Live updates: Russia invades Ukraine, Mariupol strikes continue


Here are the latest headlines from the war in Ukraine:

Bucha: Horrifying images from the town of Bucha, near the Ukrainian capital Kyiv, showed the lifeless bodies of at least 20 civilian men strewn across a single street. A CNN team also observed a mass grave in the town, which Ukrainian officials say had just been liberated from Russian forces. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba has called on the International Criminal Court to investigate the killings. The Russian Ministry of Defense has claimed the extensive footage was “fake.”

International condemnation: Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida was among the world leaders to denounce the killing of civilians in the Kyiv region. Kishida said he was “deeply shocked” by the “terrible atrocities” and called for Russia to be held accountable. The bodies of at least 400 civilians have been found so far in the Kyiv region, Ukrainian officials said Monday citing preliminary information.

Macron wants Russian exports blocked: French President Emmanuel Macron said he wants to see a total block on Russian exports of coal and oil to the European Union “this week,” following the discovery of what he described as “very clear signs” of war crimes in Bucha. He said that he would have discussions with his European partners this week regarding further sanctions on Russia.

Overnight airstrikes: The southern port city of Odesa was hit by an airstrike overnight, a military administration official said Monday morning. The city, which has been relatively calm during the Russian invasion and a haven for displaced Ukrainians, has been bracing for a Russian attack for weeks. 

Hungary’s Orban calls Zelensky an “opponent”: Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said in his victory speech his re-election sends a message not only to the European Union, but also to Zelensky, who he named along with a host of other perceived grievances as “opponents.” Orban is known as an ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Civilian deaths: As of Sunday, at least 1,417 civilians have died in Ukraine since the Russian invasion began, the UN Human Rights office (OHCHR) said Monday. Of those who died, at least 121 were children, according to OHCHR. At least 2,038 civilians have been injured.

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