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09.19

Russian forces capture Kreminna in battle for Donbas

Ed Ram and Isobel Koshiw in Dnipro report for us:

Russian forces have seized the city of Kreminna in eastern Ukraine’s Donbas region and Ukrainian troops have withdrawn from the city, the regional governor has stated.

Kreminna, a city of greater than 18,000 individuals about 350 miles (560km) south-east of the capital, Kyiv, seems to be the primary city captured in a Russian offensive in eastern Ukraine.

“Kreminna is under the control of the ‘Orcs’ [Russians]. They have entered the city,” Serhiy Gaidai, the governor of the Luhansk region, advised a briefing on Tuesday. “Our defenders had to withdraw. They have entrenched themselves in new positions and continue to fight the Russian army.”

He stated Russian forces had attacked “from all sides”.

“It is impossible to calculate the number of dead among the civilian population. We have official statistics – about 200 dead – but in reality there are many more,” he stated, with out making it clear what interval the estimated loss of life toll coated.

Russia denies concentrating on civilians.

Evacuated residents from the city have stated they’re unable to achieve kin and associates there.

Read extra of our report from Ed Ram and Isobel Koshiw in Dnipro: Russian forces capture first city in battle for Donbas

11.20

Ukraine’s deputy prime minister, Iryna Vereshchuk, stated 76 prisoners of warfare have returned in an alternate with Moscow, AFP reviews.

Vereshchuk stated Russia had handed over 60 troopers, together with 10 officers, and 16 civilians however didn’t give particulars on what number of Russians have been concerned within the prisoner swap.

It was the fifth prisoner alternate between the 2 nations because the warfare, she stated. Last week Kyiv stated it had returned 30 prisoners of warfare by an order of the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy.

11.06

Russian businessman Oleg Tinkov has spoken out towards the “crazy” warfare in Ukraine and described supporters of Moscow’s navy actions as “morons”.

In a post on his Instagram account, Tinkov, a former billionaire banker who has been sanctioned by the UK authorities in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, stated “90% of Russians are against” the warfare.

Tinkov wrote:

I don’t see ANY beneficiary of this loopy warfare! Innocent individuals and troopers are dying.

The generals, waking up with a hangover, realised that they’d a shitty military. How can the military be good, if every little thing else within the nation is shit and mired in nepotism and servility?

Oleg Tinkov, founder of the major Russian bank Tinkoff
Oleg Tinkov, founding father of the foremost Russian financial institution Tinkoff Photograph: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters

Referring to the ‘Z’ image that has turn out to be an indication of help for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Tinkov stated:

Of course there are morons who draw Z, however morons in any nation are 10%. 90% of Russians are AGAINST this warfare!

Switching to English, Tinkov addresses the “collective West” by asking to “please give Mr Putin a clear exit to save his face and stop this massacre. Please be more rational and humanitarian.”

Tinkov’s put up is the “most stridently anti-war comment I’ve seen from a Russian billionaire”, the Financial Times’ Max Seddon writes.

This is probably the most stridently anti-war remark I've seen from a Russian billionaire, right here: sanctioned banking impresario @olegtinkov.

"How can we have a good army if everything else in the country is shit and smeared with nepotism and servility? 90% of Russians OPPOSE this war!" https://t.co/nawhIWEOeo

— max seddon (@maxseddon) April 19, 2022

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This is probably the most stridently anti-war remark I’ve seen from a Russian billionaire, right here: sanctioned banking impresario @olegtinkov.

“How can we have a good army if everything else in the country is shit and smeared with nepotism and servility? 90% of Russians OPPOSE this war!” https://t.co/nawhIWEOeo

— max seddon (@maxseddon) April 19, 2022

Our Pjotr Sauer factors out that Tinkov might face a case below Russia’s “fake news” legislation amid Moscow’s crackdown on anti-war dissent.

Last month, the Russian parliament handed a legislation imposing a jail time period of as much as 15 years for spreading deliberately “fake” information in regards to the navy.

