In the headlines
Government offices in the centre of Ukraine’s second-largest city, Kharkiv, have been hit by a massive Russian missile strike, part of a bombardment that President Volodymyr Zelensky says is “clearly a war crime”. Dozens of civilians have been killed in the city in suspected cluster bomb attacks, which are banned by more than 100 countries. A 40-mile-long convoy of Russian tanks and armoured vehicles is advancing on Kyiv. US intelligence agencies tell NBC that Vladimir Putin is growing increasingly frustrated and angry at his military’s lack of progress and sees “doubling down” as his only option. “He is no longer the same cold-blooded, clear-eyed dictator that he was in 2008,” says former CIA director John Brennan. Russia’s football clubs and national teams have been barred from competitions by Fifa and Uefa. You know things are bad when even Fifa, “the worst body in world sport”, takes notice, says political commentator Tim Shipman on Twitter.