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Ukraine news – live: Mall was not intended target of deadly Russian strike, UK says

Deadly missile was meant for ‘nearby infrastructure target’

Stuti Mishra,Maryam Zakir-Hussain
Wednesday 29 June 2022 08:45
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G7 leaders focus on helping Ukraine and punishing Russia

The UK Ministry of Defence Intelligence has said that there is a “realistic possibility” that the Kremenchuk missile strike was accidental.

The update released this morning states that the missile may have been intended to hit a “nearby infrastructure target”.

It comes as dozens of people are still missing following the strike that also killed at least 18 people.

Meanwhile, defence secretary Ben Wallace has said the Ukrainians are still “winning” in their struggle with Russia, despite recent Russian advances in the east of the country.

Speaking at the Nato summit in Madrid, Mr Wallace told LBC: “Twenty five thousand Russians, we think, have been killed in that fight in the space of 112, 115 days. Russia has failed on all its major objectives.

“It is now reduced to a grinding advance - a few hundred metres every few days at massive cost in one small part of eastern Ukraine along two or three axes. That is not a victory in anyone’s book.”

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Ukrainians are ‘winning,’ Ben Wallace says

Defence secretary Ben Wallace has said the Ukrainians are still “winning” in their struggle with Russia, despite recent Russian advances in the east of the country.

Speaking at the Nato summit in Madrid, Mr Wallace told LBC: “I would still say the Ukrainians are winning. They are extracting huge amounts of cost from the Russian armed forces.

“Twenty five thousand Russians, we think, have been killed in that fight in the space of 112, 115 days. Russia has failed on all its major objectives.

“It is now reduced to a grinding advance - a few hundred metres every few days at massive cost in one small part of eastern Ukraine along two or three axes. That is not a victory in anyone’s book.”

Maryam Zakir-Hussain29 June 2022 08:45
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The UK Ministry of Defence has said that there is a “realistic possibility” that the Kremenchuk missile strike was accidental.

The update states that the missile may have been intended to hit a “nearby infrastructure target”.

Maryam Zakir-Hussain29 June 2022 08:28
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‘Toxic masculinity’: Putin wouldn’t have launched ‘macho’ war if he were a woman, says Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson has claimed that Vladimir Putin would not have launched his “crazy, macho” attack on Ukraine if he were a woman.

The prime minister said the Russian president was a “perfect example of toxic masculinity” as he joined Nato leaders in Madrid to discuss a radical overhaul of the western defence alliance.

Mr Johnson told German broadcaster ZDF: “If Putin was a woman, which he obviously isn’t, but if he were, I really don’t think he would’ve embarked on a crazy, macho war of invasion and violence in the way that he has.”

Adam Forrest has more:

Putin wouldn’t have launched ‘macho’ war if he were a woman, says Boris Johnson

PM says world needs ‘more women in positions of power’

Maryam Zakir-Hussain29 June 2022 08:23
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Ben Wallace reiterates call for increased defence spending

Defence secretary Ben Wallace has reiterated his call for increased defence spending to counter the threat from Russia.

Mr Wallace, who is attending the Nato summit in Madrid, said that while he had enough funding for the “here and now”, extra investment was needed in the next government spending round from the middle of the decade.

“We were prepared to take certain vulnerabilities on board in the middle of the decade as we got rid of some equipment and re-equipped anew. I think the invasion of Russia into Ukraine has changed that,” he told Sky News.

“That is why I think discussions are so important for the middle-of-decade funding. In the here and now we are rightly set. The question is what happens in the middle of the decade.

“My settlement was done before Russia invaded Ukraine. Russia is very, very dangerous on the world stage. The world is less secure than it was two, three years ago and is not looking likely to change for the rest of the decade.

“That is the moment, in the middle of the decade, to say we should commit to increased funding.”

Maryam Zakir-Hussain29 June 2022 07:55
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Moscow-administered Kherson prepares referendum on joining Russia

The Moscow-imposed military-civilian administration in Ukraine‘s Kherson region said it had begun preparations for a referendum on joining Russia, Russian state news agency TASS reported on Wednesday.

