US China sanctions may be backed by Australia; Kyiv attacks intensify, Mariupol besieged, MH17 legal action launched, Australian fuel prices rise, Sydney trains set for further closures
US China sanctions may be backed by Australia;  Kyiv attacks intensify, Mariupol besieged, MH17 legal action launched, Australian fuel prices rise, Sydney trains set for further closures

US China sanctions may be backed by Australia; Kyiv attacks intensify, Mariupol besieged, MH17 legal action launched, Australian fuel prices rise, Sydney trains set for further closures

Residents along Ukraine’s contact line fear that after eight years of war, Russian forces will soon overpower their cities, Sydney Morning Herald and Aging‘s Kate Geraghty and Anthony Galloway report from Kramatorsk.

Russian forces have stepped up their attack on Kramatorsk, which serves as the administrative center of the Donetsk region, where the country has been in an eight-year conflict with Moscow-backed separatists.

Beekeeper Ihor Zakablukov lost his bees in the missile attack on Monday. His home and car were also damaged. Credit:Kate Geraghty

More than 900 Russian missiles have been rained down on targets across Ukraine in the past three weeks, according to US estimates. A military barracks that was nervously close to the Polish border was a target, as were the devastated northern cities of Kharkiv and Sumy, while Russian troops have overwhelmed and surrounded many cities in the south, especially the port of Mariupol, which has been without electricity or water in more than a week.

Local beekeeper Ihor Zakablukov said he did not know why a Russian missile landed in front of his home. The attack destroyed his car, shattered windows and roof and destroyed his hives.

“I expect that in the short future there will be a massive destruction of the whole city,” Zakablukov said.

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