Live: Russian forces step up attacks in Donbass

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G20 summit ended with a closing statements from the host, Indonesia, which said ‘many’ nations agreed that Russia’s war in Ukraine was hampering the recovery of the global economy and exacerbating the global food crisis. Follow FRANCE 24 for live updates. All times are Paris time (GMT+2).

08:04: Russian strikes hit ‘oasis of calm’ in Donetsk

After Russian forces stepped up attacks throughout Ukraine on Saturday, one target was the city of Pokrovsk, in Donetsk. Strikes appear to have hit a residential area, with local authorities saying 27 houses were damaged.

Prior to the attack there was “a sense that Pokrovsk was something of an oasis of calm in Donetsk”, says FRANCE 24’s Gulliver Cragg, reporting from the city. “It’s been a hub for people evacuating from the more dangerous places in Donbass.”

On Sunday morning more explosions were reported in the southern port city of Mykolaiv.


 

07:50am: Russia reinforcing defence in occupied southern Ukraine, says British defence ministry

Russia is reinforcing its defensive positions across the areas it occupies in southern Ukraine, the British defence ministry said on Sunday.

The reinforcements include movement of manpower and equipment, defensive stores between Mariupol and Zaporizhzhia, and in Kherson, while Russian forces in Melitopol are also increasing security measures, the ministry wrote on Twitter in a regular bulletin.

 

 

06:53am: EU to discuss new sanctions against Russia on Monday

The European Union will discuss tightening sanctions against Russia on Monday, as Moscow is accused of using the continent’s largest nuclear power plant to store weapons and launch missiles on the surrounding regions of southern Ukraine.

The situation at the captured Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant is “extremely tense”, Ukraine’s atomic energy agency chief Petro Kotin said, adding that the Russians had installed missile launchers and used the facility to shell the Dnipro region.

Describing “a deluge of fire”, regional governor Valentyn Reznichenko on Saturday said Grad missiles had pounded residential areas.

With the conflict grinding on and increasingly spilling out into global energy and food crises, the EU’s foreign ministers are considering banning gold purchases from Russia, which would align with sanctions already imposed by G7 partners.

More Russian figures could also be placed on the EU’s blacklist.

“Moscow must continue to pay a high price for its aggression,” European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said after forwarding the proposed measures.

02:52am: G20 closing statement says ‘many’ members comdemn Russian actions in Ukraine

Many nations in the Group of 20 major economies condemned Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and called for it to end the war during ministerial talks in Indonesia, the host said in its closing statement early Sunday.

A two-day gathering of finance ministers and central bank governors on the resort island of Bali ended without a joint communique because of disagreements with Russia about the war.

But Western nations pressed Russia over the military assault, accusing Moscow of sending a shockwave through the global economy and its technocrats of complicity in alleged war crimes committed during the invasion.

“Many members agreed that the recovery of the global economy has slowed and is facing a major setback as a result of Russia’s war against Ukraine, which was strongly condemned, and called for an end to the war,” Indonesia said in the declaration.

“One member expressed the view that the sanctions are adding to existing challenges,” it said, in an apparent reference to Russia, which has denied blame for the current global economic headwinds.

Russia only sent a deputy minister to the finance talks, with its finance minister participating virtually.

(FRANCE 24 with AP, AFP and REUTERS)

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