Russian state TV presenter says war in Ukraine ‘has already escalated into World War 3’
Russia has released the first images of surviving sailors from its sunken Black Sea flagship, the Moskva, as they met with the head of its navy in Crimea.
It came as Moscow announced a window for the surrender of the southern city of Mariupol, beginning at 6am local time on Sunday morning, saying that any Ukrainian forces who give up their arms in this period will not be harmed.
Earlier, Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelensky said that talks with Russia could break down if the defenders of Mariupol are “eliminated”.
Speaking to Ukrainian media, Mr Zelensky said: “I want to say that the elimination of our army, our guys, will put an end to all negotiations.”
And his comments came as Rinat Akhmetov, Ukraine’s richest man, pledged to help rebuild the besieged city.
The billionaire tycoon said the war-torn city on the coast of the Black Sea is important to him as it is where his company Metinvest owns two steelworks that he says will once again compete globally.
Russia’s goal ‘remains the same’ despite focus on east, UK says
Russia’s goal in Ukraine ‘remains the same’ despite shifting focus to the east of the country, the UK says.
This morning’s Ministry of Defense update on Twitter says that Russia is “committed to compelling Ukraine to abandon its Euro-Atlantic orientation and asserting its own regional dominance.”
The update also says Putin’s artillery continues to strike Ukrainian positions throughout the east as part of a plan to ‘renew its offensive activity’.
Russian forces also continue to redeploy combat and support equipment from Belarus towards eastern Ukraine.
Sam Rkaina17 Apr 2022 07:33
Ukraine forces in Mariupol show no interest in surrendering
Ukrainian forces in Mariupol have not shown any interest in surrendering to the Russian forces so far, ABC News reported.
Earlier, the Russian defense ministry had said that they were willing to “spare the lives” or “militants” in Mariupol who surrendered.
The statement by the ministry said that “the lives of all those who lay down their arms will be spared.”
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky had also said that any destruction of the port city would end negotiations. But so far, it is not clear whether Ukraine would agree to the deal proposed by the Russian defense ministry.
Mr Zelensky had also described the situation in Mariupol as “very difficult.”More than 20,000 civilians have been killed in Mariupol since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and more than 100,000 people are still trapped in the city.
Marosha Muzaffar17 Apr 2022 07:02
Images of surviving Moskva crew published by Russian defense ministry
The Russian defense ministry has published images showing the surviving crew of the country’s flagship Black Sea missile cruiser, Moskva.
The photos show a big group of sailors parading in Sevastopol and meeting the Navy commander-in-chief Admiral Nikolay Yevmenov.
Marosha Muzaffar17 Apr 2022 07:02
EU head says next round of sanctions against Russia will hit banking sector
The head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, has said that the next round of sanctions against Russia will target the banking sector of the country, “especially Sberbank”.
In an interview with German newspaper Bild am Sonntag, she said: “We are looking further at the banking sector, especially Sberbank, which accounts for 37 per cent of the Russian banking sector. And, of course, there are energy issues.”
She added: “What should not happen is that (Russian president Vladimir) Putin collects even higher prices on other markets for supplies that would otherwise go to the EU.”
“The top priority is to shrink Putin’s revenues,” she said.
Marosha Muzaffar17 Apr 2022 06:15
Military shipments from Biden administration start arriving in Ukraine
Shipments from the Joe Biden administration’s latest security package to Ukraine have started arriving, the White House confirmed on Saturday.
President Joe Biden had approved an additional package of $800m worth of weapons and ammunition to Ukraine.
The assistance package includes 11 Mi-17 helicopters, 18 155 mm Howitzer cannons, and 300 more Switchblade drones, the Kyiv Independent reported.
The additional $800m shipment brings the total amount of military assistance from the US to Ukraine to more than $3bn.
Marosha Muzaffar17 Apr 2022 05:45
Russian defense ministry says ‘will spare lives’ of those who surrender in Mariupol
The chief of Russia’s defense ministry, Mikhail Mizintsev has said that the “lives of those who lay down their arms [in Mariupol] will be saved.”
The TASS news agency reported that the defense ministry asked Ukrainian forces in Mariupol to surrender and “given the catastrophic situation at the Azovstal iron and steel works, and out of purely humane principles, the Russian Armed Forces offer the militants from nationalist battalions and foreign mercenaries to end hostilities and lay down arms from 06:00 Moscow time on April 17, 2022.”
The statement continued: “The lives of all those who lay down their arms will be spared.”
Marosha Muzaffar17 Apr 2022 05:15 am
Russian defense ministry publishes first images of Moskva crew
For the first time since the sinking of the Moskva, the Russian defense ministry has published images showing the surviving crew of the country’s flagship Black Sea missile cruiser.
The images from a parade in the Crimean city of Sevastopol represent the first evidence Russia has offered of the survival of sailors from the warship.
On Thursday, the defense ministry had announced that the missile cruiser had sunk while being towed in rough seas after an explosion involving ammunition on board.
Ukrainian forces had taken responsibility, however, saying they sunk the Moskva using two Neptune anti-ship missiles.
Russia had maintained at the time that the crew had been taken to Sevastopol, a major port in the Black Sea.
The images published by the Russian defense ministry show a big group of sailors parading in Sevastopol and meeting the Navy commander-in-chief Admiral Nikolay Yevmenov.
Marosha Muzaffar17 Apr 2022 04:45
World Central Kitchen partner restaurant hit by a missile in Kharkiv
A restaurant partnered with celebrity chef Jose Andres’ World Central Kitchen — a non-profit dedicated to providing meals in the wake of disasters — was hit by a Russian missile in Kharkiv, Ukraine.
World Central Kitchen CEO Nate Mook on Saturday posted a video on Twitter and confirmed that the restaurant building was attacked and that it was a “big hit.”
He said that the missile left “tremendous amounts of damage” and “a dozen cars burnt out.”
Mr Mook added that no one was killed at the restaurant but four staffers were wounded in the attack.
Marosha Muzaffar17 Apr 2022 04:22
Lay down your arms, Russia tells last Ukrainian fighters in Mariupol
Russia’s defense ministry said that if Ukrainian forces still fighting in Mariupol lay down their arms starting at 6 am Moscow time (0300 GMT) on Sunday, their lives will be spared, state media have reported.
Tass news agency quoted Colonel-General Mikhail Mizintsev, director of the Russian National Center for Defense Management, as saying Moscow’s offer was prompted by “the catastrophic situation”.
He added: “We guarantee that the lives of all those who lay down their arms will be spared.”
Holly Bancroft17 Apr 2022 01:20
Captain of sunken Russian warship Moskva ‘killed in explosion’, says Ukraine
The captain of a Russian warship that sunk in the Black Sea died in an explosion following a missile strike, according to Ukrainian authoritieswrites Joe Middleton.
First Rank Captain Anton Kuprin, 44, died during an “explosion and fire on board” the Moskva, Anton Gerashchenko, an advisor to Ukraine’s ministry of internal affairs, said on the messenger app Telegram.
The flagship of Russia’s Black Sea fleet sank on Thursday while being towed to a port in stormy weather after an explosion and fire onboard, according to Russian news agencies quoted the defense ministry.
Holly BancroftApril 17, 2022 00:57