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Ukraine news – live: Putin warned deadly apartment block bombing could be war crime

Russia’s night-time strike in Odesa comes after Ukraine expels Russian forces from Snake Island

Moment Russian missile hits Ukrainian shopping centre

Vladimir Putin must be “held to account” for a missile strike on an apartment block near Odesa, which has left at least 21 people dead, Germany has said.

At least two children were among those killed in the strike on a 14-storey building in the small town of Serhiivka, near Odesa in southern Ukraine on Friday morning.

Germany condemned the attack, suggesting it could amount to a war crime if civilians had been deliberately targeted.

“The Russian President Putin and those responsible will have to be held accountable,” a German government spokesman told a briefing.

The Kremlin has denied Moscow targeted the building, insisting “the Russian Armed Forces do not work with civilian targets”.

The attack comes after Russian forces withdrew from the strategically important Snake Island on Thursday, a move Ukrainians hoped would ease the threat to nearby Odesa.

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PM dismisses Russia's nuclear threats as "sabre-rattling"

PM dismisses Russia's nuclear threats as "sabre-rattling"
Joe Middleton1 July 2022 20:55
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Satellite images show destruction of Ukraine’s Snake Island after Russian troops flee

New satellite imagery from Thursday morning (30 June) shows the destruction left behind on Snake Island after Russian troops fled the Black Sea outpost.

Smoke can be seen from burning vehicles and structures at several locations across the northern section of the island, while a colour infrared view shows the areas that have recently burned.

Ukraine is celebrating a significant victory after Vladimir Putin’s troops withdrew following what the nation’s armed forces have described as a series of devastating attacks on the island and any Russian ship going near it.

Satellite images show destruction of Ukraine’s Snake Island after Russian troops flee

New satellite imagery from Thursday morning (30 June) shows the destruction left behind on Snake Island after Russian troops fled the Black Sea outpost.Smoke can be seen from burning vehicles and structures at several locations across the northern section of the island, while a colour infrared view shows the areas that have recently burned.Ukraine is celebrating a significant victory after Vladimir Putin’s troops withdrew following what the nation’s armed forces have described as a series of devastating attacks on the island and any Russian ship going near it.Click here to sign up for our newsletters.

Joe Middleton1 July 2022 20:00
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UNESCO declares borshch protected Ukrainian heritage

Ukraine claimed victory in a culinary dispute with Russia on Friday after the United Nations’ cultural agency placed a traditional beetroot soup on its list of protected Ukrainian cultural heritage.

UNESCO announced in a statement that it had placed borshch, a rich crimson soup packed with vegetables, on a list of cultural heritage in need of “urgent safeguarding” due to the risk posed to the soup’s status as an element of Ukraine‘s cultural heritage by Moscow’s invasion.

Ukraine‘s culture minister Oleksandr Tkachenko wrote on Twitter: “Victory in the war for borshch is ours!”

Moscow decried the new protected Ukrainian status of the dish, which is also popular in Russia, as an example of “contemporary Kyiv nationalism”.

“Our borshch does not need protection, but is subject to immediate and complete destruction in a bowl,” Russia’s foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova wrote on Telegram.

A UNESCO spokesman in Paris said the new status meant Ukraine could now apply for special funds to finance projects promoting and protecting the dish.

Joe Middleton1 July 2022 19:27
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Briton condemned to death in breakaway Donetsk region appeals sentence

A British man condemned to death by a separatist court in east Ukraine has appealed against his sentence, Russian state news agency TASS has reported.

Shaun Pinner, 48, has formally lodged papers in the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), the Russian-backed separatist region, said TASS on Friday. Another Briton also sentenced to death, Aiden Aslin, had not yet submitted an appeal, added the agency.

A third man condemned with the Britons, Brahim Saadoun from Morocco, had also lodged an appeal against his death sentence.

David Harding has the details.

Shaun Pinner: Briton condemned to death in Donetsk appeals sentence

No appeal has yet been received from the other Briton, Aiden Aslin, held in the Russian-backed Donetsk People’s Republic

Joe Middleton1 July 2022 19:01
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Russian state TV presenter says Boris Johnson is 'chubby'

Russian state TV presenter says Boris Johnson is 'chubby'
Joe Middleton1 July 2022 18:29
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Briton and Moroccan appeal death sentences in Russia-backed separatist court

A Moroccan and a British fighter sentenced to death by a Russian-backed separatist court in east Ukraine for fighting for Ukrainian forces have appealed against their sentences, the Russian state news agency TASS reported on Friday.

TASS said the Supreme Court of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), a territory recognised only by Russia and Syria, had received appeals from lawyers for Brahim Saadoun and Shaun Pinner.

It said another condemned Briton, Aiden Aslin, had not yet submitted an appeal, citing Mr Aslin’s lawyer.

‘Time running out’ to save Briton sentenced to death by Donetsk separatists

Family of 28-year-old say his captors have told him ‘nobody from UK has made contact and that he will be executed’

Joe Middleton1 July 2022 17:51
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Putin jokes and defence spending rows: Inside Boris Johnson’s turbulent trip overseas

Adam Forrest travelled to the G7 and Nato summits and saw a prime minister unable to escape his political problems at home.

Putin jokes and defence spending rows: Inside Boris Johnson’s turbulent trip overseas

Adam Forrest travelled to the G7 and Nato summits and saw a prime minister unable to escape his political problems at home

Joe Middleton1 July 2022 17:18
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Ukraine calls on Turkey to detain Russian cargo ship carrying grain

Ukraine has requested that Turkey detain and arrest the Russian-flagged cargo ship Zhibek Zholy carrying a cargo of Ukrainian grain taken from the Russian-occupied port of Berdyansk, according to a Ukrainian official and document seen by Reuters.

The Ukrainian foreign ministry official, citing information received from the country’s maritime administration, said the Zhibek Zholy had loaded the first cargo of some 4,500 tonnes of grain from Berdyansk, which the official said belonged to Ukraine.

In a letter dated June 30 to Turkey’s justice ministry, Ukraine‘s prosecutor general’s office separately that the Zhibek Zholy was involved in the “illegal export of Ukrainian grain” from Berdyansk and headed to Karasu, Turkey with 7,000 tonnes of cargo, which is a larger cargo than cited by the official.

Turkey’s foreign ministry did not immediately reply to a request for comment on the arrival of the Zhibek Zholy.

Joe Middleton1 July 2022 17:01
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Norway pledges 1 billion euros to support Ukraine

Norway on Friday pledged 1 billion euros to support Ukraine for the rest of 2022 and 2023, Norway’s prime minister told a news conference with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky.

Jonas Gahr Stoere said the money was to help Ukraine support people in need, defend itself and for reconstruction.

Joe Middleton1 July 2022 16:34
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Putin mocks Johnson for claiming he would not have invaded if he was a woman

Putin mocks Johnson for claiming he would not have invaded if he was a woman
Joe Middleton1 July 2022 16:24

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