Ukraine news – live: Putin’s daughters hit with new sanctions, as Mariupol says 5,000 civilians killed

Russia accuses Ukraine of civilian casualties in kyiv

The United States has imposed new sanctions on the families of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, including Putin’s daughters.

“I have made it clear that Russia will pay a severe and immediate price for its atrocities in Bucha,” US President Joe Biden wrote on Twitter. “Today, together with our allies and partners, we are announcing a new round of devastating sanctions.”

US officials said Maria and Katerina Putin, his two adult daughters, will face action along with Lavrov’s wife and children and members of Russia’s security council.

It comes as it was revealed that more than 5,000 civilians have been killed in the besieged Ukrainian city of Mariupol since Russia launched its war. Some 210 children are among those murdered, Mayor Vadym Boichenko said on Wednesday, adding that Russian forces had bombed hospitals, including one where 50 people were “burnt alive”.

He added that more than 90% of the city’s infrastructure has now been destroyed by Russian shelling.

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Who are Putin’s daughters, sanctioned by the West?

Vladimir Putin’s daughters have been targeted in the latest round of sanctions against Russia for its ongoing war in Ukraine, US officials have said.

US and EU sanctions were imposed on the adult daughters of the Russian leader along with his ex-wife Lyudmila, Maria Vorontsova and Katerina Tikhonova. “We believe that many of Putin’s assets are hidden with members of his family, and that is why we are targeting them,” a senior US official told reporters on Wednesday.

The White House said Ms Vorontsova and Ms Tikhonova were added to the sanctions list “for being Putin’s adult children, a person whose property and interests in property are blocked”.

But who are the daughters of Russia’s longtime ruler and what do they do? Joe Sommerlad take a closer look.

sam hancockApril 6, 2022 8:39 p.m.

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Over 5,000 dead in Mariupol since Russian invasion: mayor

The mayor of Mariupol says more than 5,000 civilians have been killed in the besieged Ukrainian city since the Russian invasion on February 24.

Vadym Boichenko said earlier that 210 of those dead were children and that Russian forces had bombed hospitals, including one where 50 people were “burnt alive”.

He added that more than 90% of the city’s infrastructure had been destroyed by Russian shelling.

Since the start of the war, Vladimir Putin’s troops have strategically cut off the Sea port city of Azov from food, water and energy supplies, while bombarding it with artillery and air raids.

Capturing Mariupol would allow Russia to secure a continuous land corridor to Crimea, which Russia seized from Ukraine in 2014.

There was a constant blockage of Red Cross teams trying to enter the area, meaning those trapped were left unnecessarily for weeks.

A local resident sits near an apartment building in Mariupol, damaged during the Ukraine-Russia conflict

(Reuters)

sam hancockApril 6, 2022 8:16 p.m.

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Macron says Bucha killings are ‘most likely a war crime’

Emmanuel Macron says the killings in the Ukrainian town of Bucha are “most likely a war crime” that deserves justice, Reuters reports.

During an interview, published today, the French president condemned the alleged killings of civilians, saying: “It is most likely a war crime that was committed there.”

Mr Macron also said he was in favor of additional sanctions against Russia for its invasion of Ukraine.

sam hancockApril 6, 2022 7:59 p.m.

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US says Ukraine can ‘absolutely win the war’ with Russia

The Pentagon says its assessments of the conflict in Europe show that Ukraine can win the war against Russia.

“Of course they can win,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said Wednesday during a press briefing.

“The proof is literally in the results you see every day…they absolutely can win.”

His remarks come as the United States imposed new sanctions on the families of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, including Putin’s daughters, in the latest attempt to isolate Moscow and Russia. to help end the war.

“I have made it clear that Russia will pay a severe and immediate price for its atrocities in Bucha,” US President Joe Biden wrote on Twitter after the announcement. “Today, together with our allies and partners, we are announcing a new round of devastating sanctions.”

sam hancockApril 6, 2022 7:55 p.m.

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Watch: Russian tank opens fire on civilian cyclist in Bucha

Russian tank opens fire on civilian cyclist in Bucha

sam hancockApril 6, 2022 7:39 p.m.

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Putin’s pocket dog wears Prada: Chechen leader Kadyrov poses on TikTok as his men kill civilians in Ukraine

Beyond the brutality and bloodshed associated with the Chechen militia, Ramzan Kadyrov is using Russia’s war and social media posturing to bolster his standing with Vladimir Putin, reports Borzou Daragahi.

Joe MiddletonApril 6, 2022 7:22 p.m.

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‘I didn’t even hold a gun’: Climate activists move from fight for environment to fight for Ukraine

Pavlo Vyshebaba spends peacetime campaigning for the environment and animal rights.

The 38-year-old, who founded Ukraine’s first vegan cafe, says he wouldn’t hurt a fly – and he means it literally.

“However, when it’s my turn to be on the front line, I won’t move,” he said. The Independent. “My hands won’t shake until I neutralize as many Russians as possible.”

He is one of many Ukrainians who have pledged to fight the invasion of their country by Russian troops, which has devastated cities, killed hundreds of civilians and displaced millions more.

Zoe Tidman has the details.

Joe MiddletonApril 6, 2022 7:08 p.m.

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Watch live as the Pentagon spokesman holds a briefing on Ukraine

Watch live as the Pentagon spokesman holds a briefing on Ukraine

Joe MiddletonApril 6, 2022 6:56 p.m.

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Ukraine says four civilians were killed at aid distribution point

Russian artillery fire killed at least four people and injured four others at a humanitarian aid distribution point today as Moscow forces shelled towns and railway infrastructure in eastern Ukraine, local officials said.

Donetsk Governor Pavlo Kyrylenko shared photos online from the town of Vuhledar, where he said Russian artillery fire hit a humanitarian aid distribution point.

The photos showed two women lying on the ground. Another person suffered serious leg injuries and a fourth was shown with a bloody leg, being helped into an emergency vehicle.

“The enemy cynically fired on civilians from Vuhledar, who had come to receive humanitarian aid. As a result of the shelling, there are 4 dead and 4 wounded,” Mr. Kyrylenko wrote in a later article, updating the death toll from an earlier estimate of two killed.

He added that another person was also killed in shelling in the village of Ocheretyn on Wednesday, while four civilians were injured in a similar strike on another rural settlement.

Russia has denied targeting civilians. Reuters was unable to immediately verify Mr. Kyrlyenko’s account of the incident.

Joe MiddletonApril 6, 2022 6:40 p.m.

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Ukraine calls for more sanctions and weapons to contain Putin

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba called for new sanctions against Russia and urged Western countries to help the country “contain this evil now or risk Putin testing Article 5 later”.

In a tweet this afternoon, he said: “The only way to prevent the Russian war from spreading beyond Ukraine is to provide us with the fullest support. Maximum penalties. All weapons.

“The policy of ‘not provoking Putin’ has failed miserably in recent years. Help us contain this evil now or risk Putin testing Article 5 later.

Article 5 of NATO states that an armed attack on a member country will trigger collective action.

He separated comments from BBC’s HARDtalk, he said ‘the Bucha massacre is a game-changer’. He added that “the Bucha massacre should eliminate any form of hesitation and reluctance by the West to provide Ukraine with all the necessary weapons…and the same goes for sanctions.”

Joe MiddletonApril 6, 2022 6:12 p.m.

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