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In a nutshell: Ukraine-Russia conflict | What you need to know now

Russian troops have shot dead more than 40 towns in the eastern Donbas region of Ukraine, the Ukrainian military said, threatening to close the final escape route for civilians trapped in their offensive line, now in April.

DIPLOMAS
* Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy suggested that Kyiv withdraw from the territory and allow an end to the war in Russia, saying that the idea undermined efforts to pacify Nazi Germany in 1938.
* The European Union expects to be able to agree on restrictions on Russian oil before its next summit, President Charles Michel said.
* The European Commission recommended on Wednesday that EU sanctions against Russia be a crime, a move that would allow the EU government to seize assets.

No agreement with EU on new implementation against Russia:

Fight
* Russian troops are close to defending two main towns in the Donbas region of Ukraine’s industrial sector, regularly bombing landmines and killing civilians, Ukrainian officials say.
* About 150 people have been buried in a mass grave in one of the towns in Lysychansk, and police are collecting more bodies, according to the regional governor.
* A bomb blast also killed a civilian and damaged homes in the south, officials said. Reuters could not immediately identify the information on the battlefield.

Wealth
* The United States has brought Russia closer to the brink of a historic debt crisis by not extending its ability to repay debtors.
* President Vladimir Putin has ordered a 10% increase in pensions and minimum wages, but has said that not all of Russia’s economic problems are related to the war in Ukraine.
* Russia is ready to allow a ship carrying food out of Ukraine for a refund of some restrictions, said its deputy missionary. Ukraine’s foreign minister called the plan “black.”

Incoming
* The EU summit on May 30-31 could see a rift between countries seeking to crack down on Moscow and calls for a halt.
* A UN trade official will travel to Moscow the next day to discuss the start of Russia’s fertilizer export.

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