the following steps to assist Ukraine which has been preventing the Russian forces for 79 days.

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In the meantime, the Ukrainian army claims to be making extra good points. It says it destroyed at the least 73 Russian tanks and different gear throughout a battle over a river within the Donbas area.

Footage launched by Ukrainian forces appeared to point out a number of burnt-out army automobiles and segments of a bridge partially submerged after the battle over the Siversky Donets River in Bilohorivka.

The MoD agreed Russia had misplaced “vital armoured manoeuvre parts” of at the least one battalion tactical group within the assault.

A Russian battalion tactical group consists of about 1,000 troops.

“Conducting river crossings in a contested surroundings is a extremely dangerous manoeuvre and speaks to the stress the Russian commanders are beneath to make progress of their operations in japanese Ukraine,” the ministry mentioned in its every day intelligence replace.

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• The European Fee has plans to waive EU competitors guidelines to permit governments to cap costs within the occasion of a whole lack of Russian fuel provides, in accordance with German newspaper Welt am Sonntag
• Germany begins coaching Ukrainian troopers to make use of 155 mm self-propelled howitzer
• Russian brokers ‘imagine Putin is terminally sick’ after top-secret memo, report claims
• EU guarantees €500m (£424m) extra in army assist to Ukraine and says embargo on Russian oil is shut

And in his nightly deal with to his individuals Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy additionally highlighted essential army good points.

He mentioned his troops had shot down the 2 hundredth Russian plane of the battle and he famous Russia’s heavy losses in tanks, armoured automobiles, helicopters and drones.

He reiterated his name to the world to deliver stress to bear on Russia by means of sanctions and for financial and gear assist for Ukraine.

“That is the one recipe for safeguarding freedom within the face of the Russian invasion,” he mentioned.

“And for Western nations, this isn’t merely an expense. This isn’t about accounting, it is concerning the future.”

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