Russian missile strikes kill one near central Ukrainian city of Cherkasy

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 A residential block next to the Artem plant in the Shevchenski District in Kyiv with was hit by a Russian cruise missile early on Sunday morning. - JULIAN SIMMONDS/JULIAN SIMMONDS
A residential block next to the Artem plant in the Shevchenski District in Kyiv with was hit by a Russian cruise missile early on Sunday morning. - JULIAN SIMMONDS/JULIAN SIMMONDS

Russian missile strikes have killed one person and wounded five others near the central Ukrainian city of Cherkasy.

"Today, the enemy launched missile attacks on the Cherkasy region," said Ihor Taburets, the regional governor.

"There are two strikes near the regional centre. One dead and five wounded. Infrastructure damaged."

Cherkasy has been largely untouched by bombardment since the start of the war, which has been focussed in the southern and eastern regions of Ukraine in recent weeks.

It comes after Russian missiles hit an apartment block in central Kyiv for the first time since April this morning.

Dmytro Kuleba, Ukraine's foreign minister, said G7 countries should respond to the latest missile strikes by imposing further sanctions on Russia and providing more heavy weapons to Ukraine.

04:06 PM

And that's all for today...

Thanks for following today's liveblog.

Here are five key updates from today:

  • Russian missile strikes have killed one person and wounded five others near the central Ukrainian city of Cherkasy.

  • Boris Johnson said that Vladimir Putin must not be allowed to "get away" with conquering parts of Ukraine.

  • Ukraine called on G7 leaders at a meeting in Germany to send more weapons to help defend itself against Russian bombardment.

  • Britain is set to ban imports of Russian gold in a bid to "starve the Putin regime of its funding".

  • Russian missiles hit an apartment block in central Kyiv for the first time since April

03:41 PM

Putin must not be allowed to 'get away' with conquering parts of Ukraine, says Boris Johnson

Vladimir Putin must not be allowed to "get away" with conquering parts of Ukraine, Boris Johnson has said.

Asked how so-called Ukraine fatigue can be combated in the West, and whether he worries higher energy prices might cause people in the US and UK to decide it is not worth the fight, he said: "I would just say to people in the United States that this is something that America historically does and has to do, and that is to step up for peace and freedom and democracy.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson taking part in TV interviews during the G7 summit in Schloss Elmau, in the Bavarian Alps,  - Stefan Rousseau/PA
Prime Minister Boris Johnson taking part in TV interviews during the G7 summit in Schloss Elmau, in the Bavarian Alps, - Stefan Rousseau/PA

"If we let Putin get away with it, and just annex, conquer, sizeable parts of a free, independent, sovereign country, which is what he is poised to do, if not the whole thing, then the consequences for the world are absolutely catastrophic."

He said the US came in twice in the last century "as the arsenal of democracy" and President Joe Biden's current investment in helping Ukraine is "a price worth paying".

03:25 PM

Putin would not have invaded Ukraine if he had the 1922 on his case, says Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson has suggested Vladimir Putin would have not invaded Ukraine if he had had the 1922 Committee of Tory backbenchers on his case.

In an interview with CNN, the Prime Minister was asked about his message to Tory MPs, who say "he is a drag on his ticket".

He said the great thing about democracy is that "leaders are under scrutiny" and you have a Government that "has to respond".

He added: "The autocracies, both China and Russia, I think make big mistakes because they don't have those democratic checks and balances.

"Do you really think that Vladimir Putin would have launched an invasion of another sovereign country if he'd had people to listen to properly... arguing, if he'd had a committee of backbenchers, the 1922 Committee, on his case?"

03:21 PM

Boris Johnson: UK wouldn't have been at forefront of Ukraine support if still in EU

The UK would have not been able to be at the forefront of providing support for Ukraine if it was still in the EU, Boris Johnson has said.

When asked if the UK is better off than it was six years ago when it was still in the EU, the Prime Minister told CNN: "It is (better off). Let me give you an example. Thanks to the position that we took, we had an independent medical agency that was able to make sure that the first Covid vaccine in anybody's ... arms in the world was in the UK."

