Joe Biden said Ukraine “can and will stop” Vladimir Putin as he pledged to forcefully defend the war-hit nation as the Nato summit began in Washington. “Putin wants nothing less, nothing less, than Ukraine’s total subjugation… and to wipe Ukraine off the map,” the US president said about his Russian counterpart in his welcome speech to Nato member states.

The summit, which will mark the 75th anniversary of the Western alliance, begin in Washington DC yesterday. Leaders are expected to discuss the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine and support for Kyiv at the summit.

Last week, it was revealed Nato allies agreed to fund military aid for Ukraine with €40bn ($43bn) over the next year.

Mr Zelensky, who arrived in Washington yesterday and is due to meet with Mr Biden tomorrow, has said Ukraine needed a minimum of seven Patriot systems, a goal met by the fresh deliveries announced last night. “We are fighting for additional security guarantees for Ukraine – and these are weapons and finances, political support,” he said on social media.

Key points

  • Historic Nato summit begins in Washington

  • Kyiv mayor Vitali Klitschko issues plea for air defences

  • Modi under fire for bear-hugging ‘mass murderer’ Putin

  • US president Biden slams Russian ‘brutality’

  • UN assessment suggests Ukraine children’s hospital hit by Russian missile

Biden seeks to quell domestic fears over his fitness with Nato address

07:29 , Arpan Rai

Joe Biden sought to quell domestic concerns over his fitness for office on the world stage on Tuesday as he touted the strength of the NATO alliance and announced new steps to bolster Ukraine against Russian attacks, continuing his signature foreign policy achievement at a moment of crisis for his administration and re-election campaign.

75 years after 12 countries came together in Washington to sign a historic mutual defense pact in the wake of the Second World War, the president touted the alliance’s progress before leaders representing the 32 treaty signatories at the annual NATO leaders’ summit.

Speaking before an audience of NATO leaders, including newly-minted British Prime Minister Sir Keir Starmer, Biden said the North Atlantic Treaty, that the alliance birthed 75 years ago, is stronger and more vital than ever and promised it would continue to support Ukraine’s defense needs.

“We know Putin won’t stop at Ukraine, but make no mistake, Ukraine can and will stop Putin,” he said. The US and partner nations intend to provide Ukraine with five “strategic air defense systems” in the coming months and “dozens” of “tactical air defense systems”, Biden added.

Andrew Feinberg reports from Washington DC:

Joe Biden seeks to quell domestic fears over his fitness for office with NATO address

Biden says Nato will send dozens of air defences to Ukraine

07:04 , Arpan Rai

Joe Biden has announced another major air defence package for Ukraine, and said the war-hit nation’s allies will back Ukrainian forces for as long as needed.

“The United States, Germany, the Netherlands, Romania and Italy will provide Ukraine with… five additional strategic air defence systems,” Mr Biden said.

“In the coming months, the United States and our partners intend to provide Ukraine with dozens of additional tactical air defence systems. The United States will make sure that when we export critical air defence interceptors, Ukraine goes to the front of the line,” the US president said in Washington as Nato summit began.

The outgoing Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announced that the alliance had signed the Stinger contract.

“There is no way to provide strong defence without a strong defense industry,” Mr Stoltenberg said while announcing the contract.

Why does it take Russia bombing a children’s hospital to make us care about Ukraine?

07:00 , Alexander Butler

Why does it take Russia bombing a children’s hospital to make us care about Ukraine?

Football fan Starmer will have to rely on notes from officials to keep up with England game

06:39 , Arpan Rai

Sir Keir Starmer will need to rely on notes from officials to keep up to date with England’s Euro 2024 semi final against the Netherlands.

The new prime minister, an avid Arsenal fan, will be unable to watch one of his favourite players Bukayo Saka and his team mates take on the Dutch on Wednesday for the right to play Spain in Sunday’s final.

Worse still, Sir Keir’s phone will be taken off him for security reasons as he joins other Nato leaders for talks on Ukraine at the Nato summit in Washington DC.

