Ukraine-Russia war latest: Ten dead including three children in Zaporizhzhia as Putin’s forces make advances

Ten people, including three children, have been killed in the Russian-controlled town of Tokmak in the southern Zaporizhzhia region due to Ukrainian shelling.

It comes as Kyiv’s army chief said on Saturday the situation on the eastern front had worsened in recent days as Putin’s forces have intensified its armoured assaults and battles rage for a village near Bakhmut.

Russia’s defence ministry said on Saturday its forces had captured Pervomaiske, a village to the south also located in Ukraine’s Donetsk region where Moscow has focused its offensive operations for months.

Meanwhile, Switzerland said it would host a peace conference in June to help chart a path toward peace in Ukraine after more than two years of fighting.

But Mr Putin claimed Moscow hadn’t been invited to join the talks while noting the Swiss recognition that a peace process can’t happen without Russia.

“They aren’t inviting us there. Moreover, they think there is nothing for us to do there, but at the same time they say that’s it’s impossible to decide anything without us. It would have been funny if it weren’t so sad,” he said.

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