War in Ukraine, according to the Pentagon: warplanes delivered to Kiev

23:17

Are the preparations for the referendum in Southern Ukraine continuing?

According to Independent Kiyv, which cites the comments of Ukraine’s Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov, Russia is preparing so-called referendums to establish separatist republics in the occupied Kherson and Mikholaiv regions, as in the past. In 2014 in Donetsk and Lugansk, in the Donbass.

22:43

European growth fell sharply

Months passed and concerns of an economic slowdown were confirmed as the eurozone was on the brink of war: The International Monetary Fund on Tuesday assessed the cost at multiple points in GDP this year.

The IMF now expects euro area countries to grow by 2.8%, a serious slowdown compared to its previous forecast of 3.9% in January and 4.3% in October.

22:31

Ukraine bought fighter jets

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said on Tuesday that Ukraine has received fighter jets and spare parts to augment its air force, and declined to specify the number, type or origin of these.

“They have more warplanes today than they did two weeks ago,” the spokesperson said at a press conference, noting that the United States made it easier to send spare parts to Ukraine, but not planes there.

22:24

Russian billionaire denounces ‘nonsense’ war

Russian billionaire Oleg Tinkov, founder of internet bank Tinkoff, criticized a “nonsense” war in Ukraine on Tuesday and urged the West to help end this “massacre”.

“90% of Russians are AGAINST this war,” he assured on Instagram, emphasizing that he saw “NO rant from this ridiculous war” where “innocent people and soldiers died”.

Oleg Tinkov in June 2019. REUTERS / Maxim Shemetov

21:11

Thousands of Wagner mercenaries and Syrian or Libyan fighters in Ukraine

“10 to 20,000” mercenaries or Syrian and Libyan fighters from the Russian paramilitary company Wagner are currently fighting alongside Russian forces in Ukraine, a European official told reporters in Washington on condition of anonymity. These men “have no vehicles or heavy weapons” and are coming to support the Russian troops.

20:27

IMF, beware of using cryptocurrencies to avoid sanctions

For the IMF, cryptocurrencies are not necessarily a way to escape economic sanctions. “There is no strong evidence that digital money can be used to circumvent sanctions. Why ? Because the financial system still has an important role to play,” says IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva.

“We are not yet at a stage where we see evidence that this path allows to circumvent sanctions. (…) Sanctions very clearly hinder transactions,” he adds. The issue is under close scrutiny by the Fund on a global scale.

19:55

“We will strengthen our sanctions against Russia,” Von der Leyen said

The President of the European Commission announced on Twitter that sanctions against Russia were strengthened after a video conference with the United States and other allies. “We will increase financial and security assistance to Ukraine,” he said.

19:50

Finland launches NATO membership debate

The Finnish Parliament on Wednesday began discussing joining NATO to better protect itself against possible Russian aggression, and there is now a “very likely” candidacy. The 200 members of Eduskunta, the country’s only 100-year-old parliament, which was divided on the issue for a long time until the invasion of Ukraine, are heading towards a clear majority in favor of membership in a possible vote by summer. This is despite Moscow’s recent warnings of nuclear reinforcements in the Baltic region should neighboring Finland or Sweden join the US-led military alliance.

19:27

According to Rome, from the allies towards “new sanctions” against Moscow

The Italian government announced that the United States and the European Union had “reached broad consensus on the need to increase pressure on the Kremlin, particularly through the adoption of new sanctions.” This position was taken during a virtual meeting between US President Joe Biden and key US allies devoted to the Russian offensive in Ukraine.

19:25

Belgium and the Netherlands regret the expulsion of their diplomats from Russia

While Belgian and Dutch diplomats were expelled from Russia, Dutch Foreign Minister Wopke Hoekstra said Moscow “repented” of this decision. “We will now see what the consequences will be if so many of his colleagues leave Moscow and St. Petersburg,” he added. “This decision is completely unfair and unfounded”, Belgian diplomacy reacted in a press release, “hating” a measure that “helps strengthen Russia’s international diplomatic isolation.”

18:53

France denies any “forced land acquisition”

After an exchange with Joe Biden and other Western leaders on Tuesday afternoon, the Elysée declared that all allies “reclaim Ukraine in every way possible: military, political, economic, etc. but still no no-fly zone. Elysée states that in Ukraine there is no “forced force of any kind”. We will not accept land acquisition,” he adds.

