Russia Ukraine war latest news today: Austrian chancellor to meet Putin as rockets destroy Dnipro airport

US will ‘not hesitate’ to expel more Russian diplomats

Austrian leader Karl Nehammer will meet Russian president Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Monday and will call for an end to the conflict. It would be Putin’s first face-to-face meeting with a European Union leader since Russia’s invasion started on 24 February.

“We are militarily neutral, but (have) a clear position on the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine,” Mr Nehammer wrote on Twitter. “It must stop! It needs humanitarian corridors, ceasefire & full investigation of war crimes.”

It comes as a Russian rocket tore through Ukraine’s Dnipro airport on Sunday leaving potential casualties, officials said. The besieged country’s troops are now preparing for a new Russian offensive on Monday

Meanwhile, Ukraine’s GDP will be slashed by around 45.1 per cent this year as a result of the Russian invasion, which has severed its exports and business activity, the World Bank said in its latest forecast.


More EU sanctions on Russia an option, Borrell says

More European Union sanctions on Russia are an option, the bloc’s top diplomat said on Monday when asked if the EU was ready to consider a Russian oil embargo in response to Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.

“Sanctions are always on the table,” he told reporters as he arrived for a meeting with EU foreign ministers in Luxembourg. “Ministers will discuss which are the further steps,” he said.

(AFP via Getty Images)

Thomas Kingsley11 April 2022 09:17


World Bank reveals damage to Russian GDP from sanctions and says Ukraine economy to be slashed by half

Ukraine’s economic output is likely to contract by a drastic 45.1 per cent due to Russia’s unprovoked invasion, which has rendered economic activity impossible in the European nation, the World Bank said.

The Washington-based lender in its “War in the Region” economic update on Sunday said Russia’s GDP output for 2022 will fall 11.2 per cent owing to the plethora of sanctions imposed by the United States and its allies.

As per the report, the unprecedented sanctions have pushed Russia’s economy towards a “deep recession”.

ourreporter, Alisha Rahaman Sarkarhas the full report below:

Thomas Kingsley11 April 2022 09:00


Ukraine says nine humanitarian corridors agreed for Monday

Nine humanitarian corridors to evacuate people from Ukraine’s besieged eastern regions have been agreed for Monday between Kyiv and Moscow, including five in the Luhansk region, Ukraine’s deputy prime minister Iryna Vereshchuk said.

The planned corridors include one for people evacuating by private transport from the city of Mariupol, Vereshchuk said.

(Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

Thomas Kingsley11 April 2022 08:45


ICYMI: People of Ukraine remembered in churches on Palm Sunday

The pain of the people of Ukraine has been remembered as communities marked Palm Sunday in the build-up to Easter.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby – the leader of the Church of England, referred to communities who are “in a world of confusion and chaos”, while Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the Archbishop of Westminster, spoke of the agony of the people of Ukraine during his Palm Sunday homily.

Palm Sunday, which is celebrated by Protestant and Catholic communities, opens Holy Week leading up to Easter and is the most sacred time of year for Christians.

Read the full report below:

Thomas Kingsley11 April 2022 08:30


Why Boris Johnson was gifted a ceramic cockerel on his visit to Ukraine

Boris Johnson was gifted a symbolic ceramic cockerel as he walked through the streets of Kyiv on his surprise visit to the war-torn capital.

A woman approached the UK prime minister and Ukraine’s president Volodymr Zelensky, handing them each a ceramic jug in the shape of a cockerel.

“I’m from London,” the prime minister said, to which the woman smiled and said: “I know, I’m from Kharviv.” A single ceramic cockerel stood untouched on a kitchen cabinet during a bombardment of Borodianka. The entire high-rise building had collapsed but the cockerel managed to survive the blast.

Read the full story below from our reporter, Maryam Zakir-Hussain.

Thomas Kingsley11 April 2022 08:16


Russian troop losses near 20,000, claims Ukraine

Ukraine’s general staff of the armed forces claims Russia has lost nearly 20,000 troops and more than 700 tanks since the invasion on 24 February. The figure for deaths suffered by the Russian army is up by around 200 since yesterday’s estimate.

Tom Batchelor11 April 2022 07:56


183 children killed during Russia’s war on Ukraine

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has led to the deaths of 183 children, while a further 342 have been injured, the country’s prosecutor general’s office has said.

That is an increase in death toll of around a third in the last three weeks. The office said 121 children had been killed in an update on 22 March.

Tom Batchelor11 April 2022 07:39


Russia may carry out false flag operation in Moldova, claims Ukraine military

The general staff of Ukraine’s armed forces has said that Russian forces were continuing their offensive to establish full control over the southern city of Mariupol, seeking to storm an iron and steel plant and the city’s seaport.

It added that it was likely Russia, in order to disrupt the supply of goods to the places of hostilities, will continue to strike at transport infrastructure facilities in Ukraine in order to destroy or disable them.

Russia might also carry out provocative actions in the Transnistrian region of the Republic of Moldova in order to accuse Ukraine of aggression against a neighboring state, the general staff said, without providing evidence.

Tom Batchelor11 April 2022 07:30


Russia could use phosphorous ammunitions in Mariupol, claims UK

The British defense ministry has warned of the threat of further use of phosphorus munitions by Russian troops in Ukraine’s Mariupol, in its latest intelligence update.

“Russian forces prior use of phosphorous munitions in the Donetsk Oblast raises the possibility of their future employment in Mariupol as fighting for the city intensifies,” the ministry said on Monday.

It added that the Russian shelling has continued in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, “with Ukrainian forces repulsing several assaults resulting in the destruction of Russian tanks, vehicles, and artillery equipment.”

“Russia’s continued reliance on unguided bombs decreases their ability to discriminate when targeting and conducting strikes while greatly increasing the risk of further civilian casualties,” the ministry said.

Harpan Rai11 April 2022 07:03


New Zealand’s fresh aid to Europe: Hercules plane, personnel

New Zealand will deploy a C-130 Hercules and 58 personnel to Europe in a fresh offer of support for Ukraine.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said that New Zealand’s support to Ukraine is needed to help repel the Russian invasion as peace in the European region was essential for global security.

“Such a blatant attack on a country’s sovereignty is a threat to all of us and that’s why we too have a role to play,” the prime minister said.

She added: “The global response has seen an unprecedented amount of military support pledged for Ukraine, and more help to transport and distribute it is urgently needed, and so we will do our bit to help.”

Ms Ardern’s administration will also donate an extra NZ$13.1m ($9m) towards military, legal and human rights support, officials said.

The aircraft would “join a chain of military aircraft from partner nations, traveling throughout Europe carrying much-needed equipment and supplies to key distribution centers, but at no point will they enter Ukraine, nor have they been asked to,” the prime minister’s office said.

Harpan Rai11 April 2022 06:57

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