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  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy accused Russia of committing a “war crime” by striking a jail housing Ukrainian prisoners of war in the eastern Donetsk area, Politico noted. According to officials in the Donetsk People’s Republic, more than 50 Ukrainian prisoners of war were killed in strikes on the town of Olenivka, which has been occupied by Moscow-backed rebels since 2014.
  • A ship carrying grain from Ukraine sailed out of the port of Odesa on Monday morning with a destination in Lebanon, the first one since the beginning of Russia’s invasion in February, the Guardian reported. The Sierra Leone-flagged ship “Razoni,” carrying 26,000 tons of corn, eventually took sail following weeks of negotiations between Ukraine and Russia, led by Turkey and the United Nations.
  • Hundreds of thousands of citizens in eastern Ukraine were told to flee their homes this weekend after months of Russian shelling devastated the infrastructure required to provide heat and power, the New York Times wrote.

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