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One civilian confirmed killed in Kyiv attack

Volkova Ekaterina, a Russain woman was among the wounded in the attack on Kyiv. Her passport was shown to reporters. Photograph: Alessio Mamo/The Guardian

Russian missiles struck a residential building and the compound of a kindergarten in central Kyiv on Sunday, killing one person and wounding five more, according to a Reuters update.

Firefighters put out a fire in a badly damaged nine-storey residential building in the central Shevchenkivskiy district, the emergency services said. Debris was strewn over parked cars outside a smouldering building with a crater in its roof.

“They (rescuers) have pulled out a seven-year-old girl. She is alive. Now they’re trying to rescue her mother,” Kyiv’s mayor Vitali Klitschko said

“There are people under the rubble,” Klitschko said on the Telegram messaging app. He added that several people had already been hospitalised.

At another site about 400 metres away, a Reuters photographer saw a large blast crater by a playground in a private kindergarten that had smashed windows. Some privately-held storage garages in the area were completely destroyed.

Russia’s defence ministry said it had used high-precision weapons to strike Ukrainian army training centres in the regions of Chernihiv, Zhytomyr and Lviv, an apparent reference to strikes reported by Ukraine on Saturday.

There was no immediate comment about Sunday’s strikes on Kyiv. Moscow denies targeting civilians.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba called on Group of Seven countries holding a three-day summit in Germany to impose further sanctions on Moscow and to provide more heavy weapons.

A Ukrainian air force spokesperson said between four to six long-range missiles were fired from Russian bombers more than a thousand kilometres away in the southern Russian region of Astrakhan that looks out onto the Caspian Sea.

He said some of the incoming missiles were shot down by Ukrainian air defences.

Ukraine’s police chief Ihor Klymenko said on national television that five people had been wounded. Police later confirmed that one person had died.

People gather to protest against Nato in Madrid, Spain
People gather to protest against Nato in Madrid, Spain Photograph: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Thousands of anti-war protesters people have taken to the streets of Madrid ahead of a Nato summit later this week.

Amid tight security, leaders of the member countries will meet in Madrid between 29-30 June as the organisation faces the unprecedented challenge of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Nato is expected to consider the bid, opposed by alliance-member Turkey, for Finland and Sweden to join.

The Nordic nations applied in the wake of the Russian assault on Ukraine.

Russian President Vladimir Putin calls the war a special military operation he says in part responds to the accession to NATO of other countries near post-Soviet Russia’s borders since the 1990s.

“Tanks yes, but of beer with tapas,” sang demonstrators, who claimed an increase in defence spending in Europe urged by Nato was a threat to peace.

“I am fed up (with) this business of arms and killing people. The solution they propose is more arms and wars and we always pay for it. So, no Nato, no bases, let the Americans go and leave us alone without wars and weapons,” said Concha Hoyos, a retired Madrid resident, told Reuters.

Another protester, Jaled, 29, said Nato was not the solution to the war in Ukraine.

Organisers claimed 5,000 people joined the march, but authorities in Madrid put the number at 2,200.

Spain’s Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Albares said in a newspaper interview published on Sunday that the summit would also focus on the threat from Europe’s southern flank in Africa, in which he said Russia posed a threat to Europe.

“The foreign ministers’ dinner on the 29th will be centred on the southern flank,” he told El Pais newspaper.

Andriy Yermak, the head of office to Presisent Zelenksiy, has called on the G7 to respond to Russia’s missile attacks on Kyiv with more aggressive sanctions.

He tweeted that Russian gas as well as gold should be banned.

The #G7 states should respond to new Russian terror attacks on 🇺🇦 cities. Sanctions should be more aggressive. We appreciate embargo on RF gold exports, but gas embargo should be included in the new 🇪🇺 sanctions package.

— Andriy Yermak (@AndriyYermak) June 26, 2022

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The #G7 states should respond to new Russian terror attacks on 🇺🇦 cities. Sanctions should be more aggressive. We appreciate embargo on RF gold exports, but gas embargo should be included in the new 🇪🇺 sanctions package.

— Andriy Yermak (@AndriyYermak) June 26, 2022

Yermak also called for naval assistance in the Black Sea, to help lift Russia grip on Ukraine’s ports.

