War in Ukraine: latest developments

Russian strikes hit a residential building in Kyiv in the first attack on the capital in nearly three weeks, according to Ukraine – Copyright AFP Genya SAVILOV

Here are the latest developments in the war in Ukraine:

– Strikes in Kyiv –

Russian strikes hit a residential building in Kyiv in the first attack on the capital in nearly three weeks, according to Ukraine.

One person died and four people, including a seven-year-old girl, were taken to hospital following the morning strikes, city mayor Vitali Klitschko said.

The top three floors of a building in the Shevchenkivsky district were completely destroyed and several fires broke out, spewing thick smoke.

– Russia says it targeted missile factory –

Russia says its strike on Kyiv hit an arms factory, calling it “false” reports that it hit a residential area in the Ukrainian capital.

The Artyom plant “was the target, as a military infrastructure, the Russian Defense Ministry said, adding that it had already been targeted in April.

– Russia calls for strikes in north and west –

Russia says its forces carried out strikes against three military training centers in northern and western Ukraine, including one near the Polish border.

“High-precision weapons of the Russian Aerospace Forces and Kalibr missiles” were used, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said.

Among the targets was a military training center for Ukrainian forces in the Lviv region’s Starychi district, about 30 kilometers (19 miles) from the border with NATO member Poland.

The other two training centers were in the central Zhytomyr and northern Chernigiv regions.

Konashenkov did not specify when or from where the missiles were fired.

But Kyiv said on Saturday that Russia had carried out strikes from Ukraine’s northern neighbor Belarus. Moscow has not commented on this claim.

– Britain warns against settling conflict now –

In talks with French President Emmanuel Macron, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned that “any attempt to settle” the conflict in Ukraine now risks prolonging instability and emboldening Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

On the sidelines of the G7 summit, the two leaders “agreed that this was a critical moment for the course of the conflict, and that there was an opportunity to turn the tide of the war,” Downing said. Street.

But Johnson warns that “any attempt to settle the conflict now will only cause lasting instability”.

– Allies won’t ‘separate’ –

World powers agree to ban gold exports from Russia, kicking off a G7 meeting to take further steps to deplete Moscow’s war chest and bolster Ukraine’s defenses .

US President Joe Biden and his counterparts from the world’s most industrialized countries meet at Elmau Castle in the German Alps, ahead of talks with NATO partners in Madrid.

“We have to stick together,” Biden told German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, the host of the three-day rally.

Putin hoped “that somehow NATO and the G7 would separate,” Biden says. “But we haven’t and we won’t.”

– Arms for Ukraine –

Following the strikes on Kyiv, the Ukrainian government calls on the leaders of the G7 to meet in Germany to provide more weapons and impose new sanctions against Moscow.

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

– Canada deploys warships –

Canada is deploying two warships to the Baltic Sea and the North Atlantic, joining a pair of frigates already in the region, to bolster NATO’s eastern flank in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Her Majesty’s Canadian Ships (HMCS) Kingston and Summerside have set sail for a four-month deployment as part of “deterrent measures in Central and Eastern Europe” launched in 2014 after Moscow’s annexation of Crimea, says the Canadian Navy in a press release.

– G7 leaders mock Putin –

World leaders are mocking Putin’s tough man image at a G7 lunch in Germany, joking about whether they should strip down to shirt sleeves – or even less.

“Jackets? Jackets removed? Do we take off our coats? Britain’s Johnson asks as he sits at the table in Bavaria’s picturesque Elmau Castle, where Scholz hosted the summit of seven powerful democracies.

The Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, suggests waiting for the official photo before undressing.

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