The upper house of Russia's parliament approves the annexation of four Ukrainian regions and Kiev's forces continue with their counter-offensive as fighting enters the 223rd day.
Russia has also offered to upgrade Belarus' warplanes to make them capable of carrying nuclear weapons during a meeting between Russian President Putin and his Belarusian counterpart Lukashenko in Saint Petersburg.
The grasscourt Grand Slam is the first tennis tournament to ban individual competitors from the two countries, drawing a sharp reaction from the world number one player.
The tennis players will not be allowed to compete at Wimbledon this year due to Moscow's attack on Ukraine, according to a report. Kremlin rejected the ban as unacceptable.
Boats, helicopters, real estate and artwork are among the assets frozen so far by the bloc in response to Moscow's offensive in Ukraine.
Families and refugees entitled to international protection are pushed back by Poland as it is simultaneously praised for welcoming Ukrainian refugees.
Putin increasingly sounds like a defender of Russian ethnic nationalism guided by Orthodox Christianity. But what are his ideological roots, and how did he come to this point?
Amid concerns Russia is evading trade sanctions via road freight through Belarus, protesters gather at a key crossing to stop the flow of trucks across the border.
UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet alleges that the government of President Alexander Lukashenko is carrying out violations of a "widespread and systematic nature".
Russia is continuing its offensive across Ukraine, pounding populated areas with artillery and air strikes and deploying siege tactics on the 18th day of the attack.
While the Russian military strategy is not a categorical failure in Ukraine as some are portraying, Moscow may have underestimated the resistance.
Recent history demonstrates that Russian commitments to ceasefires and humanitarian corridors are tentative at best and deliberately manipulative at worst.
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