He added: "Secondly, we have been able to do a lot of free trade deals around the world. And we are able to change some of our regulations to take back control of our borders. We are no longer spending shedloads of money on projects that we couldn't control. And that was a good decision."

Mr Johnson went on: "I don't think that the UK within the European Union and within the kind of matrix of the common foreign policy and security policy that we then had, I don't think that we would have been out in front, as the first European country to arm the Ukrainians, to give them the wherewithal to protect themselves.

"I think that speaks to a country that is thinking about things differently, that is thinking about the world with a more global perspective and is ambitious. It doesn't mean we are less European. We are still European, but I think we have a more global approach."

02:55 PM

Volodymr Zelensky: 'No Russian missiles, no strikes can break the morale of Ukrainians'

02:41 PM

EU 'cautious' on Russia gold ban

The European Union gave a cautious response to plans by fellow G7 members to ban imports of Russian gold, and said it needed more certainty before signing up to a U.S. initiative to cap the price of Russian oil.

European Council President Charles Michel was cautious about a plan from Britain, United States, Japan and Canada to ban imports of newly mined or refined Russian gold.

"On gold, we are ready to go more into the details and to look if it's possible to target gold in a manner that would target the Russian economy and not in a manner that would target ourselves," Michel, who chairs EU summits, told a news conference as G7 leaders arrived.

The EU, which plans to ban imports of most Russian oil from the end of the year, also has reservations about a U.S. push for a broad oil price cap or "price exception" to restrict Moscow's energy revenue.

02:35 PM

UK sanctions on Russian gold exports 'cuts off funding for Putin's war machine', says Truss

02:00 PM

Nato must strengthen its presence in Eastern Europe in response to Russia's criminal aggression

Russia’s brutal and unprovoked aggression against Ukraine is causing enormous human suffering and destruction and is the gravest threat to Euro-Atlantic security in decades.

When Nato meets this week, its approach to Russia should be focused on strengthening our deterrence and defence posture in the eastern flank towards a modern forward defence, taking into account geographical and national specificities.

We need to scale up the multi-domain Allied presence, in particular land troops, which should be boosted to the size of a brigade.

Read more from Gabrielius Landsbergis, the Minister of Foreign Affairs for Lithuania, here

01:43 PM

Missile strikes kill one near central Ukrainian city of Cherkasy

Two Russian missiles struck near the central Ukrainian city of Cherkasy, killing one person and wounding five others, the regional authorities said.

Cherkasy has been largely untouched by bombardment since the war started in February, but Russia has stepped up missile attacks across Ukraine this weekend.

"Today, the enemy launched missile attacks on the Cherkasy region. There are 2 strikes near the regional center. One dead and five wounded. Infrastructure damaged," said regional governor Ihor Taburets on the Telegram app.

01:41 PM

Boris Johnson jokes about taking his jacket off to show he is 'tougher than Putin'

01:16 PM

'We have to stay together,' Biden on alliance behind Ukraine

President Joe Biden on Sunday praised the continued unity of the global alliance confronting Russia, as he and other heads of the Group of Seven leading economies met.

"We've got to make sure we have us all staying together," Biden said during a pre-summit sit-down with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, who holds the G-7's rotating presidency and is hosting the gathering

"You know, we're gonna continue working on economic challenges that we face but I think we get through all this."

Scholz replied that the "good message" is that "we all made it to stay united, which Putin never expected," a reference to Russian President Vladimir Putin, who sent his military across the border into Ukraine in late February.

12:54 PM

Boris Johnson said he would be 'honoured' to host Volodymyr Zelensky for a state visi

Boris Johnson said he would be "honoured" to host Volodymyr Zelensky for a state visit if the Ukrainian president felt able to leave his war-torn country.

The Prime Minister stressed the most important thing now for Ukraine was for western leaders at the G7 summit in Germany to remain united in support of President Zelensky.

