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Former Chelsea and a/c Milan striker named as very first ambassador of Ukraine fundraiser

Former Chelsea and AC Milan striker Andriy Shevchenko has actually been called the very first ambassador of a charity established to help Ukraine.

The footballer, who is commonly regarded as the country's greatest ever player, will now represent UNITED24, a fundraising initiative to gather contributions for the "restoration and advancement" of Ukraine.

Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy announced the news after meeting Shevchenko in the nation's capital the other day.

" Andriy, with his work and sporting accomplishments, got fantastic self-confidence on the international phase," Mr Zelenskyy stated.

" And now he has a brand-new objective-- to inform the world about the events in Ukraine and direct his authority to increase worldwide support to our state.".

Shevchenko, now 45, has actually played for Ukraine 111 times, scoring 48 goals, and represented Dynamo Kyiv prior to playing abroad.

He was the coach of the national team for five years till last August.

Majority of Ukrainian fighters have actually left steel plant, Russia claims.

Majority of the Ukrainian fighters who were inside Mariupol's Azovstal steel plant have now left, Russia's TASS news agency has reported.

It mentioned the leader of pro-Russian separatists in control of the area, Denis Pushilin, as announcing the news.

However, it was not right away clear how many troops Mr Pushilin was describing.

Fierce battling has been happening at the steelworks, which is thought about to be the last significant fortress within the key port city.

Over recent days, Ukraine and Russia have offered clashing accounts on how many fighters have left the plant.

Russia has claimed soldiers have surrendered, while Ukraine has actually said they were taken by the Russians to a former penal colony in a location managed by Moscow-backed separatists.

' Brutal invasion of Iraq I mean Ukraine' - Former United States president gets 2 wars mixed up throughout speech.

Former US president George Bush has actually incorrectly described the intrusion of Iraq as "harsh" and "unjustified" prior to remedying himself to say he meant to describe Russia's intrusion of Ukraine.

Speaking at an occasion in Dallas, Texas, Mr Bush made the comments while he was criticising Russia's political system.

" The outcome is a lack of checks and balances in Russia, and the decision of one man to introduce an entirely unjustified and ruthless invasion of Iraq," he stated, before correcting himself and shaking his head.

He jokingly blamed the mistake on his age.

In 2003, when Mr Bush was president, the United States led an invasion of Iraq over weapons of mass destruction that were never ever discovered, resulting in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people.

Ukrainian authorities provide contrasting reports of what took place to Russian armoured train.

The other day, Ukraine's territorial defence force reported blowing up a Russian armoured train carrying troops in the occupied southern city of Melitopol.

It stated an explosive device was detonated directly under a carriage moving servicemen.

Sky News was unable to independently validate the claim and it seems Ukrainian officials have now provided clashing reports about what happened.

After the country's territorial defence force revealed the attack had happened, a consultant to Ukraine's president later said it had actually been performed on railway lines near the train.

Oleksiy Arestovych said: "The partisans got it, although they did not explode the armoured train itself.".

Melitopol is a city that lies in the region of Zaporizhzhia and in a belt of southern Ukrainian land that was inhabited by Russian forces after they attacked.

World hunger levels 'at a new high' - amid plea to Putin to open ports.

The secretary-general of the United Nations has actually cautioned that hunger levels all over the world "are at a new high".

Antonio Guterres was speaking at a meeting of world leaders that was held to talk about the intensifying food security crisis.

He stated the number of people dealing with severe food insecurity had doubled in simply 2 years from 135 million before the coronavirus pandemic to 276 million today.

The number of people living in scarcity conditions has increased by more than 500% since 2016 and now sits at more than 500,000.

" The complicated security, economic and financial implications need goodwill on all sides for a package deal to be reached," Mr Guterres stated.

However, he added that he remains in "extreme contact" with Russia and other crucial nations in the hope of an agreement to allow the export of grain stored in Ukrainian ports and to provide Russian food and fertiliser unlimited access to world markets.

David Beasley, head of the UN World Food Programme, was at the meeting and said: "Failure to open the ports will be a declaration of war on global food security, resulting in famines and destabilisation of nations as well as mass migration by need.

" This is not practically Ukraine - this has to do with the poorest of the poor all over the world who are on the brink of starvation as we speak.

" So I ask (Russian) President Putin, if you have any heart at all, to please open these ports so that we can feed the poorest of the bad and avoid scarcity, as we've done in the past, when nations in this space have actually stepped up together.".

Culture of 'cover-ups' is 'widespread' within Russian military as Moscow fires senior commanders over their efficiency.

Russia has actually fired at least 2 senior commanders for their efficiency in the war in Ukraine and a "culture of cover-ups" is swarming within its military, the UK's Ministry of Defence (MoD) has said.

In its everyday intelligence update it called the leaders that have been suspended as:

Lieutenant General Serhiy Kisel for his "failure to catch Kharkiv";.

