Russian missile attacks across southern and northeastern Ukraine have damaged a power complex and left multiple people injured, amid an onslaught of shelling from Moscow targeting civilian infrastructure.
The Kremlin has accused the US of engaging in "media madness" after President Joe Biden personally met with the families of two American detainees last week.
Here are the latest developments:
- Moscow escalates attacks on critical facilities: Russian shelling injured at least two people, including an 11-year-old boy, and damaged infrastructure in the northeastern region of Kharkiv over the past day, according to a local official. Further south in Mykolaiv, a Russian missile attack hit the industrial site of the South Ukraine Nuclear Power Plant, nuclear operator Energoatom said on Monday. The attack shut down one of the hydropower units and three high-voltage power lines, but all three nuclear reactors were not damaged, Energoatom added.
- Zelensky says Kyiv is "preparing for liberation of more cities": Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky insisted there is no "lull" on the frontline, saying that Kyiv's sweeping counteroffensive is rolling on in "preparation for the next sequence." Ukrainian forces are working to recapture territories in the south and the east, Zelensky said during his nightly address on Sunday.
- Russia lashes out at US: Moscow accused the US of engaging in "media madness," pointing to videos and photos posted by the US embassy criticizing Russia and after President Joe Biden personally met with the families of two American detainees last week. Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said "relatives were unable to get a clear explanation" from Biden about Russia's demands for a prisoner exchange, but said Russia was ready to negotiate.
- Russian pop legend speaks out against war: Musical legend Alla Pugacheva criticized the country as having “illusory aims” in Ukraine on Sunday. She posted her comments on Instagram while expressing support for her husband, Maxim Galkin, a comedian who was designated a “foreign agent” by Russia’s Justice Ministry on Friday under a draconian law to rid the country of foreign influence and funding.
- Moscow rebuffs accusations of war crimes: Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov dismissed Zelensky’s statement about Russian war crimes in recaptured territories in northeast Ukraine as a “lie." The Ukrainian Defense Ministry said least 440 "unmarked" graves were found in newly liberated Izium in recent days, following Russia's hasty retreat from the city. Zelensky said that some of the bodies showed "signs of torture," and blamed Russia for what he called "cruelty and terrorism."