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Ukraine-Russia live news: Kyiv’s troops to leave Severodonetsk | Russia-Ukraine war

  • Ukrainian forces will “have to be withdrawn” from the mostly Russian-occupied battleground city of Severodonetsk, the governor of Luhansk says, a day after he announced that troops had left areas around Lysychansk.
  • The United States is sending $450m more in military aid to Ukraine, including another four High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS).
  • President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says the EU’s decision to grant Ukraine candidacy status is one of the most important developments since it gained independence.
  • Germany is heading for a gas shortage if Russian supplies remain as low as they are now, the economy minister has warned.

Here are the latest updates:

9 mins ago (09:17 GMT)

Germany looking at converting part of Nord Stream 2 for LNG link: Spiegel

The German Economy Ministry is considering converting parts of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline into a connection for a liquefied natural gas terminal on the Baltic Sea coast, magazine Der Spiegel reports.

The ministry is looking at possibly expropriating the part of the pipeline system located on German territory and cutting it off from the rest of the pipeline, Spiegel added.

Pipes at landfall facilities of the 'Nord Stream 2' gas pipeline are in Lubmin, northern Germany. Feb. 15, 2022.
Pipes at landfall facilities of the ‘Nord Stream 2’ gas pipeline in Lubmin, northern Germany [Michael Sohn/AP]

18 mins ago (09:07 GMT)

Russian-installed Kherson official assassinated: Official

The deputy head of the Russian-installed authority in Kherson region says a senior official of the administration has been killed in an apparent assassination.

Dmitry Savluchenko, head of families, youth and sports department of the Kherson military-civilian administration, was killed in a bomb blast, the deputy head told Reuters news agency.

Russia’s TASS news agency said there were two burnt-out cars in a courtyard of Kherson – the regional capital where the blast took place – and that the windows of a four-storey house had been shattered.

Kherson sits just northwest of the Russian-annexed Crimean peninsula and was occupied during the first week of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which began in February.

57 mins ago (08:28 GMT)

US to blame Kaliningrad transit restrictions: Russia

Moscow’s foreign ministry says it blames Washington for a Lithuanian ban on sanctioned goods crossing from the Russian mainland to the exclave of Kaliningrad.

In a statement, the ministry also said that it was “impossible” to hold expert level consultations with Washington on a number of bilateral issues that had been due to take place in the near future.

The ministry did not specify which issues it was referring to, or when talks were supposed to take place.

1 hour ago (08:11 GMT)

Ukraine war: Is Kazakhstan going cool on Russia?

Kazakhstan’s President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev is publicly refusing to recognise Moscow-backed separatist regions in Ukraine.

“If the right to self-determination is implemented worldwide, there will be over 600 nations instead of the 193 states that are currently UN members. Of course, that would be…

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