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The latest news on Russia“s war on Ukraine

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2023-04-18T03:37:06Z

A 50-year-old man and his 11-year-old daughter were killed after Russian forces struck a residential building in the southeastern Ukrainian city of Zaporizhzhia early on Sunday, authorities said. Edward Baran reports.

Foreign ministers from the Group of Seven rich nations condemned Russia’s recent talk of stationing nuclear weapons in Belarus as “unacceptable” and called on China to act as a responsible member of the international community.

* Kremlin critic Vladimir Kara-Murza was jailed by a Moscow court for 25 years for treason and other offences – which he denies committing – after speaking out against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and lobbying for Western sanctions on Moscow.

* Ukraine said a U.N.-brokered initiative allowing the safe Black Sea export of its grain was in danger of “shutdown” after Russia blocked inspections of participating ships in Turkish waters. The Kremlin has said prospects for renewing the grain deal next month are “not so bright”.

* Kyiv aims to re-open food and grain transit via Poland as “a first step” to ending import bans at talks in Warsaw as some central and eastern European countries halted an influx of Ukrainian supplies to protect their local agriculture markets.

* Russia’s Defence Ministry said the Wagner mercenary force had captured two more districts of Bakhmut, in the centre and northwest of the embattled eastern Ukrainian city that has been the focal point of fierce fighting for months.

Reuters could not independently confirm the battlefield report.

* U.S. Ambassador to Russia Lynne Tracy said she had made a first visit in jail to Evan Gershkovich, a Wall Street Journal reporter accused by Moscow of spying, and had found him to be holding up well. His newspaper has rejected the charge.* U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland said the Justice Department intends to appoint a prosecutor and a legal adviser to assist Ukraine with its efforts to investigate and prosecute suspected war crimes by Russian forces.

* Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva drew criticism from the United States for comments suggesting the West had been “encouraging” war by arming Ukraine, while he was praised by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov for his proposal for peace talks.

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From left, European Union Deputy Secretary General and Political Director of the European External Action Service Enrique Mora, British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly, German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Japan’s Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi, Canada’s Foreign Minister Melanie Joly, France’s Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna, and Italy’s Foreign Minister Antonio Tajani, pose for a photo during the G7 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting at The Prince Karuizawa hotel in Karuizawa, Japan April 17, 2023. Andrew Harnik/Pool via REUTERS

Russian opposition figure Vladimir Kara-Murza, who is accused of treason and of discrediting the Russian army, appears on a screen in a court building during a video link to a hearing in Moscow, Russia, April 17, 2023. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

Russian President Vladimir Putin, Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu and Chinese Defence Minister Li Shangfu attend a meeting in Moscow, Russia, April 16, 2023. Sputnik/Pavel Bednyakov/Pool via REUTERS

Ukrainian servicemen return from heavy fighting amid Russia?s attack on Ukraine, close to Bakhmut, Ukraine, April 15, 2023. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

A Ukrainian serviceman looks on as he returns from heavy fighting amid Russia?s attack on Ukraine, close to Bakhmut, Ukraine, April 15, 2023. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

Emergency workers and volunteers work at the site of an apartment building damaged by a Russian military strike, amid Russia’s attack on Ukraine, in Sloviansk, Donetsk region, Ukraine April 14, 2023. REUTERS/Anna Kudriavtseva

Volunteers work at the site of a residential building damaged by a Russian military strike, amid Russia’s attack on Ukraine, in Sloviansk, Donetsk region, Ukraine April 14, 2023. REUTERS/Anna Kudriavtseva

Ukrainian artillery fires towards the frontline during heavy fighting amid Russia’s attack on Ukraine, near Bakhmut, Ukraine, April 13, 2023. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

Smoke is seen during a shelling on the outskirts of the frontline city of Bakhmut, Ukraine, April 10, 2023. REUTERS/Oleksandr Klymenko

A Ukrainian serviceman clears a trench at the front line near Donetsk, Ukraine, April 8. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

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Ukrainian service member from 28th mechanised brigade launches an RPG at the frontline, amid Russia’s attack on Ukraine in the region of Bakhmut, Ukraine, April 5, 2023. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

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