Heavy fighting continues in the eastern Ukrainian city of Severodonetsk, which Russian forces have been trying for weeks to capture
It comes as the battle for Donbas grinds on with neither side making major gains
A military analyst says the fighting in Ukraine has settled into a rhythm reminiscent of trench warfare in World War One
Justin Crump says Russia appears to have slight momentum but are “lucky to capture a field in 24 hours”
“Stalemate is not an option” for Ukraine, the country’s president has said, as he again floated the idea of Nato membership
Volodymyr Zelensky said the country had lost too many people to “simply cede our territory”
Meanwhile, the bodies of some Ukrainian fighters killed at the Azovstal steelworks have been handed over to Kyiv, families of Ukraine’s Azov unit say.