Russia Ukraine War Updates: Russian troops have pulled out of the town of Lyman in eastern Ukraine “in connection with the creation of a threat of encirclement”, news agency RIA quoted Russia’s defence ministry as saying on Saturday.
A regional official in Ukraine says Russian forces have shelled a civilian evacuation convoy in the country’s northeast, killing 20 people. Kharkiv region Gov Oleh Syniehubov called Saturday’s attack on people who were trying to flee the area to avoid being shelled “cruelty that can’t be justified.” Russian forces have retreated from much of the Kharkiv region after a successful Ukrainian counteroffensive last month but continued to shell the area.
Meanwhile, Russian authorities have informed the International Atomic Energy Agency that the head of Ukraine’s Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant was held for questioning, the UN agency said on Saturday. “The IAEA sought clarification from the Russian authorities and has been informed that the Director-General of the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant was temporarily detained to answer questions,” a spokesperson said without elaborating.