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Ukraine-Russia war latest: Ten dead including three children in Zaporizhzhia as Putin’s forces make advances

Two injured in Ukrainian drone attack on Russia’s Belgorod Oblast

Alexander Butler,Namita Singh
Sunday 14 April 2024 05:00
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Ten people, including three children, have been killed in the Russian-controlled town of Tokmak in the southern Zaporizhzhia region due to Ukrainian shelling.

It comes as Kyiv’s army chief said on Saturday the situation on the eastern front had worsened in recent days as Putin’s forces have intensified its armoured assaults and battles rage for a village near Bakhmut.

Russia’s defence ministry said on Saturday its forces had captured Pervomaiske, a village to the south also located in Ukraine’s Donetsk region where Moscow has focused its offensive operations for months.

Meanwhile, Switzerland said it would host a peace conference in June to help chart a path toward peace in Ukraine after more than two years of fighting.

But Mr Putin claimed Moscow hadn’t been invited to join the talks while noting the Swiss recognition that a peace process can’t happen without Russia.

“They aren’t inviting us there. Moreover, they think there is nothing for us to do there, but at the same time they say that’s it’s impossible to decide anything without us. It would have been funny if it weren’t so sad,” he said.

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Ukraine desperately needs more soldiers. War amputees are returning to the frontline

Ukrainian commander Odin’s lower leg was blown off in a mine explosion last year. He’s now back in the trenches.

“I had offers to go back to my local academy as a teacher or to work at a draft office in Odesa,” the 32-year-old from the 28th Separate Mechanised Brigade said from a cramped bunker on the front line in the eastern region of Donetsk.

“I said I’m not interested in these positions.”

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Ukraine desperately needs more soldiers. War amputees are returning to the frontline

‘Even though I can’t sit inside a tank, I can still be useful. I can still fight a bit’

Holly Evans14 April 2024 05:00
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Ukraine's army chief says eastern front under intense Russian assault

Ukraine’s army chief said on Saturday the situation on the eastern front had worsened in recent days as Russia has intensified its armoured assaults and battles rage for control of a village west of the devastated city of Bakhmut.

The statement by Colonel General Oleksandr Syrskyi more than two years since Russia’s invasion reflected the grim mood in Kyiv as vital US military aid that Kyiv expected to receive months ago remains stuck in Congress.

“The situation on the eastern front in recent days has grown considerably more tense. This is linked primarily to the significant activisation of offensive action by the enemy after the presidential elections in Russia,” he wrote on the Telegram app.

Since President Vladimir Putin won a new term in a stage-managed mid-March election, Russia has stepped up its attacks on Ukraine and unleashed three massive aerial strikes on its energy system, pounding power plants and substations.

The slowdown in military assistance from the West has left Ukraine more exposed to aerial attacks and heavily outgunned on the battlefield. Kyiv has made increasingly desperate appeals for supplies of air defence missiles in recent weeks.

(via REUTERS)
Holly Evans14 April 2024 04:00
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US intelligence finding shows China surging equipment sales to Russia to help war effort in Ukraine

China has surged sales to Russia of machine tools, microelectronics and other technology that Moscow in turn is using to produce missiles, tanks, aircraft and other weaponry for use in its war against Ukraine, according to a U.S. assessment.

Two senior Biden administration officials, who discussed the sensitive findings Friday on the condition of anonymity, said that in 2023 about 90% of Russia’s microelectronics came from China, which Russia has used to make missiles, tanks and aircraft.

Nearly 70% of Russia’s approximately $900 million in machine tool imports in the last quarter of 2023 came from China.

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US intelligence finding shows China surging equipment sales to Russia to help war effort in Ukraine

China has surged sales to Russia of machine tools, microelectronics and other technology that Moscow in turn is using to produce missiles, tanks, aircraft and other weaponry

Holly Evans14 April 2024 03:00
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Thousands of Russian soldiers are fleeing Putin’s war in Ukraine – they have nowhere to go

If the choice was death or a bullet to the leg, Yevgeny would take the bullet. A decorated hero of Russia’s war in Ukraine, Yevgeny told his friend and fellow soldier to please aim carefully and avoid bone. The tourniquets were ready.

The pain that followed was the price Yevgeny paid for a new chance at life. Like thousands of other Russian soldiers, he deserted.

“I joke that I gave birth to myself,” he said, declining to give his full name for fear of retribution. “When a woman gives birth to a child, she experiences very intense pain and gives new life. I gave myself life after going through very intense pain.”

