Russian troops have withdrawn from the northeastern city of Kharkov, Ukrainian officials have claimed that the wives of soldiers trapped in the besieged harbor of Mariupol have asked Chinese leader Xi Jinping to save them.

Ukrainian military staff said on Saturday that after a bloody battle, Russians appeared to be away from their position around the second largest city in Ukraine, 31 miles (50 km) from the Russian border.

According to regional governor Oleh Sinegubov, the ruthless bombardment endured by civilians in the region was also suspended on Saturday, and Ukrainian troops launched a counterattack near the city of Izyum, 78 miles south of Kharkiv.

Ukrainian military intelligence director MajGen Kyrylo Budanov told Sky News that he believes Russia’s progress will completely stall during the summer.

He states: “The limit will be in the second half of August. Most of the active combat actions will be completed by the end of this year. As a result, we are Ukraine in all the territories we have lost, including Donbus and Crimea. Update the power of. “

The success in the northeastern part of Ukraine contrasted with the situation of the remaining soldiers trapped in the Azovstal ironworks in the southeastern city of Mariupol.

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At a press conference in Kieu on Saturday, Natalia Zaritska, wife of Bogdan Cement, trapped in a vast steel mill, said:

“After all these negotiations, there is one person in the world that Vladimir Putin will find difficult to reject. I hope that strong and good China can make difficult decisions for good.

“We urge China’s respected Prime Minister Xi Jinping to express his love and consideration for global values ​​and eastern wisdom and participate in the process of saving Mariupol’s defenders.”

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said he had talked with Moscow about pulling out “many” injured defenders and some health workers from the Mariupol factory in exchange for the release of Russian prisoners of war, Kieu added. .. I was using an influential intermediary.

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Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk told local television on Saturday that efforts are currently focused on the evacuation of about 60 people.

Subia Toslav Paramar, deputy commander of the Azov Battalion, which makes up the majority of the rest of the factory, said in a YouTube video that his soldiers were holding it.

He states: “Our enemies, supported by planes and artillery, continue to attack. They continue to attack their position, but we continue to repel them.”

Progress has been made with the G7 Foreign Minister, one of the world’s seven largest economies, issuing a joint statement that Russia is unaware of the borders it is trying to redraw.

After three days of talks in northern Germany, ministers of the United Kingdom, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States warned that they would increase sanctions that would undermine Russia’s economy.

They say: “We never recognize the borders Russia has tried to change by military aggression and support our involvement in supporting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine and all states, including the Crimean crisis.

“We reaffirm our determination to continue to act in unison and further increase economic and political pressure on Russia.”

They warned that the war in Ukraine was causing a global food crisis and called on Moscow to unlock major ports and allow Ukraine to export grain.

They say: “Especially in Africa and the countries of the Middle East, up to 50 million people will die in the coming months … Russia’s war of aggression has created one of the most serious food and energy crises in recent history. It threatens the most vulnerable people in the world. “

The G7 also called on China to “stop engaging in information manipulation, disinformation and other means to justify Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine,” without supporting Putin.

Three weeks before Putin began the war in Ukraine, the Russian president signed an agreement with the Chinese side that there were “no restrictions” on cooperation between the two countries.

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