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Zelensky calls deadly missile strike on Kremenchuk mall a ‘brazen terrorist act’


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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Monday denounced a rocket attack on a busy shopping center in the city of Kremenchuk as a “brutal act of terrorism” as the death toll rose to at least 13. G7 leaders pledged to support Ukraine “for as long as it takes” while the US said it was close to finalizing an arms package for Kiev. Follow our live blog for the latest developments. All times are Paris time, GMT+2.

2:07 am: Russian opposition politician arrested – sources

Prominent Russian opposition politician Ilya Yashin was detained in Moscow on Monday, a lawyer for opposition figures and a Russian journalist said on their social media accounts.

Irina Babloyan, a journalist and host of the now-defunct radio station Ekho Moskvy, said Yashin was detained while the two were walking together.

“I was walking in the park with my friend, Ilya Yashin … The police came and took Ilya,” Babloyan said on the Telegram messaging app.

Lawyer Vadim Prokhorov, who has represented many Russian opposition figures, also said Yashin was in police custody for the alleged administrative offense of disobeying a police officer

1:40 am: Putin promises Bolsonaro to maintain fertilizer supply

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday promised his Brazilian counterpart Jair Bolsonaro that Russia is “committed” to maintaining supplies of much-needed fertilizers to the South American agricultural giant.

Bolsonaro said in Brasilia the two leaders had spoken by phone about “food security” and “energy insecurity”, without giving more details.

In its own statement on the talk, the Kremlin said Putin “emphasized Russia’s commitment to fulfill its obligations to ensure the uninterrupted supply of Russian fertilizers to Brazilian farmers.”

The statement added that Putin called for “the restoration of the architecture of free trade in food products and fertilizers that collapsed as a result of Western sanctions” against Russia over its invasion of Ukraine.

01:14 a.m.: Russian strike death toll rises to 16

At least 16 people were killed in a Russian rocket attack on a busy shopping center in the central Ukrainian city of Kremenchuk, the chief of emergency services said Tuesday morning, sparking international outrage.

“At the moment we know 16 dead and 59 injured, 25 of whom have been hospitalized. The information is being updated,” Kruk said on Telegram.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP, AP and REUTERS)

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