It means that he will not be able to quietly check the score in the middle of the talks on how to deal with Vladimir Putin.

Starmer will have to rely on notes from officials to keep up with England game

Starmer wants Nato to ‘lock in’ Trump proof military aid plan for Ukraine

06:21 , Arpan Rai

Keir Starmer has indicated that he hopes the Nato summit in Washington will “Trump proof” aid to Ukraine to help it hold off Russia.

Speaking to journalists on his flight over to the summit in the USA, the new prime minister insisted that the defence and security of Britain and its allies will be his first priority.

But he again declined to give a timetable for when his “iron clad commitment” to increase defence spending to 2.5 per cent will come into force.

His comments came as it emerged he had not been included in a discussion on air cover for Ukraine organised by the US government and including other allies.

But Sir Keir made it clear in the press briefing that he believes the summit over the next few days will “lock in” financial aid to Ukraine for its war effort.

Starmer wants Nato to ‘lock in’ Trump proof military aid plan for Ukraine

Biden hosts Nato members in Washington as he looks for reprieve from campaign pressures

06:00 , Alexander Butler

Biden hosts NATO members in DC as he looks for reprieve from campaign pressures

Russia allows Indian recruits to leave its military after Modi-Putin talks

05:58 , Arpan Rai

Russia has “broadly agreed” to discharge all Indian citizens working in its military following a meeting between Indian prime minister Narendra Modi and Russian president Vladimir Putin in Moscow.

India’s foreign ministry last month demanded a “verified stop” on the recruitment of its citizens allegedly “misled” into serving in the Russian army after two Indians were killed fighting in Ukraine. Two Indian nationals had been killed in March as well.

Mr Modi brought up the matter during a private dinner hosted by Mr Putin on Monday, news agency PTI reported, citing unnamed sources. The Indian leader is on a two-day visit to Moscow.

Russia was expected to formally announce the decision to discharge all Indians from its military following official talks on Tuesday.

Russia allows Indian recruits to leave its military after Modi-Putin talks

Kyiv hospital took direct hit from Russian missile, UN analysis suggests

05:00 , Alexander Butler

There was a “high likelihood” that Kyiv’s major children’s hospital took a direct hit from a Russian missile during a series of airstrikes on Ukrainian cities, a UN human rights mission said.

“Analysis of the video footage and an assessment made at the incident site indicates a high likelihood that the children’s hospital suffered a direct hit rather than receiving damage due to an intercepted weapon system,” the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine said.

Ukraine’s security service said it had unequivocal evidence the medical facility was hit by a Russian Kh-101 cruise missile during the deadliest series of strikes in months, and published images of what it said were fragments of the weapon’s engine.

There was a ‘high likelihood’ that Kyiv’s major children’s hospital took a direct hit from a Russian missile, the UN said (EVGENIY MALOLETKA)There was a ‘high likelihood’ that Kyiv’s major children’s hospital took a direct hit from a Russian missile, the UN said (EVGENIY MALOLETKA)

There was a ‘high likelihood’ that Kyiv’s major children’s hospital took a direct hit from a Russian missile, the UN said (EVGENIY MALOLETKA)

Kyiv mayor Vitali Klitschko issues plea for air defences

04:41 , Arpan Rai

A Russian missile attack directed against Ukraine’s top children’s hospital was one of the most “painful” days in the country’s recent history, the mayor of Kyiv, where the missile hit, has told The Independent.

Vitali Klitschko, a former boxing world heavyweight champion turned politician, cut an uncharacteristically tired figure as he recounted Monday’s events.

At least 29 people have been killed and more than 90 wounded in the multiple attacks. Seven districts across the city, on both sides of the dividing Dnipro river, were hit. The attack on Okhmatdyt children’s hospital killed two and injured roughly 50 others.

“It is very painful to spend time with parents who can’t find their children, to see them crying,” he said. “We are still working in the rubble to try to find those that are missing. I hope we find them alive. There’s a lot still of people missing. I call it genocide. Genocide.”

