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Russia-Ukraine war: What happened today (July 1)

A woman cleans the area in front of a building hit by a missile strike in the Ukrainian town of Serhiivka, near Odesa, on Friday. The attack killed at least 18 people and injured 30.
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A woman cleans the area in front of a building hit by a missile strike in the Ukrainian town of Serhiivka, near Odesa, on Friday. The attack killed at least 18 people and injured 30.

As Friday draws to a close in Kyiv and in Moscow, here are the key developments of the day:

Russian missiles hit residential areas near Odesa, killing at least 21 people. Fierce fighting has continued in the area, in southern Ukraine, for weeks.

The European Union flag was hoisted in the Ukrainian Parliament in a symbolic and highly emotional moment for the country's lawmakers, who stood and applauded. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen congratulated Ukraine on gaining candidate status last week, launching a potentially lengthy process for the country to join the bloc.

Inflation in 19 countries that use the euro hit a new record high of 8.6% in June. The war in Ukraine has helped drive up energy and food prices, and the Eurostat statistics agency estimated energy prices are almost 42% higher than last year.

The trial for WNBA star Brittney Griner began in Russia, with prosecutors unsealing details about her case. She's detained on drug smuggling charges over alleged cannabis vape cartridges in her luggage. Her next hearing is slated for July 7.

UNESCO declared borsch cooking an endangered Ukrainian heritage "in need of urgent safeguarding" because of Russia's invasion. Ukraine's culture minister declared victory "in the war for borsch," as Russia also lays claim to the hearty beet soup.

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