Hello and welcome to the Guardian’s continuing coverage of the war in Ukraine. As it passes 9 a.m. in Kyiv, here is a summary of the latest developments.
- Russia and Ukraine have both opened criminal investigations into strikes that allegedly killed at least 40 Ukrainian prisoners of war detained in a remand center in the village of Olenivka, after both countries blamed the other side for the attack.
- Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba accused Russia of a ‘petrifying war crime’ on the killings and called on world leaders to “recognize Russia as a terrorist state”.
- Ukraine has said it is ready for grain exports to leave its ports again but is awaiting the green light from the United Nations, which he hoped to receive later on Friday.
- A gruesome video has emerged that appears to show a Russian soldier castrating a Ukrainian prisoner, who, according to other reports, was later murdered. The footage, reviewed by the Guardian, was originally posted on pro-Russian Telegram channels. Aric Toler of investigative outlet Bellingcat, suggested that the video – featuring a Russian soldier, wearing a distinctive wide-brimmed black hat, approaching another figure who has his hands tied and is lying face down with the back of his pants cut off – seemed to be genuine.
- At least five people were killed and seven injured during a strike at a bus stop in the city of Mykolaiv, according to the regional governor, Vitaliy Kim. Graphic images from the scene show the street littered with bodies.
- Vladimir Putin’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov said on Friday that Russia firmly supports China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.after Chinese President Xi Jinping warned US President Joe Biden against “playing with fire” on Taiwan in a phone call on Thursday.
- Germany’s economy minister said on Friday that putting the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline into operation was not an option because that would just play into Russian President Vladimir Putin’s game. Anger is mounting in Germany over soaring energy prices.
- Alexander Viktorovich Ionova Russian agent who was subject to US sanctions on Friday, was accused of using political groups in the United States to advance pro-Russian propaganda, including during the invasion of Ukraine earlier this year.
- The US Treasury Department said on Friday it had imposed sanctions on another individual alongside Ionov, as well as four entities who support the Kremlin’s global malign influence and election interference operations, including in the United States and Ukraine.
- Belarus has recalled its British ambassador Friday in response to what he described as “unfriendly and hostile” actions by London.
- North Macedonia plans to donate an unknown number of Soviet-era tanks to Ukraine as it seeks to modernize its own military to meet NATO standards, its defense ministry said on Friday.
- Germany would deliver 16 Biber bridge tanks to Ukrainian forces, said the German Defense Ministry.
- A Ukrainian court on Friday reduced to 15 years the life sentence handed down to a Russian soldier in May for premeditated murder in the country’s first war crimes trial.
- A Russian ammunition depot in the southern region of Kherson had been destroyedUkrainian officials announced on Friday.
- British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said Russian forces in Ukraine were in “a very difficult situation”., and that Putin’s strategy was like running his forces through a meat grinder. In his view, he said, Russia was “definitely not in a position to occupy the country. They may continue to kill indiscriminately and destroy as they go, but that’s not a victory.