100s of titles, one news app for just $10 a month.
Dive Deeper:
Ukraine offers to swap prisoners for hurt Mariupol fighters
Ukraine offered to release Russian prisoners of war in exchange for the safe evacuation of the badly injured fighters trapped…
Ukraine offers to swap Russian prisoners for hurt Mariupol fighters
Ukraine has offered to release Russian prisoners of war in exchange for the safe evacuation of injured fighters trapped inside…
Ukraine plans war crimes trial for captured Russian soldier
Ukraine’s top prosecutor has disclosed plans for the first war crimes trial of a captured Russian soldier, as fighting raged…
Ukraine proposes swapping injured Azovstal defenders for Russia prisoners
Ukraine has proposed to Russia that badly injured defenders in the Azovstal plant in the port of Mariupol be swapped…
One subscription that gives you access to news from hundreds of sites
Ukraine to hold first war crimes trial as Moscow says Kyiv shelled Russian city
Kyiv (Ukraine) (AFP) - Ukraine announced it will hold its first war crimes trial over the Russian invasion, as Moscow…
Ukraine to Hold First War Crimes Trial as Moscow Says Kyiv Shelled Russian City
Ukraine announced it will hold its first war crimes trial over the Russian invasion, as Moscow accused Kyiv of shelling…
Get all your news in one place
Latest World news:
Ukraine’s President Accuses Russia of Waging ‘Total War’
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy accused Russia of waging "total war," seeking to inflict as much death and destruction as possible…
Read news from The Economist, FT, Bloomberg and more, with one subscription
Learn More
‘Quad’ Talks in Japan Open With Eyes on China and Ukraine
Leaders from the U.S., Japan, India, and Australia are in Tokyo looking to bolster the Indo-Pacific group of major democratic…
Exclusive: Davos Photo Used by U.S. Congressman to Criticize China Didn’t Show Anyone Chinese
Figures accused of not standing up during an ovation for the Ukrainian president’s speech at the World Economic Forum were…
At Tokyo summit, Quad vows ‘tangible benefits’ to counter China
US, Japan, India and Australia unveil maritime surveillance plan, pledge infrastructure investment to counter China.
Jittery New Yorkers call on mayor to act on subway safety after fatal shooting
Fatal attacks on public transport continue to be rare but that offers little comfort to Adams as he struggles to…
From analysis to good news, read the world’s best news in one place
Boris Johnson snapped drinking at party during lockdown
New photographs of the British Prime Minister have again called into question his claims he did not know about his…
Ireland to host informal UNSC meeting on media freedom, Abu Akleh
All 15 members of the United Nation’s highest body are expected to attend the meeting on Tuesday convened by Ireland.

Ukraine offers to swap prisoners for hurt Mariupol fighters

By By Elena Becatoros and Jon Gambrell, Associated Press
Ukraine has offered to release Russian prisoners of war in exchange for the safe evacuation of the badly injured fighters trapped inside a steel mill in the ruined city of Mariupol (Dmytro ‘Orest’ Kozatskyi/Azov Special Forces Regiment of the Ukrainian National Guard Press Office via AP)

Ukraine has offered to release Russian prisoners of war in exchange for the safe evacuation of the badly injured fighters trapped inside a steel mill in the ruined city of Mariupol.

While fighting raged in Ukraine’s east and south, Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said on Wednesday that negotiations were underway to release the injured fighters who are holed up in the last bastion of Ukrainian resistance in Mariupol. She said there were different options, but “none of them is ideal”.

Those negotiations are happening as Kyiv prepares for its first war crimes trial of a captured Russian soldier.

Ukraine’s top prosecutor said her office charged Vadin Shyshimarin, 21, in the killing of an unarmed 62-year-old civilian who was gunned down while riding a bicycle in February, four days into the war.

Shyshimarin, who served with a tank unit, was accused of firing through a car window on the man in the northeastern village of Chupakhivka.

Prosecutor general Iryna Venediktova said the soldier could get up to 15 years in prison. She did not say when his trial would start. Ms Venediktova’s office has said it has been investigating more than 10,700 allegations of war crimes committed by Russian forces and has identified over 600 suspects.

Many of the atrocities came to light last month after Moscow’s forces aborted their bid to capture Kyiv and withdrew from around the capital, exposing mass graves and streets and yards strewn with bodies in towns such as Bucha. Residents told of killings, burnings, rape, torture and dismemberment.

