The war continues for an 86e day in Ukraine as Russia claims to have taken control of almost the entire Lugansk region.
Here are the latest developments, minute by minute
7:06 | The last Ukrainian soldiers entrenched in the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol have been ordered from Kyiv to “stop defending the city”.
6:46 | Suspension of Russian gas deliveries to Finland from Saturday
Delivery of Russian natural gas will be suspended from Saturday morning, Finnish energy group Gasum said, a consequence of Finland’s refusal to pay Russian giant Gazprom in roubles.
6:41 am | “Hell” in the Donbass, a Russian soldier tried in Kyiv says he is “sorry”
A Russian soldier tried for war crimes in Ukraine, the first in the conflict, said he was “sincerely sorry” on Friday, when Moscow increased the pressure in the Donbass, transformed into “hell”, according to Kyiv.
6:11 am | Russia creates new military bases in response to NATO expansion
Russia will create twelve new military bases in the west of the country in response to the strengthening of NATO and its expected enlargement to Finland and Sweden, the Russian Minister of Defense announced on Friday.
5:50 am | Russian soldier tried for war crime “not guilty” according to his lawyer, verdict expected on Monday
The Russian soldier tried in Kyiv for war crimes in Ukraine “is not guilty”, said his lawyer on the third day of this first trial of its kind since the start of the Russian invasion, the verdict of which will be announced on Monday.
5:26 | Moscow says it has almost completed the conquest of the Ukrainian region of Lugansk
The Russian Defense Minister assured Friday that the conquest of the Ukrainian region of Lugansk (east) was almost complete, and that 1908 Ukrainian soldiers entrenched on the Azovstal steel site in Mariupol had surrendered.
5:19 | Orban’s Hungary, an uncomfortable welcoming land for Ukrainians
Kristina Novytska, who came from Kyiv, landed in Budapest a week after the Russian invasion and is in a hurry: to leave Hungary, where the leader Viktor Orban is wary of any frank support for Ukraine, contrary to European unanimity.
Russian forces are stepping up the pressure in the Donbass, in eastern Ukraine, which they have turned into “hell”, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Friday, who also considered that the massive aid announced by Washington in Kyiv is an investment in Western security.