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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." 

Oil prices rise 3% to two-month high amid war in Ukraine

Oil prices have risen 3% to a two-month high today as the EU continues to wrangle with Hungary over plans to ban crude imports from Russia over its invasion of Ukraine.

Brent futures for July delivery rose 2.8%, to $117.24 (£93.20) a barrel by 11:15 a.m. EDT (1515 GMT). 

US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude rose $3.98, or 3.6%, to $114.31 (£90.87). 

Brent was up for the sixth straight day in a row and on track for its highest close since March 25 while WTI was headed for its highest close since March 23. 

European Council President Charles Michel said he was confident an agreement can be reached before the council's next meeting on May 30. 

Germany's economy minister Robert Habeck said the EU can strike a deal on an oil embargo within days or look to "other instruments." 

However, Hungary remains a stumbling block, as EU sanctions require unanimous support. Hungary is pressing for about 750 million euros ($800 million) to upgrade its refineries and expand a pipeline from Croatia. Even without a formal ban, much less Russian oil is available as buyers and trading houses have avoided suppliers from the country. 

Could the war spread to Moldova?

Transnistria is an unrecognised breakaway state in Moldova. The US has suggested there are "indications" that Russia wants to build a land bridge through Ukraine to Transnistria. But would that pull Moldova into the Russia-Ukraine conflict?

On the Sky News Daily podcast with Kimberley Leonard, our Europe correspondent Adam Parsons, who was recently in Moldova, explains what the country and its relationship with Transnistria is like, and Viorel Barbanoua shares his story reporting from the Moldova-Ukraine border.

Plus, Natia Seskuria, an associate fellow at security think tank RUSI, and former Moldova ambassador to the UN Vlad Lupan, tell us about the country being pulled into the Russia-Ukraine conflict, and what it will mean if Ukraine loses.

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Russia 'holding the world to ransom' says Britain

Britain has accused Russia of "trying to hold the world to ransom" after it said it would help solve the international food crisis, but only if the West lifted sanctions (see 4.52pm post).

In response, the UK has insisted there would be no sanctions relief, and a top US diplomat blasted the "sheer barbarity, sadistic cruelty and lawlessness" of the invasion.

Ukraine is one of the world's largest exporters of wheat, corn and sunflower oil, but the war, including a Russian blockade of its ports, has halted much of that flow, endangering world food supplies. Many of these ports are now also heavily mined.

US secretary of state Antony Blinken noted last week that food, fertiliser and seeds were exempt from sanctions imposed by the US and many others - and that Washington was working to ensure countries knew the flow of these goods should not be affected.

With the war grinding into its fourth month, world leaders have ramped up calls for solutions.

"This food crisis is real, and we must find solutions," World Trade Organisation director-general Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala said on Wednesday at the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland.

She said about 25 million tons of Ukrainian grain was in storage and another 25 million tons could be harvested next month.

European countries have tried to ease the crisis by bringing grain out of the country by rail - but trains can carry only a small fraction of what Ukraine produces, and ships are needed for the bulk of the exports.

Azov Sea port of Mariupol now free from mines, Russia says

Civil vessels may safely use the Azov Sea port of Mariupol in Ukraine as the danger from mines has been eliminated, the Russian defence ministry has just announced.

A maritime humanitarian corridor was opened on Wednesday in the Azov Sea. 

It comes as Russia took full control of Mariupol last week when more than 2,400 Ukrainian fighters surrendered at the besieged Azovstal steelworks., where they had been holed up for weeks.

Russia 'ready to help solve international food crisis' - but only if the West lifts sanctions

Russian President Vladimir Putin told Italy's Prime Minister Mario Draghi he is ready to significantly contribute to solving the international food crisis - but only if the West lifts its sanctions. 

Mr Putin said Russia stood ready to export grain and fertilizers in order to tackle the crisis. 

He also told Mr Draghi that Russia was ready to continue uninterrupted gas supplies to Italy. 

Russia's actions in Ukraine 'led to health emergency' says WHO

A World Health Organisation assembly has voted to condemn Russia's actions in Ukraine which, it said, has led to a health emergency.

The resolution was approved by 88 votes in favour and 12 against, with 53 abstentions, the meeting's president Hiroki Nakatani said, prompting a standing ovation by the resolution's backers. Typically, the WHO annual assemblies make decisions by consensus. 

A parallel proposal submitted by Russia which mimics the language of the original one - and expressed concerns about the "health emergency" but made no reference to its own actions - was rejected by the organisation.

It was rejected with 66 against and 15 in favour with 70 abstentions.

New pictures of Irpin, near Kyiv, on the day Finland's PM visits

Earlier, we brought you the story of Olga Chernenko, from Irpin near Kyiv (13.33 post), who often walks past the burned, blackened remains of her home. 

On the day that Finnish PM Sanna Marin visited, an Associated Press photographer has captured the wider devastation in Irpin.

This aerial shot shows a collection of buildings that have been turned into shells.

McDonald's to reopen in Russia under local licensee

McDonald's Russia says it plans to reopen restaurants to the public from 12 June.

It will be under a new brand - operating separately from the main company - after the chain sold to a local licensee.

The fast-food firm is selling its restaurants in Russia because of the invasion of Ukraine.

It ends more than three decades of the "golden arches" in the country.

Belarus leader Lukashenko orders new military command for south of country bordering Ukraine

President Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus has ordered the creation of a new military command for the south of country, bordering Ukraine, according to a video release.

It appears that the country plans to deploy special operations troops in three areas near its southern border with Ukraine.

Mr Lukashenko has also talked up the role of Russian-made missiles in boosting his country's defences, Reuters said.

Earlier we heard from Ukraine that Russia had been spotted moving Iskander missile systems to Belarus's western Brest region, raising the possibility of new missile strikes on west Ukraine.