The International Atomic Energy Agency, which is seeking to inspect the Zaporizhzhia plant, has warned of a nuclear disaster unless fighting stops.
Ukraine reports widespread shelling and air attacks by Russia on scores of towns and military bases, especially in the east where Moscow is trying to expand territory, as fighting rages on day 171.
"We expect Russia to manipulate the results of these referendums and falsely claim Ukrainians want to join Russia," says a senior Biden administration official and warns the "land grab" will not go unchallenged.
Russia and Ukraine accuse each other of shelling Europe's biggest nuclear power plant and UN chief proposes a demilitarised zone at the site as fighting enters its 170th day.
Fierce fighting between Moscow and Kiev continues in eastern and southern territories on day 169 of the conflict even as both sides trade blame for imperilling Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant with attacks nearby.
Ukraine calls on the West to impose a blanket travel ban on Russians as angry Moscow steps up its fierce military offensive against Kiev on the 168th day of the conflict.
Fierce fighting between Russian and Ukrainian forces continue in Donbass on the 167th day of the conflict as both sides blame each other for shelling the high-risk nuclear complex of Zaporizhzhia.
Russian forces begin assault on two key cities in eastern Donetsk region, Ukraine's military and local officials say, as fighting enters its 165th day.
As the conflict enters its 155th day, Russia launches missile strikes on Kiev and Chernihiv regions, areas that haven't been targeted in weeks, while Ukraine focuses on taking back an occupied region in the south.
Air raid sirens sounded across Kiev as Russia stepped up long-range bombardment of Ukrainian cities as the conflict rolls into its 143rd day.
Pro-Russian rebels sentence to death three foreigners who were captured while fighting for Ukraine, as Kiev seeks more Western arms to fend off Moscow's assault — now in its 107th day.
Ukraine struggles to hold its ground in bloody street-to-street fighting in the eastern frontline city of Sievierodonetsk as President Zelenskyy vows to reverse Russia's gains in fighting — now in its 105th day.
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