Third parties' navy convoys to unlock our ports are a feasible response to the food crisis.
Russia designation a state sponsor of terrorism is absolutely necessary.
Heavy weapons for 🇺🇦 are a way to defeat a foe who understands the force language only.

— Andriy Yermak (@AndriyYermak) June 26, 2022

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Third parties’ navy convoys to unlock our ports are a feasible response to the food crisis.
Russia designation a state sponsor of terrorism is absolutely necessary.
Heavy weapons for 🇺🇦 are a way to defeat a foe who understands the force language only.

— Andriy Yermak (@AndriyYermak) June 26, 2022

Jackets stayed on for the G7 family photo, but ties were off.

World leaders at the G7 summit in Germany have gathered for the 'family photo'.

The meeting is set to be dominated by the war in Ukraine and sanctions on Russia.https://t.co/ms5xcMX5g6

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— Sky News (@SkyNews) June 26, 2022

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Leaders of the G7 gather for lunch on the first day of a summit at Elmau Castle in Kruen, Germany
Leaders of the G7 gather for lunch on the first day of a summit at Elmau Castle in Kruen, Germany Photograph: Filippo Attili/CHIGI PALACE PRESS OFFICE/EPA

World leaders mocked Vladimir Putin’s tough-man image at a G7 lunch, joking about whether they should strip down to shirtsleeves – or even less, AFP reports.

“Jackets on? Jackets off? Do we take our coats off?” Boris Johnson asked as he sat down at the table in Bavaria’s picturesque Elmau Castle, where Chancellor Olaf Scholz was hosting the summit of seven powerful democracies.

The leaders – from Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United States and also the European Union – pondered the dilemma.

Canada’s prime minister, Justin Trudeau, suggested “let’s wait” for the official picture before disrobing, but then Johnson quipped “we have to show that we’re tougher than Putin” and the joke kept rolling.

“We’re going to get the bare-chested horseback riding display,” Trudeau said, referring to Putin’s infamous 2009 photo-op of himself riding shirtless on a horse.

“Horseback riding is the best,” European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said, without apparently weighing in on the clothing issue itself.

The leaders posed – jackets on – for photos before reporters were hustled out of the room, leaving the sartorial debate behind closed doors.

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Boris Johnson said he would be “honoured” to host Volodymyr Zelenskiy for a state visit if the Ukrainian president felt able to leave his war-torn country, PA reports.

The prime minister stressed the most important thing now for Ukraine was for western leaders at the G7 summit in Germany to remain united in support of President Zelensky.

“I think that Volodymyr Zelenskiy has done an absolutely amazing job of leading his country and leading world opinion in an appalling time,” Johnson told ITV News at the summit in Bavaria.

Asked if he wanted to offer the Ukrainian leader a state visit, Johnson said:

If he ever becomes free to leave and it makes sense for him to leave Ukraine, then obviously the UK would be only too honoured to host him.

But the most important thing is for us to continue to be united here at the G7. And we are.

The Sunday Times reported that ministers were considering offering Zelensky a state visit, including a meeting with the Queen.

Tory officials would also like him to address the party’s conference in October, possibly via a video link, the newspaper reported.

Zelenskiy, who will address G7 leaders by video link on Monday, pleaded for more air defence support from western allies.

After dozens of Russian missiles targeted Ukrainian towns and cities, he used his nightly address to say:

This confirms that sanctions packages against Russia are not enough, that Ukraine needs more armed assistance, and that air defence systems – the modern systems that our partners have – should be not in training areas or storage facilities, but in Ukraine, where they are now needed.

“Needed more than anywhere else in the world.

France on Sunday urged oil producers to cap prices to help put the squeeze on Russia, AFP reports.

Paris backs a US proposal for a maximum oil price, but the French presidency said that “it would be much more powerful if it came from the producing countries.”

To make such a measure work, it was “necessary to get into a discussion with OPEC+ and with the world’s oil producers,” said the source, referring to the 23-country group.

The United States had suggested a price cap decided by consuming countries, a proposal that is due to be discussed by G7 leaders meeting in the Bavarian Alps on Sunday.

But Germany believes that the measure would be too difficult to put in place.

A senior German official said “we are still intensively discussing how this would work and how that can fit in with the American, British, European and Japanese sanction regimes.”

EU President Charles Michel also said discussions were ongoing but “we want to go more into the details”.

