Ukraine’s defence minister says Russia is ‘preparing for a long-term military operation’ as it pushes to control Donbas. Ukrainian Defence Minister Oleksiy Reznikov says the war is “entering a protracted phase”. Russian troops are currently building fortifications in the Zaporizhzhia and Kherson regions, according to Reznikov. The US State Department says Washington will support Kyiv but it is up to Ukraine to define its own objectives in talks with Russia. Russian attacks kill seven civilians in Ukraine’s eastern Donetsk region, the governor says. Here are all the latest updates: 11 mins ago (21:55 GMT) Sanctions succeeding in cutting off Russia’s access to technology: US official US Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo has said concerted efforts by the European Union and the US to cut off Russia’s access to technology over its war on Ukraine have greatly succeeded. She spoke after returning from a meeting near Paris of the EU-U.S. Trade and Technology Council. Representatives of the EU Commission, the bloc of 27 nations’ executive body, and the Biden administration agreed to further coordinate their actions “to mitigate the negative impacts” of Russia’s war in Ukraine on the global economy. “We’ve essentially stopped sending high-tech to Russia, which is what they need for their military,” Raimondo said. 29 mins ago (21:37 GMT) Republican US senator calls $40bn Ukraine aid bill ‘unfocused globalism’ Republican US Senator Josh Hawley has said he opposes the $40bn aid bill to Ukraine that the Senate is in the process of approving because it represents “misplaced” priorities in US policy. “My biggest concern is that I don’t think this represents a nationalist foreign policy. I mean, it seems to me to be part of this unfocused globalism that unfortunately many in my party have embraced in the last couple of decades,” Hawley told Fox News. The $40 billion Ukraine bill represents a return to nation building. Wrong choice. I’m a no — Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) May 17, 2022 44 mins ago (21:22 GMT) Zelenskyy addresses Cannes Film Festival The 75th Cannes Film Festival has kicked off with a video address from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. Zelenskyy, who addressed the audience virtually, spoke at length about the connection between cinema and reality, referencing films like Francis Ford Coppola’s “Apocalypse Now” and Charlie Chaplin’s “The Great Dictator” as not unlike Ukraine’s present circumstances. “We need a new Chaplin who will demonstrate that the cinema of our time is not silent,” said Zelenskyy, who drew a standing ovation. 1 hour ago (20:55 GMT) Russian attacks kill seven civilians in Donetsk: Governor Seven civilians have been killed in Ukraine’s eastern Donetsk region as a result of Russian attacks, the Ukrainian regional governor has said. Pavlo Kyrylenko wrote in a Telegram post that Russian attacks killed two in Bakhmutsky, two in Bakhm . . . read the full article here.