Tom Watling reports:

Kyiv mayor Klitschko’s urgent plea after ‘very painful’ Russian attack on hospitals

Watch: Rubble removed after Kyiv children’s hospital hit in Russian attack

04:24 , Arpan Rai

Ukrainian emergency services continued to clear the rubble yesterday after a Russian missile attack on a children’s hospital in Kyiv.

Russia hit the Okhmatdyt children’s hospital with a missile in broad daylight on Monday 8 July and rained missiles down on other cities across Ukraine, killing at least 41 civilians in the deadliest wave of air strikes for months.

Parents holding babies walked in the street outside the hospital, dazed and sobbing after the rare daylight aerial attack.

Windows had been smashed and panels ripped off, and hundreds of Kyiv residents were helping to clear debris.

President Volodymyr Zelensky, who stopped in Poland before heading off to Washington for a Nato summit, put the death toll at 37, including three children.

Watch: Rubble removed after Kyiv children’s hospital hit in Russian attack

Zelensky says can’t predict Trump’s actions if he is elected

04:10 , Arpan Rai

Volodymyr Zelensky said he could not predict what Donald Trump would do if he regains the US presidency in November, but the whole world, including Russian leader Vladimir Putin, was awaiting the outcome of the ballot.

“I don’t know (him) very well,” Mr Zelensky said of Mr Trump, adding he had “good meetings” with him during the Republican candidate’s first presidency but said that was before Russia’s 2022 invasion.

“I can’t tell you what he will do, if he will be the president of the United States. I don’t know.”

The Ukrainian leader, speaking ahead of this week’s Nato summit, said he hoped Trump would not quit the 75-year-old Nato alliance and that America would keep supporting Ukraine in its defence against Russia’s more than two-year-old invasion.

“Everyone is waiting for November. Americans are waiting for November, in Europe, Middle East, in the Pacific, the whole world is looking towards November and, truly speaking, Putin awaits November too,” Mr Zelensky said.

“It is time to step out of the shadows, to make strong decisions… to act and not to wait for November or any other month.”

Mr Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee for the US presidential election in November, has frequently criticised the size of US military support for Ukraine – some $60bn since Russia’s full-scale invasion in 2022 – and called Mr Zelensky “the greatest salesman ever.”

Kyiv says it has unequivocal evidence to prove children’s hospital hit by Russian missile

04:00 , Alexander Butler

The Ukrainian State Security Service (SBU) has presented new evidence it says proves that Kyiv’s main children’s hospital had been directly hit by a Russian Kh-101 cruise missile.

“The experts’ conclusions are unequivocal, it was a direct strike,” the SBU said on Telegram.

It shared images of a missile engine fragment it said was found at the site. The SBU added that analysis of trajectory and nature of damage caused prove the was a direct strike.

What is the Nato summit and why is it important for Ukraine?

03:55 , Arpan Rai

Prime Minister Keir Starmer and his Nato counterparts are meeting in Washington this week to mark the 75th anniversary of the world’s biggest security organization just as Russia presses its advantage on the battlefield in Ukraine.

The three-day summit, which begins today, will focus on ways to reassure Ukraine of Nato’s enduring support and offer some hope to its war-weary citizens that their country might survive the biggest land conflict in Europe in decades.

Much of what Nato can do for Ukraine, and indeed for global security, is misunderstood. Often the alliance is thought of as the sum of all US relations with its European partners, from imposing sanctions and other costs on Russia to sending arms and ammunition.

But as an organization, its brief is limited to the defence by military means of its 32 member countries — the sacred Three Musketeers-like vow of all for one, one for all — and a commitment to help keep the peace in Europe and North America.

What is the Nato military alliance and how is it helping Ukraine?

Japan must strengthen Nato ties to safeguard global peace, PM says

03:00 , Alexander Butler

Russia’s deepening military cooperation with North Korea has underlined the need for Japan to forge closer ties with Nato, the country’s leader warned.