Prosecutors might simply open a “fake news” case towards Oleg Tinkov primarily based on his Instagram assertion. Other billionaires shall be taking a look at what the Kremlin decides to do with Tinkov who’s fairly in style amongst Russia’s center class https://t.co/jfLbUg4ezz

— Pjotr Sauer (@PjotrSauer) April 19, 2022

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Prosecutors might simply open a “fake news” case towards Oleg Tinkov primarily based on his Instagram assertion. Other billionaires shall be taking a look at what the Kremlin decides to do with Tinkov who’s fairly in style amongst Russia’s center class https://t.co/jfLbUg4ezz

— Pjotr Sauer (@PjotrSauer) April 19, 2022

10.28

An enormous plume of smoke has been seen rising above the Azovstal metal plant within the besieged Ukrainian city of Mariupol.

Russian forces superior after calling on Ukrainians encamped within the plant to put down their arms by midday Moscow time.

The port city has been left devastated by near-constant bombardment because the begin of the warfare, which has left residents with out water or electrical energy. Ukrainian authorities estimate that at the very least 21,000 individuals have been killed there because the begin of the warfare.

Smoke rises from Mariupol metal manufacturing unit as Russia continues bombardment – video

10.18

Larry Elliott

Larry Elliott

The International Monetary Fund has lower its international development forecasts due to the warfare in Ukraine, warning that Russia’s invasion might result in the fragmentation of the world economic system into rival blocs.

In a half-yearly replace, the IMF stated prospects had worsened “significantly” previously three months as it lowered its development estimate for 2022 from 4.4% to three.6%.

The Washington-based physique stated each member of the G7 group of main industrialised nations and the larger growing nations would develop much less quickly this year than beforehand anticipated, and there was a powerful threat of an excellent worse end result.

Pierre-Olivier Gourinchas, the IMF’s financial counsellor and director of analysis, stated:

In the matter of some weeks, the world has but once more skilled a significant, transformative shock. Just as a sturdy recovery from the pandemic-induced international financial collapse appeared in sight, the warfare has created the very actual prospect that a big a part of the current positive factors shall be erased.

The UK is predicted to be the joint-best performer within the G7 this year regardless of having its development estimate lower from 4.7% to three.7%, however is ready to be the worst performer subsequent year when the IMF is pencilling in growth of simply 1.2%. Consumer spending is predicted to be weaker than anticipated as the price of residing disaster bites whereas tighter monetary circumstances are anticipated to chill funding.

The US will endure the least injury from the warfare and has had its development forecast for 2022 shaved by 0.3 factors to three.7%. Germany and Italy, each extra uncovered to Russia, have had their development estimates lowered by 1.7 factors and 1.5 factors respectively to 2.1% and a pair of.3%.

Russia is on target for two years of falling output as a results of western sanctions (8.5% this year and a pair of.3% in 2023), whereas Ukraine’s economic system will shrink by 35% in 2022 and really feel the influence of the battle for years to return, the IMF stated in its world financial outlook.

09.55

Spain’s prime minister Pedro Sánchez will journey to Kyiv “in the coming days”.

AFP reviews a authorities spokesperson stated Sanchez “will travel to Kyiv in the coming days, you will understand that I can’t give you more information about the visit for security reasons.”

Isabel Rodriguez added: “It is a way of showing our commitment to the Ukrainian people and government.”

Sánchez is following within the footsteps of different European leaders, together with the European Commission president Ursula Von der Leyen, British prime minister Boris Johnson and a delegation of heads of state from the Baltic nations, who’ve gone to Ukraine because the begin of Russia’s newest invasion of the nation.

The announcement got here a day after Spain stated it will quickly reopen its Ukrainian embassy in Kyiv.

09.38

Moldova’s president referred to as for individuals and opposition politicians to chorus from utilizing Russian symbols throughout 9 May celebrations to mark victory within the second world warfare as a result of Russian troops have been killing civilians in Ukraine.

