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Russian cannons hit the center of Kieu as world leaders gather in Europe

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Tom Balmforce and Marco Julica

KYIV / POKROVSK — Russia bombarded the Ukrainian capital Kyiv on Sunday. Ukraine's retreat and world leaders gathered in Europe to discuss further sanctions on Moscow.

Since World War II entered its fifth month, as Europe's largest land conflict, the Western alliance supporting Kyiv has begun to show signs of tension and malaise.

Indonesia called on both sides to negotiate peace on Sunday to secure the world's food supply, and Britain said it believed Ukraine could win on Saturday, but "bad" peace. I was afraid that the agreement could be put under pressure.

Russian artillery struck the central Shebchenkiwsky district of Kieu on Sunday morning, partially destroying a nine-story apartment building and causing a fire. Mayor Vitali Klitschko said in a telegram messaging app.

"There are people under the rubble," Klitschko said. He added that several had already been hospitalized.

"They (rescue team) pulled out a 7-year-old girl. She is alive. Now they are trying to save her mother."

Of the war Kyiv's life returned to normal after fierce resistance prevented Russia from advancing in the early stages, but air raid sirens were ringing regularly throughout the city.

There have been no major strikes in Kyiv since June and before that April.

Russia denies targeting civilians, but Ukraine and the West have killed thousands, fled millions from Ukraine, and destroyed cities in conflict. He accuses the army of war crimes.

On Saturday after the withdrawal of Ukrainian troops, Severodonetsk's major eastern battlefield cities fell to pro-Russian troops and became abandoned after several months of fierce battles. Said that there was no longer any defense.

The collapse of Severodonetsk is a major defeat for Kyiv as it seeks to maintain control of the Kremlin's main military goal, the eastern Donbas region.

Moscow states that Luhansk and Donetsk Oblasts in Donbas, which have been supporting the uprising since 2014, are independent countries. It requires Ukraine to ceded the entire territory of the two states to a separatist government.

G7 Summit

Russian President Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine on February 24, calling it a "special military operation" to secure Russia and blame Ukraine. is. Kyiv and the West say the invasion is nothing more than Putin's seizure of land.

The war has a major impact on the world economy and Europe's security, pushing up gas, oil and food prices, reducing the European Union's reliance on Russia's energy, and with Finland. Sweden wants to join NATO.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo urged Russian and Ukrainian counterparts to begin dialogue during a peacebuilding mission to warring states and called on Putin to order an immediate ceasefire.

"We need to stop the war and revitalize the world's food supply chain," said Jokowi, widely known as President, at the Group of Seven (G7) Summit starting Sunday. I said before. Germany.

The United Nations warns that a prolonged war in Ukraine, one of the world's major grain exporters, could lead to a global hunger crisis.

US President Joe Biden and other G7 leaders attending the summit to further tighten Russia's screws are new from Russia, sources familiar with the matter. Agree to ban gold imports. I told Reuters.

The UK is ready to guarantee another $ 525 million in World Bank loans to Ukraine later this year, with total financial support of $ 1.5 billion this year, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said. Said prior to the G7 meeting.

"Ukraine can and will win, but we need our help to do so. Now is not the time to give up Ukraine," Johnson said in a statement on Saturday. rice field.

NATO leaders will host a summit in Madrid from June 29th to 30th.


The collapse of Severodonetsk, which used to live in more than 100,000 people but is now a wasteland, has a major advantage in Moscow's thermal power. After a few weeks, it transformed the eastern battlefield. I only got a slow gain.

Russia's Interfax news agency has represented pro-Russian separatist fighters, saying that Russian and pro-Russian troops have also crossed the river into Rischansik. Quoted.

The two cities were the last major cities owned by the Ukrainian army in the east.

Zelensky vowed on Saturday's video address that Ukraine would regain the lost city, including Severodonetsk.

"I have no sense of how long it will last, or how many hits, losses, or efforts will be required before I can see that the victory is imminent," he said. Said.

Zelenskiy's senior adviser, Oleksiy Arestovych, said Ukrainian special forces were still in Sievierodonetsk to direct the Russians to fire. However, he did not mention that those forces showed direct resistance.

Luhansk Governor Serhiy Gaidai fired on Saturday at the Azot chemical plant in Sievierodonetsk, where hundreds of civilians were trapped, and bombarded the village of Pavlograd. Said. Shinetsky.

Both Ukraine and Russia have exchanged accusations of firing at Azoth. Russian-backed separatists in the region say evacuation was stopped by Ukrainian artillery.

"The airstrikes have spread not only to the areas of Viragora, but also to the cities. There are many destructions – Lysychans'k is almost unrecognizable," said Guydai.

In Pokrovsk, a Ukrainian-owned town of Donbus, Elena, an elderly woman from Lysychans'k in a wheelchair, was among the dozens of refugees arriving by bus from the front lines.

"Lysychans'k, I was horror last week. I couldn't take it anymore yesterday," she said. "If I die, I've already told my husband, bury me behind the house."

(Report by Reuters bureaux, Written by Michael Perry, Edited by Edmund Klamann and David Clarke)