Ukraine news live: Putin launches 'unusually intense wave of strikes' - as 18 killed in shopping centre attack

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Ukraine latest as at least 18 people are killed in a missile strike on a shopping centre in Kremenchuk - part of an 'unusually intense wave of strikes' in recent days; Kremlin critic Ilya Yashin is detained while walking through park with friend.

Sky News correspondent Sally Lockwood has been at the site of the"heartless" attack. "I spoke to one of the rescuers earlier and she said they are not hopeful of finding anyone alive." Ukraine's foreign minister has hit back at Russia's reaction to the shopping centre strike in Kremenchuk, which killed at least 18 people. 

It is important to point out here that Russians are starved of accurate information on the war - or the"special military operation" as it is reported there.08:51:08"This is a crucially critical point," he said. Discussing the news that NATO will mobilise more rapid reaction troops, he said it was a"very sensible and progressive move". 

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Live reporting by Jess Sharp 09:10:34 Watch: A 'heartless' attack - Sky News correspondent at site of destroyed shopping centre As we reported earlier, at least 18 people have been killed during an attack on a shopping centre in the Ukrainian city of Kremenchuk.About sharing Image caption, A number of papers lead on the G7 summit in Germany.Vladimir Putin is set to venture out of Russia for the first time since he ordered Russian troops into Ukraine and managed to avoid an assassination attempt on his life.June 27, 2022 6:14 pm (Updated 6:22 pm) Vladimir Putin is deliberately stepping up his in Ukraine to disrupt global diplomatic efforts to support Kyiv, Western leaders fear.

  Sky News correspondent Sally Lockwood has been at the site of the"heartless" attack.  "Rescuers are continuing to search through the rubble of the shopping centre, which is completely destroyed, there is really absolutely nothing left of it," she said. Image caption, The i reports that both Boris Johnson and US President Joe Biden want Western leaders to do more to stand up to Russia and China as they fear countries may abandon support for Ukraine.  "The entire depth of the building is completely burnt out after that huge fire that followed the missile strike yesterday. READ MORE: US Army vet returning to Ukraine calls Russians 'clowns' over £40k bounty on his head Thousands of people have died as a result of the war, with millions of families displaced, and Putin's actions have had serious financial implications on the Western world - including the rising fuel prices.  "Rescuers have been working through the night, clearing debris to see if they can recover anyone trapped underneath. Image caption, The Financial Times reports that leaders of the G7 group of major economies are seeking to impose a price cap on Russian oil in an effort to curb Moscow's ability to finance its war in Ukraine.  "I spoke to one of the rescuers earlier and she said they are not hopeful of finding anyone alive. “Once again our thoughts are with the families of innocent victims in Ukraine.

"  You can watch her live report below. Image caption, The Daily Telegraph says President Biden will attempt to block a plan by Boris Johnson to move the world away from biofuel production and instead use the land to grow food as a way of easing the global cost of living crisis. In Ashgabat, he will attend a summit of Caspian nations as reported by Reuters... Germany is backing Britain's plan but has been rebuffed by the US and Canada, the paper adds. 08:58:12 'A country of murderers and patent liars' - Ukraine's foreign minister hits back at Russia's reaction to shopping centre strike Ukraine's foreign minister has hit back at Russia's reaction to the shopping centre strike in Kremenchuk, which killed at least 18 people. A hit on the tyrant at the start of his invasion on Ukraine fell through and proved to be nothing more than an "unsuccessful attempt" on his life, according to Ukraine's Chief of Defence Intelligence.  Dmytro Kuleba said:"Sickening to see Russian reactions to the Kremenchuk shopping mall strike. The paper quotes Boris Johnson speaking at the "sweltering" venue at the G7 summit in Germany: "Shall we take our clothes off? We have to show we're tougher than Putin. The G7 is also weighing up the possibility of providing a joint security guarantee for Ukraine, which could be announced even before the end of the war.

  "Ordinary Russians cheer on social media. Russian diplomats and officials spread insane conspiracy theories, denying that the strike even happened. The paper says the losses per person in the UK are "far higher" than in other leading Western economies. Mr Budanov said: "He was even attacked in the line of, as they say, representatives of the Caucasus not so long ago.  "Russia is a country of murderers and patent liars."  It is important to point out here that Russians are starved of accurate information on the war - or the"special military operation" as it is reported there. Image caption, The Sun reports that the €3m in cash "stuffed into bags and handed to Prince Charles by a Qatari sheikh" is to be investigated by the charity watchdog. Russia has continually claimed to not have targeted civilians during its invasion - a claim argued furiously by the West, which has accused the country of committing war crimes." Keep up to date with all the latest news stories.

