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Explosions heard in Kyiv, says Zelensky, situation in Mariupol ‘inhumane’

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Kyiv residents heard explosions in the early hours of Sunday morning, local media reported. In the southeast, Russia claims to have taken control of Mariupol, with the city in a situation Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called “inhuman”. Follow our live blog for all the latest developments. All times are in Paris time (GMT+2).

06:00: Situation in Mariupol “inhuman”, according to Zelensky

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said the situation in Mariupol was “inhumane” and called on the West to immediately provide heavy weapons as Russia claimed it controlled almost all of the strategic port city and urged its last defenders to surrender.

Moscow said Ukrainian forces in the city must lay down their arms by Sunday, after weeks of relative calm in the capital kyiv were interrupted by fresh Russian airstrikes.

The Austrian chancellor, the first European leader to meet Vladimir Putin in person since the start of the invasion, said he believed the Russian president “believes he is winning the war” in Ukraine.

But in the south, the devastated city of Mariupol has become a symbol of Ukraine’s surprisingly fierce resistance since Russian troops invaded the former Soviet state on February 24.

Moscow officials now say they have full control there, although Ukrainian fighters remain holed up in the city’s fortress-like steelworks.

“The situation in Mariupol remains as serious as possible. Simply inhumane,” President Zelensky said in a video address.

“Russia is deliberately trying to destroy everyone there.”

05:56: Explosions heard in kyiv

Explosions were heard Sunday morning in the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, local media reported.

During the night, air raid sirens went off in almost all of Ukraine.

There was no official explanation for the explosions and Reuters could not immediately verify the reports. Russia renewed its attack on the capital over the weekend and Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko advised residents who fled the city earlier in the war not to return.