Japanese prime minister Fumio Kishida also expressed concern over Beijing’s alleged role in aiding Moscow’s war in Ukraine.

“The securities of the Euro-Atlantic and the Indo-Pacific are inseparable, and Russia’s aggression against Ukraine and its deepened military cooperation with North Korea are strong reminders of that,” Mr Kishida said.

“Japan is determined to strengthen its cooperation with Nato and its partners,” he added.

Watch: Modi embraces Putin during Indian leader’s Russia visit

02:00 , Alexander Butler

Why does it take Russia bombing a children’s hospital to make us care about Ukraine?

01:00 , Alexander Butler

Why does it take Russia bombing a children’s hospital to make us care about Ukraine?

Modi under fire for bear-hugging ‘mass murderer’ Putin during Moscow summit

Tuesday 9 July 2024 23:30 , Alexander Butler

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi has been criticised for greeting Vladimir Putin with his signature bear hug during their Moscow summit, even as he offered veiled criticism of Russia’s latest missile bombardment of civilians in Ukraine.

The Modi government’s carefully balanced policy on the Ukraine war – neither criticising nor condoning it, and increasing trade links with Russia while also courting stronger ties to the West – led some analysts to question just how warmly the two would interact during Mr Modi’s visit to Moscow.

Mr Modi arrived to a red-carpet welcome at Vnukovo International Airport in Moscow on Monday, and later the two leaders went for a hug after a brief handshake as the Indian prime minister arrrived at Mr Putin’s residence at Novo-Ogaryovo outside Moscow.

Modi under fire for bear-hugging ‘mass murderer’ Putin during Moscow summit

Russia allows Indian recruits to leave its military after Modi-Putin talks

Tuesday 9 July 2024 22:30 , Alexander Butler

Russia allows Indian recruits to leave its military after Modi-Putin talks

Mapped: Russian missile strikes kill dozens across Ukraine

Tuesday 9 July 2024 21:30 , Alexander Butler

Mapped: Russian missile strikes kill dozens across Ukraine

Elite North Korean unit heads to Russia for first military exchange after Putin-Kim summit

Tuesday 9 July 2024 20:30 , Alexander Butler

Elite North Korean unit heads to Russia for first military exchange

What are hypersonic missiles and why is the West developing them amid Russia’s war in Ukraine?

Tuesday 9 July 2024 19:30 , Alexander Butler

What are hypersonic missiles?

Why China is conducting military exercises in Belarus

Tuesday 9 July 2024 18:30 , Alexander Butler

The Chinese military has begun joint drills in Belarus that are being held over the next 11 days in Brest, close to the border with Nato state Poland.

The joint military exercises by two of Russia’s most important allies come after Belarus became the 10th member of the China-led Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) during its 24th meeting of heads of council in Astana, Kazakhstan.

Belarus’s government said the drills “will allow … the laying of a foundation for further development of Belarusian-Chinese relations in the field of joint training of troops”.

Ukraine news: Why China is conducting joint military exercises in Belarus

Russian missiles destroy Kyiv children’s hospital in ‘genocidal’ daylight attack

Tuesday 9 July 2024 17:30 , Alexander Butler

Russian missiles destroy Kyiv children’s hospital in ‘depraved’ attack

Watch: Rubble removed after Kyiv children’s hospital hit in Russian attack

Tuesday 9 July 2024 16:30 , Alexander Butler

Watch: Rubble removed after Kyiv children’s hospital hit in Russian attack

Zelensky to deliver address at Washington’s Reagan Institute

Tuesday 9 July 2024 15:30 , Alexander Butler

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy will deliver an address at the Ronald Reagan Institute in Washington as he looks to drum up more support for the war against Russia’s invasion during this week’s Nato summit.

“President Reagan understood the Soviet Union and Russia. He knew that free countries must stand together with confidence whenever tyranny is on the move,” Oksana Markarova, Ukraine’s ambassador to the United States, said.

