The United States is urging Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to reconsider his opposition to negotiations with Russian President Vladimir Putin, The Washington Post reported. The effort was intended as a means of maintaining international support, not necessarily as a means of prompting bargaining among the belligerents.
Meanwhile, Iran has publicly admitted for the first time that it supplied Russia with deadly drones — although it said this was before a full-scale Kremlin invasion began in February. Zelensky called Tehran’s statement a “confession” following weeks of Iran’s Shahd drone attack.
Here’s the latest on the war and its ripple effects across the globe.
4. From our correspondents
Russia strips climate advocates of citizenship: Climate activist Arshak Makichyan, 28, who fled Russia to Berlin in March after the invasion of Ukraine, is no longer Russian, according to the government. A Moscow court’s decision to strip Makichyan of citizenship along with his father and his brother, all of whom remain in Russia, appeared to be retaliation for his public anti-war rhetoric.
According to Francesca Ebel, Makichyan, who is Armenian, immigrated to Russia as a baby in 1995 and holds only a Russian passport, meaning the decision effectively made him stateless.