  Russia's deputy ambassador to the United Nations, Dmitry Polyanskiy, claimed the attack was a"Ukrainian provocation". The paper says that retired people are increasingly turning to equity release schemes to ease pressure from the cost of living crisis. He said on Twitter:"Exactly what Kyiv regime needs to keep focus of attention on Ukraine before (the) NATO Summit." 08:51:08 Ukraine war is now at a 'crucially critical point' and country could see a 'new reality', says former chief of general staff Former chief of the general staff General Lord Richard Dannatt has appeared on Sky News to offer his analysis of the war in Ukraine. The paper reports that NHS appointments in England are down from 3.  Asked about an attack on a shopping centre in Kremenchuk, which killed at least 18 people, he said Russian President Vladimir Putin was a"terrorist".  "This is a crucially critical point," he said.3 million.

  "There will come a time in the not too distant future when the Russians will have got control of those two Donbas provinces, which is what their strategic game currently is.  "Now, the West can tell the Russians they've got to go.. The Russians will not go voluntarily and who is going to make them go? "NATO is not going to launch an operation to throw them out. So there may be a new reality whereby part of sovereign Ukraine territory remains occupied by Russians for quite some time."  Discussing the news that NATO will mobilise more rapid reaction troops, he said it was a"very sensible and progressive move".

  However, he warned that it must not be interpreted as"negative gearing up to declare war, to attack Russia or anything like that".  He added that the military alliance is"quite rightly" saying its deterrent deployments will tell Russia it has"gone far enough".  "Vladimir Putin, if he's got an ounce of common sense or willing to understand, must actually appreciate that NATO is a defensive alliance and any strengthening of its forces on the eastern border is to deter further aggression from that occupation in the interests of wider security," he said.  It is understood that the number of British soldiers currently available could be significantly reduced from around 82,000 to 72,000, which Lord Dannatt described as"quite ridiculous".  "It is important that our government actually understands that talking is one thing, giving a few weapons to Ukraine is another.

But actually making sure that our own capability is up to the job is really, really important," he said.  07:57:06 'He started wheezing and that was it': Five people killed during shelling of apartment building and primary school Five people have been killed and 22 have been wounded in a Russian shelling attack on an apartment building and a primary school, a Ukrainian official has reported.  Five children were among those injured in the assault in the northeastern city of Kharkiv.  The region's governor, Oleh Synehubov, said:"All of them are civilians of Kharkiv, who were walking on the streets, on playgrounds." Video footage showed shattered apartment buildings and a vast crater in front of a school with debris strew across classrooms.

  Resident Maksim Antonenko said he administered first aid in the aftermath of three explosions. "There was a man laying there. I helped to bandage his leg, the two of us bandaged him and stopped the bleeding. He was also wounded in the hand," he said. Another resident, Maryna Svet, saw her father-in-law die within minutes of hearing, what she described as, deafening explosions.

"When I came out someone told me 'something happened to your father-in-law'. I came closer, he was lying down, still alive," she said.  "Literally, in 10 minutes, he started wheezing and that was it." 07:41:55 Child among eight people killed after Russian troops 'opened fire' on civilians, says Ukrainian official Eight people, including one child, have died after Russian troops"opened fire" on a crowd of locals, according to a Ukrainian official.  In a post on Telegram, the governor of Luhansk said the attack was carried out from"rocket-fuelled grenade launchers" as civilians were replenishing their drinking water supplies.

  "As a result, eight people died on the spot, including one child. Another 21 people were injured. Injuries of varying severity. People were hospitalised in Kramatorsk,"  Serhiy Haidai wrote.  He added that three pumping stations have been"purposefully fired on", along with a tunnel connecting two separate parts of Novodruzhesk - a city in Lysychansk, which is in Luhansk.

  The Luhansk region, in eastern Ukraine, has come under a barrage of attacks since Russia launched its invasion back in February.  It is a key target for Vladimir Putin, with Russia just needing to capture Lysychansk in order to have control of the whole area.  Sky News has translated Mr Haidai's post from Ukrainian into English using Google Translate.  07:32:00 Enjoy reading our live blogs? If you enjoy reading our liveblogs, Politics Hub and Q&As, why not download our free app available for both iOS and Android. Click on this link:  As well as keeping across the latest breaking news, you can easily watch Sky News on the go and listen to our podcasts.

