- There are reports the US helped Ukrainian military target and kill several Russian generals
- Reports also said the US provided intel that helped Ukraine sink the Russian warship Moskva
Germany will send Ukraine seven self-propelled howitzers, on top of five artillery systems the Dutch government has already pledged, German Defence Minister Christine Lambrecht has said.
The German government has come under pressure from European allies for being slow off the mark in providing Ukraine with weapons and it was only at the end of last month that it announced its first delivery, comprising Gepard tanks.
Most of the heavy weapons Nato countries have sent to Ukraine so far are Soviet-built arms, but the US and some other allies have started to supply Kyiv with Western howitzers.
The heavy artillery systems being sent to Ukraine are called Panzerhaubitze 2000, and the German military describes them as among the most modern in the world, so 20 Ukrainian soldiers will need to have training before they're sent.
Germany only has a few dozen howitzers in a combat-ready state and the seven being sent to Ukraine will come from maintenance stock.
Other developments in summary
- A senior Ukrainian official says a new attempt to evacuate civilians trapped with Ukrainian fighters in the Mariupol steelworks is under way
- There are thought to be about 200 civilians - including at least 20 children - still in bunkers under the steel plant
- Andriy Yermak, chief of staff to Ukraine's president, says almost 500 civilians have been safely moved from the city since a UN-led rescue operation began
- Vladimir Putin says Ukraine should order its fighters holding out in the Mariupol plant to surrender
- Capturing the whole of the shattered southern city would be symbolic for Moscow ahead of its annual 9 May Victory Day celebration