“It is impossible to combine in the same symbol the memory of lives given for peace and the current inhumane war,” Reuters reviews president Maia Sandu advised a briefing.

Last week, Moldova’s parliament voted to outlaw the ribbon of St George in response to Russia’s newest invasion of Ukraine. Under the brand new legislation, anybody who makes, wears or shows the striped ribbon faces a superb of at the very least 900 lei (£38/$49) or 69 hours of group service.

Sandu urged her opponents to not divide society for the sake of their political pursuits.

“Moldova defends its neutrality and peace in society. That is why the symbols of the war waged against Ukraine are prohibited in the Republic of Moldova. I urge politicians to refrain from any provocation,” Sandu stated.

Sadu’s pro-Russian predecessor, Igor Dodon, has urged individuals to “go on the Victory March with a St George ribbons” regardless of the doable fines

09.19

Russian forces capture Kreminna in battle for Donbas

Ed Ram and Isobel Koshiw in Dnipro report for us:

Russian forces have seized the city of Kreminna in eastern Ukraine’s Donbas region and Ukrainian troops have withdrawn from the city, the regional governor has stated.

Kreminna, a city of greater than 18,000 individuals about 350 miles (560km) south-east of the capital, Kyiv, seems to be the primary city captured in a Russian offensive in eastern Ukraine.

“Kreminna is under the control of the ‘Orcs’ [Russians]. They have entered the city,” Serhiy Gaidai, the governor of the Luhansk region, advised a briefing on Tuesday. “Our defenders had to withdraw. They have entrenched themselves in new positions and continue to fight the Russian army.”

He stated Russian forces had attacked “from all sides”.

“It is impossible to calculate the number of dead among the civilian population. We have official statistics – about 200 dead – but in reality there are many more,” he stated, with out making it clear what interval the estimated loss of life toll coated.

Russia denies concentrating on civilians.

Evacuated residents from the city have stated they’re unable to achieve kin and associates there.

Read extra of our report from Ed Ram and Isobel Koshiw in Dnipro: Russian forces capture first city in battle for Donbas

09.08

Aubrey Allegretti

The British prime minister Boris Johnson has up to date his cupboard ministers on the newest scenario in Ukraine, saying the nation’s position was “perilous” – with Russian president Vladimir Putin “angered by defeats, but determined to claim some sort of victory regardless of the human cost”.

Ahead of a name with different world leaders this afternoon, the prime minister stated it was “more vital than ever to increase global support” together with extra defensive weaponry and sanctions towards Russia.

A senior nationwide safety adviser additionally advised cupboard that Putin would give attention to the Donbas region and that “the next phase of the war was likely to be an attritional conflict which could last several months”.

Downing Street added the official stated Russia would “aim to exploit its troop number advantage but Ukraine had already shown that this was unlikely to be decisive on its own”.

Johnson’s spokesman added: “There are some signs that Russia had not learned lessons from previous setbacks in northern Ukraine. And there was evidence of troops being committed to the fight in a piecemeal fashion. Reports of poor Russian morale continued with claims of some soldiers leaving units refusing to fight.”

08.54

‘Non-stop bombardment of civilian districts’ in Kharkiv, city mayor says

Kharkiv’s mayor, Igor Terekhov, stated Russian forces have been engaged in a “non-stop bombardment of civilian districts” in Ukraine’s second city since Sunday.

In an interview with CNN, Terekhov stated:

In the previous couple of days, [Russian shelling] has been within the centre and it’s concentrating on peaceable civilians.

The enemy is concentrating on civilians, many individuals are wounded and a few sadly useless. In the previous day and a half, we’ve had 15 individuals killed and greater than 50 wounded. Those 15 killed was simply in a single assault.

