New sanctions against Russia at G7, Ukraine demands more

11:27 am: Ukraine calls for more weapons and sanctions against Moscow after attacks on Kiev

Ukraine has demanded more weapons and sanctions from the G7 countries against Moscow after the early morning Russian attack on a residential complex near the center of Kiev.

“The G7 summit should respond with more sanctions against Russia and more heavy weapons for Ukraine,” Dmytro Kouleba, head of Ukrainian diplomacy, said on Twitter, urging Russia to “defeat sick imperialism”.

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11:23: G7 and NATO ‘must stick together’ against Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, Biden says

Before an interview with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Joe Biden said that the G7 and NATO, meeting at a summit in Bavaria this Sunday, must “stay together” against Russian aggression in Ukraine.

“We should be together,” the US president told Olaf Scholz at the beginning of the interview. Biden said he hopes Russian President Vladimir Putin “will somehow separate NATO and the G7”. “But we didn’t and we won’t.”

G7 leaders gather in Bavaria at the bedside of a world in crisis

The G7 summit starts this Sunday in Elmau, Germany. The first signal of support for Ukraine, the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada and Japan announced that it would extend sanctions against Moscow to Russian gold imports.

The conflict and its repercussions will occupy a large part of the G7 debate through Tuesday, with the first talks devoted to global economic turbulence, from the threats of food shortages to the galloping inflation through the energy crisis.

>> More information in our dedicated article.

10:23: One person was reported killed in the strike in Kiev.

One person was killed in the strike targeting Kiev on Sunday morning, according to a message posted on Twitter by Ukrainian journalist and political consultant Iuliia Mendel.

Ukrainian lawmaker Lesia Vaylenko said on Twitter that the victim was the father of the girl who was rescued from the burning building this morning. “This morning in Kiev, a 7-year-old girl was pulled from the rubble. Her father was killed and her mother was in the rubble for hours,” she said.

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9:16 am: At least two injured are hospitalized after the strike in Kiev

After the strike in the capital this Sunday morning, at least two injured have been hospitalized, according to Telegram’s message to the mayor of Kyiv, Vitaly Klitschko. He also said that people are “under the rubble” and that the toll could increase.

A fire broke out in a nine-story building and residents had to evacuate. A seven-year-old girl was rescued from under the rubble, the mayor told Telegram. “She is alive,” and the rescuers are trying to “save her mother,” she continued.

08:37: London, Washington, Ottawa and Tokyo ban the import of Russian gold

Downing Street announced on Sunday, the first day of the G7 summit, that the UK, the US, Canada and Japan will ban imports of Russian gold in new sanctions imposed in response to the invasion of Ukraine.

“These measures will directly hit the Russian oligarchs and attack the heart of Putin’s war machine,” said British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who met with leaders of the industrialized great powers for three days in Germany.

08:17: Kyiv mayor says Russian attack wanted to “frighten Ukrainians”

The mayor of the Ukrainian capital, Vitaly Klitschko, said the Russian airstrike on Kiev early this Sunday morning was aimed at “frightening the Ukrainians” ahead of the NATO summit in Madrid on June 28-30.

Vitaly Klitschko, who went to the place where the explosion occurred a few days before the Atlantic Alliance summit, which Russia hated, said that the problem was “intimidating the Ukrainians (…) as the NATO summit approaches”.

08:13: At least one injured in strike in Kiev

“After the enemy shelling, a fire broke out in a nine-story building in Kiev,” the state service for emergencies said in a Telegram message. “According to preliminary information, one person was injured,” he said.

Police cordoned off the surrounding of the burning building.

“A missile was hit by the anti-aircraft defense in the Kiev region, debris fell on a village,” Oleksiy Kuleba, the governor of the Kyiv region, told Telegram, “the enemy hit the capital.

A Ukrainian lawmaker, Oleksiy Goncharenko, claimed to Telegram that the Russians fired 14 missiles in Kyiv and its region in the morning.

Many of those sitting at the bottom of the buildings burst into tears. “They bombed this place three times. I woke up with the first explosion, went to the balcony and saw the missiles fall and heard a big explosion, everything trembled,” says Yuri, 38.

The 32-year-old Irena has dated her 17-month-old son Makar. “We had to evacuate since the beginning of the war so we went downstairs with our emergency backpack, which was by the door,” she said.

“There were four missiles as of 6:30 in the morning,” said Edouard Chkouta, who lives next door. “A building crashed directly into the upper floors and I saw the injured come out with my own eyes,” he said.

The previous Russian strike in early June had targeted a factory on the outskirts of Kiev and injured one person.

A fire broke out when Russian guns opened fire on the upper floors of a 9-storey building in Kiev. Photograph Sipa/ AP/ Nariman EL-MOFTY

06:50: Four explosions heard in Kiev

Four explosions were heard in Kiev early this Sunday morning, hitting a residential complex near the city centre, causing a fire and releasing a large cloud of gray smoke.

The explosions occurred at around 06:30 in the morning (5:30 in France), half an hour after anti-aircraft sirens sounded in the capital, which had not been hit by Russian shelling for nearly three weeks.

No information about possible victims was immediately available.

“Several explosions moving from the center to the northwest of the capital in the Cevchenkivsky district,” Kyiv mayor Vitaly Klitschko told Telegram. “Ambulances and first aid workers are at the scene. Rescue and evacuation of residents in both buildings continues,” he said.

06:47: G7 leaders’ summit this Sunday

US President Joe Biden arrived in Europe on Saturday evening, where he plans to further consolidate the ranks of the Westerners against Russia and over time. First this Sunday, it will attend a G7 summit in southern Germany where aid to Ukraine will be discussed, followed by another NATO in Madrid from Tuesday.

Photograph by Sipa/AP/Mikhail METZEL

Moscow to deliver nuclear-capable missiles to Belarus

As tensions escalate around Ukraine, Vladimir Putin announced on Saturday that he will deliver nuclear warhead-capable missiles to Belarus “in the coming months”.

>> More information in this article.

06:46: Latest events on the field

– On the eve of the fifth month of the war, which Russia started on February 24, Russian and pro-Russian forces entered Lysytchansk on Saturday, according to separatists, and “street clashes” are taking place in this twin city of Severodonetsk.

– Severodonetsk was “fully occupied by the Russians” by the mayor Oleksandre Striouk. The separatists declared that they had “taken full control of the industrial zone of the Nitrogen factory”.

– In Kharkov, Ukraine’s second largest metropolis, missiles are falling on the city center once more every day. On Friday-Saturday night, one of them crashed into an administrative building near the hotel where the AFP team was staying, and a fire broke out.

– Russia’s Ministry of Defense said on Saturday that “more than 300 Ukrainian soldiers and foreign mercenaries and 35 heavy weapons units were liquidated in one day” in the Mykolaiv region.

– The Russian Ministry of Defense said on Saturday that it had killed “up to 80” Polish fighters in an eastern bombardment, as well as “20 armored combat vehicles and eight Grad multiple rocket launchers in high-precision attacks on the “Megatex zinc” plant, at the Konstantinovka’ locality.

06:45: Hello everyone, welcome to this live broadcast where we will follow the situation around the conflict in Ukraine on the 123rd day of the Russian occupation.