KOSICE, Slovakia — President Biden and leaders of other Group of Seven nations will meet virtually with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Sunday to discuss ways to support Ukraine and “impose significant costs” on Russia for its invasion , the White House said – like Russia the continued attacks in eastern Ukraine and Ukrainian resistance in Mariupol appear to be waning.
Serhiy Haidai, the governor of the eastern Luhansk region, said Russian forces bombed a school in Luhansk that was being used as a shelter, leaving up to 60 people buried under the rubble and presumed dead. Two bodies were found and 30 people were rescued, he said. Another strike in a nearby village hit a building where 11 people were hiding in a basement, trapping them under debris, officials said.
Ukrainian fighters in Mariupol’s last stronghold pledged to fight ‘as long as we live’, telling reporters at a news conference they refused to surrender as Zelensky called for their evacuation after the last civilians were killed. were allowed to leave the Azovstal steelworks. Ukraine’s Defense Ministry said on Sunday morning that Russian forces continued to block the factory’s defenders and stormed the complex with tanks and artillery fire. Moscow is trying to annex new swaths of territory in eastern Ukraine, Western officials say, after earlier setbacks on the battlefield.
First Lady Jill Biden visited a refugee processing center in Slovakia, where she spoke with Ukrainians who fled the war about their experiences. Biden told refugees during the Mother’s Day visit, “The hearts of the American people are with Ukrainian mothers.”