Four sailors are feared dead after a cargo ship sank after an explosion off the coast of Ukraine.
The Estonian-owned shop reportedly encountered a mine near the port city of Odessa.
Two crew members were rescued while four others are missing, the ship manager said.
It comes amid fears that Vladimir Putin may be about to impose martial law on his own citizens.
EU officials said today they are seeing signs on social media and Kremlin leaders have called an emergency meeting for tomorrow.
This morning it emerged that the first major city in Ukraine has been captured by Russian forces after days of fierce fighting.
Troops have taken the important port city of Kherson in the south of the country, the mayor said.
Russian troops have entered the city administration building and imposed a curfew on residents.
But Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has claimed that the morale of Vladimir Putin’s forces is “constantly declining”.
He said Putin’s soldiers are “confused children” and that 9,000 Russian soldiers have been killed so far.
Meanwhile, explosions have shaken Kyiv, and heavy shelling has also hit Mariupol Kharkiv overnight.
The Defense Ministry said the bulk of the Russian convoy remained more than 30 km from central Kyiv after being “delayed by determined Ukrainian resistance”.
A war crimes probe has begun after Boris Johnson accused Vladimir Putin of committing atrocities by bombing cities.
Netflix is the latest major media company to halt all projects and acquisitions in Russia in response to Ukraine’s ongoing “humanitarian crisis”.
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