- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has said his country needs a more modern air defense system.
- One person has been killed in Kyiv, the Ukrainian capital, and six others injured after Russian attacks hit a residential building and a kindergarten in the center of the city – the first time she has been targeted since early June .
- The Russian Defense Ministry claims to have used high-precision weapons to hit Ukrainian army training centers in the Chernihiv, Zhytomyr and Lviv regions.
- G7 leaders had their first day of meetings where four nations backed a ban on Russian gold, but it’s unclear if there’s a consensus yet.
- Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan will hold a series of talks with Swedish and Finnish leaders, as well as NATO, ahead of the Madrid summit on Tuesday, his spokesman said.
- Indonesian President Joko Widodo says he will call for a ceasefire during a peacebuilding visit to Russia and Ukraine.
Here are the latest updates:
G7 leaders mock shirtless jumper Putin
The leaders of the G7 on Sunday mocked the macho image of their absent opponent Vladimir Putin.
As the suit-clad leaders sat down for their first three-day G7 summit meeting in the sweltering Bavarian Alps, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson asked if their jackets should come off – or if they should even strip more .
“We all have to show we’re tougher than Putin,” Johnson said, to laughter from some of his colleagues.
“Bare-chested riding,” retorted Canadian Justin Trudeau.
“Oh yes,” said European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen. “Horseback riding is the best.”
Erdogan to meet Swedish and Finnish leaders ahead of NATO summit in four-party summit
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan will hold a series of talks with Swedish and Finnish leaders, as well as NATO, ahead of the Madrid summit on Tuesday, Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said.
Speaking to the Haberturk TV channel, Kalin said he and Deputy Foreign Minister Sedat Onal would also take part in a series of talks with a Swedish and Finnish delegation in Brussels on Monday.
“There will be a quadripartite summit in Madrid at the level of leaders in Madrid at the request of the Secretary General of NATO with the presence of our president,” he said. He also said Erdogan’s participation in talks with Sweden, Finland and NATO on Tuesday “does not mean that we will back down from our position.”
Finland and Sweden applied for NATO membership in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. But the offers have been met with opposition from Turkey, which has been angered by what it says is Helsinki and Stockholm’s support for Kurdish militants and arms embargoes in Ankara.
Four G7 countries decide to ban Russian gold
Four of the rich countries of the Group of Seven have decided to ban Russian gold imports in order to tighten sanctions on Moscow and cut off its means of financing the invasion of Ukraine.
But it was unclear whether there was a G7 consensus on the plan, with European Council President Charles Michel saying the matter should be handled carefully and discussed further.
Britain, the United States, Japan and Canada have agreed to ban new imports of Russian gold, the British government announced on Sunday.
Britain said the ban targeted wealthy Russians who were buying safe-haven bullion to reduce the financial impact of Western sanctions. Russian gold exports were worth $15.5 billion last year.
EU ministers will seek agreements on climate laws; Russia gas supply cuts loom
Ministers from European Union countries will meet this week to try joint plans to fight climate change. The previously scheduled meeting of EU energy ministers will also give them the opportunity to discuss contingency plans to reduce gas demand, which Brussels is expected to draw up in the coming weeks in the event of further cuts in gas demand. supply from Russia.
Energy ministers meeting on Monday and environment ministers meeting the following day are expected to agree common positions on proposed laws to meet the 2030 target of reducing net emissions by 55% below 1990 levels. laws would expand renewables, revamp Europe’s carbon market and ban sales of new fossil-fuel cars from 2035.
According to Brussels, the energy supply crisis caused this year by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine means that the 27 EU countries should act even faster to wean themselves off fossil fuels. But the threat of economic collapse from soaring energy prices has also made some countries more cautious about rapid changes they fear will bring more disruption.
Ukraine needs a more modern air defense system: Zelenskyy
Ukraine needs a modern air defense system to deter Russian missiles, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has said after a weekend in which Moscow stepped up attacks across Ukraine.
In his late night address, Zelenskyy denounced Sunday’s attack on Kyiv, which killed a 37-year-old man and injured at least six people, saying “the world’s second army triumphantly ‘defeated’ a kindergarten and a building.
“Missiles also hit Mykolaiv region, Chernihiv region, Odessa, Cherkasy. Artillery and mortar fire did not stop in the Kharkiv region, in the Sumy region, in the Donbass, in the south of our state,” he said in his evening speech, adding that Russia had fired 62 missiles at Ukraine in 24 hours.
“Part of the missiles were shot down. But only a part. We need powerful air defense – modern, fully effective. Which can provide complete protection against these missiles… And partners need to act faster if they are really partners, not observers.
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