As G7 begins, Russia fires on Kyiv
Islam News – Russia unleashed a new round of missiles at Kyiv yesterday, the first attack on the Ukrainian capital in weeks. At least one person was killed. The barrage came one day after Russian forces fired missiles across Ukraine — some of which came from Belarus — in one of their most widespread aerial assaults in weeks.
Moscow’s apparent show of defiance came as leaders of the Group of 7 nations, the world’s wealthiest democracies, began a two-day summit meeting in Germany with new steps to isolate Moscow. Here are live updates.
U.S. President Joe Biden said the countries would ban imports of Russian gold. Leaders are also expected to discuss possible attempts to tighten sanctions on Russian oil.
Energy: The scramble to replace Russian fossil fuels may jeopardize hard-won climate targets. E.U. leaders are scrambling to prepare for a winter of fuel shortages.
Fighting: Ukrainian forces will retreat from the key eastern city of Sievierodonetsk, where about 90 percent of the city’s buildings have been destroyed. And the mayor of Mykolaiv, an embattled southern city that has embodied Ukraine’s never-say-die spirit, urged residents to leave.
Diplomacy: The G7 leaders detailed a new plan designed to counter China’s expanding influence from its Belt-and-Road Initiative. They also invited five nonmember nations to attend, an effort to bolster relationships with countries that they fear could drift into China’s and Russia’s orbits.
Source: The New York Times