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New Delhi: Dozens of soldiers were killed after Russian troops struck a Ukrainian military barracks in the southern city of Mykolaiv, witnesses told AFP on Saturday while a rescue operation was underway.

Here are the top 10 updates on this big story

  1. "No fewer than 200 soldiers were sleeping in the barracks" when Russian troops struck early Friday, a Ukrainian serviceman on the ground, 22-year-old Maxim, told AFP without providing his last name. "At least 50 bodies have been recovered, but we do not know how many others are in the rubble," he said. Another soldier estimated that the bombing could have killed around 100 people. Authorities have not yet released an official death count.

  2. Russia used its newest Kinzhal hypersonic missiles for the first time in Ukraine on Friday to destroy a weapons storage site in the country's west, the defence ministry said. "The Kinzhal aviation missile system with hypersonic aeroballistic missiles destroyed a large underground warehouse containing missiles and aviation ammunition" in the village of Deliatyn in the Ivano-Frankivsk region," the Russian defence ministry said.

  3. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called for comprehensive peace talks with Moscow, saying Russia would otherwise need generations to recover from losses suffered during the war. "The time has come to restore territorial integrity and justice for Ukraine. Otherwise, Russia's losses will be such that it will take you several generations to recover," Mr Zelensky said.

  4. The Ukrainian military imposed a 38-hour curfew in the southern city of Zaporizhzhia, starting at 1400 GMT on Saturday and ending early on Monday, deputy mayor Anatoliy Kurtiev said.

  5. US President Joe Biden laid out to Chinese leader Xi Jinping the "consequences" of any backing for Russia in its war against Ukraine, the White House said, as Beijing showed no sign of joining Western condemnation of the invasion.

  6. Ukraine's defence ministry said it lost access to the Sea of Azov "temporarily" as invading Russian forces were tightening their grip around the Sea's major port of Mariupol. "The occupiers have partially succeeded in the Donetsk operational district, temporarily depriving Ukraine of access to the Sea of Azov," Ukraine's defence ministry said in a statement.

  7. Russian President Vladimir Putin accused Kyiv of "war crimes" in a call with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron, saying that Moscow is doing "everything possible" to avoid civilian deaths in Ukraine. Mr Macron expressed "extreme concern" over the fate of Mariupol, urging "a lifting of the siege and humanitarian access" to the city.

  8. The International Monetary Fund, World Bank and other top world lenders warned of "extensive" economic fallout from the Ukraine war and expressed "horror" at the "devastating human catastrophe".

  9. The three Baltic countries of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania announced the expulsion of a total of 10 Russian diplomats over Moscow's invasion of Ukraine.

  10. More than 3.25 million refugees have fled Ukraine since the Russian invasion, the United Nations said, with more than two million crossing the border into Poland.

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