“We want to make sure that … the goal is to target Russia and not to make our life more difficult and more complex,” he said.

One civilian confirmed killed in Kyiv attack

Volkova Ekaterina, a Russain woman was among the wounded in the attack on Kyiv. Her passport was shown to reporters. Photograph: Alessio Mamo/The Guardian

Russian missiles struck a residential building and the compound of a kindergarten in central Kyiv on Sunday, killing one person and wounding five more, according to a Reuters update.

Firefighters put out a fire in a badly damaged nine-storey residential building in the central Shevchenkivskiy district, the emergency services said. Debris was strewn over parked cars outside a smouldering building with a crater in its roof.

“They (rescuers) have pulled out a seven-year-old girl. She is alive. Now they’re trying to rescue her mother,” Kyiv’s mayor Vitali Klitschko said

“There are people under the rubble,” Klitschko said on the Telegram messaging app. He added that several people had already been hospitalised.

At another site about 400 metres away, a Reuters photographer saw a large blast crater by a playground in a private kindergarten that had smashed windows. Some privately-held storage garages in the area were completely destroyed.

Russia’s defence ministry said it had used high-precision weapons to strike Ukrainian army training centres in the regions of Chernihiv, Zhytomyr and Lviv, an apparent reference to strikes reported by Ukraine on Saturday.

There was no immediate comment about Sunday’s strikes on Kyiv. Moscow denies targeting civilians.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba called on Group of Seven countries holding a three-day summit in Germany to impose further sanctions on Moscow and to provide more heavy weapons.

A Ukrainian air force spokesperson said between four to six long-range missiles were fired from Russian bombers more than a thousand kilometres away in the southern Russian region of Astrakhan that looks out onto the Caspian Sea.

He said some of the incoming missiles were shot down by Ukrainian air defences.

Ukraine’s police chief Ihor Klymenko said on national television that five people had been wounded. Police later confirmed that one person had died.

Summary

  • Kyiv has come under attack for the first time since 5 June, with Russian missiles striking at residential buildings and a Kindergarten in the Shevchenkivskyi district of the capital. At least five people were injured including a seven-year-old girl. There are unconfirmed reports that her father was killed in the attack. A Russian woman was among the injured.
  • Later there were further reports of attacks on the outskirts of Kyiv and in Cherkasy south-east of the capital. The attacks are being seen as a defiant signal by Russia to G7 leaders gathering at a summit in Bavaria. Russia said it hit military targets in Chernihiv, Zhytomyr and Lviv.
  • Members of the G7 have confirmed a ban on imports of Russian gold. The move by Britain, the United States, Japan and Canada is part of efforts to tighten the sanctions squeeze on Moscow. Gold exports were worth $15.2bn to Russia in 2021, and their importance has increased since Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.
  • The UK and France have agreed to provide more support for Ukraine, according to Downing Street. Leaders of the G7 have spoken of the their solidarity over Ukraine. “We have to stay together,” Joe Biden said.
  • Russian forces are trying to cut off the strategic twin city of Lysychansk in eastern Ukraine, having reduced Sievierodonetsk to rubble. Lysychansk is set to become the next main focus of fighting, as Moscow has launched massive artillery bombardments and airstrikes on areas far from the heart of the eastern battles. Ukraine called its retreat from Sievierodonetsk a “tactical withdrawal” to fight from higher ground in Lysychansk on the opposite bank of the Siverskyi Donets river.
  • Russian news footage has showed defence minister Sergei Shoigu’s visiting troops involved in the Ukraine war. It is unlcear if he visited Ukrainian territory, but the footage appeared to confirm that Colonel-General Gennady Zhidko is now commanding troops in Ukraine.
  • The mayors of several European capitals have been duped into holding video calls with a deepfake of their counterpart in Kyiv, Vitali Klitschko. The mayor of Berlin, Franziska Giffey, took part in a scheduled call on the Webex video conferencing platform on Friday with a person she said looked and sounded like Klitschko. “There were no signs that the video conference call wasn’t being held with a real person,” her office said in a statement.
  • The Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, said on Saturday that Ukraine will win back all the cities it has lost to Russia, including Sievierodonetsk. All our cities – Sievierodonetsk, Donetsk, Luhansk – we’ll get them all back,” he said in a late-night video address. Zelenskiy also admitted that the war was becoming difficult to emotionally handle.

