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G7 leaders focus on helping Ukraine and punishing Russia
“Putin must realise that his behaviour will do nothing but strengthen the resolve of the Ukraine and every other G7 country to stand by the Ukraine for as long as it takes,” Mr Johnson said.
More than 1,000 people were in the shopping centre at the time of the attack. President Volodymyr Zelensky said: “It is impossible to even imagine the number of victims.”
Footage posted on social media showed a large fire and smoke billowing into the sky as people were fleeing from the burning building.
It comes as Nato chief Jens Stoltenberg said on Monday that the upcoming summit will agree a new assistance package for Ukraine in areas “like secure communications, anti-drone systems, and fuel.”
Defence secretary Ben Wallace ‘asks Boris Johnson for 20% hike in military spending’
Defence secretary Ben Wallace is set to issue a call for a significant hike in government spending on the UK’s armed forces in the face of Russian aggression.
The senior cabinet minister has reportedly asked Boris Johnson to increase the country’s military spending to 2.5 per cent of GDP – an additional 20 per cent a year.
In a letter, Mr Wallace urged him to call on fellow Nato leaders to raise their own spending from the current minimum target of 2 per cent to 2.5 per cent of national income, according to Talk TV.
Our political correspondent, Adam Forrest, has the full story below:
Cabinet minister wants PM to commit to increase, as western allies gather for crucial Nato summit
Ukraine Russia expert Tim White to answer your questions in ‘Ask Me Anything’
As war rages on in Ukraine, a journalist who has been running a Twitter thread of developments since the conflict began, will be on hand to answer reader questions.
Tim White, who tweets under the handle @TWMCLtd, is a documentary maker specialising in Ukraine and eastern Europe and appeared on a recent panel event run by The Independent: Deciphering Russia’s misinformation: How do we sort fact from fiction?
Read below for more details on how to get a ticket to the event:
Are sanctions (on Russia) working? Is Russia running out of weapons? What is Putin’s objective?
Death toll from Kremenchuk airstrike climbs to 18
The death toll from the Kremenchuk airstrike has been increased to 18, the State Emergency Services of Ukraine has confirmed.
In a statement today, the service said: “Search and rescue operations continue, damaged construction structures and being disassembled using heavy engineering equipment and small machinery.
“The units of the dsns examined and analyzed the debris of construction structures at 60 per cent of the total area of the object.
“As a result of the bombing of the mall, 18 people were killed (of which 1 person died in the hospital).”
“59 people applied for medical assistance, 25 of them were hospitalized to the hospital of intensive care.”
Pictured: The aftermath of the Kremenchuk mall strike
Kremenchuk airstrike on front pages of UK papers today
The shopping centre attack is the front page of The Independent, while The Times splashes Boris Johnson’s response to the strike: “Putin will pay for his barbarity.”
A warning from the new Army chief that Ukraine is our “1937 moment” is front page of The Daily Telegraph.
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An attack on a shopping centre in Ukraine is the focus of today’s papers.
Ukrainian forces make ‘successful strikes deep behind Russian lines’, says MoD
Ukrainian forces continue to disrupt Russian command and control with successful strikes deep behind Russian lines, the UK ministry of defence says in its latest update.
It says Ukrainian troops are consolidating their positions on higher ground in the city of Lyschansak, after falling back from Sievierodonetsk.
The latest intelligence update also says that the wave of missile attacks launched by Moscow earlier included weapons like the Soviet-era AS-4 KITCHEN and more modern AS-23a KODIAK missiles, which were fired from both Belarusian and Russian airspace.
“These weapons were designed to take on targets of strategic importance, but Russia continues to expend them in large numbers for tactical advantage.”
The defence ministry said that despite fielding the core elements of six different armies, Russia only achieved tactical success at Sievierodonetsk, adding that the Russian armed forces are “increasingly hollowed out”.
Putin to visit Tajikistan in first international trip since Ukraine invasion
Russian president Vladimir Putin is set to make his first international visit since the Ukrainian invasion today amid strong condemnation from the G7 after the Kremenchuk airstrike.
“A working visit by President Putin is scheduled for tomorrow in Tajikistan,” Dmitry Peskov said on Monday of the visit to the former Soviet republic and Moscow ally.
Mr Putin will meet Tajik president Emomali Rahmon, a close Russian ally and the longest-serving ruler of Tajikistan.
Ukraine is UK’s new ‘1937 moment’, British army chief says
The warning comes as Boris Johnson prepares to join other Nato leaders in Madrid for a summit at which they are expected to agree the biggest overhaul of the Western military alliance since the end of the Cold War.
“This is our 1937 moment. We are not at war – but must act rapidly so that we aren’t drawn into one through a failure to contain territorial expansion.
General Sir Patrick Sanders warns Britain’s armed forces must be prepared to ‘fight and win’ to prevent the spread of war in Europe
Ukraine requests UN Security Council meeting after Kremenchuk airstrike
Ukrainian representatives at the UN have requested for a security council meeting today to discuss the Russian airstrike at the crowded Kremenchuk shopping centre where scores of civilians are believed to have died, according to CNN.
UN under-secretary-general for political and peacebuilding affairs will brief the council at the meeting, which is scheduled for 3pm ET, a UN spokesperson told CNN.
The airstrike left at least 16 people dead with 59 wounded.
Editorial: The West has three options when it comes to famine caused by the war in Ukraine
“Often as not, it is what doesn’t come out of an international summit that is the important thing – and right now that is heartbreakingly true of the G7 leaders. They are, quite simply, ignoring the incipient widespread famine that is emerging as a tragic consequence of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Because of the disruptions of the war and the mining and blockade of the port of Odesa by the Russian Navy, millions of tonnes of grain and sunflower oil that should now be feeding people in Africa, the Middle East and south Asia is sitting in warehouses waiting to be exported or to rot or to be stolen and transported to Russia. When there are bread queues in Ukraine, there should be cause for concern.
The West has three options, all of them unpalatable and risky.”