Ukraine pledges to bolster its armed forces after Russian air strikes

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Ukraine vowed to strengthen its armed forces just after Russia launched its greatest aerial assaults on metropolitan areas since the beginning of the war, forcing thousands to flee to bomb shelters and prompting Kyiv to halt energy exports to Europe. Follow FRANCE 24’s liveblog for all the newest developments. All moments are Paris time (GMT+2). 

6:51am: G7 to keep disaster talks on Russia’s bombing blitz in Ukraine

The US, France and other G7 powers hold crisis talks Tuesday on Russia’s the latest bombing blitz across Ukraine, with Britain’s Liz Truss predicted to insist they “must not waver a single iota” in their assistance for Kyiv.

The assembly will come a day after Russian missiles rocked the Ukrainian money for the initially time in months, with President Volodymyr Zelensky warning Moscow that his place “can not be intimidated”.

Truss’s office claimed the British prime minister would use the platform “to urge fellow leaders to continue to be the course”.

German authorities spokesman Steffen Hebestreit has instructed reporters that Chancellor Olaf Scholz experienced spoken with Zelensky and certain him “of the solidarity of Germany and the other G7 states”.

3:30am: UN ambassadors condemn Russian air strikes at Typical Assembly session

The UN General Assembly commenced debating Monday no matter if to desire that Russia reverse course on annexing 4 areas of Ukraine — a dialogue that came as Moscow’s most comprehensive missile strikes in months alarmed considerably of the global community anew.

The assembly’s distinctive session was prepared ahead of Monday’s barrage, but nations spoke out on the widespread, Monday morning rush-hour assaults that killed at the very least 14 persons and wounded scores.

Ukrainian Ambassador Sergey Kyslytsya mentioned some of his possess shut family were imperiled in a household setting up, not able to choose address in a bomb shelter.

“By launching missile assaults on civilians sleeping in their households or rushing towards children likely to educational institutions, Russia has demonstrated at the time once more that it is a terrorist point out that must be deterred in the strongest doable ways,” he claimed.

Russia reported it specific military and power services. But some of the missiles smashed into civilian areas: a park, a commuter minibus, and far more.

Russia has reported it was retaliating for what it identified as a Ukrainian “terrorist” attack Saturday on an critical bridge, and Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia told the assembly that Moscow had warned that there wouldn’t be impunity for these an act.

The bridge was “civilian infrastructure, crucial infrastructure,” he informed reporters outside the chamber.

Ukrainian officers have not confirmed that Kyiv was powering the bridge assault or other incidents of obvious sabotage but have claimed they welcome setbacks for Russia in all territory that it has claimed to annex.

UN Secretary-Typical António Guterres was “deeply shocked” by the Russian assaults and spoke Monday with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, reported UN spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric.

Different nations also deplored the bombardment. Turkish UN Ambassador Feridun Sinirlioğlu, whose state served the UN broker a July offer to get Ukrainian and Russian grain exports flowing, named Monday’s attacks “deeply stressing and unacceptable.”

2:05am: Senior US senator would like ‘freeze’ on Saudi cooperation, blasts Riyadh

The Democratic chairman of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee termed on Monday for a freeze on cooperation with Saudi Arabia, including most arms gross sales, accusing the kingdom of serving to underwrite the Russian war on Ukraine after OPEC+ introduced past week it would minimize oil generation.

The Saudi-led OPEC+ cartel agreed to cut output by an total equal to about 2% of international offer, curbing generation in a restricted marketplace and elevating the possibility of increased gasoline rates as Washington seeks to limit Russia’s vitality revenue soon after its invasion of Ukraine.

US President Joe Biden, a Democrat, rebuked the group’s lower as “shortsighted” as the environment offers with the impacts of Russia’s war, the White Residence stated.

Senator Bob Menendez identified as for intense action in a further sign of the expanding rift among the United States and Saudi Arabia.

(France 24 with AFP, AP and REUTERS)

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