Vice-Admiral Igor Osipov is "most likely" to have actually been suspended over the sinking of a Russian cruiser in April.

It added that Chief of the General Staff Valeriy Gerasimov "most likely remains in post" but it is "unclear" if he has the confidence of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

It continued to state that "scape-goating is probably common within the Russian military and security system", adding that lots of officials associated with the war will be "progressively distracted" by efforts to avoid individual guilt.

" It will be hard to restore the effort under these conditions," the MoD concluded.

One civilian killed in Russian village after Ukrainian attack, local governor claims.

A civilian has actually been killed in a Russian village after Ukrainian forces shelled a region of the country near to the border, a Russian governor has stated.

Roman Starovoit stated an "enemy attack" had happened in the western town of Tyotkino in the early hours of this early morning.

He added that shells have hit an alcohol factory and numerous other structures.

" Another enemy attack on Tyotkino, which take place at dawn, regrettably, ended in tragedy," he wrote on Telegram.

The text has been translated from Russian into English.

He also shared photos from the town, which appeared to show damaged structures and smoke increasing into the sky.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has actually delivered his nighttime video address.

As usual, he thanked numerous world leaders for their support.

He likewise delivered his assessment of Russia's military force, saying: "Everyone has actually currently seen how Russia is acting in war.

" The inexperienced conscripts have been tossed into battle like cannon fodder.

" Marauders who have seen normal home appliances for the very first time in a foreign country.

" Old Soviet 'armour' without modern-day protection.

" Prohibited phosphorus bombs with which they burn down schools and ordinary domestic structures.

" And missiles, most of which were invested by the Russian army on the damage of definitely civilian facilities without a tactical military outcome.

" Today, they fired missiles at Mykolaiv and likewise at Dnipro.".

He added: "We have to eliminate the occupiers and guarantee Ukraine real security.

" That is why I signed decrees on the extension of the martial law and the term of basic mobilisation.

" I hope that the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine (Supreme Council of Ukraine) will support this decision in the near future. Our army and all those who protect the state should have all the legal tools to act calmly.

" Kherson, Melitopol, Berdyansk, Energodar, Mariupol, and all our cities and communities that are under occupation, under momentary occupation, need to know that Ukraine will return.".

Today's Ukraine-related conferences.

There are a number of meetings worldwide today concerning the situation in Ukraine:.

At a time to be verified, US President Joe Biden will host Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson and Finnish President Sauli Niinistö.

At 7am UK time there is a meeting of NATO's Military Committee in Brussels. A variety of topics are on the program here but at 8am UK time, there will be a session with Finland, Sweden and Ukraine.

At a time to be advised, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will meet UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.

At 4pm UK time, there will be a global food security meeting chaired by Mr Blinken. This will focus on the effect of the Ukraine dispute on food security. The UK's agent will be Foreign Secretary Liz Truss.

Russia 'using laser weapons' in Ukraine.

Russia has said it is using brand-new laser weapons in Ukraine to burn up drones.

In 2018, Vladimir Putin unveiled an intercontinental ballistic missile, underwater nuclear drones, a supersonic weapon and a laser weapon.

Mr Putin had pointed out a laser weapon called Peresvet, named after a medieval Orthodox warrior monk killed in combat.

Yury Borisov, deputy prime minister in charge of military advancement, told a press conference this week that Peresvet was currently being extensively released and it could blind satellites approximately 1,500 km above the earth.

He likewise said there were more powerful systems that might burn up drones and other devices, adding that a test on Tuesday had seen the weapon burn up a drone 5km away within 5 seconds.

" If Peresvet blinds, then the new generation of laser weapons cause the physical damage of the target - thermal destruction, they burn up," he informed Russian state tv.

Asked if such weapons were being utilized in Ukraine, Borisov said: "Yes. The first models are currently being used there." He said the weapon was called Zadira

However Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy was unsure, stating: "The clearer it ended up being that they had no chance in the war, the more propaganda there had to do with a remarkable weapon that would be so effective as to guarantee a turning point.

" And so we see that in the third month of a full-scale war, Russia is looking for its 'wonder weapon' this all plainly shows the complete failure of the objective.".

Utilizing lasers to blind satellites was as soon as science fiction, however the US, China and Russia have actually been working on variations of such weapons for several years.

Mr Borisov stated a brand-new generation of laser weapons utilizing a wide electromagnetic band would eventually replace traditional weapons, adding: "This is not some sort of unique concept; it is the truth.".

2 more Russian soldiers to appear in court on war criminal activities charges.

Two more Russian soldiers are anticipated to appear in court accused of war crimes.

The two soldiers, who have actually not been called, are a GRAD weapon layer and a motorist.

They are implicated of firing from Russia into Ukraine's Kharkiv region, destroying instructional and domestic buildings.

They were later captured in Ukraine by the Ukrainian military.

