Russia-Ukraine news- live: Putin threatens Kiev with more retaliatory missile strikes

The moment Russian missile hits the pedestrian bridge in Kiev

Vladimir Putin said he will respond “harshly” to Ukrainian attacks on Russian targets, hours after the Kremlin initiated a series of strikes across cities Ukraine.

The Russian president said the strikes, which hit the target in Kiev including a public park, playground and a pedestrian bridge, was in response to an attack on a bridge in Crimea over the weekend.

Kremlin officials said they successfully targeted Ukrainian energy, military and communications infrastructure, while Kyiv’s allies condemned Russia for hitting civilian areas and killing at least 11 people.

Volodymyr Zelensky accused Moscow of trying to wipe his country “off the face of the earth” and said the explosions were timed to cause maximum casualties to Ukraine.

The spate of strikes follows a devastating blow to Russia at the weekend, when the Kerch bridge, a key supply line for troops fighting to hold onto territory in Ukraine’s south, was damaged in an explosion. Mr. Putin called the incident an “act of terrorism” by Ukraine.

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Pictures show Ukraine in flames after Russian strikes

More images are coming out of Ukraine showing the chaos caused by Russia’s widespread barrage of missile strikes this morning.

The photos below were taken in Kiev, Lviv and Dnipro.

Firefighters try to put out a burning car after a Russian attack in Kiev

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Investigators examine a crater after a missile attack in Dnipro

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Smoke rises over Lviv after Russian missile strikes

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Red Cross suspends Ukraine work due to security fears

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and at least one other aid group halted their field work in Ukraine on Monday for security reasons after Russia fired missiles at cities across Ukraine.

Russia shelled cities across the country, hitting Kyiv with an intensity not seen since Russian forces tried to capture the capital early in the more than seven-month war.

The ICRC has around 700 staff working in 10 locations across the country, delivering aid and medicine, including to the millions of people displaced by the ongoing conflict.

The Norwegian Refugee Council also said it had suspended its relief operations in Ukraine until it is safe to resume.

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US State Department tweets support for Ukraine

The US State Department has tweeted its support for Ukraine after a series of Russian missile strikes hit cities across the country.

While many of Ukraine’s Western allies have condemned Russia for the attacks on civilian space, there has been little response from Washington as it approaches mid-morning.

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Human rights award for detained Russian opposition figure

The Council of Europe on Monday awarded detained Russian opposition politician Vladimir Kara-Murza the Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize for what it called his bravery in standing up to Russia’s leaders.

Sir. Kara-Murza, who holds both British and Russian citizenship and was a pallbearer at the 2018 funeral of US Senator John McCain, worked as a close aide to opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, who was shot dead in central Moscow in 2015.

He is now in custody, suspected of spreading false information about the armed forces under new laws passed eight days after the invasion of Ukraine began. His case was heard in a Moscow court today.

“It takes incredible courage in today’s Russia to stand up to power in place,” said Tiny Kox, president of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. “Today, Kara-Murza shows this courage from his prison cell.”

Kara-Murza sits on a bench inside a defendant’s cage during a hearing at the Basmanny court in Moscow today

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Ukraine says UK offered support after Russian ‘blitz’

Britain has pledged “unwavering support” to Kiev after a series of Russian airstrikes brought conflict back to parts of Ukraine that had enjoyed relative peace for months, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said.

Kuleba invoked the Nazi blitz in British cities when he said he called on James Cleverly, his British counterpart for military supplies, to defend against air raids.

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Russian failure in Ukraine a ‘myth’, says Putin’s party member

It is a “myth” that Russia is losing its war in Ukraine, a Duma member of Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party and state television host has claimed.

Evgeny Popov also blamed Ukrainian anti-missile systems for the attack on civilian targets, including a playground, in a series of apparent missile attacks on the country’s cities.

When he was told the strikes were a sign of frustration in Moscow because Russia was losing the war, he told BBC Radio 4’s. The world in one program: “It’s a myth, we don’t lose everything. We are engaged in our special military operation.”

Asked about the targeting of civilian infrastructure, Mr Popov said: “If you see some missiles and strikes on children’s territory, it was a result of the work of the anti-missile system, the Ukrainian system. All our missiles were targeted [at] energy infrastructure, communication centers and military headquarters.

“We will not attack civilians in Ukraine, we will not attack people. We will end this war. We will protect people in Russia”.

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India ‘deeply concerned’ after Russian strikes

India is “deeply concerned” by the escalation of the conflict in Ukraine and willing to support all attempts at de-escalation, a spokesman for the country’s foreign ministry said.

Russia fired missiles at cities across Ukraine during rush hour this morning, killing civilians and knocking out power and heat, in what Vladimir Putin said was revenge for Ukrainian attacks, including on a bridge to Crimea.

“We reiterate that escalation of hostilities is not in anyone’s interest. We call for an immediate cessation of hostilities and a swift return to the path of diplomacy and dialogue,” said foreign ministry spokesman Arindam Bagchi.

India and China, both countries friendly to Mr Putin’s regime, last month joined a call for a negotiated end to the war in Ukraine.

China earlier today called for de-escalation after the strikes.

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Death toll rises to 11 in Russian strikes

At least 11 people were killed and 64 injured in Russian missile attacks across Ukraine on Monday, Ukraine’s state emergency service said.

It said four regions had no electricity after the attacks – Lviv, Poltava, Sumy and Ternopil – and that electricity supplies had been partially cut in other parts of the country.

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Britain accuses Russia of ‘war crimes’ after missile attacks on Ukrainian cities

UK Security Secretary Tom Tugendhat has accused Russia of “war crimes” following a series of missile attacks on civilian areas in cities across Ukraine today.

Our political editor Andrew Woodcock has more details:

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Photos show devastation caused by Russian attacks on Kiev

Here are some pictures from Kiev, where Russia has again hit civilian targets, killing at least six people, as air raid sirens sounded repeatedly over the capital.

Blasts hit the capital’s Shevchenko district, a large area in central Kiev that includes the historic Old Town as well as several government offices, Mayor Vitali Klitschko said.

Other strikes hit near the government quarter in the capital’s symbolic heart, where parliament and other major landmarks are located. A glass tower housing offices was significantly damaged and most of its windows were blown out.

Residents were seen in the streets with blood on their clothes and hands, some being treated by street doctors and others wearing bandages.

Smoke rises over Kiev after the missile attack

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