Nato is not expected to invite Ukraine to become a member at this year’s 9 July – 11 July gathering. Many Nato countries want to state that Ukraine’s path to membership is “irreversible” but alliance members are still wrangling over the summit declaration.

Modi under fire for bear-hugging ‘mass murderer’ Putin

Tuesday 9 July 2024 15:12 , Alexander Butler

Modi under fire for bear-hugging ‘mass murderer’ Putin during Moscow summit

Japan must strengthen Nato ties to safeguard global peace, PM says

Tuesday 9 July 2024 15:00 , Alexander Butler

Russia’s deepening military cooperation with North Korea has underlined the need for Japan to forge closer ties with Nato, the country’s leader warned.

Japanese prime minister Fumio Kishida also expressed concern over Beijing’s alleged role in aiding Moscow’s war in Ukraine.

“The securities of the Euro-Atlantic and the Indo-Pacific are inseparable, and Russia’s aggression against Ukraine and its deepened military cooperation with North Korea are strong reminders of that,” Mr Kishida said.

“Japan is determined to strengthen its cooperation with Nato and its partners,” he added.

Japan has expressed desire to strengthen ties with Nato amid Russia’s ongoing cooperation with North KoreaJapan has expressed desire to strengthen ties with Nato amid Russia’s ongoing cooperation with North Korea

Japan has expressed desire to strengthen ties with Nato amid Russia’s ongoing cooperation with North Korea

Modi under fire for bear-hugging ‘mass murderer’ Putin during Moscow summit

Tuesday 9 July 2024 14:30 , Alexander Butler

Modi under fire for bear-hugging ‘mass murderer’ Putin during Moscow summit

Why does it take Russia bombing a children’s hospital to make us care about Ukraine? We must be better

Tuesday 9 July 2024 14:00 , Alexander Butler

“Putin Bombs Cancer Kids”. The headline in the Daily Mirror is as powerful as it is succinct, and shows how, even in a vicious conflict such as Ukraine, where the rules of war are routinely ignored, some actions can still “cut through”.

Usually, Putin’s crimes against humanity, at least after the initial shock of the invasion, became mere background noise to those in the West.

The targeting of the largest paediatric unit in the country was indeed a heinous act, and a cynical one that was ordered by Vladimir Putin, the latest in his pitiless war of aggression in Ukraine. Sometimes you wonder whether the Kremlin is playing some dark satirical game when it tries to pass off a children’s hospital in Kyiv as a Ukrainian air base.

Read the full article by Sean O’Grady here:

Why does it take Russia bombing a children’s hospital to make us care about Ukraine?

Historic Nato summit set to begin

Tuesday 9 July 2024 13:58 , Alexander Butler

An historic Nato summit is set to begin in Washington in the shadow of a “brutal” Russian attack on Ukrainian cities that killed and injured dozens.

The summit, which will mark the 75th anniversary of the Western alliance, is set to begin in Washington DC on Tuesday, where leaders will discuss the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine and support for Kyiv.

Last week, it was revealed Nato allies had agreed to fund military aid for Ukraine with 40 billion euros ($43 billion) over the next year.

Modi tells Putin the death of children is ‘very painful’

Tuesday 9 July 2024 13:30 , Alexander Butler

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has told Vladimir Putin the death of children is “very painful” following Moscow’s attack on a children’s hospital in Ukraine.

Although not a direct reference to the attack, Mr Modi said the death of innocent children in war, conflict or a terrorist attack was “very painful”.

Mr Modi also told Mr Putin that a solution to the war in Ukraine “cannot be found on the battlefield. We have to find peace through talks”. Russia has denied attacking the children’s hospital in Ukraine’s capital.

