‘Bring my mother back home’, says daughter of captured Ukrainian paramedic
Russia’s fresh assault on eastern Ukraine has involved “non-stop bombardment of civilian districts” in the eastern Kharkiv since Sunday, the city’s mayor Igor Terekhov told CNN.
The new attack on the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine could last for “several months”, a senior UK national security official warned the British government.
The official made the warning to PM Boris Johnson, who then told the weekly Cabinet meeting at Downing Street that Ukraine’s position was “perilous” as Vladimir Putin was thought to be aiming for victory of some sort “regardless of the human cost”.
It comes after Putin’s forces inflicted a fresh assault on eastern Ukraine, where they have taken control of the city Kreminna.
“Kreminna is under the control of the ‘Orcs’ (Russians). They have entered the city,” regional governor Serhiy Gaidai said at a briefing.
“Our defenders had to withdraw. They have entrenched themselves in new positions and continue to fight the Russian army.”
The siege of Kreminna brings the Russians closer to the city of Slovyansk, which was captured for a few months by pro-Moscow fighters in 2014 and is now a key target in Russia’s invasion of the country.
US to provide more military assistance to Ukraine – Biden says
The US will send more artillery to Ukraine, President Joe Biden told reporters following a call with Western leaders about Russia’s invasion.
Earlier, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters traveling with Mr Biden to New Hampshire that his administration would continue to provide more ammunition and other military assistance.
Lamiat Sabin19 April 2022 19:40
“Non-stop bombardment of civilian districts” in Kharkiv, says mayor
Kharkiv Major Igor Terekhov has said that there has been “non-stop bombardment of civilian districts” in the city since Sunday.
Speaking to CNN the city’s mayor said that previously Russian shelling and bombardments had been focused on the outskirts of the eastern city of Kharkiv.
Kharkiv has been targeted by Russian strikes since the invasion of Ukraine was launched nearly two months ago. “In the last few days, [Russian shelling] has been in the center and it’s targeting peaceful civilians,” Mr Terekhov told CNN “New Day” on Tuesday.
eleanor sly19 April 2022 19:05
Kremlin critic Navalny says Russian soldiers killed Ukrainian who shares surname
Jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny has revealed that Russian soldiers killed a 60-year-old man called Ilya Navalny in the Ukrainian town of Bucha apparently just because he shared Mr Navalny’s last name.
The allegations, which Reuters has not been able to verify, triggered condemnation from the West and fierce denials from the Kremlin, which calls the allegations a “monstrous forgery” designed to denigrate the Russian army.
Mr Navalny shared a picture on Twitter of a passport with the name Ilya Ivanovich Navalny that he said appeared to have been deliberately left next to a dead body in Bucha.
“A completely innocent person was killed by Putin’s executioners (what else can I call them? definitely not ‘Russian soldiers’) because he is my namesake,” Mr Navalny wrote.
“Apparently, they hoped he was a relative of mine.”
eleanor sly19 April 2022 19:05
‘Civilians will not be spared’ as Russia launches assault in east, UK officials warn
UK officials have warned that civilians will not be spared as Russia ramps up its assault in eastern Ukraine.
It comes as Putin’s forces attacked along a broad front in eastern Ukraine on Tuesday as part of a full-scale ground offensive to take control of the country’s eastern industrial heartland in what Ukrainian officials called a “new phase of the war.”
Speaking at a briefing on the humanitarian effort in Ukraine, a UK official said there is great concern for residents in eastern Ukraine in close proximity to frontline fighting.
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eleanor sly19 April 2022 18:45
When a war zone seems safer: The Roma refugees heading home to Ukraine after being treated badly in Europe
Roma refugees who sought shelter across the border are returning to war-torn Ukraine following poor treatment by host countries in Europe, rights groups have claimed.
While there are no exact figures, many of the estimated 50,000 Roma who became refugees when Russia invaded Ukraine in February are packing their bags and heading home just weeks after they fled.
Some went back when they heard that their areas weren’t being targeted by Russian troops, explained Jonathan Lee, an Advocacy and Communications Manager at the European Roma Rights Center (ERRC).
eleanor sly19 April 2022 18:20
World Bank and Ukrainian officials to discuss financial aid for Ukraine
The World Bank will meet Ukraine’s prime minister and finance minister on Thursday to discuss more funding for the war-torn country.
The meeting will include World Bank president David Malpass, Ukrainian PM Denys Shmyhal, finance minister Serhiy Marchenko and IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva.
Mr Malpass said that Ukraine’s debt burden “has to be worked through and substantially reduced” given the pressures from Russia’s invasion.
The attendees to the meeting will be discussing financial aid beyond the initial funding provided through the bank and the International Monetary Fund.
Lamiat Sabin19 April 2022 18:00
Russian operations in eastern Ukraine ‘prelude’ to bigger offensive
Ongoing Russian military activity in the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine could lead to a much larger offensive in the country, a senior US defense official said.
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Russia was still adding to its military capabilities to prepare for the new offensive, introducing an additional two battalion tactical groups (BTG) in the past 24 hours to bring to the total number of Russian BTGs in the country to 78.
Lamiat Sabin19 April 2022 17:40
Johnson talks with Kurdish PM about reducing reliance on Russian fuel
Boris Johnson spoke with his Kurdish counterpart Masrour Barzani, who wants to export energy to Europe to help reduce reliance on Russian oil and gas.
Downing Street said: “Prime Minister Barzani spoke about his aspiration to export energy to Europe, and the Prime Minister (Johnson) lauded his efforts to help reduce Western reliance on Russian oil and gas.”
Lamiat Sabin19 April 2022 17:20
Russian bank founder criticizes Moscow for ‘crazy war’ in Ukraine
The founder of a Russian bank has laid into the Kremlin for its “crazy war” in Ukraine, saying that 90 per cent of Russians did not support it.
Oleg Tinkov, who founded Russia’s second-biggest credit card issuer Tinkoff Bank, wrote on Instagram in Russian: “I don’t see a single beneficiary of this crazy war! Innocent people and soldiers are dying.”
He added: “Kremlin officials are shocked that neither they or their children will be off to the Mediterranean in the summer. Businessmen are trying to save the rest of their property.
“The (Russian) generals, waking up with a hangover, realized that they had as a *** army. And how could the army be good if everything else in the country is s*** and mired in nepotism, sycophancy and servility?”
Mr Tinkov then called on western nations to allow Vladimir Putin a way of abandoning his invasion of Ukraine while being able to “save face”.
Switching to English, he wrote: “Dear ‘collective West’ please give Mr. Putin a clear exit to save his face and stop this massacre. Please be more rational and humanitarian.”
Mr Tinkov, 54, stepped down as chairman of Tinkoff Bank in 2020.
Lamiat Sabin19 April 2022 17:00
Canada imposes sanctions on Vladimir Putin’s daughters
Canada said it was imposing targeted sanctions on 14 individuals in the Russian regime, including Vladimir Putin’s two adult daughters.
Earlier this month, the US and Britain both announced sanctions against scientist and former dancer Katerina Vladimirovna Tikhonova, 35, and her pediatric endocrinologist sister Maria Vladimirovna Vorontsova, 36 – on suspicion that the women are helping to hide their father’s wealth.
Lamiat Sabin19 April 2022 16:40