Maryam Zakir-Hussain29 June 2022 07:40
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Russian missile strike in Ukraine's Mykolaiv blamed for three deaths

At least three people were killed and five wounded by a Russian missile strike on a residential building in Ukraine‘s southern city of Mykolaiv on Wednesday, said local authorities who have launched a rescue effort for survivors.

Mayor Oleksandr Senkevych said eight missiles had hit the city, and urged residents to evacuate. He said the building appeared to have been hit by a Russian X-55 cruise missile.

Photographs from the scene showed smoke billowing from a four-storey building with its upper floor partly destroyed.

Maryam Zakir-Hussain29 June 2022 07:25
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Ukrainians who died in Kremenchuk ‘collateral damage’ – Russian ambassador to UK

Russia’s ambassador to the UK has described the Ukrainians who died in Moscow’s missile attack on a packed shopping centre as “collateral damage”.

The strike, which killed 18 people in the central city of Kremenchuk on Monday, caused shock around the world and was denounced by Ukrainian leaders as a war crime and terrorist attack.

Ambassador Andrei Kelin echoed Russian authorities’ claim that the shopping centre was not the target.

Yes, it’s a tragic event. Unfortunately, collateral damage happens

Russia’s Ambassador to the UK Andrei Kelin

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Ukrainians who died in Kremenchuk ‘collateral damage’ – Russian ambassador to UK

Moscow’s missile attack on a packed shopping centre in central Ukraine drew condemnation from world leaders.

Stuti Mishra29 June 2022 07:10
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Dozens still missing after Russian missile strike on Kremenchuk mall

Dozens of people are still missing after a Russian missile strike on a shopping mall in central Ukraine two days ago that killed at least 18 people and wounded dozens.

Ukraine said Russia had killed civilians deliberately when it pounded the mall in Kremenchuk. Moscow claims the mall was empty and it had struck a nearby arms depot.

“Russian missile hit this location precisely... It is clear that Russian killers received those exact coordinates,” Ukraine‘s president Volodymyr Zelensky said in an evening video address. “They wanted to kill as many people.”

Authorities said around 36 people were still missing.

Workers are seen clearing the rubbles of the Amstor mall, after it was hit by a Russian missile strike according to Ukrainian authorities in Kremenchuk

Stuti Mishra29 June 2022 06:48
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Russia working on Taliban ties, says Putin in Tajikistan

President Vladimir Putin says Russia is trying to build relations with the Taliban and that Russia wants to see all the ethnic groups in Afghanistan take part in running the country.

Mr Putin’s statement Tuesday came in a meeting with President Emomali Rahmon of Tajikistan during the Russian leader’s first trip abroad since the beginning of the Ukraine conflict.

“We are doing everything so that the situation in that country normalizes,” Putin said in Dushanbe, the Tajik capital. “We are attempting to build relations with the political forces that control the situation.”

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Russia working on Taliban ties, Putin says in Tajikistan

President Vladimir Putin says Russia is trying to build relations with the Taliban and that Russia wants to see all the ethnic groups in Afghanistan take part in running the country

Stuti Mishra29 June 2022 06:22
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Editorial: Nato must leave no member state behind in the face of Russian aggression

“The defence secretary, Ben Wallace, doesn’t seem to be the sort of chap to indulge in hype, so his warning about chances of a wider war in Europe, one for which Ukraine is a mere rehearsal, should be heeded.

It is perfectly plausible that, by accident or design, the conflict in Ukraine could spill over into a larger war in eastern Europe, moving Russian forces into the Baltic republics, the eastern Balkans and Poland – and ever closer to Germany. After all, not so long ago, many wise heads and intelligence chiefs believed the Russian army’s manoeuvres were a bluff.”

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Editorial: Nato must leave no member state behind in the face of Russian aggression

Editorial: It is perfectly plausible that, by accident or design, the conflict in Ukraine could spill over into a wider war in eastern Europe

Stuti Mishra29 June 2022 05:55

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