Ukraine’s president says he spoke with Belarusian counterpart

Ukraine’s president Zelenskyy

Zelenskyy says he has spoken with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko

The Ukrainian president’s announcement, issued on his Telegram messaging channel, came after Kyiv rejected talks with Moscow in Belarus, accusing it of allowing Russian troops to enter Ukraine through its territory.

Zelenskyy provided no further details of the pair’s talks.

Tanks in the middle of Bucha, resident says
Russian tanks stand in the middle of Bucha, a city 30 kilometres (18 miles) west of Kyiv, a local resident has told Al Jazeera by phone.

The man, who wished to remain unidentified, said one of the tanks is standing right outside his house. He claimed Russian servicemen shower the houses on the street with bullets from their assault rifles, but are “afraid” to enter the properties.

Another town, Makarov, 50kms (31 miles) west of Kyiv, is “being attacked” by Russian tanks, a resident there told Al Jazeera by phone. Her family, including two teenage girls, is hiding in the basement of her house, she said.

The woman also wished to remain unidentified.