Widodo says he will urge his Russian and Ukrainian counterparts to open dialogue during a peace-building mission to the warring countries.
- Indonesian President Joko Widodo says he will call for a ceasefire during a peace-building visit to Russia and Ukraine.
- Several explosions heard in Kyiv’s Shevchenkivsky district; no immediate reports of casualties.
- The G7 leaders gather in Germany, seeking emphatic backing for Ukraine amid Russia’s invasion.
- Severodonetsk’s mayor says the city is now under the “full occupation of Russia”.
Here are all the latest updates:
Explosions rock Kyiv central district
Several explosions were heard in the Shevchenkivskiy district of the Ukrainian capital Kyiv, Mayor Vitali Klitschko said on the Telegram messaging app.
There was no immediate information on the cause of the explosions or casualties.
“Ambulance crews and rescuers dispatched to the scene,” Klitschko said. “Residents are being rescued and evacuated from two buildings.”
Indonesia’s president to visit Ukraine, Russia on peace mission
Indonesian President Joko Widodo says he will urge his Russian and Ukrainian counterparts to open dialogue during a peace-building mission and ask Russia’s President Vladimir Putin to order an immediate ceasefire.
“War has to be stopped and global food supply chains need to be reactivated,” Jokowi, as the president is popularly known, said before leaving for Germany to attend the G7 summit.
The president also said he will encourage the G7 to seek peace in Ukraine, and find an immediate solution to global food and energy crises. Russia calls its actions in Ukraine a “special operation”.
G7 leaders to discuss Ukraine war, food and energy crises
The G7 leaders are in Germany, looking to back Ukraine against Russia’s invasion and deal with the intensifying global fallout of the war, trying to increase pressure on Putin while avoiding sanctions that could stoke inflation and exacerbate the cost-of-living crisis affecting their countries.
They are set to agree to ban imports of gold from Russia, a source familiar with the matter told the Reuters news agency. A German government source said leaders were discussing a possible price cap on Russian oil imports.
The summit is also expected to discuss options for tackling rising energy prices and replacing Russian oil and gas imports.
The summit is at the resort of Schloss Elmau at the foot of the Zugspitze mountain – where Germany last hosted the G7 in 2015. Then too, Russian aggression against Ukraine dominated the agenda a year after Moscow’s invasion of Crimea.
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