A Ukrainian court has sentenced a Russian soldier to life in prison for killing an unarmed civilian. This is the first war crimes trial related to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The Russian soldier is 21 years old and pleaded guilty to killing a civilian in February. According to a Ukrainian prosecutor, around 13,000 cases of alleged Russian war crimes are being investigated. Russia has denied being involved in war crimes in Ukraine.
Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky has asked global business leaders for more sanctions against Russia at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland yesterday. Zelensky also said that 87 people were killed last week in an attack on a barracks in the north of Ukraine. This is the highest number of military losses in a single attack since Russia’s invasion began.
Eastern Ukraine is experiencing Russian strikes. The Russian Defence Ministry has said Russian forces are trying to encircle a city in the Donbas region.
The United Kingdom and Lithuania have signed a joint declaration to increase their defence and security collaboration. There are fears that countries including Lithuania might face Russian aggression following the invasion of Ukraine.
United States president Joe Biden has said he would be willing to use force to defend Taiwan against China. When Biden was asked whether the United States would defend Taiwan if it was attacked, he said:
“Yes. That’s the commitment we made. We support the one China policy we support all that we’ve done in the past, but that does not meant that China has the jurisdiction to go in and use force to take over Taiwan, so we stand firmly with Japan and with other nations not to let that happen and my expectation is it will not happen.”
For many years, the United States has had a policy of “strategic ambiguity” on Taiwan in the event of an attack by China. United States defence secretary Lloyd Austin has said that Biden’s comment does not represent a change in the United States’ policy on Taiwan.
In Canada, thunderstorms have killed at least eight people, according to authorities. More than half a million people have lost power in Ontario and Quebec. The storms lasted more than two hours on Saturday and the wind was up to 132km per hour.
Tunisia’s labour union has said it will hold a national strike over wages and the economy. The labour union has more than a million members.
In Nigeria, police have found the severed head of a state legislator. Okechukwu Okoye went missing last week. The state governor has announced a USD 24,000 reward for information on the killers.
Senegal’s president, Macky Sall, has said he will visit Moscow and Kyiv in the coming weeks. Sall is the chairman of the African Union, which wants to see de-escalation in Ukraine and peace between Ukraine and Russia.
Taiwan’s application to attend the World Health Organisation’s annual assembly has been rejected. China has campaigned to exclude Taiwan from most global groups as it does not believe Tawian is an independent country. Taiwan’s foreign ministry has described its “deep regret and dissatisfaction” and said that China has used “politics to override the public interest of global health security”.
In Australia, Anthony Albanese has been sworn in as the prime minister. Albanese leads the Labour party.
And scientists in the United Kingdom have genetically modified tomatoes to make them a source of vitamin D. Vitamin D is created when we receive sunlight, but its source is found mainly in dairy and meat. It can protect again diseases including cancer and heart disease. According to the researchers, two genetically modified tomatoes per day could be enough to help meet the body’s requirements for Vitamin D.
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