Russia-Ukraine crisis: Rights groups say Russia used cluster, vacuum bombs

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Fierce fighting and Russian bombardment in Ukraine have killed dozens and sparked a refugee crisis. The 193-member UN General Assembly began meeting on the crisis ahead of a vote this week to isolate Russia. Talks on a ceasefire ended without a breakthrough.

Russian President Putin told France’s President Emmanuel Macron a Ukraine settlement was only possible if Kyiv was neutral, “denazified” and “demilitarised” and Russian control over annexed Crimea was formally recognised, the Kremlin said.

Ukraine’s Western allies increased weapons transfers in support, and Britain called for such transfers to be expanded. Finland agreed to ship 2,500 assault rifles and 1,500 anti-tank weapons. Canada will supply anti-tank weapons and upgraded ammunition, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said. Russia’s foreign ministry said those supplying lethal weapons to Ukraine will bear responsibility should they be used during Russia’s military campaign.

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