War in Ukraine: Latest developments

By: AFP
Published: 09:39 PM, 8 Jul, 2022
War in Ukraine: Latest developments
Caption: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov attends the G20 Foreign Ministers' Meeting in Nusa Dua on the Indonesian resort island of Bali.
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Here are the latest developments in the war in Ukraine:

Lavrov storms out of G20 talks 

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov storms out of talks with other G20 foreign ministers meeting in Indonesia as Western powers criticise Moscow over its invasion of Ukraine.

At the meeting on the resort island of Bali, the US and Western allies tell Moscow the conflict with Ukraine must end through negotiations.

But Lavrov walks out of a morning session as German counterpart Annalena Baerbock criticises Moscow over its invasion, and he also leaves an afternoon session before Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba addresses the ministers virtually.

Speaking to German television from the gathering, Baerbock says Lavrov's action "shows even more clearly that he's not interested in international cooperation or dialogue with the other 19 partners".

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken had earlier shunned a meeting with Lavrov, instead accusing Russia of triggering a global food crisis and demanding Moscow allow grain shipments out of Ukraine.

However, the Russian foreign ministry says the West "has failed" to isolate Russia at the meeting.

Sanctions 'catastrophic' for energy market: Putin 

Russian President Vladimir Putin warns of possible "catastrophic consequences" of Western sanctions on the global energy market. 

"Continuing to use the politics of sanctions can lead to even more serious, without exaggeration -- catastrophic -- consequences on the world energy market," he tells a televised government meeting. 

Western countries have hit Moscow with a barrage of international sanctions since Putin launched his military campaign in Ukraine on February 24. 

He welcomes that other oil-producing countries have resisted Western demands to increase their oil production to compensate for boycotted Russian oil and prevent a price hike. 

Moscow has in recent weeks slashed its gas deliveries to European states still very dependent on Russian hydrocarbons despite their recent efforts to find other suppliers.

Opposition city councillor jailed 

A Moscow court jails a city councillor for seven years for denouncing Putin's Ukraine intervention. 

Alexei Gorinov, 60, the first elected member of the opposition to be sentenced to jail for criticising Moscow's military campaign, is found guilty of spreading "knowingly false information" about the Russian army.

During a March speech available on YouTube, he questioned plans for an art competition for children in his constituency while "every day children are dying" in Ukraine.

Canada sanctions Russian Patriarch 

Canada targets the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, in new sanctions over the Ukraine war announced from the G20 meeting in Bali.

Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova immediately denounces the move, saying "sanctions against the Patriarch could only be introduced by Satanists".

Britain last month also sanctioned the 75-year-old cleric. Two weeks earlier the EU had dropped him from its own sanctions list after opposition from Hungary.

The patriarch is a fervent supporter of Putin and has backed his war in Ukraine.

The new Canadian sanctions package targets 29 individuals accused of being "state-sponsored disinformation and propaganda agents" and 15 Russian government-controlled entities "involved in disinformation efforts."

The announcement brings to more than 1,150 the total number of individuals and entities in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus that Canada has sanctioned since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24.

AFP

Agence France-Presse is an international news agency.