Ukraine news live: Kremlin accuses US and UK of 'hybrid warfare', as at least 22 killed in Russian missile strike – Sky News

Ukraine latest as air raid sirens sounded across Kyiv as Russia intensifies its long-range bombardment; at least 34 have been killed in the last three days and many more wounded; Zelenskyy urges Ukrainians to heed air raid sirens and seek cover.
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Speaking at a summit of Arab leaders, President Joe Biden said the US “will not walk away” from the Middle East as he tries to ensure stability in a volatile part of the world and increase the global flow of oil to curb soaring gas prices. 
“We will not walk away and leave a vacuum to be filled by China, Russia or Iran,” he said. 
“We will seek to build on this moment with active, principled, American leadership.”

His remarks came amid concerns about Iran’s nuclear ambitions and support for militants in the region.

He also announced $1 billion in US aid to alleviate hunger in the region.
Mr Biden hopes the OPEC+ group, which includes Saudi Arabia, will boost oil production at a meeting on 3 August.
“I look forward to seeing what’s coming in the coming months,” he said.
US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said she had productive meetings about a proposed price cap on Russian oil with a host of countries on the sidelines of a meeting of G20 finance chiefs.

“On energy costs, I had productive bilateral meetings with over a half-dozen of my counterparts where we discussed the merits of a price cap and how it can help us achieve our goals of denying Putin revenue for his war machine, while dampening energy costs,” she said.

She said a price cap was one of “our most powerful tools to address the high prices people are facing in America and around the world”.
Ukraine has been successfully repulsing Russian attacks and reducing the opposing side’s momentum, the UK Ministry of Defence has said.
Ukraine intends to sue some US and European banks over their alleged ties with groups that trade Russian oil, the Financial Times reports.
Oleg Ustenko, economic adviser to the Ukrainian president, has written to bankers including JPMorgan Chase’s Jamie Dimon and HSBC’s Noel Quinn, telling them to stop financing companies that trade Russian oil and selling shares in Russian state-backed oil and gas groups Gazprom and Rosnef.
“In my view they are committing war crimes because they are helping the Putin regime in this specific way and they are supporting the regime,” he told the paper.
He argued that Russian oil and gas revenues allow Russia to buy rockets and missiles used against Ukrainians.
He said Ukraine plans to sue the banks at the International Criminal Court (ICC) once the war ends.
The ICC cannot investigate or prosecute corporations – but it has the power to investigate or prosecute individual staff members.
Military analyst and retired Air Vice-Marshall Sean Bell gives an update on the situation on the ground in Ukraine.
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Sir Tony Blair has warned that the era of Western political and economic dominance was coming to an end, pointing to Russia’s actions in Ukraine and the rise of China as the world’s “second superpower”.
Delivering the annual Ditchley lecture the former prime minister said Western powers needed to increase their defence spending to maintain their military superiority while extending their “soft power” by building ties with developing nations.

He said Vladimir Putin’s “brutal and unjustified” invasion of Ukraine showed they could no longer automatically expect major world powers to abide by accepted international norms.
“As a result of the actions of Putin, we cannot rely on the Chinese leadership to behave in the way we would consider rational,” he said.
“Don’t misunderstand me. 
“I am not saying in the near term, that China would attempt to take Taiwan by force. 
“But we can’t base our policy on the certainty that it wouldn’t.
“And even leaving to the side Taiwan, the reality is China under Xi’s leadership is competing for influence and doing so aggressively.”
He said the biggest geopolitical change of this century will come from China, not Russia, as he called for a strategy to counter the country’s increased power.
“We are coming to the end of Western political and economic dominance,” he said. 
“The world is going to be at least bi-polar and possibly multi-polar.
“It is the first time in modern history that the East can be on equal terms with the West.”

US President Joe Biden will announce $1bn in new food aid to the Middle East, according to a senior official who has spoken to AFP news agency.
The plan is in response to rising food insecurity induced by the war in Ukraine. 
Mr Biden is currently in Saudia Arabia, where he is concluding a regional tour.
Russian forces have destroyed a factory in the central Ukrainian city of Dnipro that produced parts for the Tochka-U ballistic missiles, according to the Russian defence ministry.
They also shot down three Ukrainian airplanes and two helicopters, the ministry said.
The death toll from a Russian missile strike on the central Ukrainian city of Vinnytsia has risen to 24, according to a Ukrainian official cited by AFP news agency.
The latest victim to have died was a woman in hospital with burn wounds.
Russia claims the strikes on Thursday, which were hundreds of kilometres from the front lines, had targeted a meeting of Ukrainian military officials and foreign arms suppliers – not civilians.
Kyiv has denied the claims and says three children were killed by the attack.
The EU has condemned the attack as an “atrocity”, while UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said he was “appalled”.
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