Zelensky urges Qatar to increase gas production to counter Russia

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Saturday called on Qatar and other energy-producing countries to increase their natural gas production so that Russia understands that it cannot “use energy…to blackmail the world.” “. US President Joe Biden is about to deliver a speech in Poland saying the ‘free world’ opposes Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Follow our live blog for the latest developments in Ukraine. Every hour in Paris time [GMT+1].

10:25 am: Russian forces control town where Chernobyl workers live, Ukraine says

Russian forces have taken control of the town of Slavutych, where Chernobyl nuclear power plant workers live, Kyiv Region Governor Oleksandr Pavlyuk said on Saturday.

In an online statement, Pavlyuk said Russian troops occupied Slavutych hospital and abducted the mayor.

Reuters could not independently verify the information.

9:51 am: Ukraine says more than 130 children have been killed since the start of the Russian invasion

The war in Ukraine has killed 136 children in 31 days since the start of the Russian invasion, Ukraine’s prosecutor general’s office said in a message on the Telegram app on Saturday.

Of that total, 64 children were killed in the Kyiv region, the office said. Another 50 children died in the Donetsk region, he added.

In addition, 199 children were injured, the office said.

9:30 a.m.: Zelensky calls on Qatar and other energy-producing countries to increase natural gas production

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Saturday called on Qatar to increase its natural gas production to counter Russian threats to use the energy as a weapon.

“I ask you to increase energy production to make everyone in Russia understand that no one can use energy as a weapon to blackmail the world,” Zelensky said in a video message during the Doha Forum meeting in the capital of Qatar.

Zelensky said countries like Qatar could make a contribution to stabilizing Europe.

8:51 a.m .: Russian forces say they are concentrating on Lugansk and Donetsk

Russian forces say they aim to take control of the entire administrative regions of Luhansk and Donetsk in Ukraine’s Donbass. Report by Gulliver Cragg of FRANCE 24 from kyiv.

08:15: Ukrainian army reports clashes with Russian forces in Donbass

Ukraine’s military said on Saturday it clashed with Russian forces around the cities of Donetsk and Luhansk in Ukraine’s Donbass region.

In a dawn report, the army general staff said it had “inflicted significant casualties”, claiming to have shot down three planes, destroyed eight tanks and killed dozens of soldiers.

8:04 a.m.: Biden to meet with Duda of Poland and deliver a speech on the war in Ukraine

US President Joe Biden will say in a speech in Poland on Saturday that the “free world” opposes Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and that there is unity among major economies on the need to stop the Russian President Vladimir Putin, the White House said.

After three days of emergency meetings with G7, European Council and NATO allies, and a visit with US troops to Poland, Biden will meet with Polish President Andrzej Duda.

In what U.S. officials billed as a major speech, Biden “will deliver remarks on the united efforts of the free world to stand with the people of Ukraine, hold Russia accountable for its brutal war, and champion a future rooted in democratic principles,” the White House said in a statement.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP, AP and REUTERS)

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