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi, left, and Russian president Vladimir Putin embrace during an informal meeting in Moscow (AP)Indian prime minister Narendra Modi, left, and Russian president Vladimir Putin embrace during an informal meeting in Moscow (AP)

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi, left, and Russian president Vladimir Putin embrace during an informal meeting in Moscow (AP)

‘They tried to kill children’: Kyiv doctor describes deadly Russia hospital attack

Tuesday 9 July 2024 13:00 , Alexander Butler

Keir Starmer to face first international test as he meets Biden and other world leaders at Nato

Tuesday 9 July 2024 12:30 , Tom Watling

Starmer to face first international test as he meets Biden and other leaders at Nato

US president Biden slams Russian ‘brutality’

Tuesday 9 July 2024 12:17 , Alexander Butler

US president Joe Biden has slammed Russian “brutality” after dozens of missiles fired by Russia struck a number of cities across the country, killing at least 43 people and wounding more than 190.

“Russia’s missile strikes that today killed dozens of Ukrainian civilians and caused damage and casualties at Kyiv’s largest children’s hospital are a horrific reminder of Russia’s brutality,” Mr Biden said.

“It is critical that the world continues to stand with Ukraine at this important moment and that we not ignore Russian aggression.”

Former PrivatBank owner accused in fraud case left Ukraine illegally, investigators say

Tuesday 9 July 2024 12:00 , Tom Watling

Ukraine‘s State Bureau of Investigation was looking into Gennadiy Bogolyubov, former co-owner of PrivatBank, who is suspected of using another person’s passport to leave Ukraine in June amid separate fraud allegations, it said on Tuesday.

PrivatBank, Ukraine‘s largest lender, accused former co-owners Bogolyubov and Ihor Kolomoisky in a lawsuit filed in London of orchestrating sham loans and supply agreements between 2013 and 2014 to defraud the bank on an “epic scale”. Ukraine nationalised the bank in 2016.

Bogolyubov and Kolomoisky both deny wrongdoing. They say there was no misappropriation from PrivatBank, and that the bank has no evidence of their involvement in alleged fraud.

Bogolyubov, accused by the bank of helping orchestrate $2 billion worth of fraud, left Ukraine on June 24 by train to Poland, illegally using the passport of another Ukrainian, the investigators said.

A border crossing official who helped him had been detained, they added.

The Privatbank case has been closely watched by politicians and investors as a test of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s willingness to pursue reforms and tackle the corruption which has blighted Ukraine for years, amid its ongoing war with Russia.

Kolomoisky has been in custody in Ukraine on suspicion of fraud since 2023.

Bogolyubov travelled onward to Austria from Poland, the Ukrainska Pravda online news outlet reported, citing sources. His press service told Pravda he left the country legally.

Russia to discharge Indians from its military after Modi speaks with Putin

Tuesday 9 July 2024 11:30 , Tom Watling

Russia to discharge Indians from its military after Modi speaks with Putin

Kyiv says it has unequivocal evidence to prove children’s hospital hit by Russian missile

Tuesday 9 July 2024 11:19 , Tom Watling

The Ukrainian State Security Service (SBU) has presented new evidence it says proves that Kyiv’s main children’s hospital had been directly hit by a Russian Kh-101 cruise missile.

“The experts’ conclusions are unequivocal, it was a direct strike,” the SBU said on Telegram.

It shared images of a missile engine fragment it said was found at the site. The SBU added that analysis of trajectory and nature of damage caused prove the was a direct strike.

Ukraine armed forces chief: We will never forgive the killing of peaceful people

Tuesday 9 July 2024 11:00 , Tom Watling

Ukrainian armed forces chief Oleksandr Syrskyi has vowed to “never forgive the killing and terror of peaceful people” as the country holds a day of mourning following mass Russian strikes yesterday.

At least 41 people were killed yesterday in Kyiv and across Ukraine, while nearly 200 were wounded. Rescue operations are ongoing to find those still buried under the rubble.

“Yesterday’s massive missile attack on the cities of Ukraine shocked the whole world with its brutality and insidiousness,” General Syrskyi wrote on Telegram

“Russian terrorists cynically and purposefully struck civilian objects, in particular, the ‘Okhmatdyt’ children’s hospital.

