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Live: Explosions rock Kyiv as Russia takes management of Severodonetsk



Explosions rocked Kyiv Sunday morning, a day after a flurry of missiles struck targets throughout Ukraine. Meanwhile, Russian troops took full management of the important thing jap industrial hub of Severodonetsk, which was underneath heavy siege for a number of weeks. Follow our liveblog for all the most recent developments. All instances are Paris time, GMT+2.

12:27pm: Russian strikes on Kyiv are “more of their barbarism”, Biden says

Strikes by Russian missiles within the Ukrainian capital Kyiv in a single day and early this morning have been one other case of Russian barbarism, US President Joe Biden mentioned on the summit of the Group of Seven wealthy democracies in Germany on Sunday. “It’s more of their barbarism,” he mentioned.

12:20pm: Johnson, Macron see ‘alternative to show tide’ in Ukraine struggle

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and French President Emmanuel Macron mentioned on Sunday that they noticed an “opportunity to turn the tide” in Ukraine, as London warned in opposition to attempting to “settle” the battle now.

A Downing Street spokesman mentioned the leaders, assembly on the G7 summit in Germany, “agreed this is a critical moment for the course of the conflict, and there is an opportunity to turn the tide in the war”. But Johnson additionally cautioned Macron that “any attempt to settle the conflict now will only cause enduring instability”.

11:49am: Russia strikes coaching centres in three Ukrainian areas

Russia’s defence ministry mentioned on Sunday it had used high-precision weapons to strike Ukrainian military coaching centres within the Chernihiv, Zhytomyr and Lviv areas of Ukraine, Russian news companies reported. Earlier on Sunday Ukraine had mentioned that Russian missiles struck the Ukrainian capital Kyiv.

11:27am: Ukraine FM urges G7 to provide extra weapons after Russian Kyiv strike

The Ukrainian authorities referred to as for the G7 leaders assembly in Germany to provide extra weapons to Ukraine and impose additional sanctions in opposition to Moscow, hours after Russian strikes hit residential buildings in Kyiv on Sunday.

“G7 summit must respond with more sanctions on Russia and more heavy arms for Ukraine. Russia’s sick imperialism must be defeated,” Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba tweeted.

11:07am: Biden says G7, NATO should ‘keep collectively’ in opposition to Russia’s struggle

US President Joe Biden advised Germany’s Chancellor Olaf Scholz on Sunday that the West should keep united in opposition to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

“We have to stay together,” Biden advised Scholz at a gathering forward of the G7 summit within the German Alps. Russian President Vladimir Putin had been hoping “that somehow NATO and the G7 would splinter,” Biden mentioned. “But we haven’t and we’re not going to.”

10:49am: Biden thanks Scholz for management on Ukraine disaster at G7 summit

US President Joe Biden thanked German Chancellor Olaf Scholz for his management on the response to the Ukraine disaster as they met for a bilateral discuss forward of a three-day summit of the Group of Seven wealthy democracies on Sunday.

Russian President Vladimir Putin had anticipated the West to splinter after his invasion of Ukraine but it surely has and won’t, Biden mentioned in a good-humoured trade with Scholz, who’s internet hosting the summit at a Bavarian alpine resort. “I want to complement you on stepping up as you did when you became Chancellor,” Biden mentioned. “Putin’s being counting on it from the beginning, that somehow NATO and the G7 would splinter, but we haven’t and it’s not going to,” he mentioned.

10:44am: Blasts heard in central Ukrainian metropolis of Cherkasy

Explosions have been heard within the central Ukrainian metropolis of Cherkasy on Sunday, regional governor Oleksandr Skichko mentioned on the Telegram app. He didn’t give additional particulars. Cherkasy has been largely untouched by bombardment since Russia invaded Ukraine in February.

10:36am: Blasts heard in southern outskirts of Kyiv

Two explosions have been heard within the southern outskirts of Kyiv on Sunday after a missile struck a constructing within the centre of the capital within the early hours, a Reuters reporter mentioned. It was not instantly doable to substantiate what induced the blasts.

10:28am: UK’s Boris Johnson: price of Russian victory in Ukraine is simply too excessive

World leaders should recognise the value of supporting Ukraine together with the surge in vitality and meals prices however should additionally acknowledge that the value of permitting Russia to win could be far larger, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson mentioned.

Speaking firstly of a Group of Seven summit on Sunday, Johnson mentioned the West wanted to keep up its unity within the face of Moscow’s aggression. “In order to protect that unity, in order to make it work, you’ve got to have really, really honest discussions about the implications of what’s going on, the pressures that individual friends and partners are feeling,” he advised reporters.

“But the price of backing down, the price of allowing (Russian President Vladimir) Putin to succeed, to hack off huge parts of Ukraine, to continue with his programme of conquest, that price will be far, far higher. Everybody here understands that.”

9:38am: Five individuals wounded in missile strike in central Kyiv, police chief says

At least 5 individuals have been wounded when a missile hit a constructing in central Kyiv on Sunday, the top of Ukraine’s police drive Ihor Klymenko mentioned on nationwide tv.

