Russia-Ukraine live news: Indonesian leader visits Kiev, Moscow

by Barbara R. Abercrombie
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flashing-dotLive updates live updates, Joko Widodo says he will urge his Russian and Ukrainian colleagues to create space for dialogue during a peacekeeping mission to the warring countries. The mayor of Severodonetsk says the city is now “completely occupied by Russia”. Local officials say that dozens of Russian missiles hit military facilities in western and northern Ukraine simultaneously. The Ukrainian army says attacks on the Chernihiv border were launched from the territory of its Russian ally Belarus. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says Ukraine could come under pressure to negotiate a peace deal with Russia, which may not be in his best interests due to the economic fallout from the war in Europe.

Here are all the latest updates:

40 minutes ago (04:27 GMT)

Explosions ravage Kyiv’s central district

Several explosions were heard in the Shevchenkivskiy district of the Ukrainian capital Kyiv, the city’s mayor Vitali Klitschko said on the Telegram messaging app.

There was no direct information about the cause of the explosions or casualties.

“Ambulance and rescue workers have been sent to the scene. More detailed information – later,” said Klitschko.

“Residents are being rescued and evacuated from two buildings.”

2 hours ago (03:26 GMT)

The President of Indonesia visits Ukraine and Russia for a peace mission

Indonesian President Joko Widodo says he will urge his Russian and Ukrainian colleagues to create space for dialogue during a peace-building mission to the belligerent countries and ask Russian Putin to order an immediate ceasefire.

“War must be stopped, and global food supply chains must be reactivated,” Jokowi, as the president is popularly called, said before leaving for Germany to attend the G7 summit.


The president also said he would encourage G7 countries to seek peace in Ukraine after the Russian invasion and find an immediate solution to the global food and energy crises. Russia calls its actions in Ukraine a “special operation”.

3 hours ago (02:00 GMT)

G7 leaders to discuss war, food, and energy crises in Ukraine

G7 leaders gather in southern Germany, seeking unequivocal support for Ukraine against the Russian invasion as they grapple with the war’s mounting global repercussions.

Leaders are expected to try to increase pressure on Russian President Vladimir Putin. However, they want to avoid sanctions that could fuel inflation and exacerbate the cost of the living crisis afflicting their people.

“The main message from the G7 will be unity and coordination of action… That is the main message, that even in difficult times… we stick to our alliance,” an EU official told Reuters.

The G7 agrees to a ban on gold imports from Russia, a source familiar with the matter told the news agency. A German government source later said leaders were holding “really constructive” talks about a possible price cap for Russian oil imports.

The summit will discuss options to tackle rising energy prices and replace Russia’s oil and gas imports.

The summit will take place in the castle resort of Schloss Elmau at the foot of Germany’s highest mountain, the Zugspitze – the same location where the country last hosted the G7 annual meeting in 2015. Even then, Russian aggression is against Ukraine’s agenda—a year after Moscow invades Crimea.

Hello and welcome to Al Jazeera’s ongoing coverage of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Read here all the important developments from yesterday, June 25.

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