Firefighters searched the rubble of a Ukrainian shopping centre in the central city of Kremenchuk, where authorities said 36 people were missing after a Russian missile strike that killed at least 18.
Russia denied hitting the mall, saying it had struck a weapons depot and a subsequent explosion of ammunition had triggered a fire in the shopping centre.
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* NATO ally Turkey lifted its veto over Finland and Sweden's bid to join the Western military alliance after the three nations agreed to protect each other's security, clearing path for likely expansion of NATO.
* The Group of Seven economic powers agreed to explore imposing a ban on transporting Russian oil that has been sold above a certain price, they said, aiming to hit Russian President Vladimir Putin's war chest.
* French President Emmanuel Macron said Russia could not be allowed to win the war and Western powers will support Kyiv for as long as necessary.
* Western sanctions against Russia will only end when Putin accepts that his plans in Ukraine will not succeed, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said.
* In Dnipropetrovsk region, the governor reported an "enemy attack" and said rescue workers were searching for people under rubble in Dnipro. Reuters could not independently verify the governor's account.
* Ukrainian forces will try to hold the line against Russia in the east from the vantage point of the city of Lysychansk, buying time for the arrival of Western weapons and the region's defenders to prepare fortifications, Luhansk province's governor said.
* Russia again shelled Kharkiv, Ukraine's second largest city, hitting apartment buildings and a primary school, the regional governor said. The shelling killed five people and wounded 22 including children.
"I flew head first and splinters hit my body. The whole place was collapsing." - Kremenchuk mall attack survivor Ludmyla Mykhailets.
Australian Associated Press
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