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Edited by Chris Giles

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  1. Thanks for joining us

    We're pausing our live coverage now. We'll be back tomorrow with more updates on the Ukraine war throughout the day.

    Today's live page was brought to you by: Alexandra Fouche, Marita Moloney, Victoria Lindrea, Catherine Evans, Aoife Walsh, Andrew Humphrey, Malu Cursino, James Clarke, Nathan Williams, Jeremy Gahagan and Chris Giles.

  2. What's been happening today?

    We're pausing our live coverage shortly, but before we go here's a round-up of the main developments in the war in Ukraine:

    Shopping centre attack

    • Ukraine's president has described a deadly Russian missile strike on a crowded shopping centre as "one of the most brazen terrorist acts in European history
    • At least 13 people have died in the central Ukrainian city of Kremenchuk, but that figure could rise
    • Zelensky said more than a-thousand people were in the building when it was hit

    G7 summit

    • World leaders from the largest industrialised nations, who are meeting in Germany, have described the missile strike on the shopping centre in Kremenchuk as "abominable".
    • In a joint statement the G7 leaders said: "Indiscriminate attacks on innocent civilians constitute a war crime," adding "Russian President Putin and those responsible will be held to account."
    • Earlier, President Zelensky addressed the summit, asking for more economic and military support and saying he wanted the war to end before winter
    • The group have pledged to support Ukraine "for as long as it takes". Further sanctions on Russia have also been discussed

    In other developments

    • Nato has announced an increase to its quick response force, from 40,000 to 300,000 troops
    • Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Russia's invasion was the biggest threat Nato had faced since the Cold War
    • The city of Lysychansk in eastern Ukraine, was also hit by Russian shelling. Regional governor Serhiy Haidai said at least eight people have been killed and 21 were wounded in rocket strikes in the city
    • A BBC investigation has found evidence that occupying Russian forces have stolen thousands of tonnes of grain from Ukraine
  3. G7 leaders call shopping centre strike 'abominable'

    The leaders of the G7 countries, who are meeting in Germany, have described Monday's missile strike on a shopping centre in Kremenchuk as "abominable".

    In a joint statement they said: "We stand united with Ukraine in mourning the innocent victims of this brutal attack".

    "Indiscriminate attacks on innocent civilians constitute a war crime."

    The statement added: "Russian President Putin and those responsible will be held to account."

    Earlier, they vowed to support Ukraine for as long as it took and said they would continue to meet Ukraine's urgent requirements for military and defence equipment.

  4. All that's left is the shell of the building

    Sophie Williams

    Reporting from Kremenchuk

    We travelled from Kyiv to the site of the missile strike at a shopping centre in the central Ukrainian city of Kremenchuk.

    Right now we know that at least 13 people have died - but the death toll is expected to rise.

    It's still not known exactly how many were inside, but President Zelensky has said there were more than 1,000 people in the building when the attack happened at about 4pm this afternoon.

    Tonight all that is left of the shopping mall is the shell of the building.

    Rescuers are working their way through the rubble as smoke continues to billow up into the sky.

  5. Most brazen terrorist act in European history - Zelensky

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has called the missile strike on a shopping centre in the central city of Kremenchuk one of the "most brazen terrorist acts in European history".

    In his nightly video address he says it was "a calculated Russian strike" on a place with women and children inside.

    At least 13 people were killed in the attack but Zelensky says it is not yet possible to establish the number of victims, as the rescue operation continues.

    "We must be aware that the losses could be significant," he said.

    Earlier, Zelensky said more than 1,000 people were in the building when it was hit.

  6. Ukraine requests UN Security Council meeting over Russia strikes

    Ukraine has called for an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council over recent Russian strikes on civilian targets, the presidency of the UN body says.

    The missile strike on a shopping centre in central city of Kremenchuk is understood to be the "main focus" of the meeting, according to a spokesman for the Albanian mission, which currently holds the rotating Security Council presidency.

    It's understood the "shelling all over Kyiv" on Sunday, which hit a residential complex, will also be discussed at the meeting which is scheduled to take place tomorrow evening.

  7. Eyewitness to shopping centre strike: 'I'm out of words'

    More now on the Russian missile strike on a shopping centre in the central Ukrainian city of Kremenchuk.

    The regional governor, Dmytro Lunin, said 13 people have now died as a result of the attack.

    Writing on his Telegram channel, he said "it's too early to talk about the final number of people killed".

    President Volodymyr Zelensky said more than 1,000 people were in the building when it was hit.

