Ukrainians abused in Russian filter camps, says UK

Many Ukrainians were allegedly abused in filter camps set up by Russia, according to the British Ministry of Defence.

According to its latest assessment of the war, more than 2.5 million people have been evacuated to Russia from Ukraine.

“Russia continues to be accused of forcibly deporting Ukrainians,” the UK Ministry of Defense said.

He also said Russian forces were slowly advancing west towards the town of Siversk in the Donetsk region.

It came after Volodymyr Zelensky called Russia a “terrorist state” after a missile strike in the Ukrainian city of Vinnytsia killed at least 23 people and injured dozens.

“This day has once again proven that Russia must be officially recognized as a terrorist state. No other state in the world poses such a terrorist threat as Russia,” the Ukrainian president said.

Separately, Ukraine’s allies, including the United States and more than 40 other countries, agreed on Thursday to coordinate investigations into alleged Russian-led war crimes.

Key points

  • Russian missile launch in Vinnytsia kills 23
  • Britain to help investigate ‘real horror story’ of Russian war crimes
  • Ukrainians abused in Russian filter camps, says UK
05:30 , Arpan Rai

Good morning!

Hello, Arpan Rai here, welcome to our continued coverage of Ukraine now.

Stay tuned as we bring you the latest updates!

Russian missile launch in Vinnytsia kills 23

05:37 , Arpan Rai

At least 23 people, including three children, were killed on Thursday after a Russian missile hit the Ukrainian town of Vinnytsia far behind the front lines.

The mid-western city, which has become Moscow’s latest target, is home to the command headquarters of the Ukrainian Air Force and was previously a target in March when Russia used cruise missiles to strike it .

Three children, including a four-year-old girl, were killed in Thursday’s attack, Ukraine’s emergency service said.

Among the victims, 71 people were hospitalized and 29 others are missing.

Russia must be officially recognized as a terrorist state – Zelensky

05:54 , Arpan Rai

Volodymyr Zelensky has again called for Russia to be officially recognized as a terrorist state, this time after a deadly strike in Vinnytsia, a city far behind the front lines, which left at least 23 people dead.

“This day has once again proven that Russia must be officially recognized as a terrorist state. No other state in the world poses such a terrorist threat as Russia. No other state in the world allows itself to destroy peaceful cities and ordinary human life every day with cruise missiles and artillery rockets,” Zelensky said in his Thursday night speech.

He added: “Three children under the age of ten. And unfortunately this is not yet the final figure. Debris clearance is in progress. Dozens of people are missing. Seriously injured are among those hospitalized.

Mr Zelensky said one of the Russian missiles destroyed a crucial health centre, the Neuromed Medical Centre. “There were people inside. Natalia, she is 40 years old. Tetiana, she is 32 years old. Volodymyr, he is 61 years old. Vira, she is 55 years old. I saw them among the missing. You see, we didn’t even know what happened to the people who just went to the medical center…,” Mr. Zelensky said.

“What if someone launched a missile attack on a medical center in Dallas or Dresden, God forbid, what would it be called? Wouldn’t that be called terrorism? asked the Ukrainian president.

Mr Zelensky said the strike killed a four-year-old girl as a conference on Russian war crimes was being held in the Netherlands, The Hague.

“A conference where it was decided what should be done to ensure that all Russian servicemen are punished,” he said.

Britain to help investigate ‘real horror story’ of Russian war crimes

06:16 , Arpan Rai

Britain has announced a £2.5million support package to help Ukrainian prosecutors, including the deployment of mobile court teams and the training of forensic teams, up to 90 judges and du British staff assisting victims of sexual violence.

Authorities have recorded more than 21,900 alleged Russian war crimes which are currently under investigation, along with another 11,000 which qualify as acts against national security under Ukrainian law and 800 as acts of looting and theft.

Russia is accused in a new report of waging a gruesome campaign of murder, rape and torture in Ukraine as an international summit is held to bring those responsible for war crimes to justice.

Global Affairs Editor Kim Sengupta reports:




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Britain pledges to help investigate ‘true horror story’ of Russian war crimes

Russian technocrats also responsible for ‘war crimes’, says Canada

06:46 , Arpan Rai

Canadian Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland told Russian officials attending the G20 meeting of senior diplomats that she held them personally responsible for “war crimes” committed during Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, said a Western official.

Speaking directly to the Russian delegation, Ms Freeland said: “It is not just generals who commit war crimes, it is economic technocrats who allow war to happen and continue.”

War was the “biggest threat to the global economy right now,” the Canadian diplomat, whose maternal grandparents were born in Ukraine, said Friday at the opening session of the G20.

Ukrainians abused in Russian filter camps, says UK

07:07 , Arpan Rai

The British Ministry of Defense said that amid accusations of forcible deportation of Ukrainians by Russia, many cases have also arisen of civilians being mistreated in filter camps set up by the Kremlin.

“More than 2.5 million people have been evacuated from Ukraine to Russia since the start of the invasion. Russia continues to be accused of forcibly deporting Ukrainians; in many cases, Ukrainians are believed to have been abused in filter camps set up by Russia,” the Defense Ministry said in its latest intelligence update on Friday.

The British MoD also said Russian troops were failing to engage in tactical battle.

“Since withdrawing from the strategically located Snake Island on June 30, 2022, Russia has attempted to deny its use by Ukraine,” the ministry said.

But Wednesday’s airstrikes by two Russian Su-27 fighter jets failed to hit the island, he added. “This follows the pattern of the Russian Air Force failing to engage in tactical battle,” the ministry said.

On the war front, the British Ministry said that “Russian and pro-Russian separatist forces from the Luhansk People’s Republic claim to have entered the outskirts of Siversk in Donbass”.

“This has not been substantiated, however, Russian forces slowly advanced west after shelling and probing assaults towards Siversk from Lysychansk to open a route to Sloviansk and Kramatorsk,” the ministry said, adding that Bakhmut is likely to be the next target. once Siversk is secure.

Troops moving west, UK says

08:09 , Zoe Tidman

Here is the UK MoD’s latest assessment of the situation in Ukraine:

Ukraine on the G20 table

08:54 , Zoe Tidman

Senior finance officials from the G20 countries met on the Indonesian island of Bali, seeking strategies to counter the economic fallout from war in Ukraine as well as inflation and other global crises.



Indonesia's finance minister opened the meeting in Bali (POOL/AFP via Getty Images)


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Indonesia’s finance minister opened the meeting in Bali (POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

ICYMI: New rocket systems wreak havoc on Russian military

09:29 , Zoe Tidman

Ukraine hopes high-precision missile systems supplied by the United States – which has killed hundreds of Vladimir Putin’s soldiers in recent weeks – can help it defeat Russia and regain control of the parties. captured from the country.

Lamiat Sabin reports:






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New rocket systems wreaking havoc on Russian military could be game changer for Ukraine

09:58 , Zoe Tidman

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