Ukraine-Russia war latest: Russia fire-bombs Bakhmut after mercenary boss threatens to withdraw

Russia has set Bakhmut ablaze with incendiary weapons just hours after the boss of the Wagner mercenary group announced his forces could soon withdraw.

Videos filmed by a Ukrainian drone operator showed the city wreathed in flames, as bright incendiary munitions rained down from the sky.

Another video showed a person cowering as they filmed the flames raining down over the city in eastern Ukraine.

It came after Yevgeny Prigozhin, the leader of Russia’s Wagner mercenary group, threatened yesterday to withdraw his forces on May 10 because of ammunition shortages.

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Zelensky to address Switzerland as neutrality ban paused

Switzerland’s parliament has approved a request from Ukrainian authorities for Volodymyr Zelensky to address it.

The invitation, announced in a statement late on Friday, comes amid pressure on Switzerland’s government to break with a centuries-old tradition of neutrality and end a ban of exports of Swiss weapons to conflict zones such as Ukraine.

So far, the government has refused to change this policy.

The subject of the Ukrainian president’s address, which will be the first by video by a foreign leader to the legislature, is unknown. It is scheduled for the summer session beginning on May 30.

During that session, lawmakers are also set to weigh a motion to provide 5 billion Swiss Francs (£4 billion) of support to Ukraine over 5-10 years.

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