07:24:26 There is 'no end to Putin's barbarity' and UK is 'worried about escalation', says technology minister In the last few moments, technology minister Chris Philp has appeared on Sky News to discuss the Ukraine war - among other things. He began by condemning Russia's "sickening and appalling" attacks on civilian targets, saying they have been carried out"clearly deliberately".   He listed a number of examples including the strike on a mall in Kremenchuk yesterday and another on a maternity hospital in Mariupol, which happened earlier in the war.  Asked if the shopping centre attack was an act of terrorism, he replied:"Yes. I would go that far and say that it is because it is intentionally targeting civilians.

  "There is no military necessity to bombing a shopping centre, just as there was no military necessity to bombing a maternity hospital, which we saw, or that theatre in Mariupol." He added that there is"no end to Putin's barbarity" and the UK is"worried about escalation".  Mr Philp stressed the government will not send troops to Ukraine but will instead continue to provide military equipment. "We are worried about escalation and in fact, if you talk to the Ukrainian government, their issue isn't troops," Mr Philp told Sky's Kay Burley.  "They have a lot of volunteers, young men and women who are volunteering to defend their homeland, as I hope people here would [if] faced with a similar threat.

  "What they need is equipment, and that is what we're pouring in as quickly as we can."  It should be noted that Russia has continually denied targeting civilians during its war in Ukraine.  Yesterday, Professor Michael Clarke, who has been analysing the war for Sky News throughout, suggested Vladimir Putin may have ordered high-profile bombings over the last few days as a show of bluster while G7 leaders meet in Germany. 07:06:32 Aerial pictures show aftermath of Kremenchuk mall strike As we told you in our 6.18 post, at least 18 people have been killed after a Russian missile strike in the Ukrainian city of Kremenchuk.

  The attack on Monday, which has been condemned as a war crime by world leaders, also left dozens of people wounded.  Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said more than 1,000 civilians were inside the mall at the time of the strike. Ukrainian State Emergency Service firefighters have been working to take away debris from the shopping centre, which has been reduced to piles of tangled metal and rubble.  The pictures below show an aerial view of the damage.  06:52:42 Russia has launched 'unusually intense waves of strikes' using long-range missiles, says UK MoD Russia has launched"unusually intense waves of stikes" across Ukraine over the last couple of days, using weapons designed to take on targets of"strategic importance", the UK's Ministry of Defence (MoD)  has said.

  Publishing its latest intelligence update, the MoD said Ukrainian forces are continuing to consolidate their positions on higher ground in the besieged city of Lysychansk - the last major city in the Luhansk region of the Donbas still under Kyiv control following a successful Russian advance. Troops are also disrupting Russian command and control with"successful strikes deep behind Russian lines", it added.  However, over 24-26 June, Russia used long-range missiles to launch a series of violent attacks across the country.  "These weapons highly likely included the Soviet-era AS-4 KITCHEN and more modern AS-23a KODIAK missiles, fired from both Belarusian and Russian airspace," the MoD said.  "These weapons were designed to take on targets of strategic importance, but Russia continues to expend them in large numbers for tactical advantage," it added.

  Despite this, the ministry said the Russian armed forces are"increasingly hollowed out" and are accepting a"level of degraded combat effectiveness", which will not be sustainable in the long term.  06:32:27 Former Russian president warns there could be World War Three if NATO encroaches on Crimea Russia's former president has warned there could be"a World War Three" if any NATO country encroaches on Crimea.  Dmitry Medvedev said any encroachment on the peninsular could amount to a declaration of war on Russia.  Speaking to news website Argumenty iFakty, he said:"For us, Crimea is a part of Russia. And that means forever.

"Any attempt to encroach on Crimea is a declaration of war against our country.  "And if this is done by a NATO member state, this means conflict with the entire North Atlantic alliance; a World War Three. A complete catastrophe." Mr Medvedev, now deputy chairman of Russia's Security Council, also said that if Finland and Sweden joined NATO, Russia would strengthen its borders and would be"ready for retaliatory steps".  He added that this could include the prospect of installing Iskander hypersonic missiles"on their threshold.

" Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014 - a move that has been condemned as an illegal annexation by many world leaders. However, any Western-backed attempt to retake Crimea is seems inconceivable. Due to your consent preferences, you’re not able to view this. .