Latest in Ukraine: Putin warned lethal bombing of apartment buildings could be a war crime

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Vladimir Putin must be “held to account” for a rocket attack on an apartment building near Odessa that killed at least 21 people, Germany said.

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

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

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

The Kremlin has denied that Moscow targeted the building, stressing that “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 reduce the threat to nearby Odessa.

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

New satellite images from Thursday morning (June 30) show the devastation left behind on Snake Island after Russian troops fled the Black Sea outpost.

Smoke can be seen from burning vehicles and structures in several locations in the northern part of the island, while a color infrared image shows areas that have recently burned down.

Ukraine celebrates a major victory after Vladimir Putin’s forces withdrew after what the country’s armed forces have described as a series of devastating attacks on the island and any Russian ship that comes close.

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

New satellite images from Thursday morning (June 30) show the devastation left behind on Snake Island after Russian troops fled the Black Sea outpost. Smoke from burning vehicles and structures can be seen in several locations in the northern part of the island, while a color infrared view shows areas that have recently burned down. Ukraine celebrates a major victory after Vladimir Putin’s forces withdrew after what the country’s armed forces have described as a series of devastating attacks on the island and any Russian ship that comes close. Click here to sign up for our newsletters.

Joe MiddletonJuly 1, 2022 20:00

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UNESCO declares borshch protected Ukrainian heritage

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

UNESCO has announced in a statement that it has placed borshch, a rich crimson soup packed with vegetables, on a list of cultural heritages in need of “urgent protection” due to the risk that the soup’s status as part of Ukraine’s cultural heritage could be compromised by the government. Moscow government. invasion.

Ukrainian Culture Minister Oleksandr Tkachenko wrote on Twitter: “The victory in the war for borshch is ours!”

Moscow rejected the court’s new protected Ukrainian status, which is also popular in Russia, as an example of “contemporary Kiev nationalism”.

“Our borshch does not need protection, but is subject to immediate and complete destruction in a bowl,” Russian 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 fund projects that promote and protect the judiciary.

Joe MiddletonJuly 1, 2022 19:27

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Briton sentenced to death in breakaway Donetsk region to appeal sentence

A British man sentenced to death by a separatist court in eastern Ukraine has appealed his sentence, Russia’s state news agency TASS reported.

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

A third man convicted along with the British, Brahim Saadoun of Morocco, had also appealed his death sentence.

David Harding has the details.

Joe MiddletonJuly 1, 2022 19:01

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Russian state TV host says Boris Johnson is ‘chubby’

Russian state TV host says Boris Johnson is ‘chubby’

Joe MiddletonJuly 1, 2022 18:29

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Britons and Moroccans to appeal death sentences in Russia-backed separatist court

A Moroccan and a British fighter sentenced to death by a Russian-backed separatist court in eastern Ukraine for fighting for Ukrainian troops have appealed their verdict, Russia’s state news agency TASS reported Friday.

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

It said another convicted Briton, Aiden Aslin, had yet to appeal, citing Mr Aslin’s lawyer.

Joe MiddletonJuly 1, 2022 5:51 PM

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Putin Jokes and Defense Spending Rows: Inside Boris Johnson’s Turbulent Journey Abroad

Adam Forrest traveled to the G7 and NATO summits and saw a prime minister unable to escape his political troubles at home.

Joe MiddletonJuly 1, 2022 5:18 PM

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Ukraine calls on Turkey to detain Russian grain freighter

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

The official of Ukraine’s foreign ministry, citing information from the country’s maritime administration, said the Zhibek Zholy had loaded the first cargo of about 4,500 tons of grain from Berdyansk, which the official said was from Ukraine.

In a letter dated June 30 to the Turkish Ministry of Justice, the office of the Ukrainian Prosecutor General, the Ukrainian Prosecutor General separately stated that the Zhibek Zholy was involved in the “illegal export of Ukrainian grain” from Berdyansk and to Karasu. Turkey went with 7,000 tons of cargo, which is a bigger cargo. than stated by the official.

The Turkish Foreign Ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the arrival of the Zhibek Zholy.

Joe MiddletonJuly 1, 2022 17:01

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Norway pledges €1 billion to support Ukraine

Norway pledged €1 billion on Friday to support Ukraine for the remainder of 2022 and 2023, the Norwegian prime minister told a news conference with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Jonas Gahr Stoere said the money was intended to help Ukraine support those in need, defend itself and rebuild.

Joe MiddletonJuly 1, 2022 4:34 PM

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Putin mocks Johnson for claiming he wouldn’t have invaded if he were a woman

Putin mocks Johnson for claiming he wouldn’t have invaded if he were a woman

Joe MiddletonJuly 1, 2022 4:24 PM

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Neighbors Serhiivka search for survivors after apartment building strike

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Neighbors in the resort town of Serhiivka, near Odessa, helped workers comb through the rubble of the nine-story apartment building, part of which was completely destroyed by a Russian missile attack Friday morning.

Walls and windows of an adjacent 14-storey apartment building were also damaged by the blast wave. Nearby holiday camps were also affected.

“We arrived on the scene, assessed the situation together with aid workers and the local population and helped the survivors together. And those who have sadly passed away. We helped carry them away,” said Oleksandr Abramov, who lives nearby and had rushed to the crime scene when he heard the explosion.

At least 21 people, including two children, were killed in the explosion.

Tom BarnesJuly 1, 2022 15:59

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