18:47

Putin ‘responsible’ for ‘war crimes’ in Ukraine, denounces German Chancellor Olaf Scholz

At a press conference in Berlin, the Chancellor said, especially after a video conference with Russia, that “Russia’s invasion of Russia is a serious violation of international law” and “the death of thousands of civilians due to war crimes that are the responsibility of the Russian president.” US President Joe Biden and several European colleagues.

18:37

Sanctions against Putin’s daughters in Canada

Ottawa has imposed new sanctions on 14 “close associates” of Vladimir Putin, including his two daughters and the wife and daughter of the head of Russian diplomacy, Sergei Lavrov.

18:34

African Union call for dialogue

In a phone call with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, African Union (AU) Commission President Moussa Faki Mahamat told Russia that the war in Ukraine must respect international law and called for dialogue to end the conflict.

18:31

Can Ukraine resist the offensive in the East?

The upcoming battle for control of all the separatist Donetsk and Luhansk regions in the east of the country is not won for Moscow. Ukraine has material reinforcements, experienced troops and precise knowledge of the terrain. Explanations are in our article.

18:21

Ukrainian tanks will soon be repaired by Czech companies

The Czech Ministry of Defense has announced that subsidiaries of the Czechoslovak Group (CSG) industrial holding company will take over the repair of Soviet-designed T-64 medium tanks operated by Ukrainian forces. In the future, repairs to BRD and BRDM armored vehicles can be expanded, including from other Czech companies.

17:54

Mauthausen does not want the Russian representative at the memorial service

The organizing committee announced that the Russian and Belarusian ambassadors were asked not to attend the planned May 15 commemoration for the liberation of the Mauthausen concentration camp in Austria. “The participation of the two countries is incompatible with the surviving prisoners’ Mauthausen oath and their aspirations for peace and freedom,” said Willi Mernyi, head of the local press.

17:43

Less Russian gas in Denmark

The Danish government has just presented its plan to become independent from Russian gas after the occupation of Ukraine. Specifically, the plan envisions a transition from gas-heated homes to district heating or connection to electrically-operated heat pumps by 2028. In addition to investing in renewable energies, it also increases the production of North Sea gas.

17:30

The war in the Donbass, the war for “democracy”

“This is not a war for Donbass, this is not a war for Ukraine, this is a war between evil criminal Russia and the democratic world. What is at stake in Ukraine today is the future of Ukraine and also the future of the world”, ex-Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko thundered on BFM TV the day after the start of the Russian offensive in the east of the country.

17:28

“Putin will not stop in Ukraine”

Petro Poroshenko, assuring that the Russian leader will “knock on his door” in the continuation of the war with the Baltic states and other neighboring countries of Ukraine, fears that “Putin will not stop in Ukraine”.

17:28

Poroshenko wants more sanctions on Russia

“I am very grateful to the leaders of the G7, and especially to the United States, who have shown real leadership,” Petro Poroshenko told BFM TV.

Demanding new and strong sanctions against Russia and Russia, the former Ukrainian president said, “The Western world united at this moment of trial because it is aware that there is a war against the collective and Western democratic values, the model of society”. Additional military assistance was provided to Ukraine at the end of the video conference on Ukraine between Joe Biden and his allies.

17:28

Petro Poroshenko condemned Russian barbarism

In an interview with BFM TV, the former Ukrainian president condemned Russia’s invasion of his country. “Putin’s aim is to erase Ukraine from the world map”, he condemned the ex-president from Kiev and said that “Russian barbarians shot at buses passing by children and women”.

17:14

UN Secretary-General Calls for ‘Human Pause’

After denouncing the Russian offensive in the East, Antonio Guterres requested a “four-day humanitarian break for Holy Week” from Thursday to Sunday on the occasion of Orthodox Easter, “to allow a series of humanitarian corridors to open” in Ukraine.

17:03

The beginning of the video conference between Biden and his allies

US President Joe Biden launched a virtual meeting with French leaders Emmanuel Macron, British Boris Johnson, German Olaf Scholz, Romanian Klaus Iohannis, Polish Andrzej Duda, Italian Mario Draghi, Canadian Justin Trudeau and Japanese Fumio Kishida dedicated to the Russian offensive in Ukraine.

The White House said that along with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, the Presidents of the European Commission and the European Council Ursula von der Leyen and Charles Michel joined the call.

16:55

The “new phase” of the war

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that a day after the start of the Russian offensive in eastern Ukraine, “a new phase of the Russian military operation” began.

“I believe this will be a very important moment for this special operation,” he told the Indian press. Russia has announced that it has carried out a dozen airstrikes that it aims to “rescue” the region.