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Latest news from the war in Ukraine: President of Poland visits Kyiv

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The devastation outside Kharkiv 3:57 (CNN) — Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky accuses Russia of blocking 22 million tons of food and warns countries will face crises if ports are not unblocked. “Russia has blocked almost all ports and, so to speak, all maritime opportunities to export food – our grain, barley, sunflower and more,” Zelensky told a media meeting on Saturday. Here is the latest news on the war in Ukraine: “The free world has the face of Ukraine,” says Poland’s president in Kyiv Poland’s president Andrzej Duda addresses lawmakers during a session of the Ukrainian parliament in Kyiv on May 22. (Stringer/Reuters) Poland’s President Andrzej Duda told Ukrainian lawmakers on Sunday that “today’s free world has the face of Ukraine,” according to a member of the Ukrainian parliament. Roman Hryshchuk tweeted a photo of Duda addressing the camera with lawmakers holding a blue and yellow Ukrainian flag. “Dear Ukrainians, your relatives, wives, parents, children, who were forced to leave for Poland, are not refugees in our country. They are our guests,” Hryshchuk tweeted in English, quoting Duda. Nearly 3.5 million Ukrainian refugees have entered Poland since the Russian invasion in February, making it by far the largest host nation for people fleeing the country, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for the Refugees. Duda also told Volodymyr Zelensky during the speech that “no one can break our unity,” as he became the first foreign leader since the Russian invasion to address Ukraine’s Rada parliament in Kyiv. Duda’s office tweeted the message. Russian forces pushed back from a strategically important city Smoke rises during shelling in the eastern Ukrainian city of Severodonetsk on May 21. (Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images) Russia attacked Severodonetsk in eastern Ukraine from several directions overnight but were forced back to previous positions, President Zelensky’s office said on Sunday. Seven houses in Severodonetsk and at least 27 houses in surrounding towns and villages were damaged, according to the office statement. The attack on Severodonetsk was part of a broader attack along the line of contact between Russian and Ukrainian forces, the Ukrainian military general staff said. “The enemy forces are preparing to resume the offensive in the direction of Sloviansk,” the Ukrainian general staff said, referring to another key city in the area. Severodonetsk and Sloviansk are key to controlling the Luhansk region of Ukraine. Parts of Luhansk and neighboring Donetsk have been controlled by Russian-backed separatists since 2014. Lithuania cuts Russian energy imports Lithuania will have completely cut off imports of Russian energy supplies, including oil, electricity and natural gas, as of Sunday. The country’s energy ministry said in a statement on Friday that pan-European energy exchange Nord Pool had decided to stop trading Russian electricity with its sole importer in the Baltic states, Russian utility Inter RAO, meaning the country would no longer import Russian energy. “Not only is it an extremely important milestone for Lithuania on its journey towards energy independence, but it is also an expression of our solidarity with Ukraine,” Lithuanian Energy Minister Dainius Kreivys said. “We must stop funding the Russian war machine.” Biden to meet Modi US President Joe Biden arrives in Japan on May 22. He will have a separate one-on-one meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the Quad summit. (Evan Vucci/AP) US President Joe Biden will meet face-to-face this week with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Japan as the United States works to convince India to join the sanctions western Russia. They will meet on the sidelines of the Quad summit, where security in the Indo-Pacific is expected to be a central issue. The Quad is an informal alliance between the US, India, Japan and Australia. When Biden and Modi meet separately, their talks will be “constructive and direct,” National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan told reporters as the US president flew from South Korea to Japan. India is a major buyer of Russian arms and has been wary of distancing itself from Moscow amid the war in Ukraine. With information from Antonia Mortensen

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