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  1. Goodbye for now

    We're pausing our live coverage of the war in Ukraine for now. We'll be back with the latest updates on the war as they happen.

    Today's live page was brought to you by Emily McGarvey, James Harness, Malu Cursino, Catherine Evans, Jeremy Gahagan, Aoife Walsh, Jack Burgess and Alex Therrien.

  2. The latest updates

    Zhibek Zholy
    Image caption: The cargo ship Zhibek Zholy lying off the coast of Turkey

    Thank you for joining our live coverage of the war in Ukraine. Here's a round-up of today's main headlines:

    • Russia started shipping grain from territory its forces are occupying in Ukraine. The cargo ship has arrived in Turkey and Ukraine has demanded Ankara detain the ship
    • Ukrainian leaders have signed a declaration of intent to join the EU
    • But President Volodymyr Zelensky said Ukraine's EU membership shouldn't take years or decades, adding that recent attacks on Odesa reinforced the urgency to join the EU
    • At least 21 people were killed in missile strikes on Ukraine's southern Odesa region, emergency services have said
    • Pope Francis said the United Nations is powerless to end the war in Ukraine
    • Russian President Vladimir Putin has said political pressure from the West is pushing his country to accelerate integration with neighbour and ally Belarus
  3. Zelensky condemns Russian 'act of terror' as Odesa death tolls rises to 21

    Destroyed Odesa apartment block

    The death toll from Russian missiles strikes on Ukraine's southern Odesa region has risen to 21, after an apartment block in the village of Serhiyivka and a nearby holiday resort were struck overnight.

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has called the series of missile strikes a deliberate "act of terror" by Russia, adding that "this was not a random strike as Russian media try to present it".

    "This was a targeted missile strike, an act of terror committed by Russia, let us put it bluntly, against our towns and villages, against our people, adults and kids," Zelensky said.

    According to the state emergency service, 21 people were killed, including one child, and 39 wounded in a missile strike in the village of Serhiyivka.

    Earlier, Zelensky said that the attack on Odesa reinforced Ukraine's urgency to join the European Union and called for a speedier membership process.

    Map of Odesa
  4. Reality Check

    Ukraine demands the seizure of Russian-flagged grain ship off Turkey

    Zhibek Zoly map

    As we've been reporting, Ukraine has demanded the seizure of the Russian-flagged grain ship, which is now lying off the coast of Turkey.

    The BBC's Reality Check team have monitored the ship, the Zhibek Zholy, on its route from the Ukrainian port of Berdyansk to the Turkish port of Karasu.

    It is not clear where its cargo came from or how it was obtained. Russia has been accused of stealing grain from areas of Ukraine it controls, which Moscow denies.

    Berdyansk is in Ukraine's southern Zaporizhzhia region, on the Sea of Azov.

    News of the ship's departure from Berdyansk was announced on the social media app Telegram by Yevhen Balytskyi, who was recently appointed by Russia as governor of the occupied areas of Zaporizhzhia.

    Read the full story here.

  5. Norway pledges additional €1bn in support for Ukraine

    Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Store (C) arrives to attend the last day of the NATO Summit at IFEMA Convention Center, in Madrid, Spain
    Image caption: Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Store attended the Nato Summit in Spain on Thursday

    Norway has pledged an additional €1bn (£865.4m; $1.04bn) to support Ukraine for the rest of 2022 and 2023, Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Store has said.

    He said the money was to help Ukraine support people in need, to defend itself and for reconstruction, speaking at a news conference with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

    Norway has contributed around €202m (£175m; $210m) in support to Ukraine and its neighbouring countries up until now, in response to Russia’s military aggression, the Norwegian government said.

    European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen has also proposed an €1 billion in macro-financial assistance for Ukraine - it follows on from the €600m EU support package announced in May.

    It follows a UK pledge of an additional £1bn in military aid for Ukraine, taking its total support given to Kyiv to £2.3bn - the UK has also spent £1.5bn in humanitarian and economic support for Ukraine.

    Boris Johnson told a Nato summit in Spain yesterday that the "cost of freedom" is "always worth paying for".

    It comes as President Zelensky urged Nato leaders to do more to help Ukraine's war effort, and said the monthly cost of defence for Ukraine was around $5bn (£4.12bn).

