As the war between Russia and Ukraine enters its 125th day, we take a look at key developments.
These are the most important events so far on Tuesday 28 June.
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- Russian missiles hit a busy shopping center in Kremenchuk, Poltava, killing at least 18 people and injuring 59 others, officials said. More than 40 people have been reported missing.
- More than 1,000 people were inside when two Russian missiles hit the mall, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said. He called the attack “one of the most challenging terrorist attacks in European history”.
- Russian troops and Moscow-backed separatists now control part of an oil refinery in the city of Lysychansk, Moscow’s state news agency TASS reported. The governor of Ukraine’s Luhansk region, Serhiy Haidai, said Russian troops are storming the city of Lysychansk from the west and southwest.
- Five people were killed and more than 30 were injured in Russian attacks on Kharkov on Monday, Zelenskyy said.
- U.S. President Joe Biden plans to announce an expansion of the U.S. troop presence in Poland and make changes to the U.S. deployment in several Baltic countries he approved ahead of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, he said. NBC News.
- Any encroachment on the Russian-annexed Crimean peninsula by a NATO member state could amount to a declaration of war on Russia, leading to “World War III,” according to former Russia president Dmitry Medvedev.
- The United Nations Security Council is set to hold an emergency meeting Tuesday over Russia’s attacks on civilians, with the attack on Kremenchuk being “the main focus,” the UN body said.
- The Group of Seven (G7) club of rich countries promised to assist Ukraine “for as long as necessary”, and promised new sanctions.
- The White House said Russia had defaulted on its foreign government bonds for the first time in a century — a claim Moscow rejected.
- Biden raised the tariff on certain Russian imports to 35 percent as a result of the suspension of Russia’s trade status as “most favored nation”.