Russia has attacked the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv striking at least two residential buildings, the city’s mayor has said.
Russian artillery hit Kyiv’s central Shevchenkivskiy district this morning partially destroying a nine-storey apartment building and causing a fire
“There are people under the rubble,” Vitali Klitschko said on the Telegram messaging app.
“They [the rescuers] have pulled out a seven-year-old girl. She is alive. Now they’re trying to rescue her mother. “
There had been no major strikes on Kyiv since June and before that April.
It comes after the key eastern battlefield city of Severodonetsk fell to pro-Russian forces on Saturday.
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Kyiv strike was ‘murderous cowardice’, says British ambassador to Ukraine
Biden thanks Scholz for leadership on Ukraine crisis
Joe Biden, the US president, thanked German Chancellor Olaf Scholz for his leadership on the response to the Ukraine crisis as they met for a bilateral talk ahead of a three-day summit of the Group of Seven rich democracies on Sunday.
Russian President Vladimir Putin had expected the West to splinter after his invasion of Ukraine but it has and will not, Biden said in a good-humored exchange with Scholz, who is hosting the summit at a Bavarian alpine resort.
“I want to complement you on stepping up as you did when you became Chancellor,” Biden said. “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 said.
Blasts heard in central Ukrainian city of Cherkasy
Explosions were heard in the central Ukrainian city of Cherkasy on Sunday, regional governor Oleksandr Skichko said on the Telegram app.
He did not give further details. Cherkasy has been largely untouched by bombardment since Russia invaded Ukraine in February.
West needs to maintain unity, Boris Johnson tells G7
World leaders must recognize the price of supporting Ukraine including the surge in energy and food costs but must also acknowledge that the price of allowing Russia to win would be far higher, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said.
Speaking at the G7 summit, Mr Johnson said the West needed to maintain its unity in 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 told reporters.
“But the price of backing down, the price of allowing Putin to succeed, to hack off huge parts of Ukraine, to continue with his program of conquest, that price will be far, far higher. Everybody here understands that.”
Five wounded in Kyiv missile strike
At least five people were wounded when a missile hit a building in central Kyiv on Sunday, the head of Ukraine’s police force Ihor Klymenko said on national television
Attack intended to ‘intimidate Ukrainians’, says Kyiv mayor
The first attack on the capital in nearly three weeks was intended to “intimidate the Ukrainians … at the approach of the NATO summit,” the city’s mayor Vitali Klitschko said.
“Some of the inhabitants have been evacuated. Two wounded people have been hospitalized,” Klitschko said after visiting the apartment building that was hit, adding people remained “under the rubble”.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who is expected to address both the EU and NATO gatherings, said cities as far away as Lviv, near the Polish border, had been struck by a wave of attacks on Saturday.
“This confirms … that air defense systems – the modern systems which our partners have – should not be on (their current) sites or in storage, but in Ukraine,” he said in his daily address.
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Britain to ban Russian gold imports
Britain is set to ban imports of Russian gold in a bid to “starve the Putin regime of its funding”, Boris Johnson has said.
Arriving at the G7 summit in Bavaria, the Prime Minister said the measures “will directly hit Russian oligarchs and strike at the heart of Putin’s war machine”.
The move is part of a joint step taken by Britain, Canada, Japan and the United States.
Mr Johnson added: “We need to starve the Putin regime of its funding.
The UK and our allies are doing just that. “Legislation to implement the ban will be introduced in Parliament in the coming weeks.
‘There are people under the rubble’
Russian strikes on Kyiv partially destroyed a nine-storey apartment building and caused a fire, the city’s mayor Vitali Klitschko said on the Telegram messaging app.
“There are people under the rubble,” Klitschko said. He added that several people had already been hospitalized.
“They (the rescuers) have pulled out a seven-year-old girl. She is alive. Now they’re trying to rescue her mother.”
Life had been returning to normal in Kyiv after fierce resistance held off Russian advances in the early phase of the war, although air raid sirens regularly sound across the city.
Pictured: Airstrike in Kyiv
Gazprom’s gas exports to Europe via Ukraine ‘steady’
Russian gas producer Gazprom said its supply of gas to Europe through Ukraine via the Sudzha entry point was seen at 42.1 million cubic meters (mcm) on Sunday – same as on Saturday, Russian news agencies reported citing the company.
An application to supply gas via another major entry point, Sokhranovka, was again rejected by Ukraine, Gazprom said
Russia strikes two buildings in Kyiv
Russia attacked the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv in the early hours of Sunday morning, striking at least two residential buildings, Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said, as elsewhere Russian troops consolidated their gains in the east.
Associated Press journalists in Kyiv saw rescue services battling flames and rescuing civilians. Klitschko said two people were hospitalized with injuries and a 7-year-old girl was pulled alive from the rubble.
Ukraine Member of Parliament Oleksiy Goncharenko wrote on the Telegram messaging app that “according to prelim data 14 missiles were launched against Kyiv region and Kyiv.”
Before Sunday’s early morning attack, Kyiv had not faced any such Russian airstrikes since June 5.
West must not sell out Ukraine, says Liz Truss in swipe at Emmanuel Macron
Liz Truss has warned leaders including Emmanuel Macron that the West cannot “sell out Ukraine” for a “quick end” to the war, calling on G7 and Nato countries to commit more arms and funding to the country.
In a joint article for The Telegraph with Dmytro Kuleba, her Ukrainian counterpart, the Foreign Secretary said Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, will “only be serious about negotiations once the Ukrainian people have pushed his troops back”.
The pair added: “The Ukrainian people do not have the luxury to feel fatigued. Nor can the rest of the free world. ”
Mr Macron, who has talked of spending 100 hours on the phone to Putin since December, has been accused of wanting Ukraine to make concessions to secure a peace agreement – although the Elysee Palace insists any deal must respect Ukraine’s sovereignty.
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