What has happened in the last few hours
On the 124th day of the Russian-initiated war against Ukraine, these are the key data on Monday, June 27, 8:00 p.m.:
Death toll in Kremenchuk shopping mall attack rises to 10. Poltava provincial governor Dmitro Lunin has announced through his Telegram channel that the death toll in the attack on the Kremenchuk shopping center has risen to 10. The local president has also reported that at least 50 other people were injured, 21 of them hospitalized and 6 in serious condition. “Rescue teams continue to extinguish the fire. The doctors are working,” Lunin wrote.
A bomb attack in Kharkov claims 5 dead and 19 injured. According to provincial governor Oleh Sinehubov, five people were killed and 19 wounded in a Russian attack in the city of Kharkov in north-eastern Ukraine. “Doctors are providing all necessary assistance. Information on the number of victims is being updated,” Sinehubov assured in his Telegram account.
Lithuania suffers massive cyber attack by Russian “hacker” group. Lithuania’s National Cybersecurity Center, which reports to the Defense Ministry, reported in a statement this Monday that its secure data transmission network was under an “intense” DDoS (Distribution of Services) attack. Other public institutions and private companies are also victims of the offensive. According to Reuters, the Russian hacker group Killnet, a specialist in this type of action, claimed responsibility for the attack in response to the “blockade” of the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad.
The G-7 pledges “permanent support” to Ukraine and approves new sanctions against Russia. G-7 leaders this Monday pledged Ukraine “any assistance necessary” and “for as long as it is necessary,” while approving new sanctions against Moscow and warning that they do not rule out “other options ” against Russia. “We have decided to expand sanctions to further limit Russia’s access to key technologies and industries, as well as other resources,” the statement by the German G-7 presidency after the virtual intervention of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenski said before the group leaders.
The richest man in Ukraine is taking Russia to the European Court of Human Rights. Ukraine’s richest man sued Russia in the European Court of Human Rights on Monday for billions of dollars in compensation for losses since the Russian invasion began on February 24. Rinat Akhmetov, owner of the Azovstal smelter in the city of Mariupol (south-east), where Ukrainian militants fought sheltered in tunnels under Russian bombardment for weeks until the city fell under the control of Kremlin troops and armed forces, pro-Russian Donetsk province. Akhmetov has taken Moscow to court for “serious violations of its property rights” managed by a holding company called System Capital Management (SCM).
Erdogan will meet with the leaders of Sweden and Finland tomorrow in Madrid. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will meet with leaders of Finland and Sweden in Madrid tomorrow, Tuesday, to discuss his veto on those countries’ candidacy to join NATO, a presidential spokesman in Ankara reports. The meeting comes at the request of NATO at the start of the summit of the leaders of the Atlantic Alliance, which will be held in Madrid until Thursday, the spokesman for the Turkish Council Presidency, Ibrahim Kalin, said in statements to the Habertürk radio station. “Going to this summit does not mean that we are taking a step back from our position,” warned Erdogan’s spokesman.
In a photo distributed by the Ukrainian security forces, firefighters put out the fire in the Kremenchuk shopping center.