Recent developments in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. All times EDT:
02:02: IN his latest assessment of the war in Ukraine, Institute for the Study of War, an American think tank, says that Russian forces are digging around Kharkiv and can prepare for a major Ukrainian counter-offensive. In addition, the update notes that Russia may overestimate the number of Ukrainians it captured at the Azovstal steelworks, either to make the victory sound more impressive or to maximize the number of Russian prisoners of war it hopes to get in return.
01:03: Al Jazeera reports that Russia has removed the last bodies from the Mariupol theater that it bombed in March. Ukrainian officials said more than 1,300 people were hiding in the theater when it was hit and about 300 died.
12:02: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy took to Telegram to criticize Russia’s destruction of a cultural center in the city of Lazova, CNN reports.
The air strike injured at least seven people, including a child, when it hit the “newly renovated culture house”, he wrote.
“The occupiers identified culture, education and humanity as their enemies,” he wrote. “They do not spare missiles or bombs on them. What do people who choose such targets think? Absolute evil, absolute stupidity.”