Boris Johnson and Emmanuel Macron ahead of their bilateral meeting on the first day of the three-day G7 summit at Schloss Elmau in Bavaria, Germany
Boris Johnson and Emmanuel Macron ahead of their bilateral meeting on the first day of the three-day G7 summit at Schloss Elmau in Bavaria, Germany Photograph: Getty Images

The UK and France have agreed to provide more support for Ukraine in its war with Russia, Boris Johnson’s office said on Sunday as the leaders met on the sidelines of the G7 summit.

“They agreed this is a critical moment for the course of the conflict, and there is an opportunity to turn the tide in the war,” a Downing Street spokesperson said in a statement.

Both men “stressed the need to support Ukraine to strengthen their hand in both the war and any future negotiations. President Macron praised the Prime Minister’s ongoing military support to Ukraine and the leaders agreed to step up this work,” the spokesperson said.

A French presidency official said France backs banning Russian gold exports.

The official said Paris was not opposed to a cap on Russian oil prices, but wanted the G7 to discuss a price shield that would cap oil and gas prices to rein in inflation.

The official added that the G7 were fully united in intensifying their support for Ukraine after the intensification of the conflict in recent days.

Ukraine fears Russia could attack Kyiv throughout the day.

Zelensky advisor Arestovych warns that Russia could attack Kyiv throughout the day. This morning a Russian rocket hit a residential building, injuring a little girl and reportedly killing her father. Just over an hour ago, two more explosions were heard in the capital. https://t.co/ZQo2dNCsiY

— Isobel Koshiw (@IKoshiw) June 26, 2022

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Zelensky advisor Arestovych warns that Russia could attack Kyiv throughout the day. This morning a Russian rocket hit a residential building, injuring a little girl and reportedly killing her father. Just over an hour ago, two more explosions were heard in the capital. https://t.co/ZQo2dNCsiY

— Isobel Koshiw (@IKoshiw) June 26, 2022

Russia’s defence ministry said on Sunday it had used high-precision weapons to strike Ukrainian army training centres in the Chernihiv, Zhytomyr and Lviv regions of Ukraine, Russian news agencies reported, Reuters reports.

Earlier on Sunday Ukraine had said that Russian missiles struck the Ukrainian capital Kyiv.

Meanwhile, Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov has accused Ukraine of trying to cancel its Russian history. The Russian embassy in London tweeted Lavrov saying that Ukraine has no history at all without Russia.

FM #Lavrov: #Ukraine tried to build its sovereignty by cancelling its own history. But it does not have a history without the Russian people, none at all. pic.twitter.com/fJzOoFebgC

— Russian Embassy, UK (@RussianEmbassy) June 26, 2022

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German Chancellor Olaf Scholz welcomes US President Joe Biden, for a bilateral meeting at Castle Elmau in Bavaria, Germany.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz welcomes US President Joe Biden, for a bilateral meeting at Castle Elmau in Bavaria, Germany. Photograph: Michael Kappeler/AP

US President Joe Biden on Sunday praised Germany’s Chancellor Olaf Scholz for his leadership in the wake of Russia’s war against Ukraine and urged the West to stay united, AFP reports.

“We have to stay together,” Biden told Scholz at a meeting ahead of the G7 summit in the German Alps.

Russian President Vladimir Putin had been hoping “that somehow NATO and the G7 would splinter,” Biden said. “But we haven’t and we’re not going to.”

Biden met his German host in the picturesque Elmau Castle where the G7 – Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States – was holding a three-day summit dominated by the crisis in Ukraine.

Biden praised Scholz’s leadership as current chair of the G7 at a time of upheaval in Europe triggered by Russia’s war and subsequent global economic fallout.

“I want to compliment you for stepping up as you did when you became chancellor” and “the way you had a great impact on the rest of Europe to move, particularly relating to Ukraine,” Biden told Scholz.

The 79-year-old Democrat also fondly recalled his skiing days, telling Scholz that the Alpine setting was “beautiful.”

A senior US official said Washington has been “investing very heavily” in the relationship with Germany since Biden took office almost two and a half years ago.

Their talks were “a good opportunity to affirm the deep and enduring ties between our two countries. In terms of the meeting agenda, expect that Russia and Ukraine are going to be at the top of the list, including our continued close coordination on the political and diplomatic front,” the official said.




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