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    Video caption: UK goal is for our 'Ukrainians friends' to win - PM

    Boris Johnson says Putin would find "new targets" if Russia is not stopped in its war against Ukraine.

  2. What is the Ukraine Recovery Conference?

    Secretary-General of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Matthias Cormann, British Foreign Secretary Liz, Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal, President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) Odile Renaud-Basso, European Investment Bank (EIB) Vice President Teresa Czerwinska, European Commission Executive Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis and World Bank Regional Vice President for Europe and Central Asia Anna Bjerde attend a plenary session moderated by Yves Daccord, during the Ukraine Recovery Conference

    As we've been reporting, leaders from dozens of countries and international organisations are meeting in Lugano, Switzerland to discuss the reconstruction of Ukraine.

    What's happening?

    It's an event that's been happening every year since 2017, usually called the Ukraine Reform Conference, but this year renamed the Ukraine Recovery Conference.

    It is usually an opportunity for Ukraine to show other nations the progress it is making and for international partners to express support.

    Why is this meeting so significant?

    This is the first URC since Russian's invasion in February, leaving those in attendance with the sizeable task of trying to map out Ukraine's road to recovery from a war that has left entire pockets of the country in ruins.

    It is not a conference where donors will be pledging money. It aims to establish the principle and priorities for a reconstruction project that is being compared in scale to the US Marshall Plan for Europe after the Second World War.

    What's on the agenda?

    Ukraine conference is expected to work towards a "Lugano Declaration" and to begin to work out a road map for the reconstruction of Ukraine.

    Kyiv's own recovery plan will be discussed, as well as roles and contributions of international partners.

    The conference website says social, economic, environmental and infrastructure recovery will all be considered, as well as reforms that are possible or necessary to implement in the current situation.

    What's needed for recovery?

    Ukraine's PM Denys Shmyal, who is in Switzerland at the summit, told attendees that his country needed $750bn for a recovery plan. It comes after more than $100bn worth of damage was caused to Ukrainian infrastructure during the fighting, he said.

  3. Wimbledon appeals against fine for Russian player ban

    Window cleaners work around the course ahead of day eight of the 2022 Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club

    In the UK, the second week of this year's Wimbledon tennis championships are under way - but this year it's taking place without any Russian or Belarusian players, because they've been banned from taking part as a result of the invasion of Ukraine.

    Today officials at the grand slam tournament say they've lodged an appeal against an estimated $1m (£827,000) fine issued by the WTA women's tour, which opposed Wimbledon's ban.

    Asked if reports were true that the decision had been made to appeal against the fine, a spokesperson for Wimbledon organisers the All England Club (AELTC) told the BBC they were - but refused to confirm the amount handed down by the WTA.

    The Daily Mail reported that the Lawn Tennis Association, which runs the sport in the UK, was fined $750,000 and the AELTC $250,000. The BBC has not been able to independently verify these figures, though.

    "It's subject to a legal process so I can't comment specifically but what I will say is that we stand by the decision we made," Wimbledon chief executive Sally Bolton told the AFP news agency.

    "It was difficult and challenging and we thought about the ramifications. But it was the right decision for us."

    Both the ATP and WTA reacted to Wimbledon's ban by stripping the event of ranking points.