Latest news on the Russian-Ukrainian war: live updates

Also on Thursday, the United Nations Human Rights Council decided to deepen its examination of alleged human rights abuses by Russian forces, including potential war crimes, in previously occupied areas of Ukraine.

The resolution, adopted at an extraordinary session, calls on investigators to focus particularly on the incidents in the Kyiv, Chernihiv, Kharkiv and Sumy regions in late February and March. Ahead of the vote, UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet told the council that the “scale of unlawful killings” in Ukraine, including signs of summary executions, “is shocking”.

Here’s what else you need to know

  • Ukraine said its troops were repelling Russian forces around the country’s second-largest city, Kharkiv, as airstrikes hit the Chernihiv region further north.
  • European Union leaders plan to assess Ukraine’s application for EU membership in June, according to the French foreign ministry.
  • Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister said the country was continuing negotiations to rescue 38 injured fighters remaining at the beleaguered Azovstal steelworks in Mariupol.
  • The Washington Post has lifted its paywall for readers in Russia and Ukraine. Telegram users can subscribe to our channel.

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