Today's appearances are preliminary hearings and they will start at 9am UK time today in the Kotelevskii district court in Poltava.

On Wednesday another Russian soldier, Sergeant Vadim Shishimarin, pleaded guilty to murdering a 62-year-old civilian in northeastern Ukraine in the first war crimes trial of the dispute.

More Ukrainian fighters evacuated from Azovstal.

More Ukrainian soldiers were evacuated from Mariupol's Azovstal steel plant on Wednesday night.

A number of buses and Russian military vehicles were seen leaving the plant.

The very first of the fighters were evacuated on Monday night and it is uncertain how many remain.

The Associated Press cited a separatist leader in the region as saying that no top commanders had yet emerged from the steelworks.

Most of those formerly evacuated have been required to Russian-controlled territory, and their futures doubt.

Ukraine has stated it hopes to get the soldiers back through a prisoner swap with Russia, but some Russian politicians have stated they should be charged with war crimes.

Amnesty International said the Red Cross should be admitted to the fighters.

Russian authorities concerned about abuses in Mariupol, US states.

The United States has actually gathered intelligence revealing some Russian officials are concerned that Russian forces in Mariupol are carrying out severe abuses.

The Associated Press pointed out an American official acquainted with the intelligence.

The authorities said that Russian officials fret that the abuses will even more influence Mariupol citizens to resist the Russian occupation.

It would likewise play badly back in Russia, as it contradicts Moscow's claim that they are liberating the Russian-speaking populations.

According to the intelligence findings, the abuses consist of beating and electrocuting city officials and robbing homes.

Trying to find evidence of war crimes near Kharkiv.

Sky's Dominic Waghorn joined Ukrainian and Lithuanian investigators looking for evidence of war crimes near the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv.

World Bank to make $30bn available to help ease food security crisis.

The World Bank will make $30bn (₤ 24.3 bn) available to assist stem the food security crisis.

The reason this belongs to the war in Ukraine is that Ukraine and Russia together produce practically a third of the world's wheat and barley and half of its sunflower oil, and Russia and its ally Belarus are the world's second and 3 manufacturers of potash, an essential active ingredient of fertiliser.

The Russian intrusion of Ukraine has put these exports in jeopardy. Russia is, for example, preventing Ukraine from shipping its exports via the Black Sea path.

Developing nations are particularly susceptible to the effects of the food crisis, as a number of them are dependent on wheat and other food items from Ukraine. Ukraine is likewise a big provider of wheat and grains to the UN's World Food Programme.

The World Bank funding will include $12bn in brand-new projects and $18bn funds from existing food and nutrition-related projects that have been authorized however have not yet been disbursed, the US treasury stated on Wednesday.

Detectives near Kharkiv examine alleged Russian war crimes against civilians.

Early in the intrusion, Russia's 59th tank program dug in east of Kharkiv.

Near the treeline on raised ground, they looked down on a valley of towns.

From there, Ukrainians say the tanks' weapons attacked civilian vehicles and homes.

A reckoning followed as Ukrainian forces comprehensively destroyed the Russian tanks and armoured vehicles.

Sky News joined Ukrainian and Lithuanian detectives combing over what's left of their positions for proof of war crimes.

Many on territory of Azovstal plant 'were secured'.

Oleg Supereka, Azov Regiment Kraken unit Commander, has offered an update on the latest scenario in Ukraine's besieged port city of Mariupol.

He informed APTN news agency: "Some of those who were on the territory of the Azovstal plant, much of them were secured.

" By the way, not just the Azov Battalion but also agents of the 21st and 36th Brigades, perhaps even from some other units. These are not all the injured, but just those in the worst condition.".

Russia stated an overall of 959 Ukrainian fighters, consisting of 80 wounded, had actually given up from the bunkers and tunnels below Mariupol's Azovstal steelworks since Monday.

The Russian defence ministry said on video today that Ukrainian fighters who gave up at the Azovstal steelworks in Mariupol were required to a healthcare facility at Novoazovsk in the breakaway Donetsk republic.

SNP calls for Boris Johnson to discuss why personal jet was allowed to leave UK for Russia in spite of flight ban.

The prime minister has actually been asked to describe why a private jet was permitted to leave the UK for Russia after a flight restriction had been imposed.

Boris Johnson was quizzed during Prime Minister's Questions about a private chartered flight from Inverness Airport to Moscow, which occurred a day after the Russian flight restriction came into force.

SNP MP Richard Thomson said in the Commons: "Air traffic control transcripts released this week have revealed that in spite of being informed of the desired flight, no attempt was made by the UK government, or its agencies, to prevent the plane from leaving.

" Will the prime minister commit to notifying the house at the earliest opportunity: who was travelling on that flight; why, regardless of being informed in advance of the flight, was no effort made by the UK government to keep the aircraft on the ground; and what will the prime minister personally do to try and prevent any comparable breaches of sanctions from taking place in the future?".

 

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