War in Ukraine: Latest developments

By: AFP
Published: 10:42 PM, 28 Jun, 2022
War in Ukraine: Latest developments
Caption: charred goods in a grocery store of the destroyed Amstor mall in Kremenchuk, one day after it was hit by a Russian missile strike according to Ukrainian authorities. A Russian missile strike on a crowded mall in central Ukraine killed at least 18 people in what Group of Seven leaders branded "a war crime" at a meeting in Germany where they looked to step up sanctions on Moscow.
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Here are the latest developments in the war in Ukraine:

- G7 to make Russia 'pay' -

The Group of Seven leading industrialised powers vows to make Russia pay for its invasion of Ukraine, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz says, stressing that "(President Vladimir) Putin must not be allowed to win".

"The G7 stands united in its support for Ukraine," Scholz tells a news conference at the end of a three-day summit in the German Alps.

"We will continue to keep up and drive up the economic and political costs of this war for President Putin and his regime."

The leaders agree to work on a price cap for Russian oil, as part of efforts to cut the Kremlin's revenues, a US official says.

- Ukraine must surrender: Kremlin -

The Kremlin says Russia will halt its offensive as soon as Ukraine surrenders, urging Kyiv to order its troops to lay down arms.

"The Ukrainian side can stop everything before the end of today," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov tells reporters. "An order for the nationalist units to lay down their arms is necessary."

- Mall 'terror' - 

Ukrainian officials say at least 18 people were killed and 59 wounded in a Russian missile strike on a shopping mall in central Ukraine on Monday in what G7 leaders call a "war crime". 

The Russian military says the target of the strike was an arms depot and that the resulting explosions triggered the blaze at the shopping mall, which it claims was shut at the time of the attack.

Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky says Russia must be labelled a "state sponsor of terrorism" after the attack.

- Erdogan wooed on NATO bid - 

The leaders of Finland and Sweden meet Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ahead of a NATO summit in Madrid in a bid to get him to drop objections to them joining.

US President Joe Biden will also press his Turkish counterpart on the issue at the summit.

Turkey is resisting attempts by the two longstanding non-aligned Nordic states to join NATO in response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine

Ankara has accused Finland and Sweden particularly of providing a safe haven for Kurdish militants engaged in a decades-long insurgency against the Turkish state.

- 'Brutality' -

NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg urges alliance leaders heading to the Madrid summit to keep up their backing for Ukraine amid the Russian onslaught. 

"It is extremely important that we are ready to continue to provide support because Ukraine now faces a brutality which we haven't seen in Europe since the Second World War," he says.

- Oligarch speaks out -

Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska says it was a "colossal mistake" for Russia to destroy Ukraine with its military operation, a rare rebuke from a member of Russia's elite. 

"Is it in Russia's interest to destroy Ukraine? Of course not, that would be a colossal mistake," he tells a rare press conference in Moscow.

Deripaska, founder of the aluminium giant Rusal, also says "there's no potential for a change of regime. The opposition had withdrawn from the life of the country".

- Kherson mayor detained -

Pro-Moscow forces have detained Igor Kolykhayev, the elected mayor of the southern Ukrainian city of Kherson, Russian media report.

Kirill Stremousov, deputy head of the Russian-backed Kherson administration, tells state news agency RIA Novosti the Ukrainian official is a "nationalist" hero who has "very much harmed the process of denazification".

Kherson, which had 300,000 inhabitants before the start of Moscow's offensive, fell into Russian hands barely a week into the war.

AFP

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