    Vadym was outside shopping centre when it was attacked - he's told the Ukrainecast podcast what he saw.

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    Video caption: Eyewitness to shopping centre strike in Ukraine: 'I'm out of words'
  8. Putin set to attend G20 summit

    Russia's President Putin plans to attend the G20 summit in Indonesia this November, a Kremlin advisor says.

    "We have received the official invitation... and we have responded positively, saying we are interested in participating," Yuri Ushakov told reporters.

    He says that with "a lot of time" before the summit, there could be changes to the manner that Russia participates.

    "But for now, the invitation is for participation in person," Ushakov adds.

    During the Covid pandemic in October, Putin joined the G20 summit in Rome via video-link.

  9. Lysychansk rocket attack leaves eight dead

    Earlier we reported a call by the governor of Luhansk, Serhiy Haidai, asking civilians to urgently leave Lysychansk "due to the real threat to life and health".

    Unfortunately his fears appear to have been realised as he has just reported that at least eight people have been killed in rocket strikes on the city.

    Twenty-one people were also wounded by the rockets.

    Lysychansk is the last major city still held by Ukrainian troops in the eastern province of Luhansk.

  10. Canada announces fresh sanctions to support Ukraine

    Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced a fresh round of sanctions in response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

    The announcement comes during the second day of the G7 summit in the Bavarian Alps in Germany. World leaders have vowed to support Ukraine for as long as it is necessary.

    Canada's fresh round of sanctions target:

    • Six individuals and 46 entities linked to Russian defence sectors,
    • 15 Ukrainian nationals supporting Russia's occupation of Ukraine
    • 13 Belarusian government and defence individuals, alongside two Belarusian entities

    In a press release, the prime minister said Canada's main aim with this new round of sanctions is "to counter the Kremlin's disinformation".

    Trudeau said Canada's decision was taken alongside its G7 counterparts and it encompasses the world leaders' aim to step up its "continuous and coordinated pressure to bring about the end of Vladimir Putin's war of choice".

  11. Russia's brutal negotiating tactics

    Joe Inwood

    Reporting from Kyiv

    It may be far from the frontlines, but today the city of Kremenchuk felt the heat of this war.

    The inferno that resulted from Russia’s missile strike on a shopping centre was incredible. Footage shared on social media showed panicked passers-by rushing to help shoppers caught in the strike.

    “Is anybody alive… anybody alive?” - a man can be heard calling out.

    Ambulances were soon on the scene, taking the injured to hospital. It was too late for many.

    It isn’t known how many died, but Ukraine’s President Zelensky said around 1,000 people were inside when the missiles struck.

    The governor of Poltava Oblast, the region in which Kremenchuk sits, said it was "a crime against humanity”.

    Dmytro Lunin called it an “obvious, cynical act of terror against peaceful civilians".

    Russia is yet to respond to the attack and has always denied targeting civilians.

    But, it is already being suggested that this was another attempt by Moscow to send a message, just as the G7 group of wealthy nations was discussing new aid for Ukraine.

    If this was Russian diplomacy, it was a negotiating tactic of the most brutal kind.

  12. 'World is horrified by Russia's missile strike today' - Blinken

    World leaders have been reacting to the deadly strike on a shopping centre in Kremenchuk, central Ukraine.

    "The world is horrified by Russia's missile strike today, which hit a crowded Ukrainian shopping mall", US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said.

    He added that the US will "continue to support Ukraine" and hold Russia to account.

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the attack had shown the cruelty and barbarism of Russia's president, Vladimir Putin.

    As the G7 summit is under way, several leaders vowed to support Ukraine, financially and militarily, for as long as it took.

    The United Nations has also condemned the missile strike, calling it deplorable.

  13. What's been happening today

    If you're just joining us, here's a look at the news from the war so far today:

    Shopping centre attack

    • At least 11 people have been killed in Russian missile strike on a shopping centre in Kremenchuk, the governor of the Poltova region has said
    • Dmytro Lunin said it was "a war crime"
    • President Volodymr Zelensky said 1,000 people could have been in the huge building at the time
    • The attack has been condemned by world leaders and the UN who described it as "deplorable"

    G7 meeting

    • Leaders of the largest industrialised nations have been meeting in Germany for their annual summit
    • The group pledged to support Ukraine "for as long as it takes"
    • President Zelensky addressed leaders, asking for more economic and military support and said he wanted the war to end before winter

    Nato

    • Nato has announced an increase to its quick response force, from 40,000 to 300,000 troops
    • Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Russia's invasion was the biggest threat Nato had faced since the Cold War
  14. WATCH: Shopping centre engulfed by flames after missile strike

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    Video caption: Ukraine: Missile strikes busy shopping centre in Kremenchuk

    Local officials say at least 10 people have been killed and 40 injured in a missile strike at a crowded retail area in Kremenchuk, a city in central-eastern Ukraine.