"I think that Volodymyr Zelensky has done an absolutely amazing job of leading his country and leading world opinion in an appalling time," Mr Johnson told ITV News at the summit in Bavaria.

Asked if he wanted to offer the Ukrainian leader a state visit, Mr Johnson said: "If he ever becomes free to leave and it makes sense for him to leave Ukraine, then obviously the UK would be only too honoured to host him.

"But the most important thing is for us to continue to be united here at the G7. And we are."

12:51 PM

Russia’s sick imperialism must be defeated, urges Kuleba

12:24 PM

International sanctions should be 'more aggressive', says Ukraine

The latest missile strikes by Russia on Kyiv show that international sanctions should be more aggressive and include an EU embargo on Russian gas, the Ukraine president's chief of staff said on Sunday.

"The G7 summit should respond to Russian strikes on Kyiv," said Andriy Yermak, head of the president's office.

"The sanctions should be more aggressive. An embargo on gold exports is good, but a gas embargo is needed in the new EU sanctions package," he said on the Telegram app.

12:17 PM

Pictured: A crater filled with water caused by Russian missiles at a nursery school in Kyiv

A photograph shows a crater filled with water caused by Russian missiles at a nursery school in Kyiv - SERGEIR SUPINSKY/AFP
A photograph shows a crater filled with water caused by Russian missiles at a nursery school in Kyiv - SERGEIR SUPINSKY/AFP

12:14 PM

Russia strikes Kyiv hours after Putin rushed to Kremlin

Russian missiles hit an apartment block in central Kyiv for the first time since April on Sunday, hours after Vladimir Putin's motorcade was seen speeding into the Kremlin late on Saturday night.

Ukrainian rescue services pulled a 7-year-old girl from the part-destroyed building. Her father was reported to have been killed and her mother injured.

Residents were woken at dawn as four rockets slammed into the Artem industrial complex and an adjacent block of flats in the city centre. A video on Twitter showed smoke billowing over Kyiv.

Read the full story from Colin Freeman and James Kilner here

12:00 PM

Boris Johnson: Ukraine is on a 'knife-edge'

Boris Johnson warned Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau that Ukraine is on a "knife-edge".

During a meeting at the G7 summit in Germany, the UK Prime Minister said "we need to tip the balance of the war" in the Ukrainians' favour at this "crucial moment".

A No 10 spokesperson said: "On Ukraine, the Prime Minister said this is a crucial moment for us all.

"Ukraine is on a knife-edge and we need to tip the balance of the war in their favour. That means providing Ukraine with the defensive capabilities, training and intelligence they need to repel the Russian advance."

The leaders also welcomed progress in negotiations since the launch of the UK-Canada Free Trade Agreement in March, and agreed to advance co-operation in areas such as security, Downing Street said.

11:51 AM

Biden calls latest Russian bombing of Kyiv 'barbarism'

President Joe Biden on Sunday described Russia's latest bombing of Ukraine's capital Kyiv as "barbarism" at the G7 summit in Germany.

"It's more of their barbarism," Biden told reporters at the summit site in the German Alps, when asked for his reaction to the Russian missile strikes against a residential building.

11:46 AM

UK and France agree to give more support for Ukraine, UK says

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and French President Emmanuel Macron agreed to provide more support for Ukraine in its war with Russia, Johnson's office said on Sunday as the leaders met on the sidelines of a Group of Seven summit.

"They agreed this is a critical moment for the course of the conflict, and there is an opportunity to turn the tide in the war," a Downing Street spokesperson said in a statement.

Both men "stressed the need to support Ukraine to strengthen their hand in both the war and any future negotiations.

President Macron praised the Prime Minister's ongoing military support to Ukraine and the leaders agreed to step up this work," the spokesperson said.

11:42 AM

Watch: Boris Johnson says cost of a Russian victory 'too high'

11:22 AM

Boris Johnson heaps praise on Germany's support for Ukraine – but fails to mention Macron once

Boris Johnson has heaped praise on Germany for its support for Ukraine but failed to mention France ahead of a meeting with Emmanuel Macron.