  6. Ukraine requests Turkey detain Russian cargo ship

    Zhibek Zholy
    Image caption: The cargo ship Zhibek Zholy lying off the coast of Turkey

    Ukraine has called for a ship carrying grain from Russian-occupied territory in Ukraine to be seized.

    We've monitored the Russian-flagged ship, the Zhibek Zholy, which left the Ukrainian port of Berdyansk this week. It's now arrived at the Turkish port of Karasu on the Black Sea coast.

    It's reportedly carrying 7,000 tons of cereal.

    Kyiv has accused Russia of stealing the grain from southern Ukraine, which Moscow denies.

    Read our investigation tracking the grain shipment from Ukraine to Turkey.

  7. UN powerless to end Ukraine war, Pope says

    Pope Francis leads Angelus prayer at the Vatican

    Pope Francis has said the United Nations is powerless to end the war in Ukraine.

    In an interview in Spanish with Argentina's national news agency Télam, the pontiff said the UN's constitution "doesn't give the organisation that kind of power".

    The Pope said that while the UN was able to help prevent wars, it had "no power to assert its authority" over the Ukraine war and other conflicts around the world.

    He also called for "courage and creativity" from international institutions, saying that both are needed to help resolve very serious conflicts.

  8. Russia threatens to close embassy in Bulgaria

    The Russian embassy in Sofia

    Russia has threatened to close its embassy in Bulgaria and shut down the EU country's mission in Moscow.

    Bulgarian Prime Minister Kiril Petkov this week said his country would expel 70 Russian diplomatic staff, the biggest number ordered out from the Balkan nation.

    It comes as tensions build over Moscow's offensive in Ukraine and espionage concerns, AFP reports.

    Russia's ambassador to Bulgaria, Eleonora Mitrofanova, says she would petition the Russian government to shut down the mission in Sofia.

    In a statement, she says: "Unfortunately, our appeal to the Bulgarian foreign ministry has been ignored."

    She says she "immediately" planned to ask the Russian leadership to close the Russian embassy in Bulgaria, which "will inevitably lead to the closure of the Bulgarian diplomatic mission in Moscow".

    Russia's Foreign Ministry will examine Mitrofanova's suggestion and "if necessary" bring it up to President Vladimir Putin, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was quoted by Russian news agencies as saying.

    Petkov said on Tuesday that the Russians told to leave had "worked against our interests."

  9. EU membership shouldn't take years or decades - Zelensky

    President Volodymyr Zelensky

    Earlier we reported on the signing of a declaration of Ukraine's intent to join the European Union.

    But President Volodymyr Zelensky has called for a speedier process.

    He says membership should not take years or decades.

    "We have to cover this path quickly," he said, adding that the attack on Odesa reinforced the urgency to join the EU.

    "I urge all those holding government posts to see their duty, the work towards EU membership, as front-line battle for our state, for Ukraine, for you and me," he said.

    "We have to work on preparations to join the EU with the same intensity and responsibility we put into preparing for the candidacy."

    You'll remember from our previous coverage that Ukraine must meet various conditions and was told to reform when it was granted candidate status to join the EU.

  10. Middle East bears the brunt of another war

    Middle Eastern countries already torn apart by war and hunger are facing even worse suffering in the wake of the war in Ukraine, says a charity.

    In Yemen, the cost of flour has risen by 42%, bread by 25%, cooking oil by 62.8%, and sugar by 35.7% between January and May 2022, according to Mercy Corps.

    In partnership with the World Food Program, the charity provides vouchers to more than 30,000 families in Yemen to help them buy food.

    In both Sana’a and Aden, 100 YER will now buy only three loaves of bread instead of four - and rising fertilizer prices are turning farmers away from growing crops that can meet nutritional needs as they turn to high-yield, high-profit crops like Qat.

    In Syria, flour allocations to public bakeries in Aleppo City have been reduced by 25% since March, by 50% in Tafas, and by 20% in rural Damascus, forcing citizens to turn to private bakeries for bread supplies, which have increased in price by 94%.

    In Lebanon, people are facing the effects of rising food prices, fuel is now beyond the reach of many people and the country's electricity crisis is set to worsen as fuel prices increase, says the charity.

    Poverty, tensions and outward migration are all expected to increase.

