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Russia steps up attacks on Ukraine’s biggest cities: Live news

  • Ukraine’s port city of Mariupol under “constant” shelling as Russian
  •  forces push up from Crimea to Kherson.
  • A miles-long Russian military convoy appears stalled near Ukraine’s capital, Kyiv, a senior US defence official says.
  • Ukrainian emergency services says an attack by Russian forces on a television tower near central Kyiv killed five people and wounded five others.
  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy speaks to US President Joe Biden, saying it is important to stop “aggressor” Russia.
  • At least 70 Ukrainian soldiers were killed on Monday in a Russian artillery attack on a military base in Okhtyrka, a local official says.
  • EU bans Russian media outlets and “certain” banks from SWIFT bank messaging system.
Russia steps up attacks on Ukraine’s biggest cities: Live news

46 mins ago (01:34 GMT)

Boeing suspends parts, maintenance and support for Russian airlines

US airplane manufacturer Boeing Co has said it was suspending parts, maintenance and technical support for Russian airlines as well as major operations in Moscow.

“As the conflict continues, our teams are focused on ensuring the safety of our teammates in the region,” a Boeing spokesperson said.

50 mins ago (01:29 GMT)

World’s biggest shipping groups suspend Russian deliveries

Danish shipping giant Maersk, Switzerland-based MSC and France’s CMA CGM have announced that they would no longer take bookings for goods from Russia and were suspending most deliveries.

Citing the impact of sanctions, “bookings to and from Russia will be temporarily suspended, with exception of foodstuffs, medical and humanitarian supplies”, Maersk said in a statement.

MSC announced similar measures, saying it would “continue to accept and screen bookings for delivery of essential goods”.

CMA CGM said its “utmost priorities remain to protect our employees and ensure as much as possible the continuity of your supply chain”.

“In the interest of safety, the group has decided to suspend all bookings to and from Russia as of today and until further notice,” it said in a statement posted on its website.

55 mins ago (01:25 GMT)

Visa, Mastercard block Russian financial institutions

US payment card firms Visa Inc and Mastercard Inc have blocked multiple Russian financial institutions from their network, complying with government sanctions imposed over Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.