Downing Street said in a statement that the leaders would continue to support Ukraine “militarily” and “increased pressure on Russia to stop its unprovoked aggression”. The Pentagon accused the Russian military of committing a war crime and “helping it gather evidence”.
For the first time, shelling was carried out in the residential areas of Odessa on the Black Sea. In Kherson, the only city under Russia’s control, protesters were shot by Russian soldiers.
A Russian newspaper inadvertently revealed that around 10,000 Russian soldiers have been killed and another 16,000 wounded. Previously, the Russian military only acknowledged that 500 soldiers had been killed since the invasion began.
Scheherazade, which is under the flag of the Cayman Islands, was launched in 2020 and is registered with a company called Boiler Assets Limited domiciled in the Marshall Islands, but the real owner remains shrouded in secrecy.
Details of the investigation were published online on Monday and threatened to further embarrass Putin. Mr Navalny’s aides had previously identified an extraordinary £760million palace on the Black Sea coast that allegedly belonged to the Russian president, prompting demonstrators to tease him by holding golden toilet brushes at opposition rallies.
Mr Navalani is expected to pronounce his verdict on Tuesday in the latest criminal case against him, in which prosecutors are seeking 13 years in a maximum security penal colony on alleged fraud and contempt of court.
In a posting on social media, Maria Pevchikh, who works for Mr Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation, said: “We have been investigating Putin’s corruption for over a decade, and one thing we know for sure – Putin never keeps property under his own name.
“Putin’s a dozen personal guards and servants are constantly maintaining one of the largest yachts in the world, which is docked in an Italian port. We think this is solid enough evidence that the Scheherazade belongs to Putin himself and They should be confiscated immediately.”