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Ukraine

, which hopes that the arrival of more Western weapons will help balance forces with

Russia

in the

war in Ukraine

and even allow it to go on a counteroffensive, has reiterated its refusal to make concessions to

Moscow.

"Negotiating with a country that has taken millions of people hostage? We have a better idea: The world must agree to supply

Ukraine

with self-propelled multiple rocket launchers and other heavy weaponry to unblock the Black Sea," Mikhailo Podolyak, an adviser to Ukraine, wrote on Twitter. the Presidency of

Ukraine

.

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05.51.

Ukraine refuses to make concessions and negotiate with Russia and demands more Western weapons

Ukraine

, which hopes that the arrival of more Western weapons will help balance forces with

Russia

and even allow it to go on a counteroffensive, reiterated on Sunday its refusal to make concessions to

Moscow

.

"Negotiating with a country that has taken millions of people hostage? We have a better idea: The world must agree to supply Ukraine with self-propelled multiple rocket launchers and other heavy weaponry to unblock the Black Sea," Mikhailo Podolyak, an adviser to Ukraine, wrote on Twitter. the Presidency of

Ukraine

.

The rest, he added, "we'll take care of ourselves."

The senior official, a member of the Ukrainian delegation that participated in the talks with

Russia

in the first weeks of the conflict, currently paralyzed, thus commented on the suggestions of the American press that Kiev negotiate with Moscow the release of the Black Sea ports.

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05.50.

The Pentagon considers sending troops to the US embassy in Ukraine

The Pentagon and the US State Department are considering sending special forces to protect the US embassy in

Kiev

.

Defense Department spokesman John Kirby confirmed this consideration to

The Washington Post

.

"We are examining the security conditions" of the diplomatic office in

Ukraine

"but no decision has been made," Kirby stressed.

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05.47.

Russian soldiers begin demining the Azovstal steelworks

Russian soldiers have begun clearing mines and debris from the industrial grounds of the

Azovstal

steel plant in

Mariupol

after hundreds of Ukrainian forces sheltering in the vast plant for weeks were ordered to withdraw.

A video released by

Russia

shows soldiers walking through the compound and moving mine detectors over rubble-strewn paths, while others check under objects for explosive devices.

"The task is huge, the enemy planted their own landmines, we had also planted anti-personnel mines while blocking the enemy. So we have about two weeks of work ahead of us," says a Russian soldier who only provides his nom de

guerre.

Russia

confirmed on Friday that the last Ukrainian fighters defending Azovstal had surrendered.

Ukraine has not confirmed that development, but a commander of one of the units at the factory said in a video that troops had been ordered to stand down.

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