    More than 1,000 people could have been inside when the building was hit by a Russian missile strike, President Volodymyr Zelensky said.

    Footage posted on social media shows flames engulfing the building, while firefighters struggle to tackle the blaze.

  15. Kremenchuk strike yet another act of terrorism - Ukrainian MP

    Ukrainian MP Lesia Vasylenko says a missile strike on a shopping centre in Kremenchuk is "yet another act of terrorism which Russia has committed".

    She told the BBC there were "no military objects" near the area targeted by shelling, adding it was a "blatant attack on the civilian population".

    Vasylenko says a helpline has been set up at the local police station to help people identify those who might have been at the shopping centre at the time of the blast.

    At least 10 people have died and 40 others were injured.

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky says "over a thousand civilians" were in the mall when the missiles struck the city.

    Vasylenko says Ukrainian officials will have a better picture of the number of casualties by tomorrow morning.

  16. UN condemns 'deplorable' Kremenchuk attack

    The United Nations has spoken out about the missile attack on the shopping centre in Kremenchuk.

    "It is deplorable, to say the least," UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said.

    "Any sort of civilian infrastructure, which includes obviously shopping malls, and civilians should never ever be targeted," he said.

  17. Kremenchuk attack shows 'depths of cruelty' - UK PM

    UK PM Boris Johnson has condemned Russia's President Vladimir Putin's "cruelty and barbarism" after a missile strike on a shopping centre in Ukraine left at least 10 people dead and 40 injured.

    He says the attack, on the day Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky addressed the G7 summit, would strengthen the resolve of allies to resist Putin.

    "This appalling attack has shown once again the depths of cruelty and barbarism to which the Russian leader will sink.

    "Once again our thoughts are with the families of innocent victims in Ukraine.

    "Putin must realise that his behaviour will do nothing but strengthen the resolve of the Ukraine and every other G7 country to stand by the Ukraine for as long as it takes," Johnson says.

  18. Kremenchuk attack: what do we know so far?

    Since the attack on a shopping mall in Kremenchuk, central Ukraine, several videos and pictures have been circulating online.

    The earliest we could find were shared at around 14:30 GMT, showing fires and plumes of smoke erupting from the site. The State Emergency Service of Ukraine, has shared pictures of firefighters tackling the blaze.

    Another, graphic, video was filmed by someone emerging from smoke-filled rubble and onto a nearby street.

    We’ve located these images to Amstor shopping centre – the most prominent building in the immediate area of the city. Amstor are a commercial chain that operate in central and eastern Ukraine.

    Images from the site indicate that the eastern section of the building was hit.

    The shopping centre is located about 130km (81 miles) from Russian areas of control.

    Given the limited range of unguided weapons like artillery, it’s likely that the shopping centre was hit by a guided weapon like a missile.

    These are usually pre-programmed with their target’s location before launch, and are far more accurate at long range.

  19. BreakingTen dead in Kremenchuk strike - regional governor

    Latest figures suggest 10 people have died and at least 40 were injured in the missile strike on a shopping centre in Kremenchuk, according to the head of the Poltava regional administration Dmytro Lunin.

    A fire has been raging through the site since the missile struck at around 15:50 local time. Some 1,000 civilians were estimated to be inside the building at the time, leading to a major rescue operation.

    It is anticipated the number of dead and injured will continue to climb, with Lunin labelling the attack "a war crime".

  20. In pictures: Kremenchuk shopping mall attack

    Here are some images from the attack in Kremenchuk which left a shopping centre in flames.

    Two deaths have been confirmed but the number of victims is expected to rise significantly.

    Image caption: Missiles struck the shopping mall at about 15:50 Ukraine time, officials in Kremenchuk say
    Image caption: A fierce fire took hold of the site, covering an area of 10,000 sq m
    Image caption: Local fire crews battle to dampen down the intense flames
    Image caption: The full death toll is still not known, but two people are already confirmed to have died, with at least 20 others injured
    Image caption: The city's mayor called the attack "another Russian war crime, a crime against humanity"
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