Putin must answer for what he’s done – Navalnaya

  • Addressing the European Parliament, Yulia Navalnaya says Putin must answer for what he has done to Russia, Ukraine and her husband and activist Alexey Navalny who died earlier this month.
  • China’s Foreign Ministry says Li Hui, the special envoy for Eurasian affairs, is scheduled to travel to Russia, the EU headquarters, Poland, Ukraine, Germany and France.

    US consular officials visit Paul Whelan: Embassy

    The US embassy in Russia says US consular officials have visited Paul Whelan, a US marine corps veteran imprisoned for five years for espionage, in the Mordovia region southeast of Moscow.

    “Paul deserves to go home, and we will continue to work to bring home all US nationals wrongfully detained or held hostage abroad,” the embassy said on X.

    Civilian killed in Russia’s shelling of Ukraine’s Nikopol: Local official

    A 61-year-old civilian was killed in the Russian shelling of Nikopol, according to the head of the military administration of the Dnepropetrovsk region, Sergei Lysak.

    Ukraine attacks Russia’s border village of Tishanka: Belgorod governor

    Ukraine’s air force has shelled the village of Tishanka in Russia’s Belgorod region and attacked a Kamaz truck with a drone, according to the region’s governor.

    “The village of Tishanka, Volokonovsky district, came under fire from the Armed Forces of Ukraine. There were no casualties. As a result of the shelling, windows were broken in one private residential building and a fence was cut. There was damage to the power line,” Vyacheslav Gladkov said on Telegram.

    In addition, a kamikaze drone attacked a Kamaz vehicle in the village. No one was injured as a result of the explosion; the windows of the car were broken.

    Russian guided bombs kill at least two civilians in Ukraine’s Kupiansk: Local official

    At least two civilians have been killed and another one injured in Kupiansk, a town in northeastern Ukraine’s Kharkiv region, in a Russian attack with guided bombs, according to the head of the Kharkiv regional military administration.

    Oleg Sinegubov said on Telegram that “a hit was recorded in the central part of the city”.

    “As a result of enemy fire, a 59-year-old man and a 39-year-old man were killed, one woman was injured. There are probably more people under the rubble. Residential buildings, civil infrastructure were damaged. Special services are working at the scene,” he added.

    Breakaway Moldovan region asks Russia for ‘protection’

    Pro-Russian separatist officials in the breakaway Moldovan region of Transnistria have appealed to Moscow for “protection”, according to a resolution passed by a special congress of the region.

    Officials will ask Russia’s Federation Council and State Duma “to implement measures to protect Transnistria in the face of increased pressure from Moldova”, the resolution said, according to local and Russian news agencies.

    Pro-Russian rebels in Transnistria held a special congress today, only the seventh in its history, amid a deepening row with the Moldovan government over customs duties.

    If you’re just joining us

    It’s 3pm in Kyiv and 4pm in Moscow (13:00 GMT). Here are some of the main developments:

    • Yulia Navalnaya, the widow of Alexey Navalny, makes an address to the European Parliament in which she calls Putin a “bloody mobster”.
    • Russia promises “countermeasures” over Sweden’s entry into NATO in a message from its Stockholm embassy.
    • Russia’s State Duma unanimously approves a bill banning advertising on websites of “foreign agents”.
    • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is in Albania to attend a Ukraine-Southeast Europe summit.
    • China heralds historically strong relations with Russia as it calls for the two countries to coordinate on security, stability and development in the Asia-Pacific region.
    • European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen says the EU should consider using profits from frozen Russian assets to buy supplies for Ukraine.

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