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The US, UK and more than 40 other countries have agreed to co-ordinate investigations into suspected war crimes in Ukraine, shortly after what Kyiv said was a Russian missile strike that killed civilians far from front lines.

The nations – which also includes EU states, Canada, Mexico and Australia – signed the political declaration at a conference in The Hague, the headquarters of the International Criminal Court.

It came as Volodymyr Zelensky accused Russia of committing an “open act of terrorism” with a strike on an office block that has killed more than 20 and injuring 90 others.

The Russian missiles struck the city of Vinnytsia, which sits southwest of Kyiv and has become a a hub for humanitarian aid.

Officials said they hit an office building, damaged nearby residential blocks and setting parked cars on fire.

“Every day Russia is destroying the civilian population, killing Ukrainian children, directing missiles at civilian objects,” Mr Zelensky wrote on Telegram after the strike.

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‘We should prepare ourselves for the scenario where we have to go without all Russian gas,’ Macron says

President Emmanuel Macron has warned French citizens to prepare for a total cut-off of Russian natural gas by supporting alternatives, having public lights switched off at night and engaging in a period of nationwide energy “sobriety”.

“This war will continue,” he said in a televised interview marking France’s national holiday, Bastille Day.

“The summer, early autumn will be very hard.”

“Russia is using energy, like it is using food, as a weapon of war,” Mr Macron said.

“We should prepare ourselves for the scenario where we have to go without all Russian gas.”

<p>Emmanuel Macron has warned France to ‘prepare itself’ it may have to ‘go without all Russian gas’ </p>

Emmanuel Macron has warned France to ‘prepare itself’ it may have to ‘go without all Russian gas’

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Dozens of nations promise to work together in war crimes investigation

More than 40 countries have signed a political declaration to work together on investigations into war crimes in Ukraine.

The agreement was made during a conference in The Hague, headquarters of the International Criminal Court (ICC).

The 45 nations also pledged €20m (£17m) to assist the ICC, as well as the prosecutor general’s office in Ukraine and United Nations support efforts.

With more than 20,000 war crimes investigations now open and different countries heading teams, evidence needs to be credible and organised, officials said.

Additional reporting by Reuters

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Death toll rises to 20 in Vinnytsia

At least 20 people, including a child, have been killed in a rare Russian strike on the central city of Vinnytsia, Ukraine’s State Emergency Services have said.

Another 90 people were injured said officials, Bel Trew reports from Kyiv:

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Vinnytsia strike images

Here are some images coming out of Vinnytsia:

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Details of Vinnytsia strike

The missile strike hit the car park of the nine-storey Yuvelirniy office block at around 10.50am local time (7.50am GMT), according to the State Emergency Service.

The attack also destroyed a medical centre and involved three missiles, according to police.

As below, a death toll of 17 – including two children – is being reported.

The city lies about 200 km southwest of Kyiv and is far from the main frontlines in eastern and southern Ukraine.

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Seventeen killed in Vinnytsia, officials say

It is now being reported the strike on Vinnytsia killed 17 people and wounded about 90 more.

Ukraine’s general prosector’s office gave the latest tally, saying two children were among the dead.

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Watch: Scenes from Vinnytsia

Here are some scenes emerging from Vinnytsia after the deadly strike:

At least a dozen dead after Russia launches attack on central Ukraine city
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Full story: At least 12 – including child – killed in strike on Vinnytsia

At least 12 people, including a child, have been killed in a rare Russian strike on Vinnytsia, Ukraine’s State Emergency Services have said.

The city has escaped the worst of a Russia’s bombardment, and has become a hub for humanitarian aid as it lies on the crossroads of the east and the west of the country, Bel Trew reports from Ukraine:

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Vinnytsia strike ‘open act of terrorism’, Zelensky says

Volodymry Zelensky has called the strike in Vinnytsia – now believed to have killed 12 – an “open act of terrorism”.

Ukraine‘s national police said three missiles hit an office building and damaged nearby residential buildings in the city located south-west of the capital Kyiv.

The missile strike ignited a fire that expanded to engulf 50 cars in an adjacent car park.

It is believed to have killed 12 people and injured 25 more.

Ukraine’s presidentsaid a child was among the dead and uggested the attack was deliberately aimed at terrorising civilians.

“Every day Russia is destroying the civilian population, killing Ukrainian children, directing missiles at civilian objects. Where there is no military (targets). What is it if not an open act of terrorism?” Mr Zelensky wrote on the Telegram messaging app.

<p>Firefighters worked to extinguish fire at a building damaged by shelling in Vinnytsia</p>

Firefighters worked to extinguish fire at a building damaged by shelling in Vinnytsia

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Eight killed in Vinnytsia strike, officials say

At least eight have been killed in a Russian missile strike on the city of Vinnytsia, according to the Ukrainian president’s office.