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  • Ukrainian officials have discovered a mass grave containing dozens of civilian victims in the town of Buzova near the capital, Radio Free Europe reported. Meanwhile, a Russian missile struck a train station in the town of Kramatorsk in eastern Ukraine, killing at least 52 people and wounding around 100 people, NPR added. Thousands of people were using the train station to evacuate from Kramatorsk.
  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called on Western leaders to “follow the example of the United Kingdom” after a surprise visit by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to Ukraine on Saturday, the Washington Post noted. During the visit, Johnson vowed to increase sanctions against Russia and “(move) away from the use of Russian hydrocarbons.” He also offered Britain’s assistance in removing minefields left by Russian soldiers and stated that Britain will liberalize commerce with Ukraine.
  • Russian officials confirmed Sunday that Russia and Ukraine had carried out a prisoner exchange over the weekend, Reuters wrote. The prisoner swap comes a few days after Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov acknowledged in an interview that Russia had sustained “significant losses of troops” and called it a “huge tragedy,” according to the Hill.
  • In another economic move designed to punish Moscow for the invasion, US President Joe Biden signed legislation terminating regular commercial relations with Russia, the Hill noted. Meanwhile, Moscow expelled 45 Polish diplomats on Friday in a retaliatory move after Poland removed the same number of Russian diplomats for spying last month, Agence France-Presse reported.

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