The Prime Minister warned of “fatigue in populations and politicians” over support for Ukraine in what will be interpreted as a coded rebuke to Mr Macron.

Asked what he thought of the French and German responses to the war in recent weeks, Mr Johnson gave effusive support for Olaf Scholz, the German chancellor.

Read the full story from Tony Diver, our Whitehall Correspondent at the G7, here

11:14 AM

Boris Johnson says Scholz has 'stepped up' in Ukraine response

Ahead of a meeting with Emmanuel Macron, Boris Johnson was asked whether France and Germany are doing enough over Ukraine.

In his response, Mr Johnson focused on the German response without mentioning France.

"Just look at what the Germans alone have done," he said.

"I never believed in my lifetime that I would see a German Chancellor stepping up in the way that Olaf Scholz has and sending weaponry to help the Ukrainians to to protect themselves.

"He's made huge, huge strides. We have 4% of our gas comes from Russia, in Germany, it's 40%.

"They're facing real, real pressures, they're having to source energy from elsewhere. But they're doing it. They're making the effort. They're making the sacrifice.

"That's because they see that the price of freedom is worth paying.

10:44 AM

Ukraine urges G7 to give more weapons after Russian Kyiv strike

The Ukrainian government called for the G7 leaders meeting in Germany to give more weapons to Ukraine and impose further sanctions against Moscow, hours after Russian strikes hit residential buildings in Kyiv on Sunday.

"G7 summit must respond with more sanctions on Russia and more heavy arms for Ukraine. Russia's sick imperialism must be defeated," Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba tweeted.

10:32 AM

Russian strikes on Kyiv - including footage of 7-year-old being rescued

Russia attacked the Ukrainian capital in the early hours of this morning, striking at least two residential buildings, Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said, as elsewhere Russian troops consolidated their gains in the east.

10:20 AM

Kyiv strike was 'murderous cowardice', says British ambassador to Ukraine

10:02 AM

Biden thanks Scholz for leadership on Ukraine crisis

Joe Biden, the US president, thanked German Chancellor Olaf Scholz for his leadership on the response to the Ukraine crisis as they met for a bilateral talk ahead of a three-day summit of the Group of Seven rich democracies on Sunday.

Russian President Vladimir Putin had expected the West to splinter after his invasion of Ukraine but it has and will not, Biden said in a good-humoured exchange with Scholz, who is hosting the summit at a Bavarian alpine resort.

"I want to complement you on stepping up as you did when yuo became Chancellor," Biden said. "Putin's being counting on it from the beginning, that somehow NATO and the G7 would splinter, but we haven't and it's not going to," he said.

09:56 AM

Blasts heard in central Ukrainian city of Cherkasy

Explosions were heard in the central Ukrainian city of Cherkasy on Sunday, regional governor Oleksandr Skichko said on the Telegram app.

He did not give further details. Cherkasy has been largely untouched by bombardment since Russia invaded Ukraine in February.

09:37 AM

West needs to maintain unity, Boris Johnson tells G7

World leaders must recognise the price of supporting Ukraine including the surge in energy and food costs but must also acknowledge that the price of allowing Russia to win would be far higher, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said.

Speaking at the G7 summit, Mr Johnson said the West needed to maintain its unity in the face of Moscow's aggression.

"In order to protect that unity, in order to make it work, you've got to have really, really honest discussions about the implications of what's going on, the pressures that individual friends and partners are feeling," he told reporters.

"But the price of backing down, the price of allowing Putin to succeed, to hack off huge parts of Ukraine, to continue with his programme of conquest, that price will be far, far higher. Everybody here understands that."

09:28 AM

Five wounded in Kyiv missile strike

At least five people were wounded when a missile hit a building in central Kyiv on Sunday, the head of Ukraine's police force Ihor Klymenko said on national television

09:24 AM

Attack intended to 'intimidate Ukrainians', says Kyiv mayor

The first attack on the capital in nearly three weeks was intended to "intimidate Ukrainians... at the approach of the NATO summit," the city's mayor Vitali Klitschko said.