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Thousands of Russian soldiers are fleeing Putin’s war but with nowhere to go next

Asylum claims from Russia have surged since the full-scale invasion

Holly Evans14 April 2024 02:00
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UK should consider sending troops to Ukraine, ex-defence minister says

The UK should consider sending troops to Ukraine a former defence minister has said days after President Zelensky warned his country was at risk of losing its war with Russia.

British forces could give support and training to Ukrainians in their battle against Putin’s invasion, James Heappey suggested.

But personnel would have to be kept away from the frontline, to prevent sparking a conflict between Russia and Nato.

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Holly Evans14 April 2024 00:00
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Kremlin says 2022 draft document could serve as starting point for future Ukraine peace talks

A draft peace agreement that Russia and Ukraine negotiated in the early days of the war could serve as a starting point for talks to end the fighting, the Kremlin said Friday, reviving a proposal that Ukraine had rejected.

Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said that the draft document that was discussed in Istanbul in March 2022 could be “the basis for starting negotiations.” At the same time, he noted that the possible future talks would need to take into account the “new realities.”

“There have been many changes since then, new entities have been included in our constitution,” Peskov said in a conference call with reporters.

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Kremlin says 2022 draft document could serve as starting point for future Ukraine peace talks

The Kremlin says that a draft agreement between Russia and Ukraine negotiated in 2022 could serve as a starting point for prospective talks to end the fighting that has dragged into a third year

Holly Evans13 April 2024 23:00
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London Metal Exchange releases notice after UK and US take action targeting Russian metals

The London Metal Exchange on Saturday set out measures it is taking to comply with new U.S. and UK sanctions that prohibit exchanges from accepting new aluminum, copper and nickel produced by Russia and bar the import of the metals into the two countries.

The LME said it recognized that a consequence of the amended sanctions package announced on Friday may be a degree of market uncertainty. Russia is a major producer of aluminum, copper and nickel.

The metal exchange said it will impose an immediate suspension on the warranting of Russian metal produced on or after April 13.

“LME and LME Clear are taking appropriate steps to enable continued participation in the daily settlement process by members and clients,” it said in a notice.

Holly Evans13 April 2024 22:00
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Germany to send new Patriot air defence system to Kyiv at ‘critical time’, Zelensky says

Germany will supply a U.S.-made Patriot air defence system and air defence missiles to Ukraine at a “critical time” as Kyiv struggles to defend its energy system from Russian bombardment, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Saturday.

More than two years into its full-scale invasion, Russia has staged three massive airstrikes on power stations and substations in recent weeks, prompting Kyiv to issue desperate appeals for supplies of high-end air defences.

“I am grateful to the chancellor for the decision to supply another, additional Patriot system to Ukraine, as well as missiles for the existing air defence systems,” Zelensky said after speaking by telephone with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.

He described their conversation as “important, productive” and said: “I call on all other leaders of partner states to follow this example.”

Germany will hand over the Patriot system immediately and it will be in addition to air defence systems that were already delivered and planned, the defence ministry said in a post on X.

Holly Evans13 April 2024 21:00
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Ten dead in Ukrainian shelling of Russia-controlled town, Russia-installed official says

A Russia-installed official in Ukraine’s southern Zaporizhzhia region said on Saturday that shelling by Ukraine’s military had killed 10 people, including three children, in the town of Tokmak.

Yevgeny Balitsky, the top Moscow-installed official in the Zaporizhzhia region, said that 18 people had been wounded in the shelling on Friday night.

“Two people are reported missing. Debris removal and search continues,” he said on the Telegram messaging app.

Another Russian-installed local official, Vladimir Rogov, writing on his Telegram channel, said that five houses had been partially destroyed.

Holly Evans13 April 2024 20:00
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Russia claims to have captured village in the Donetsk region

Russia’s defence ministry said on Saturday its forces had captured Pervomaiske, a village to the south also located in Ukraine’s Donetsk region where Moscow has focused its offensive operations for months.

Moscow said its troops had improved their tactical position on the front line there after capturing the village 8 kilometres (4.97 miles) southwest of occupied Avdiivka. Kyiv did not immediately comment on the status of Pervomaiske.

Syrskyi said Russian armoured assault groups were attacking on the fronts of Lyman as well as Bakhmut and using dozens of tanks and armoured personnel carriers to try to break through lines on the Pokrovsk front.

President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, who has warned Russia may be preparing a big offensive push in late May or in June, inspected domestically-produced weapons at an event outside Kyiv where he presented state awards to Ukrainian arms producers.

Holly Evans13 April 2024 19:00

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