Putin’s forces advance on the capital Kyiv while continuing to attack large cities including Mariupol; Russia warns Western arms shipments are now “legitimate” military targets; Ukraine says humanitarian corridors are being threatened by “constant shelling”.
Donald Trump has claimed that his personality kept the US out of war during his four years in office, telling a rally in South Carolina: “I was the only president in nearly four decades who did not get America into any new conflicts.”
The former president said the US needs to eliminate dependence on Russian energy – adding that he fears the conflict could lead to World War Three.
“If you think Putin’s going to stop, it’s going to get worse and worse,” he told the crowd.
Russia has targeted Peppa Pig in retaliation for the economic sanctions that have been imposed following the invasion of Ukraine.
A court has ruled that the cartoon character’s trademarks can be used by Russian businesses without punishment.
The Ukrainian president has published a new speech in the past half hour.
He announced a number of military decorations for Ukrainian soldiers – most of them awarded posthumously.
He also commented on the situation in Kherson, a Ukrainian city under Russian control.
Local authorities have said a referendum is being planned by Russia with a view to making the region a breakaway republic similar to some other parts of eastern Ukraine – Donetsk and Luhansk.
Mr Zelenskyy says that “complete degradation” awaits the DPR (Donetsk People’s Republic) and the LPR (Luhansk People’s Republic).
“The invaders in the Kherson region are trying to repeat the notorious experience of the formation of pseudo-republics.
“Blackmail local leaders, put pressure on deputies. Look for someone to bribe. They’re trying to organize the so-called “KPR”. Stillborn as “DPR” and “LPR”. To organise some “committees” against the legitimate government on our land. And against the will of the people who go out to protest every day. And who want Ukraine. I am grateful to them.
“I want to tell some figures who lacked the disgust to refuse to talk to the invaders… I want to say – if some of them were suddenly tempted by proposals from the invaders… You sign your sentence.
“The sentence is to follow more than 12,000 invaders who failed to understand in time why Ukraine should not be encroached upon.
“An emergency meeting of the Kherson Regional Council took place. 44 deputies decided that the Kherson region is Ukraine, and no pseudo-republics have a place there.
“Ukraine will stand the test. We need time and strength to break the military machine that came to our land.”
The full speech is on the Ukrainian official presidential website.
Sky’s correspondent Nick Martin is in the Ukrainian city of Odesa.
The city – Ukraine’s third-largest – is strategically important because, if Russia took it, Ukraine could be cut off from the sea. Remember the Russians already have Kherson, a port city further along the coast.
Nick writes about Odesa’s growing resistance defence force – ordinary men and women determined to defend their city against the Russian invaders.
The war in Ukraine dominates tomorrow’s front pages.
The offer to families who take in Ukrainian refugees, the plight of Ukrainian orphans, and the relentless Russian shelling of Ukrainian cities are among the headlines.
Britons who welcome Ukrainian refugees into their home for at least six months rent-free will receive a £350-a-month “thank you” from the government, Sky’s chief political correspondent Jon Craig writes.
After weeks of criticism of the government’s response to the refugee crisis, the Levelling Up Secretary Michael Gove is finally announcing a “Homes for Ukraine” scheme.
Mr Gove is proposing that a UK sponsor – an individual, charity, community group, or businesses – will be able to nominate a named Ukrainian person or family to stay in their home.
Seven women and children killed when Russian forces attacked a convoy escaping a village near Kyiv were not in an agreed humanitarian corridor.
The information comes from Ukraine’s defence ministry, contradicting earlier information from Ukraine’s intelligence service.
The intelligence service had said the civilians had been in a “green corridor” when they were attacked near Peremoha.
But a defence ministry statement this evening said they had been trying to escape by themselves “so they began evacuating without the ‘green corridor’ agreed by the parties”.
The prime minister will hold a two-day summit with leaders of Nordic and Baltic countries in talks aimed at protecting them from attack by Russia, Sky’s chief political correspondent Jon Craig writes.
The summit will be held at Chequers on Monday and in Downing Street on Tuesday.
The nine countries involved are Denmark, Finland, Estonia, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Sweden and Norway.
Sky’s Alex Crawford is in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv, as Russian troops close in.
She writes about the desperate scramble to get out of the city.
Earlier today, the leaders of Russia, France and Germany spoke on the phone.
We heard from a French presidency official that the Russian president did “not appear ready” to end the war.
Here is the Russian version of the call from Russia’s foreign affairs ministry.
It is a brief summary, which says that Mr Putin “cited multiple facts of gross violations of the international humanitarian law by the Ukrainian army and police”.