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White House expects 'minimal' impact on US and global economy is Russia defaults on debt

The White House has said it expects "minimal" impact on the US and global economy if Russia defaults on its debts.

"We expect the impact on the U.S. and the global economy to be minimal, given Russia has already been isolated financially," White House spokesperson Karine Jean-Pierre said in a press briefing on Thursday. 

The United States pushed Russia closer to the brink of a historic debt default on Wednesday by not extending its license to pay bondholders, as Washington ramps up pressure following Russia's actions in Ukraine. 

US banks and individuals were barred from accepting bond payments from Russia’s government after 12:01 a.m. New York time on Wednesday.

Zelenskyy speaking to US university tomorrow

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy will be speaking virtually at Stanford University tomorrow, according to a current professor at the school.

Michael McFaul, a former US ambassador to Russia, said the school was "honoured" to be hosting him at this "pivotal moment in Ukraine's history".

Five-month-old baby among those killed in Kharkiv shelling

Eight people have been killed, including a five-month-old baby, and 17 injured, in shelling in Ukraine’s second-largest city of Kharkiv.

A further three were killed by attacks in and around the eastern city of Lysychansk, which is a key focus of fighting.

In the northern Kharkiv region, governor Oleh Synehubov said two men ages 64 and 82 had been killed in shelling of the town of Balakliya and 10 other people were injured, including a nine-year-old girl.

Military officials said Russian forces continued to try to gain a foothold in the area of Sievierodonetsk, the only part of the Luhansk region in the Donbas under Ukrainian government control.

Fear, suspicion and split loyalties in the city spiralling out of control

Time is fast running out for the thousands of people still in the besieged city of Severodonetsk and the odds are very much against them. 

We managed to make one of the last trips in and out before the Ukrainian military shut down the remaining useable bridge into the city because of heavy shelling.

The city has come under intense and sustained bombardment over the past few days as the two sides slug it out for control. There has been no let-up day or night.

And to us, it seems the Russian troops are making inroads. They're throwing everything they can at taking this city - shelling, pounding, missile strikes and signs that they have ground troops not only on the city perimeters but inching their way in.

Read more Sky's special correspondent Alex Crawford here...

In pictures: Day 91 of war in Ukraine
Military situation in eastern Ukraine worse than people believe, says minister

The military situation in eastern Ukraine is even worse than people believe, one of the country’s ministers has said.

Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said Ukraine now needs heavy weapons to fight effectively against Russian invaders.

Mr Kuleba, taking part in a live question and answer session with Twitter users, also said peace talks with Russia were not really taking place.

Russia warns supplying weapons to Ukraine could lead to 'unacceptable escalation'

Russia's foreign minister has warned the west supplying weapons to Ukraine that could strike Russian territory would be a step towards "unacceptable escalation". 

Minister Sergei Lavrov Lavrov told the RT Arabic channel that he hoped sane people in the West would understand this, adding "There are still a few left there", RIA quoted him as saying.

Italy's PM says he doesn't see 'hope of peace' for Ukraine following call with Putin

Earlier this evening we reported a call between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Italy's Prime Minister Mario Draghi (see 4.52pm post).

Mr Draghi has now said, following that call, he doesn't see any "hope of peace" for Ukraine.

He also said he will hold a call with Ukraine's Volodymyr Zelenskyy about potentially unblocking Black Sea ports for food experts. 

Ukraine's richest man to sue Russia over $20bn steelworks damage

Ukraine's richest man says he plans to sue Russia over what he said was up to $20 billion (£15.91bn) in losses caused by its bombardment of steel plants he owned in Mariupol.

The Azovstal steelworks suffered heavy damage from Russian bombing and shelling after the sprawling plant became the last bastion of defence in the southern port city. Civilians and military took shelter under the plant for months, before ultimately surrendering last week.

The Illich Steel and Iron Works were also badly damaged during Russian shelling of Mariupol. 

"We will definitely sue Russia and demand proper compensation for all losses and lost business," Rinat Akhmetov, who owns the biggest Ukrainian steelmaker Metinvest and the plants in question, told Ukrainian news portal mrpl.city.

Akhmetov said he had remained in Ukraine since the war with Russia began, adding: "We believe in our country and believe in our victory."

The billionaire had already seen his business empire shattered before the war by eight years of fighting in Ukraine’s east after pro-Russian separatists took over swaths of territory there.

Since Russia's invasion began, Metinvest has announced
it cannot deliver its supply contracts.

Relations with Russia 'cannot go back to how they were', warns Finland PM

Finland's prime minister has said Russia's actions in Ukraine are a turning point for the world - and warned relations with Moscow could not go back to how they were before its invasion.

Prime Minister Sanna Marin made her comments during a trip to Ukraine that included visiting the towns of Irpin and Bucha where Ukraine suspects Russian troops carried out atrocities, an allegation denied by Moscow. 

"We, Finland, support all the actions of the International Criminal Court to consider these crimes, collect evidence for future proceedings and convict Russia," Marin said after meetings with Ukraine's president and prime minister. 

"What happened, what Russia did is a turning point for the entire European family and the whole world. We see that the old arrangement has been destroyed and there is no return to the former relationship," she said through a translator. 

She described Russia's actions in Ukraine as "an attempt against the principles of building a common European home."