    The charity's Middle East regional director Arnaud Quemin says the Ukraine war is "pushing people deeper into hunger, poverty and reliance on aid".

    These countries were “already facing ongoing conflict, political instability, economic turmoil, climate impacts and mismanagement of natural resources," Quemin adds.

    He called for "significant financial commitments from the international community".

  11. Can we tell how many people have died in the Ukraine war?

    A woman sits on a fallen log in front of two houses that have been destroyed by a missile strike, which killed another woman, in Druzhkivka, Donetsk

    Experts say the total number of recorded deaths so far in the Ukraine war is likely to be a severe underestimation.

    Ukraine and Russia claim the number reaches into the tens of thousands - but their estimations do not match up and cannot be independently verified.

    To try to understand the human cost of the war, it is necessary to look at a number of sources, including the United Nations, national governments and independent monitors.

    Some of our BBC colleagues have been exploring the data. Read more here.

  12. Western political pressure accelerating Russia-Belarus ties - Putin

    Putin with Lukashenko in St Petersburg

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has said political pressure from the West is pushing his country to accelerate its integration with neighbour and ally Belarus, Reuters reports.

    Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu has said both countries must take urgent joint measures to improve their defence capabilities and troops' combat-readiness.

    Putin's comments come as Sweden and Finland move closer towards joining the West's defensive military alliance Nato - a development strongly opposed by Russia.

    Seven battalions of the Belarusian army have been deployed to the border with Ukraine, the Ukrainian Defence Ministry has said.

    While there is "no current threat" of Belarusian troops crossing the border into Ukraine, officials haven't ruled out the possibility that sabotage and reconnaissance groups have already been formed in Belarus and "will be sent to the territory of Ukraine if necessary", Ukrainian intelligence representative, Vadym Skibitskyy, told local media.

    Belarus shares a border with Ukraine and its leader Alexander Lukashenko is a key ally of Putin.

    Russian troops attacked Ukraine from Belarus earlier this year when Russia launched its invasion in February.

  13. Germany condemns missile strikes

    Germany has condemned missile strikes near the Ukrainian port city of Odesa, saying attacks on civilians were war crimes.

    "The Russian President Putin and those responsible will have to be held accountable," a German government spokesman told a briefing.

    Missiles struck near Odesa on Friday, hitting an apartment block in the village of Serhiivka and a nearby holiday resort, killing at least 19 people.

    Russia denies targeting civilians.

  14. 'Now nothing is left of the recreation centre'

    Sophie Williams

    Reporting from Kyiv

    A destroyed apartment building in Serhiyivka, Odesa
    Image caption: A destroyed apartment building in Serhiyivka, Odesa

    More now from Serhiyivka, the settlement in the Odesa region that was struck by Russian missiles overnight, killing at least 19 people.

    Sixty-year-old Yulia Bondar was staying in a building about 150 metres from the recreation centre that was hit.

    “We heard three explosions and now there is nothing left of the recreation centre,” she told the BBC.

    “The town is very quiet, we never thought this could happen,” she added.

    Yulia said few people were at the recreation centre at the time of the strike, as people tend not to stay there overnight.

    Odesa map
  15. Analysis

    Which missiles were used in Odesa strikes?

    Chris Partridge

    BBC News

    Russian Tupolev Tu-22M strategic bombers
    Image caption: Russian Tupolev Tu-22M strategic bombers, the type of aircraft used to carry Kh-22 missiles

    The missiles used in the Russian strikes in the Odesa region overnight that killed at least 19 people, including one child, were the same type as those used against the Kremenchuk shopping mall on Monday, Ukraine has said.

    Kyiv’s defence ministry identified the weapons as Kh-22 (X-22) - an old type of cruise missile originally developed in the 1960s.

    We looked at the missile in more detail earlier this week - defence analysts suggest their use implies that Moscow is running low on more modern missiles.

    Fired from Tupolev-22 bombers, they are a medium-range weapon and in their original form were not accurate. Over the years the guidance system could well have been improved, but we don’t know if this applies to the weapons fired recently.

    Moscow is facing challenges with what it calls, its "high precision air-launched" systems. Sanctions mean the supply of the imported components has dried up. And the engines which power some of the missiles were actually made before in Ukraine, at a plant in the Kharkiv region.

