Live Updates: Russia’s War in Ukraine

Residents take out their belongings from their house destroyed by Russian bombardment in Irpin, Ukraine, on Saturday May 21. (Efrem Lukatsky/AP)

More than 1,000 educational institutions in Ukraine have been destroyed by Russian forces since the start of the war, according to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, with that figure including primary schools, kindergartens and universities.

Here are the latest updates from the war in Ukraine:

Russia bans Biden: Russia has banned more than 900 Americans from entering the country, including President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Antony Blinken. Russia released its updated “shutdown list” on Saturday, barring a total of 963 U.S. officials and senior figures from entering the country.

The updated list included the majority of U.S. senators and members of the House of Representatives, former and current government officials, journalists, military personnel, lawyers, citizens, CEOs — and even a few deceased people.

longtime Arizona. Senator John McCain and Deputy Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency Melissa Drisko, who both died in 2018, were on the list, along with Mike Pompeo, a former secretary of state under President Donald Trump.

Bridge destroyed: Russian forces have destroyed the Pavlograd Bridge between Severodonetsk and Lysychansk in Ukraine’s Luhansk region, according to Serhiy Hayday, the head of the regional military administration. In a post on his Telegram page on Saturday, Hayday said it would “dramatically complicate the evacuation and delivery of humanitarian aid”, but at the moment “there is a connection between the cities”. Hayday also reported that 57 people were evacuated from the Luhansk region on Saturday.

Carnage in Lozova: A Russian missile strike on Lozova in the Kharkiv region on Friday damaged mohre more than a thousand apartments and 11 educational institutions, according to Mayor Serhiy Zelensky.

“The figures are shocking: 11 educational establishments, including five schools. We wonder about the amount of damage suffered by a hospital and a clinic. Our Palace of Culture was also completely destroyed,” the mayor said on Saturday. in a video statement on Telegram. .

Educational institutions affected: More than 1,000 Ukrainian educational institutions have been destroyed by the Russian army since the start of the war, according to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

The Russian army destroyed 1,873 educational institutions. It’s a colossal scale of losses,” Zelensky said in his Saturday evening speech.

This figure includes primary schools, universities, kindergartens and other institutes affected by Russian bombing since the start of the war last February.

Donbas Offensive: The Russian army has intensified its attacks on Sloviansk and Severodonetsk in recent days and the situation in Donbass is now “extremely difficult”, the Ukrainian president said in his late night speech on Saturday.

“The Armed Forces of Ukraine are deterring this offensive. Every day that our defenders take away from these offensive plans of Russia, disrupting them, is a concrete contribution to the approach of the main day. The desired day that we all look forward to and fight for: Victory Day,” Zelensky said.

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