From German newspaper Bild’s Björn Stritzel:

Kharkiv: Russian artillery closely shelling Saltivka space in the present day. pic.twitter.com/BhAZHxIxzi

— Björn Stritzel (@bjoernstritzel) April 19, 2022

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At least three individuals have been killed and 16 wounded within the shelling of Kharkiv in the present day, Oleh Synehubov, the regional governor, stated.

08.16

Oleksandr Malish, the patrol police chief for the cities of Kramatorsk and Slovyansk within the Donetsk region, is reluctant to name individuals suspected of collaborating with Russia Ukrainians, Isobel Koshiw and Ed Ram report.

“I cannot even call these people Ukrainians, even though they have Ukrainian passports and were born here and lived here all their lives,” stated Malish. “These are not professional spies who were trained in Moscow and sent here.”

The two cities he oversees are within the pocket of the Donetsk region nonetheless managed by Ukraine however surrounded by Russian forces on three sides. Part of his workforce’s job is rooting out and detaining suspected collaborators. Pro-Russian feeling nonetheless exists, he stated, particularly amongst marginalised sections of the inhabitants.

Officers inspect a nursery hit by a rocket in Kramatorsk. The attack had been intended for the local security services HQ
Officers examine a nursery hit by a rocket in Kramatorsk. The assault had been meant for the native safety companies HQ Photograph: Ed Ram/The Guardian

Malish stated there have been pro-Russia Telegram teams with the “Z” branding that have been concentrating on residents. The administrator of the Telegram group would put out a discover asking for coordinates or images of a sure place in alternate for money. When an individual despatched the “goods” to the administrator, they obtained as much as £500 on their financial institution card, Malish stated.

He stated his workforce had discovered proof of such Telegram exchanges and financial institution transfers on the telephones of “numerous” suspected collaborators they’d detained. He stated declined to say precisely what number of.

The Guardian was not capable of finding the Telegram teams Malish described. But it did discover public Telegram teams for Kramatorsk and Slovyansk with “Z” branding that carry pro-Russia messaging in regards to the warfare.

The teams have about 15,000 subscribers. The Guardian was not in a position to verify that they have been all real residents of the 2 cities and neighbouring villages, although some seemed to be.

Malish stated police have been requested by residents to inspect a man on Saturday. When they searched his cellphone, he stated, they noticed he had obtained about £400 from a Russian checking account on 8 April. As the person was not in a position to clarify the switch, and the Kramatorsk railway station was hit the identical day, they determined to detain him as a suspect.

More than half the cities’ populations have left. According to 1 lieutenant patrol officer on responsibility, Ihor Yunusov, this makes it simpler for the police to determine suspicious behaviour. “If before there could be 500 people on the main square in the evening, now there are around 10,” Yunusov stated.

07.59

Aubrey Allegretti

The UK prime minister, Boris Johnson, has up to date cupboard ministers on the newest scenario in Ukraine, saying the nation’s position was “perilous” – with Russian president Vladimir Putin “angered by defeats, but determined to claim some sort of victory regardless of the human cost”.

Ahead of a name with different world leaders this afternoon, the prime minister stated it was “more vital than ever to increase global support” together with extra defensive weaponry and sanctions towards Russia.

A senior nationwide safety adviser additionally advised the cupboard that Putin was targeted on the Donbas region and that “the next phase of the war was likely to be an attritional conflict which could last several months”.

Downing Street added the official stated Russia would “aim to exploit its troop number advantage but Ukraine had already shown that this was unlikely to be decisive on its own”.

Johnson’s spokesman added:

There are some indicators that Russia had not discovered classes from earlier setbacks in northern Ukraine. And there was proof of troops being dedicated to the combat in a piecemeal style.

Reports of poor Russian morale continued with claims of some troopers leaving models refusing to combat.

07.34

Russia’s defence minister, Sergei Shoigu, has accused the US and its western allies of “doing everything to drag out” Moscow’s navy operation in Ukraine by supplying Kyiv with arms, AFP reviews.

