• Russia has proposed a ceasefire for Ukrainian citizens to evacuate along routes leading directly to Russia or its ally Belarus; the smaller cities of Mariupol and Sumy were offered paths to elsewhere in Ukraine. A spokesperson for Ukraine’s president branded the proposal “immoral” and said Russia was trying to “use people’s suffering to create a television picture”.
• Russian forces have intensified their attacks on several Ukrainian cities, targeting populated areas in Kharkiv, Mariupol and Chernihiv, the UK defence ministry has said. It comes amid heavy fighting around Kyiv and fears of a major offensive on the capital.
• Washington has given the green light to Nato allies providing fighter jets to Ukraine. Poland could be supplied with US warplanes, according to US secretary of state Antony Blinken, in return for sending its own Soviet-era jets to Ukraine’s air force.
• Global stock markets sunk further while oil prices soared to their highest for nearly 14 years, amid the fallout of the Russian invasion of Ukraine and Western sanctions. The price of a barrel of oil hit $139 as US lawmakers discussed a ban on Russian energy imports.
• Russian president Vladimir Putin was reported to be in a sound state of mind over the weekend during lengthy talks in Moscow with Israel’s prime minister Naftali Bennett. Israeli news reports say that Bennett, the first Western leader to meet Putin in person since the war began, saw no evidence of irrational behaviour or bouts of rage.
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