Ukraine-Russia war latest: Liz Truss to meet G7 leaders after Vladimir Putin’s latest assault on Kyiv

The missile attacks on Kyiv and other Ukrainian cities are the heaviest since the war broke out in February.

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Liz Truss will today hold a virtual meeting with fellow G7 leaders and President Volodymyr Zelensky, to urge them to remain steadfast in support of Ukraine.

This follows Moscow’s barrage of missiles against Ukrainian cities, including the capital Kyiv, which was the heaviest bombardment for months. At least 19 people have been confirmed dead and 64 injured following the fresh assault.

Vladimir Putin confirmed this is Moscow’s retaliation for the bombing of the Kerch Bridge, which connects Russia to its annexed territory of Crimea. He threatened a “harsh response” if attacks continue against Russia.

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Summary - Russia will use ‘all means available to us’

Vladimir Putin has warned the West that Russia would use all the means at its disposal to protect its territory as he made his first national address since invading Ukraine back in February, my colleague Isabella Boneham reports.

The Russian President accused the West in engaging in “nuclear blackmail” and noted “statements of some high-ranking representatives of the leading Nato states about the possibility of using nuclear weapons of mass destruction against Russia”.

This morning, he ordered a “partial mobilisation” of reserve forces, and told the West that he is “not bluffing” that Russia has modern weapons of destruction.

His address comes a day after Russian-controlled regions in eastern and southern Ukraine announced plans to hold votes on becoming integral parts of Russia. The referendums will start on Friday (23 September) in the Luhansk, Kherson and partly Russian-controlled Zaporizhzhia and Donetsk areas.

The Kremlin-backed efforts to swallow up four regions could set the stage for Moscow to escalate the war after recent Ukrainian successes on the battlefield.

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