In a televised meeting with Russian navy commanders, Shoigu referred to eastern Ukraine’s two self-proclaimed republics, which Moscow has recognised as unbiased states:

We are steadily implementing our plan to liberate the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics.

He added:

We are taking measures to revive peaceable life.

07.07

Ramzan Kadyrov, the chief of Russia’s Chechnya region and an ally of Vladimir Putin, stated Russian forces would fully take over the Azovstal metallurgical plant within the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol in the present day, Reuters reviews.

Kadyrov stated in an audio message on his Telegram channel:

Today, with the assistance of the Almighty, we’ll … take over Azovstal fully.

Russia earlier referred to as on Ukrainian forces encamped within the Azovstal plant to put down their arms by midday Moscow time, a deadline that handed two hours in the past.

Smoke rises from Mariupol metal manufacturing unit as Russia continues bombardment – video

06.52

Lorenzo Tondo

I used to be in Bucha&Borodyanka in the present day. And I’m amazed that, regardless of the rubble and destruction, Ukrainians nonetheless have the power to show Russian weapons into paintings. #Ukraine #Russia #war #invasion pic.twitter.com/QhzQSmilQk

— Lorenzo Tondo (@lorenzo_tondo) April 18, 2022

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06.39

Russian troops seize city of Kreminna, regional governor says

Russian troops have reportedly captured the city of Kreminna in east Ukraine, Reuters reviews.

Ukrainian troops have withdrawn from the city after three days of combating, Luhansk regional governor, Serhiy Gaidai, stated in a briefing:

Kreminna is below the management of the ‘Orcs’ (Russians). They have entered the city. Our defenders needed to withdraw. They have entrenched themselves in new positions and proceed to combat the Russian military.

If true, Kreminna would seem like the primary city captured in a brand new Russian offensive in eastern Ukraine.

Gaidai stated it was “impossible” to calculate the variety of useless among the many civilian inhabitants.

We have official statistics – about 200 useless – however in actuality there are numerous extra.

Earlier on Monday, Gaidai stated in a statement on his official Telegram channel:

Currently, management over the city of Kreminna is lost, avenue fights are going down.

Russian troops shot useless individuals making an attempt to go away the city, he added, claiming that 4 individuals had been killed as they tried to evacuate in their very own autos on Monday morning.

The Russians opened fireplace on a automobile with civilians. Four individuals died.

Kreminna, with a pre-war inhabitants of practically 20,000 individuals, is about 50km (31 miles) north-east of Kramatorsk, the region’s administrative centre, and is a strategic goal for invading Russian forces.

Kreminna, as nicely as close by Rubizhne, Severodonetsk and Lysychansk, have withstood heavy shelling from each side for a number of days on the frontline.

Hello, it’s Léonie Chao-Fong right here. I’ll be bringing you all the newest developments from the warfare in Ukraine. Feel free to drop me a message when you have something to flag, you’ll be able to attain me on Twitter or by way of e mail.

06.17
Vehicles destroyed in combat during the Russian invasion of Ukraine, compiled on the outskirts of the city Irpin, Ukraine, April 18, 2022
Vehicles destroyed in fight through the Russian invasion of Ukraine, compiled on the outskirts of the city Irpin, Ukraine, April 18, 2022 Photograph: Maxym Marusenko/NurPhoto/REX/Shutterstock
A woman with a cat sits in a bus to move to Ukrainian city of Dnipro during an evacuation of civilians in Kramatorsk, Ukraine, Tuesday, April 19, 2022.
A girl with a cat sits in a bus to maneuver to Ukrainian city of Dnipro throughout an evacuation of civilians in Kramatorsk, Ukraine, Tuesday, April 19, 2022. Photograph: Andriy Andriyenko/AP
06.03