9:14am: Russia’s Defence Minister Shoigu visits troops concerned in Ukraine operation

Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu inspected Russian troop items concerned in Ukraine, the defence ministry mentioned on Sunday. “At the command posts of Russian units, Army General Sergei Shoigu heard reports from the commanders on the current situation and actions of the Russian Armed Forces in the main operational areas,” the ministry mentioned in an announcement. It was not instantly clear when the go to befell or if Shoigu had visited Ukraine itself.

9:12am: Gazprom’s fuel exports to Europe by way of Ukraine regular

Russian fuel producer Gazprom mentioned its provide of fuel to Europe by Ukraine by way of the Sudzha entry level was seen at 42.1 million cubic metres (mcm) on Sunday, similar as on Saturday, Russian news companies reported citing the corporate.

An software to produce fuel by way of one other main entry level, Sokhranovka, was once more rejected by Ukraine, Gazprom mentioned.

9:02am: G7 to announce ban on import of recent Russian gold on Tuesday, says US official

The Group of Seven wealthy democracies will announce a ban on imports of Russian gold on Tuesday, as a part of ongoing efforts to carry Russia accountable for its struggle in Ukraine and block makes an attempt to evade Western sanctions, a senior US administration official mentioned on Sunday.

Britain and the United States would announce the transfer on Sunday, adopted by an official announcement on Tuesday, the official mentioned. “The president and other G7 leaders will continue to work to hold (Russian President Vladimir) Putin accountable. Today the US. and the UK are announcing that G7 leaders will ban imports of Russian gold. The official announcement will come on Tuesday,” the official mentioned.

8:23am: Russia’s Kyiv strike goals to ‘intimidate Ukrainians’ earlier than NATO summit, says mayor

A Russian missile strike that hit Kyiv on Sunday was meant to “intimidate Ukrainians” within the days main as much as a NATO summit, town’s mayor Vitali Klitschko mentioned.

The first Russian strike within the capital in almost three weeks was aimed to “intimidate Ukrainians… at the approach of the NATO summit” to be held in Madrid from June 28-30, mentioned Klitschko, who visited the scene of the explosion.

7:04am: Four explosions heard in Ukraine capital Kyiv

Four explosions have been heard within the Ukrainian capital Kyiv early Sunday, with AFP journalists reporting a residential complicated close to the centre of town had been hit, inflicting a fireplace and cloud of gray smoke. The blasts occurred round 6:30 am (0330 GMT), half an hour after air raid sirens sounded within the capital, which has not not come underneath Russian bombardment for almost three weeks.

“Ambulances and rescuers are on site. In two buildings, the rescue and evacuation of residents is underway,” he added. Thick smoke was seen within the affected residential space, which was cordoned off by police. At the top of April, a Ukrainian journalist from Radio Liberty was killed in her condominium by a Russian strike on Kyiv throughout a go to by UN chief Antonio Guterres.

6:05am: Several explosions heard in Kyiv’s Shevchenkivskiy district

Several explosions befell early on Sunday within the Shevchenkivskiy district of the Ukrainian capital Kyiv, town’s mayor Vitali Klitschko mentioned on the Telegram messaging app. “Ambulance crews and rescuers dispatched to the scene. More detailed information – later,” Klitschko mentioned.

5:50am: Indonesian president to go to Ukraine, Russia on peace-building mission

Indonesian President Joko Widodo mentioned on Sunday he’ll urge his Russian and Ukrainian counterparts to open room for dialogue throughout a peace-building mission to the nations as a result of “war has to stop and global food chains need to be reactivated”.

Speaking earlier than leaving for Germany to attend the G7 summit on Monday, he mentioned he may also urge Russia’s Vladimir Putin to order a direct ceasefire.

1:20am: Ukraine’s shelling forces Russian military to halt evacuation from Severodonetsk plant

Ukrainian shelling on Saturday compelled Russian troops to droop the evacuation of individuals from a chemical plant in Severodonetsk, simply hours after Moscow’s forces took town, Tass news company quoted native police as saying.

Separately, a senior advisor to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky mentioned particular forces have been nonetheless in Severodonetsk, directing artillery hearth in opposition to the Russians. The adviser, Oleksiy Arestovych, spoke in a video tackle.

1:00am: G7 summit kicks off underneath shadow of Ukraine struggle, stagflation danger

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz welcomes leaders of the Group of Seven wealthy democracies on Sunday to a three-day summit within the Bavarian Alps overshadowed by the struggle in Ukraine and its far-reaching penalties, from vitality shortages to a meals disaster.

The summit takes place in opposition to a darker backdrop than final 12 months when the British, Canadian, French, German, Italian, Japanese and US leaders met for the primary time since earlier than the COVID-19 pandemic and vowed to construct again higher. Soaring international vitality and meals costs are hitting financial progress within the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The United Nations warned on Friday of an “unprecedented global hunger crisis”.

Climate change, an more and more assertive China and the rise of authoritarianism are additionally set to be on the agenda. The G7 leaders are anticipated to hunt to point out a united entrance on supporting Ukraine for so long as mandatory and cranking up strain on the Kremlin – though they are going to wish to keep away from sanctions that would stoke inflation and exacerbate the cost-of-living disaster affecting their very own individuals.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP, AP and REUTERS)

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