    Part of the problem for Ukraine is that cruise missiles are often fired inside Russian territory, with aircraft well within the protective umbrella of potent Russian air defences.

    This makes missiles difficult to defeat, hence the need for Ukraine to have better air defences to counter them.

    That will soon happen.

    Yesterday, US President Joe Biden said Western air defence systems will be supplied for Ukraine as part of the new $800m (£665m) US aid package.

  16. Rising prices leaving African families hungry

    Florence Kambua (L) in the market

    They may be far away from the war in Ukraine, but Florence Kambua and Mukuru Kwa Njenga are feeling its impact.

    Florence lives with her six children in a slum in the Kenyan capital Nairobi.

    She makes around 100 Kenyan shillings a day ($0.85; £0.70) and used to manage to feed her family twice a day.

    Then food prices started rising.

    Now she tries to feed her family once a day, but they sometimes go hungry.

    The average price for 2kg of maize flour is now above 200 shillings, a 25% increase.

    Market seller Elijah Machuki Nyabutohe is acutely aware of the impact of the Ukraine war and how it has driven up the cost of fuel and fertiliser.

    "Farmers [are] having to spend more to purchase fertilisers for growing tomatoes,” he said.

    “Many end up stopping tomato farming, because of the high cost of the fertilisers and the tomato seeds."

    Tomatoes at a market in Kenya
  17. What's been happening today?

    The EU flag is carried into the Ukrainian parliament in Kyiv
    Image caption: The EU flag is carried into the Ukrainian parliament in Kyiv

    If you're just joining us, here's the latest on the war in Ukraine:

    Grain shipments:

    • Russia has confirmed that it has begun shipping grain from occupied territory in Ukraine. A vessel carrying 7,000 tonnes of cereal left the Russian-occupied port city of Berdyansk yesterday, a pro-Russian regional official said
    • For weeks Kyiv has accused Russia of stealing its grain from Southern Ukraine and blocking ports - something Moscow has repeatedly denied - contributing to global food shortages

    Odesa missile strikes

    • At least 19 people, including one child, have been killed by Russian missile strikes overnight in Ukraine's southern region of Odesa
    • The missile strikes on an apartment building and recreation centre in the village of Serhiyivka came hours after a Nato summit ended

    Ukraine's EU membership bid:

    • Ukraine has signed a declaration of intent to join the European Union
    • European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said EU membership was "within reach" but urged Ukraine to press ahead with anti-corruption reforms
  18. WATCH: Firefighters search destroyed apartments in Odesa

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    Video caption: Firefighters sift through rubble in destroyed apartments

    We've been reporting that at least 19 people, including a child, have been killed in a Russian missile strike in Odesa, according to authorities.

    Video released by the State Emergency Service of Ukraine shows firefighters sifting through the debris of a destroyed apartment block.

    The state emergency service says one missile hit a nine-storey building in the Serhiyivka village, while there was a separate strike on the village's recreation centre.

  19. Russia claims to have captured Lysychansk oil refinery

    Russia's defence ministry says its forces captured an oil refinery in the Ukrainian city of Lysychansk, the Russian news agency RIA reports.

    Earlier, the governor of the Luhansk region, Serhiy Haidai, said Russian forces had stormed part of a refinery in Lysychansk, holding parts of it.

    Haidai said on Telegram people living in Lysychansk "barely leave their basements and homes", adding fires had broken out in houses and shopping malls.

    Capturing the city would allow Russian forces to push deeper into the Donbas region in eastern Ukraine. It has become the focus of Russia's offensive since failing to capture Kyiv, after the invasion began in February.

    Lysychansk city facts
  20. Russia denies targeting civilians in Odesa missile strikes

    Rescuers comb through the rubble in Serhiyivka, Odesa region

    The Kremlin has denied targeting civilians after Russian missile strikes killed at least 19 people near the Black Sea port of Odesa on Friday.

    Ukrainian officials say at least 16 people had been killed at the apartment block in the village of Serhiivka, and another three, including one child, in strikes that hit nearby holiday resorts.

    The Ukrainian government accused Russia of waging a war on civilians.

    Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told reporters: "I would like to remind you of the president's words that the Russian Armed Forces do not work with civilian targets."