“Today, on the day of mourning for the innocent victims of our capital and other cities of Ukraine, I bow my head together with the entire Ukrainian people as a sign of bright memory.

“We, Ukrainian soldiers, will never forgive the killing and terror of peaceful people. War crimes have no statute of limitations, and all those involved will inevitably be punished! Glory to Ukraine!”

Ukrainian armed forces chief Oleksandr Syrskyi holds meetings in Poland earlier this week (Telegram)Ukrainian armed forces chief Oleksandr Syrskyi holds meetings in Poland earlier this week (Telegram)

Ukrainian armed forces chief Oleksandr Syrskyi holds meetings in Poland earlier this week (Telegram)

Mapped: Russian missiles strikes kill dozens across Ukraine

Tuesday 9 July 2024 10:35 , Tom Watling

Mapped: Russian missile strikes kill dozens across Ukraine

Two more bodies recovered in Kyiv

Tuesday 9 July 2024 10:33 , Tom Watling

The bodies of two women have been recovered from the debris of a destroyed building in Kyiv after yesterday’s attacks, Ukraine’s state emergency service has reported.

It takes the total death toll in the capital to 29 with 117 injuries, 10 of whom are children, according to the city’s mayor Vitaliy Klitschko.

Search operations in the Okhmatdyt children’s hospital have concluded, they added. Two were killed and 32 injured in that attack.

UN assessment suggests Ukraine children’s hospital hit by Russian missile

Tuesday 9 July 2024 10:06 , Tom Watling

A lethal strike on a children’s hospital in Ukraine‘s capital, Kyiv, was likely caused by a direct hit from a Russian missile, the head of the United Nations human rights monitoring mission has said, citing the organisation’s own analysis.

“Analysis of the video footage and an assessment made at the incident site indicates a high likelihood that the children’s hospital suffered a direct hit rather than receiving damage due to an intercepted weapon system,” said Danielle Bell, head of mission for the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine.

She added that her team, who visited the site on Monday, could not make a final determination but that the missile appeared to have been launched by the Russian Federation.

UK’s new defence minister forced to flee to bomb shelter during first trip to Ukraine

Tuesday 9 July 2024 10:00 , Tom Watling

UK’s new defence minister flees to bomb shelter during first trip to Ukraine

Elite North Korean unit heads to Russia for first military exchange after Putin-Kim summit

Tuesday 9 July 2024 09:45 , Tom Watling

Elite North Korean unit heads to Russia for first military exchange

One dead and two injured in strike on Russian border city

Tuesday 9 July 2024 09:30 , Tom Watling

At least one person has been killed and two injured in an alleged Ukrainian strike in Belgorod city, the local mayor has claimed.

Valentin Demidov claimed on Telegram that the city was “attacked by the Ukrainian Armed Forces. One person died and two were injured”.

He posted pictures seen below of the aftermath of the site.

Belgorod Mayor Valentin Demidov stands next to damage in a road in Belgorod, Russia (via REUTERS)Belgorod Mayor Valentin Demidov stands next to damage in a road in Belgorod, Russia (via REUTERS)

Belgorod Mayor Valentin Demidov stands next to damage in a road in Belgorod, Russia (via REUTERS)

Russia will follow Nato summit very closely, Kremlin says

Tuesday 9 July 2024 09:15 , Tom Watling

The Kremlin has said it would closely follow this week’s Nato summit because the alliance had declared Moscow its enemy and sought to defeat Russia.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters Russia considered Nato, which is holding a summit in Washington, to be fully involved in the conflict in Ukraine.

Ukraine’s Zelenskyy discusses further NATO support with Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk

Tuesday 9 July 2024 09:00 , Tom Watling

Ukraine’s Zelenskyy discusses further NATO support with Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk

Live: Rubble removed after Kyiv children’s hospital hit in Russian attack

Tuesday 9 July 2024 08:45 , Tom Watling

Live: Rubble removed after Kyiv children’s hospital hit in Russian attack

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