Today to date …

  • The Russian offensive to grab eastern Ukraine and the “battle for Donbas” has begun, Ukraine’s president Volodymr Zelenskiy stated. “Now we can already state that the Russian troops have begun the battle for the Donbas, for which they have been preparing for a long time,” he stated in a video address, including {that a} “significant part of the entire Russian army is now concentrated on this offensive”.
  • Russian overseas minister Sergei Lavrov confirmed Moscow was beginning a brand new stage of what it calls its particular navy operation in Ukraine. He predicted it will be a major growth.
  • Russia’s defence ministry stated Russian missile and artillery forces struck 1,260 targets in Ukraine in a single day, and that anti-aircraft forces downed a Ukrainian MiG-29 jet within the Donetsk region. Russia’s new offensive goes “very cautiously” and can fail as a result of Moscow’s forces lack the power to interrupt by Ukrainian defences, Ukraine’s presidential adviser Oleksiy Arestovych has stated.
  • Russia has 76 battalion tactical teams within the Donbas region of Ukraine and within the nation’s south-east with 11 of these added during the last a number of days, a senior US defence division official stated in a statement on Monday night time.
  • Russian troops have reportedly captured the east Ukraine city of Kreminna whereas native authorities have urged residents within the Donetsk and Luhansk areas to evacuate. “Currently, control over the city of Kreminna is lost; street fights are taking place,” Luhansk regional governor Sergiy Gaiday stated in a statement on his official Telegram channel on Monday night time.
  • Russia has once more referred to as on Ukrainian forces encamped within the Azovstal metallurgical plant within the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol to put down their arms. Ukrainian authorities say that no fewer than 1,000 civilians are hiding within the advanced together with Ukrainian fighters.
  • The deputy prime minister of Ukraine Iryna Vereshchuk has stated there shall be no humanitarian corridors arrange once more in the present day in Ukraine, the third day consecutive day with out agreed escape routes.
  • Greece seized a crude oil Russian tanker off the island of Evia as a part of European Union sanctions towards Russia, a Greek transport ministry official has stated.
  • French finance minister Bruno Le Maire stated that an embargo on Russian oil at a European Union stage was within the works, including that France’s president Emmanuel Macron is eager on such a transfer.
  • The UK authorities’s Northern Ireland secretary Brandon Lewis stated he wouldn’t touch upon nationwide safety points when requested what the UK was doing to deliver residence Shaun Pinner and Aiden Aslin, British fighters in Ukraine captured by the Russians and paraded on nationwide TV.
  • Labour celebration’s shadow legal professional common, Emily Thornberry, stated “it is inappropriate for British people to be involved in the war in Ukraine and they should not be going there”. She stated she had been “surprised” UK overseas secretary Liz Truss had given out “mixed messages” and had “seemed to almost be endorsing people going out to Ukraine. It simply is wrong.”

05.40

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director common of the World Health Organization (WHO), has condemned assaults on healthcare staff and provisions in Ukraine. He tweeted:

WHO unequivocally condemns the continued improve in assaults on well being care in Ukraine. They should cease. To date, WHO has verified 147 assaults, together with 73 individuals killed, and 53 injured. War is not going to be an answer. Once once more, I name on Russia to finish the warfare.

.@WHO unequivocally condemns the continued improve in assaults on well being care in #Ukraine. They should cease. To date, WHO has verified 147 assaults, together with 73 individuals killed, and 53 injured. War is not going to be an answer. Once once more, I name on Russia to finish the warfare.

— Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (@DrTedros) April 19, 2022

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.@WHO unequivocally condemns the continued improve in assaults on well being care in #Ukraine. They should cease. To date, WHO has verified 147 assaults, together with 73 individuals killed, and 53 injured. War is not going to be an answer. Once once more, I name on Russia to finish the warfare.

— Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (@DrTedros) April 19, 2022

05.32

Reuters reviews Russian overseas minister Sergei Lavrov confirmed Moscow was beginning a brand new stage of what it calls its particular navy operation in Ukraine. He predicted could be a major growth.

“Another stage of this operation is beginning and I am sure this will be a very important moment of this entire special operation”, Lavrov stated in an interview with the India Today TV channel.

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