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

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

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

US officials said Maria and Katerina Putin, his two adult daughters, as well as Lavrov’s wife and children and members of Russia’s Security Council will face action.

It comes as news broke that more than 5,000 civilians have been killed in the besieged Ukrainian city of Mariupol since Russia started its war. Some 210 children were among those killed, Mayor Vadym Boichenko said on Wednesday, adding Russian forces had bombed hospitals, including one where 50 people were “burned to death”.

He added that more than 90 percent 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 over its ongoing war in Ukraine, US officials said.

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

The White House said Ms Vorontsova and MsTikhonova would be placed on the sanctions list “because they are the adult children of Putin, a person whose property and property interests are blocked.”

But who are the daughters of the long-time leader of Russia and what do they do? Joe Sommerlad look closer.

Sam HancockApril 6, 2022 8:39 p.m

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More than 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 Russia invaded on February 24.

Vadym Boichenko previously said that 210 of those dead were children and that Russian forces had bombed hospitals, including one where 50 people were “burned to death”.

He added that more than 90 percent of the city’s infrastructure was destroyed by Russian shelling.

Since the beginning of the war, Vladimir Putin’s forces have strategically cut off the Sea of ​​Azov port city from supplies of food, water and energy – while bombarding it with artillery and airstrikes.

The capture of Mariupol would allow Russia to secure a continuous land corridor to Crimea that Russia seized from Ukraine in 2014.

There has been a constant blockade by Red Cross teams attempting to enter the area, meaning those trapped have gone for weeks without essentials.

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

(Reuters)

Sam HancockApril 6, 2022 8:16 p.m

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

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

In an interview published today, the French President condemned the alleged killings of civilians, saying: “It was very likely a war crime that was committed there.”

Mr Macron also said he supports additional sanctions against Russia over its invasion of Ukraine.

Sam HancockApril 6, 2022 7:59 p.m

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US says Ukraine “can absolutely win” war with Russia

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

“Of course they can win this,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said in a news conference on Wednesday.

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

His comments come as the US imposed new sanctions on the families of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, including Putin’s daughters, in a latest attempt to isolate Moscow and help end the war.

“I made it clear that Russia will pay a heavy and immediate price for its atrocities in Bucha,” US President Joe Biden tweeted after the announcement. “Today, along with our allies and partners, we announce 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

A Russian tank opens fire on a civilian cyclist in Bucha

Sam HancockApril 6, 2022 7:39 p.m

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Putin’s lapdog wears Prada: Chechnya 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 posing to boost his standing with Vladimir Putin, reports say Borzou Daragahi.

Joe MiddletonApril 6, 2022 7:22 p.m

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‘I didn’t even have a gun in my hands’: climate activists switch fight for environment to fight for Ukraine

Pavlo Vyshebaba spends peacetime campaigning for environmental and animal rights.

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

“But when it’s my turn to be at the front, I won’t move,” he says The Independent. “My hands won’t tremble until I’ve neutralized as many Russians as possible.”

He is one of many Ukrainians who have pledged to fight against an invasion of their country by Russian troops that 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 delivers a briefing on Ukraine

Watch live as the Pentagon spokesman delivers a briefing on Ukraine

Joe MiddletonApril 6, 2022 6:56 p.m

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Ukraine says four civilians were killed at an aid distribution point

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

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

The photos showed two women stretched out on the floor. Another person had a serious leg wound and a fourth was shown with a bloody leg while being helped into an emergency vehicle.

“The enemy cynically shot at Vuhledar civilians who came to receive humanitarian aid. As a result of the shelling there are 4 dead and 4 wounded,” Mr Kyrylenko wrote in a later post, updating the death toll from a previous estimate of two dead.

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

Russia has denied attacking civilians. Reuters could not immediately verify Mr Kyrlyenko’s account of the incident.

Joe MiddletonApril 6, 2022 6:40 p.m

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Ukraine demands more sanctions and weapons to contain Putin

Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba has called for more sanctions against Russia and urged Western countries to help the country “curb 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 give us your fullest support. Maximum penalties. All weapons.

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

Article 5 of NATO stipulates that an armed attack on a member country triggers collective action.

In separate comments to BBC’s HARDtalk, he said that the “Bucha massacre is a game changer”. He added that “the Bucha massacre should remove any kind of hesitation and reluctance in 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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