"Some of the inhabitants have been evacuated. Two wounded people have been hospitalised," Klitschko said after visiting the apartment building that was hit, adding people remained "under the rubble".

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who is expected to address both the EU and NATO gatherings, said cities as far away as Lviv, near the Polish border, had been struck by a wave of attacks on Saturday.

"This confirms... that air defence systems - the modern systems which our partners have - should not be on (their current) sites or in storage, but in Ukraine," he said in his daily address.

09:18 AM

Latest MoD update

08:55 AM

Britain to ban Russian gold imports

Britain is set to ban imports of Russian gold in a bid to "starve the Putin regime of its funding", Boris Johnson has said.

Arriving at the G7 summit in Bavaria, the Prime Minister said the measures "will directly hit Russian oligarchs and strike at the heart of Putin's war machine".

The move is part of a joint step taken by Britain, Canada, Japan and the United States.

Mr Johnson added: "We need to starve the Putin regime of its funding.

The UK and our allies are doing just that." Legislation to implement the ban will be introduced in Parliament in the coming weeks.

08:36 AM

'There are people under the rubble'

Russian strikes on Kyiv partially destroyed a nine-storey apartment building and caused a fire, the city's mayor Vitali Klitschko said on the Telegram messaging app.

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

"They (the rescuers) have pulled out a seven-year-old girl. She is alive. Now they're trying to rescue her mother."

Life had been returning to normal in Kyiv after fierce resistance held off Russian advances in the early phase of the war, although air raid sirens regularly sound across the city.

08:34 AM

Pictured: Airstrike in Kyiv

 A residential block next to the Artem plant in the Shevchenski District in Kyiv with was hit by a Russian cruise missile early on Sunday morning - JULIAN SIMMONDS/The Daily Telegraph
A residential block next to the Artem plant in the Shevchenski District in Kyiv with was hit by a Russian cruise missile early on Sunday morning - JULIAN SIMMONDS/The Daily Telegraph

08:31 AM

Gazprom's gas exports to Europe via Ukraine 'steady'

Russian gas producer Gazprom said its supply of gas to Europe through Ukraine via the Sudzha entry point was seen at 42.1 million cubic metres (mcm) on Sunday - same as on Saturday, Russian news agencies reported citing the company.

An application to supply gas via another major entry point, Sokhranovka, was again rejected by Ukraine, Gazprom said

08:30 AM

Russia strikes two buildings in Kyiv

Russia attacked the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv in the early hours of Sunday morning, striking at least two residential buildings, Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said, as elsewhere Russian troops consolidated their gains in the east.

Associated Press journalists in Kyiv saw rescue services battling flames and rescuing civilians. Klitschko said two people were hospitalized with injuries and a 7-year-old girl was pulled alive from the rubble.

Ukraine Member of Parliament Oleksiy Goncharenko wrote on the Telegram messaging app that "according to prelim data 14 missiles were launched against Kyiv region and Kyiv."

Before Sunday's early morning attack, Kyiv had not faced any such Russian airstrikes since June 5.

08:29 AM

West must not sell out Ukraine, says Liz Truss in swipe at Emmanuel Macron

Liz Truss has warned leaders including Emmanuel Macron that the West cannot “sell out Ukraine” for a “quick end” to the war, calling on G7 and Nato countries to commit more arms and funding to the country.

In a joint article for The Telegraph with Dmytro Kuleba, her Ukrainian counterpart, the Foreign Secretary said Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, will “only be serious about negotiations once the Ukrainian people have pushed his troops back”.

The pair added: “The Ukrainian people do not have the luxury to feel fatigued. Nor can the rest of the free world.”

Mr Macron, who has talked of spending 100 hours on the phone to Putin since December, has been accused of wanting Ukraine to make concessions to secure a peace agreement – although the Elysee Palace insists any deal must respect Ukraine’s sovereignty.

Read the full story from Tony Diver and Ed Malnick here