The New Arab's live coverage of the latest from the Russian invasion of Ukraine concludes for today.
Here were the key developments on Monday:
Five killed in rail strikes
At least five people have been killed and 18 injured in Russian rocket strikes on railway stations in the central Ukraine region of Vinnytsia, the Ukrainian prosecutor general's office says.
The head of Ukraine railways said five stations in the centre and west of the country came under fire in the space of an hour.
At least 57 people were killed earlier this month in Russian strikes on a train station used for evacuations in the eastern city of Kramatorsk.
US wants 'weakened' Russia
US Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin said he hopes that the war in Ukraine will hobble the Russian military.
"We want to see Russia weakened to the degree that it can't do the kinds of things that it has done in invading Ukraine," he said after a visit to Kyiv with Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
Ukraine can win the war if it has the "right equipment", he added. Austin and Blinken pledge $700 million (653 million euros) in additional military aid during their visit.
US diplomats to return
Blinken confirmed that US diplomats, withdrawn at the start of Russia's invasion, will gradually return to Kyiv. US President Joe Biden nominated career foreign service officer Bridget Brink to be the next US ambassador.
Several European countries have also reopened their embassies in Kyiv since Russia withdrew its forces from the region.
No deal on Mariupol
Russia's defence ministry announced a unilateral ceasefire at the Azovstal steel plant in the besieged port city of Mariupol, where Ukrainian forces have been holding out and a large group of civilians are sheltering.
But Ukraine disputed that, saying Moscow did not agree to its request for the evacuation of wounded soldiers and civilians.
Putin congratulates Macron
Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulates French President Emmanuel Macron on his re-election following a run-off with far-right candidate Marine Le Pen, seen as closer to Moscow.
"I sincerely wish you success in your state activities, as well as good health and well-being," says Putin.
German diplomats expelled
Moscow said it is expelling 40 German diplomats after Berlin sent 40 Russian diplomats packing earlier this month.
German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock reacted indignantly, saying Berlin's diplomats had "not done anything wrong" while the expelled Russian representatives "did not serve diplomacy for a single day".
5.2 million refugees
More than 5.2 million Ukrainians have fled the country since Russia launched its invasion two months ago, with over 45,000 having left in the past 24 hours, the UN said.
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