Several explosions heard in Kyiv

  • Several explosions heard in Kyiv’s Shevchenkivsky district, the first time a strike hit the capital since early this month.
  • Leaders from the Group of Seven (G7) gather for a meeting in Germany where they are expected to announce a ban on Russian gold’s imports, US President Joe Biden says.
  • Indonesian President Joko Widodo says he will call for a ceasefire during a peace-building visit to Russia and Ukraine.
  • Severodonetsk’s mayor says the city in the eastern region of Luhansk is now under the “full occupation of Russia”.

    25 rescued from Kyiv attack, at least four wounded

    So far 25 residents have been pulled out from the rubble after a Russian missile hit a residential building in central Kyiv, its mayor said. Vitali Klitschko said that four people were hospitalized, including a seven-year old girl.

    Ukraine’s police chief Ihor Klymenko said on national television that five people had been wounded, adding that a kindergarten has been targeted as well.Air raid sirens regularly disrupt life in Kyiv, but there have been no major strikes on the city since June 5 when a rail car repair facility was hit on the outskirts and a late April shelling when a Radio Liberty producer was killed in a strike that hit the building she lived in.

    ‘Deeply concerning times’: AJ Correspondent

    Leaders of the G7 are meeting in Germany to discuss topics beyond the Ukrainian crisis, Al Jazeera’s diplomatic editor James Bays reported.

    “The world has changed a great deal since leaders have met last time,” Bays said, noting that a G7 emergency meeting took place in the Belgian capital Brussels within the first month of the war.

    “There are many other problems now … caused by the war but having a global effect, such as global energy prices, the global food crisis and the inflation which in many of the G7 countries is reaching worrying levels,” he said.

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