On the economic front, Ukraine shut down a pipeline that carries Russian gas across Ukraine to homes and industries in Western Europe, marking the first time since the start of the war that Kyiv disrupted the westward flow of one of Moscow’s most lucrative exports.

The move was made, Ukraine’s natural gas pipeline operator said, to stop Russian gas flowing through a station in part of eastern Ukraine controlled by Moscow-backed separatists because enemy forces were interfering with the station’s operation and siphoning gas.

The immediate effect is likely to be limited, in part because Russia can divert the gas to another pipeline and because Europe relies on a variety of suppliers.

In the southern Kherson region, site of the first major Ukrainian city to fall in the war, a Moscow-appointed leader said officials there want Russian President Vladimir Putin to annex the area.

Kirill Stremousov, deputy head of the Kherson regional administration appointed by Moscow, told Russia’s RIA Novosti news agency: “The city of Kherson is Russia.”

That raised the possibility that the Kremlin would seek to break off another piece of Ukraine as it tries to salvage an invasion gone awry.

Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula, which borders the Kherson region, after a disputed referendum in 2014, a move denounced as illegal and rejected by most of the international community.

A Ukrainian serviceman talks with a local resident after de-mining the residential area after shelling of Russian forces in Maksymilyanivka, Ukraine (Evgeniy Maloletka/AP)

A Black Sea port of roughly 300,000, Kherson provides Crimea with access to fresh water and is seen as a gateway to wider Russian control over southern Ukraine.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said it would be up to residents in the region to decide whether an appeal to annex should be made. He said any move to annex territory would have to be closely evaluated by legal experts to make sure it is “absolutely legitimate, as it was with Crimea”.

Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak tweeted: “The invaders may ask to join even Mars or Jupiter. The Ukrainian army will liberate Kherson, no matter what games with words they play.”

On the battlefield, Ukrainian officials said a Russian rocket attack targeted an area around Zaporizhzhia, destroying unspecified infrastructure.

There were no immediate reports of casualties. The southeastern city has been a refuge for civilians fleeing the devastated port city of Mariupol.

Russian forces continued to pound the steel plant in Mariupol, its defenders said. The Azov Regiment said on social media that Russian forces carried out 38 airstrikes in the previous 24 hours on the grounds of the Azovstal steelworks.

The plant has sheltered hundreds of Ukrainian troops and civilians during a months-long siege.

An adviser to the Mariupol mayor said Russian forces have blocked all evacuation routes out of the city. Petro Andriushchenko said there are few apartment buildings fit to live in and little food or drinking water. He said some remaining residents are cooperating with occupying Russian forces in exchange for food.

What is inkl?
The world’s most important news, from 100+ trusted global sources, in one place.
Morning Edition
Your daily
news overview

Morning Edition ensures you start your day well informed.

No paywalls, no clickbait, no ads
Enjoy beautiful reading

Content is only half the story. The world's best news experience is free from distraction: ad-free, clickbait-free, and beautifully designed.

Expert Curation
The news you need to know

Stories are ranked by proprietary algorithms based on importance and curated by real news journalists to ensure that you receive the most important stories as they break.

Dive Deeper:
Ukraine offers to swap prisoners for hurt Mariupol fighters
Ukraine offered to release Russian prisoners of war in exchange for the safe evacuation of the badly injured fighters trapped…
Ukraine offers to swap Russian prisoners for hurt Mariupol fighters
Ukraine has offered to release Russian prisoners of war in exchange for the safe evacuation of injured fighters trapped inside…
Ukraine plans war crimes trial for captured Russian soldier
Ukraine’s top prosecutor has disclosed plans for the first war crimes trial of a captured Russian soldier, as fighting raged…
Ukraine proposes swapping injured Azovstal defenders for Russia prisoners
Ukraine has proposed to Russia that badly injured defenders in the Azovstal plant in the port of Mariupol be swapped…
One subscription that gives you access to news from hundreds of sites
Ukraine to hold first war crimes trial as Moscow says Kyiv shelled Russian city
Kyiv (Ukraine) (AFP) - Ukraine announced it will hold its first war crimes trial over the Russian invasion, as Moscow…
Ukraine to Hold First War Crimes Trial as Moscow Says Kyiv Shelled Russian City
Ukraine announced it will hold its first war crimes trial over the Russian invasion, as Moscow accused Kyiv of shelling…
Get all your news in one place