Russia-Ukraine crisis live updates | Moscow says strikes hit Ukraine military training centres

A firefighter works to put out a fire in a residential building damaged by a Russian missile strike, as Russia’s attack on Ukraine continues, in Kyiv, Ukraine June 26, 2022.

A firefighter works to put out a fire in a residential building damaged by a Russian missile strike, as Russia’s attack on Ukraine continues, in Kyiv, Ukraine June 26, 2022. | Photo Credit: Reuters

Russia said on Sunday that its forces had carried out strikes against three military training centres in northern and western Ukraine. Among the targets was a military training centre for Ukrainian forces in the Starychi district of the Lviv region, around 30 kilometres (19 miles) from the border with NATO member Poland.

Earlier, the mayor of Ukraine's Sievierodonetsk said Ukrainian troops had "almost left" the strategic frontline city after holding out for weeks against advancing Russian forces.

Russian forces are trying to block a city in eastern Ukraine, the region’s governor said Saturday, after their relentless assault on a nearby city forced Ukrainian troops to begin withdrawal after weeks of intense fighting.

Russia also launched missile attacks on areas far from the heart of the eastern battles.

Ukraine said it came under "massive bombardment" Saturday from neighbouring Belarus, a Russian ally not officially involved in the conflict, the day after announcing a retreat from the strategic city of Severodonetsk.

Here are the latest updates:

Cherkasy

Missile strikes kill one near central Ukrainian city of Cherkasy - governor

Two Russian missiles struck near the central Ukrainian city of Cherkasy on Sunday, 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. - Reuters

Moscow

Moscow says strikes hit Ukraine military training centres

Russia said on Sunday that its forces had carried out strikes against three military training centres in northern and western Ukraine, including one near the Polish border, just days before a NATO summit.

The bombings were carried out with “high-precision weapons of Russia’s aerospace forces and Kalibr missiles,” Russian defence ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said in a statement.

Among the targets was a military training centre for Ukrainian forces in the Starychi district of the Lviv region, around 30 kilometres (19 miles) from the border with NATO member Poland.

The other two training centres were in the central Zhytomyr region and northern Chernihiv region. - AFP

ELMAU (GERMANY)

Joe Biden says G7 to ban Russian gold in response to Ukraine war

President Joe Biden said on Sunday that the United States and other Group of Seven leading economies will announce a ban on imports of gold from Russia, a step the leaders hope will further isolate Russia economically over its invasion of Ukraine.

A formal announcement was expected Tuesday as the leaders meet for their annual summit.

Mr. Biden and his Group of Seven allies will huddle on the summit's opening day Sunday on strategies to secure energy supplies and tackle inflation, aiming to keep the fallout from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine from splintering the global coalition working to punish Moscow. - AP

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KYIV

Russia's Kyiv strike aims to 'intimidate Ukrainians' before NATO summit: Mayor

A Russian missile strike that hit Kyiv on Sunday was intended to "intimidate Ukrainians" in the days leading up to a NATO summit, the city's mayor Vitali Klitschko said.

The first Russian strike in the capital in nearly three weeks was aimed to "intimidate Ukrainians... at the approach of the NATO summit" to be held in Madrid from June 28-30, said Klitschko, who visited the scene of the explosion. - AFP

KYIV

Russia strikes Kyiv as troops consolidate gains in the east

Russia attacked the Ukrainian capital 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.

Officials examine a crater and the wreckage of vehicles after Russian missiles struck the courtyard of a multi-storey residential complex on the eastern outskirts of Kharkiv on June 26, 2022.

Officials examine a crater and the wreckage of vehicles after Russian missiles struck the courtyard of a multi-storey residential complex on the eastern outskirts of Kharkiv on June 26, 2022. | Photo Credit: AFP

Associated Press journalists in Kyiv saw rescue services battling flames and rescuing civilians. Klitschko said two people were hospitalized with injuries.

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. - PTI

KYIV

Russia pushes to block second city in eastern Ukraine

Russian forces are trying to block a city in eastern Ukraine, the region’s governor said on Saturday after their relentless assault on a nearby city forced Ukrainian troops to begin withdrawal after weeks of intense fighting.

Russia also launched missile attacks on areas far from the heart of the eastern battles.

Serhiy Haidai, governor of the Luhansk region, said on Facebook that Russian forces are attempting to blockade the city of Lysychansk from the south. That city lies next to Severodonetsk, which has endured relentless assault and house-to-house fighting for weeks. - AP

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