Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is due to address the United Nations Security Council at 10 a.m. ET on Tuesday after warning that worse atrocities could come amid the ongoing withdrawal of Russian forces around Kyiv.
World leaders have continued to condemn civilian deaths as Ukrainian forces liberate more towns and expose the true horrors of war.
Here are the latest developments on the war in Ukraine:
Red Cross workers released: Aid workers from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), initially detained in Russian-held territory as they attempted to evacuate desperate residents of Mariupol, have been released, according to Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk . An evacuation convoy of seven buses accompanied by the ICRC took place Monday in Manhush, a Russian-held town west of Mariupol, but was released later that night.
“Difficult” situation in the Luhansk region: The situation in the Luhansk region in eastern Ukraine is “difficult” amid heavy Russian shelling, according to Serhiy Haidai, chairman of the Lugansk regional military administration. It comes as the Russian military said it was focusing on the eastern Donbass region following a withdrawal of forces around kyiv and northern Ukraine.
Zelensky on negotiations with Russia: Ukrainian leader Zelensky has questioned the possibility of meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin after accusing Russia of genocide. Zelensky traveled to the kyiv suburb of Bucha on Monday, an area where shocking images of civilian bodies strewn on the streets emerged over the weekend. A meeting could take place if Russia were to “bear all the penalties” for committing genocide, Zelensky said.
Satellite images undermine Russia’s claims: New satellite images from Maxar Technologies show that the bodies of civilians who died in Bucha had been lying in the streets for weeks, including when the city was under Russian control. Moscow claimed Bucha’s footage was “fake”, but the new footage shows objects in Yablunska Street matching the exact locations where bodies are seen on the street in the video.
The CNN crew witnesses the removal of the bodies: Ukrainian officials showed international media the removal of five bodies from a basement in Bucha. A CNN crew visited the basement before the removal and saw the bodies, which were in an advanced stage of decomposition. Five men had been tortured and executed by Russian soldiers, an adviser to Ukrainian Interior Minister Anton Gerashchenko told CNN on the ground. CNN cannot independently verify Gerashchenko’s claims.