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Boris Johnson barred from Russia as UN says 1,900 civilians killed in Ukraine

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been barred from entering Russia over the UK’s “hostile” stance on the war in Ukraine, Moscow has said.

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Russia’s foreign ministry said Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, former prime minister Theresa May and First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon were among 13 British government members and politicians barred from entering the country.

The move was taken “in view of the unprecedented hostile action by the British government, in particular the imposition of sanctions against senior Russian officials”, the ministry said in a statement, adding that it would expand the list soon.

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Russia has already barred US President Joe Biden and a string of other US officials from entering the country.

More than 1,900 civilians killed – UN


Meanwhile, the UN has recorded the killing of more than 1,900 civilians since the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, but warned the “actual figures are much higher”.

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Of the 1,982 civilians killed between 24 February and 14 April, 162 were children, said the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

A further 2,651 civilians had been injured – 256 of them children.

Most of the deaths and injuries had been caused by shelling and air strikes, the OHCHR said.

The High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet has previously expressed horror at reports of civilians killed in the town of Bucha, near the capital Kyiv, saying they raised “serious and disturbing questions about possible war crimes” and calling for evidence to be preserved.

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