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Russian officials were directly accused by senior Western officials of war crimes after Russian missiles hit a Ukrainian city far from the frontlines. Officials claimed that at least 23 people were killed in the attack.

Ukraine claimed Thursday's (14 July) strike against Vinnytsia (a city of 370,000 inhabitants) was carried out using Kalibr cruise missiles fired from a Russian submarine in Black Sea.

Volodymyr Zelenskiy, President of Russia, called Russia a terrorist state and called for more sanctions against it. He also suggested that the death toll in Vinnytsia might rise.

"Unfortunately, this is not a final number. The debris removal continues. Numerous people have been reported missing. He said that there are people seriously hurt among the hospitalized."

An international conference to prosecute war crimes in Ukraine was addressed by Zelenskiy. He stated that the attack was on an "ordinary, peaceful city".

Zelenskiy stated that Russia is the terrorist threat of the world and said, "No other country in the world poses this kind of threat to Russia."

Russia stated that it doesn't target civilians during its "special military operations" in Ukraine. It also said it attacked a military training facility. Reuters was unable to independently verify battlefield accounts.

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Vinnytsia is home to the Ukrainian Air Force command headquarters, according to an official Ukrainian military website. This was a target that Russia attempted to hit in March, the Ukrainian Air Force stated at the time.

Three children, including a 4-year old girl named Lisa, were among those killed by the attack on Thursday, according to Ukraine's emergency service. Other 71 people were also hospitalized and 29 were still missing.

Telegram posted a photo of a toy kitten, toy dog, and flowers in the grass. It said that Lisa, a little girl who was killed by the Russians today has been a shining light.

The attack ruined Friday's G20 finance ministers meeting in Indonesia, at which the top U.S.- and Canadian officials accused Russian officials of complicity in atrocities.

Janet Yellen, U.S. Treasury Secretary, condemned Russia's "brutal" and unjust war and stated that Russian finance officials also shared the responsibility.

She stated that Russia was solely responsible for the negative spillovers to global economies, especially higher commodity prices, by starting this war.

She said that Russian officials who participated in the meeting were adding to the "horrible consequences of war" by continuing support for the Putin regime.

She addressed the Russian officials, saying that she shared responsibility for the loss of innocent lives and the continuing economic and human toll caused by the war.

Chrystia Freeland, Canada's Finance Minister, told Russian officials that she held them personally liable for "war crimes," a Western official said to Reuters.

The United States and 40 countries, including Russia, agreed to coordinate their investigations into possible war crimes as Russia intensified its attack in Ukraine's eastern Donbas.

Prices for grain, cooking oil, fuel, and fertiliser have soared due to the conflict in Ukraine, creating a global food shortage. Negotiators are hopeful that a deal can be reached next week.

On Thursday, the United States assured banks, shipping companies and insurance companies that Russian fertiliser and food exports would not be in violation of Washington's sanctions against Moscow.

The United Nations and Turkey have tried to broker a deal with Moscow to enable Russian exports. This would allow the Black Sea port at Odesa to be unblocked to allow the shipment of Ukrainian grain.

According to the Kremlin, Russia is willing to stop what the West calls Moscow’s unprovoked aggression war if Kyiv accepts its conditions. These include officially recognising Russia’s control over Crimea in 2014 and the independence from two self-proclaimed Russian-backed stateslets in eastern Ukraine.

Ukraine repeatedly stated that it was not willing to give any territory and would take back any land it has lost through force.

Popasna, an eastern Ukrainian town that was captured by Russian forces two months ago, is now a ghost city with very little life.

A Reuters reporter visited the town Thursday and found that it was almost deserted with most apartment buildings severely damaged or destroyed.

Vladimir Odarchenko, a former resident, stood in his destroyed home and looked at the debris on the floor.

"I don't know what I'm going do. Where should I live? I don't know."

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