UK to investigate war crimes, including sexual violence, in Ukraine while Putin says he will attend G20

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UK to investigate war crimes, including sexual violence, in Ukraine while Putin says he will attend G20

Britain will send a team of investigators to Ukraine to help gather evidence of war crimes, including sexual violence, its foreign minister has said.

Both Ukrainian prosecutors and the International Criminal Court (ICC) are investigating potential war crimes in Ukraine since Russia’s February 24 invasion, which the Kremlin calls a “special military operation” to demilitarise its neighbour.

That comes as Ukraine acknowledged it was taking heavy losses in Russia’s assault in the east, but said Russia’s losses were even worse.

People who have recently arrived in Kharkiv after fleeing their village describe what life was like for a month under Russian occupation, as the Mayor of Mariupol said citizens trapped there were “begging to get saved”.

Here’s a look at the latest from Ukraine.

‘No need’ for UN help with civilian evacuations

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov appears to have dismissed the need for the United Nations to help secure humanitarian corridors out of Ukraine’s besieged cities, striking a tough line a day after the UN chief toured war-wracked Kyiv with that very aim.

As an interviewer at Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya TV tried to ask Mr Lavrov about UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ proposals for humanitarian assistance and evacuation of civilians, Mr Lavrov cut him off.

“There is no need. I know, I know,” an irritated Mr Lavrov said.

A bespectacled man in a navy suit looks straight down the camera as he is photographed next to the blue portion of a limp flag.
Mr Lavrov says talks are stuck because the Ukrainian side is playing games.(AP: Russian Foreign Ministry Press Service)

“There is no need for anybody to provide help to open humanitarian corridors. There is only one problem… humanitarian corridors are being ignored by Ukrainian ultra-nationals.”

Mr Lavrov said negotiations continued “almost every day”.

However, he cautioned that “progress has not been easy”.

Mr Lavrov in part blamed “the bellicose rhetoric and inflammatory actions of Western supporters of the Kyiv regime” for disrupting the talks.

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