Ukraine-Russia war latest: Moscow vows to retaliate against US after missile attack on Crimea (2024)

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US expected to announce $150m munitions package to Ukraine

The US is expected to announce it is sending an additional $150m (£118m) in munitions to Ukraine.

According to a US official, who spoke to the Associated Press on the condition of anonymity, the package includes anti-armour weapons, small arms, grenades and artillery rounds, among other support.

The upcoming shipment is also expected to include munitions for the High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems, or HIMARS.

That system is capable of firing the longer-range missiles from the Army Tactical Missile System, or ATACMS, which Russia has said would prompt retaliation and risk escalating the conflict.

The package is expected to be announced tomorrow.


In pictures: Ukrainian soldiers fire howitzer at enemy

On day 850 of the Ukraine war, we take a closer look at how Ukrainian servicemen in the Donetsk region are taking the fight to Russian troops near by.

The images below show Mykhailo, Ihor and Oleh of the 33rd Separate Mechanised Brigade preparing and loading a self-propelled howitzer before firing towards Russian troops.


Dagestan holds first day of mourning after attack

The first day of mourning has taken place inRussia's North Caucasus republic of Dagestan after attacks that the authorities say killed 20 people.

Gunmen opened fire on two Orthodox churches, a synagogue and a police post in the attacks in the cities of Makhachkala and Derbent yesterday.

Russia's national anti-terrorist committee described the attacks - in a predominantly Muslim region with a history of armed insurgency - as terrorist acts.

The attack is the deadliest in Russia since March, when gunmen opened fire at a concert in suburban Moscow, killing 145 people.

The affiliate of the Islamic State group in Afghanistan that claimed responsibility for March's raid quickly praised the attack in Dagestan, saying it was conducted by "brothers in the Caucasus who showed that they are still strong".

The Washington-based Institute for the Study of War argued that the Islamic State group's North Caucasus branch, Vilayat Kavkaz, was likely to have been behind the attack, describing it as "complex and co-ordinated".


US hits back at 'ridiculous' claims it was behind Crimea strikes

Russian claims that the US was behind yesterday's strikes in Crimea are "ridiculous" and "hyperbolic", according to a spokesperson for the US state department.

Officials say four people died and around 150 more were injured in the attack as missile debris fell on a beach in Sevastopol in occupied Crimea.

Russia's defence ministry said the missiles used by Ukraine were US-supplied ATACMS missiles, and claimed US specialists programmed them.

Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told reporters in Moscow earlier today that the "involvement of the United States, the direct involvement, as a result of which Russian civilians are killed, cannot be without consequences".

During a US state department briefing, spokesperson Matthew Miller was asked about Russia's claims, which he said were unfounded and wrong.

"I don't have any assessment of the underlying attack, including who was responsible for it. But you have seen Russia make ridiculous claims about responsibility in the past," he said.

"You might recall after the terror attack in Moscow in March, they blamed the US despite the US warning them about the attack.

"It's not unusual for Moscow to make ridiculous, hyperbolic claims about responsibility that aren't born out of facts."

Mr Miller had previously been asked about the strikes in Crimea, to which he said the US laments any civilian casualties in the ongoing war.

On providing weapons to Ukraine, Mr Miller added: "We provide weapons to Ukraine so that it can defend its sovereign territory against armed aggression, including in Crimea, which, of course, is part of Ukraine.

"Russia could stop this war today and end the suffering caused by the war Russia launched if it ended its occupation of sovereign Ukrainian territory and stopped launching attacks on civilians."


Watch: Deadly fire near Moscow

We reported earlier on a fire at a former Russian electronics research institute near Moscow that has killed at least eight people.

We've now got video of the scene - with people visible leaning out of windows as smoke engulfs the building.

It is not yet clear what caused the fire to start.


Analysis: New EU sanctions target Russian gas for the first time - but could have gone much further

By Ian King, business presenter

The EU today launched its 14th package of sanctions against Russia - this time targeting Vladimir Putin'sliquefied natural gas exports (LNG) for the first time.

The measure is the latest attempt by the blocto deny Mr Putin'sregime of money as his war on Ukraine drags into its 29th month.

No EU bans on Russian gas yet

The sanctions, which will kick in after a nine-month transition period, fall short of an outright ban on Russian LNG shipments.

This partly reflects the fact that EU members are themselves still allowed to buy LNG from Moscow- even though the bloc has set a target of phasing out Russian fossil fuels by 2027.

The EU followed the leadof the United States and the UK in banning Russian oil imports, with one or two limited exceptions, in 2022 after Russia attacked Ukraine.

What latest sanctions do

The key measure in the package, signed off late last week in the face of opposition from Germany and Hungary,is a ban on trans-shipments off EU ports of Russian LNG - essentially preventing the commodity from being sold to third countries via EU ports.

Part of the package also targets specific vessels - including an initial 27 oil tankers - that are used to get around the price cap slapped on Russian oil by the G7 countries.

Read the full story here...


Video of Russian soldier's execution shows 'brutal culture' within armed forces

A video appearing to show a wounded Russian soldier being shot dead by another shows the "brutal culture" of Moscow's armed forces, according to a US-based thinktank.

Footage shared widely on social media over the weekend shows a Russian soldier injured by a drone strike, motioning to another soldier for help.

Instead, the other soldier kills him with a gunshot fired at point-blank range.

He does this instead of attempting to check the soldier's injury, attempting treatment, taking his identification tags or attempting a casualty evacuation, the Institute for the Study of War (ISW) says.

"The attempted or deliberate killing of a fellow soldier is unprofessional, and ISW has observed instances of Russian fragging (the deliberate killing of supervisors) and other anecdotes demonstrative of a callous disregard for the lives of Russia’s own soldiers throughout the war thus far, both within Russia and amongst Russian troops on the battlefield," it says in its latest assessment.

"Fragging is generally indicative of extremely poor discipline amongst troops, a disconnect between tactical level commanders and their subordinates, as well as a blatant disregard for human life."

Sky News has not verified the authenticity of the video.


At least eight dead in fire near Moscow

A fire at a former Russian electronics research institute near Moscow has killed at least eight people, state news agency TASS reports.

Two people jumped to their death from the top floors of the eight-storey building - in the town of Fryazino - which was engulfed by flames.

It is not yet clear what caused the fire to start.

Regional governor Andrey Vorobyov said a 34-year-old man was in serious condition in hospital, while two firefighters were also being treated for injuries from the fire.

More than 100 firefighters are at the scene. Local emergency services said the man was the only person rescued from the blaze.

The building creates components for fighter jets, nuclear launch munitions, air defences and guided munitions.


Watch: What do we know about the Dagestan attacks?

Gunmen opened fire on two Orthodox churches, a synagogue and a police post in two cities in the Russian region of Dagestan yesterday.

Russia's national anti-terrorist committee described the attacks - in a predominantly Muslim region with a history of armed insurgency - as terrorist acts.

Dagestan's governor, Sergei Melikov, tried to link the attacks with the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine.

The US-based Institute for the Study of War has suggested it is likely the work of Islamic State's Northern Caucasus branch, Wilayat Kavkaz, but there is no confirmation of that.

Watch the video below to find out what we know so far...

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