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1. Vladimir Putin set to ‘cut Ukraine in two’ as key city of Kherson falls to Russians
Ukraine surrendered its first city to Vladimir Putin on Wednesday night after the Russian leader was accused of a new tactic of deliberately trapping civilians under relentless artillery fire.
The mayor of the strategically important southern city of Kherson confirmed that it had fallen into enemy hands and said Russia planned to set up a “military administration”. Read the full story.
2. Vladimir Putin’s commanders will be hunted down for war crimes, says Dominic Raab
Russian commanders who follow Vladimir Putin’s illegal orders will be hunted down for war crimes, Dominc Raab has vowed.
The Justice Secretary said the UK was already drawing up plans to help identify and track down fugitives suspected of atrocities. Read the full story.
3. France hits out at UK’s ‘overly restrictive’ approach to Ukrainian refugees
France has accused Britain of taking an “overly restrictive” approach to Ukrainian refugees.
A French government adviser urged Britain to relax its conditions for granting visas when Ukrainians travelling through the country were left “stranded” after being denied entry by the UK. Read the full story.
4. Second home owners to pay four times as much council tax in crackdown on holiday lets
Second home owners in Wales will face council tax bills four times higher than owner-occupied homes next year amid a fresh crackdown on holiday lets.
The Welsh Government is tripling the maximum council tax premium that local authorities can charge on second homes and long-term empty properties from April 2023. Read the full story.
5. Cotswolds double murder: Man and ex-wife found stabbed to death at homes 15 miles apart
A double murder investigation has been launched after a man and his ex-wife were found stabbed to death at their homes 15 miles apart in the Cotswolds.
Emergency services discovered the body of Clive Warrington, 67, after being called to reports of a serious assault in Sherborne Place in Cheltenham in the early hours of the morning on Wednesday. Read the full story.
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