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The latest developments from the war in Ukraine

The latest developments from the war in Ukraine

Russian and separatist forces are targeting Donetsk cities still under Ukrainian control after securing Lysychansk to take almost the entire Luhansk region, barring a few "pockets" of resistance.

At least one person was killed and seven wounded when Russian forces shelled Sloviansk, the city's military administration said.

The Russia war will be a priority at this week's G20 foreign ministers' meeting, with the US warning that it is not time for business as usual with Moscow.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken does not plan to have a one-on-one meeting with his Russian counterpart, breaking with tradition. However, he will meet with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi for a "frank exchange" on Beijing's response to the war in Ukraine.

While about 2 million tons of wheat are being harvested in the southern region of Zaporizhzhia controlled by Russian forces, according to the military head of the Russian-occupied areas there. It comes after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky warned that up to 60 million tonnes of grain could be stuck in Ukraine by autumn if the country continues to face blocked exports. The issue of food security will also be a major topic of discussion at the G20 foreign ministers' meeting.

A new set of economic measures aimed at supporting the Russian military passed the first vote in Russia's lower house of parliament. If the measures are passed, legal entities in Russia will be unable to refuse contracts with the Russian armed forces, effectively reshaping Russian industry in support of the occupation of Ukraine and putting the country on a war economy footing.

Zelensky has said that the reconstruction of Ukraine must go beyond "restoring the walls we had that were destroyed by the attacks." He said that Ukraine "must become the freest, most modern and safest country in Europe.

Source: CNN

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