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Ukraine Latest: Russia Now Controls Sievierodonetsk, Mayor Says

Destroyed shopping pavilions at a bus station in the town of Chuhuiv, Jun 24. 

Destroyed shopping pavilions at a bus station in the town of Chuhuiv, Jun 24. 

Photographer: Sergey Bobok/AFP/Getty Images

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Russia started the fifth month of its invasion with what Ukraine’s army called a “massive bombardment,” including in far western areas some 800 miles from the Donbas front. The key eastern city of Sievierodonetsk -- largely in ruins after weeks of bombardment -- is now fully under Russian control, its mayor said. 

Russian missiles were launched from Belarusian airspace for the first time, in what Ukraine said was a move to pull the Minsk regime fully into Vladimir Putin’s war. Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko met with Putin in St. Petersburg on Saturday and was offered Iskander-M portable missile systems.