Ukraine news – latest: ‘Fighting intensifying’ in Donbas as Russia gives fresh Mariupol surrender window

‘Take my mother back home,’ says daughter of imprisoned Ukrainian paramedic

Russia has given a new deadline to surrender to Ukrainian fighters holding out in Mariupol as Putin’s forces began to push for a decisive victory in the east.

The renewed warning came as Moscow poured more troops into the Donbas in an attempt to control the country’s eastern industrial heart of coal mines and factories.

If they were successful in their efforts in the Donbas, the invaders would essentially cut Ukraine in half, giving President Vladimir Putin a success to boast of after failing to secure Ukraine’s capital Kiev in nearly two years. months of war.

Responding to the renewed military offensive, President Volodymyr Zelensky said Russia has expelled “everything and everyone” capable of fighting Ukraine. He further criticized Moscow for attacking residential areas and killing civilians.

“The Russian army in this war will forever write itself in world history as the most barbaric and inhumane army in the world,” he said.

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ICYMI: IMF cuts global economic growth, citing Russia’s war in Ukraine

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) cut its forecast for global economic growth by nearly a full percentage point on Tuesday, citing Russia’s war in Ukraine and warning that inflation was now a “clear and present danger” for many countries.

The war is expected to slow growth and further increase inflation, the IMF said in its latest World Economic Outlook, warning that its forecast was marked by “unusually high uncertainty”.

Further sanctions on Russian energy and an expansion of the war, a stronger-than-expected slowdown in China and a renewed pandemic flare could further slow growth and boost inflation, while rising prices could spark social unrest.

The global lender, which has revised its forecast downwards for the second time this year, said it now expects global growth of 3.6% in 2022 and 2023, down 0.8 and 0.2 percentage points from the previous year. January forecast, given the direct impact of the war on Russia and Ukraine and global spillovers.

Global growth in the medium term is expected to decline to about 3.3% in the medium term, compared to an average of 4.1% in 2004-2013 and growth of 6.1% in 2021.

“The global economic outlook has deteriorated severely, largely because of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine,” IMF chief economist Pierre-Olivier Gourinchas wrote in a blog released Tuesday featuring the refreshed outlook.

Both Russia and Ukraine would face a sharp contraction in their economies, while the EU – which is heavily dependent on Russian energy – saw its growth forecast for 2022 fall by 1.1 percentage points.

Namita Singh |Apr 20, 2022 06:25

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Russia throws ‘everything and everyone’ into the fray, says Zelensky

Russia is throwing at Ukraine “anything and everyone” capable of fighting, President Volodymyr Zelensky said.

He added that despite Moscow’s claims that they are only attacking military sites, they continue to attack residential areas and kill civilians.

“They have expelled almost everyone and everything that is capable of fighting against Ukraine,” he said. “The Russian army in this war will forever write itself in world history as the most barbaric and inhumane army in the world.”

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky speaks at a press conference in Kiev, Ukraine, April 13, 2022

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Weeks after Russia failed to take Kiev, the Kremlin stated its main goal was to capture the largely Russian-speaking Donbas region, where Moscow-backed separatists have been waging war against Ukrainian forces for eight years.

If Russia succeeds in taking over Donbas, it would deprive Ukraine of the industrial assets concentrated in the region, including mines, metal works and heavy equipment plants.

Namita Singh |Apr 20, 2022 05:55

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Russia deploys more troops, increasing attacks in the east

Russia sent more troops to Ukraine on Tuesday in an attempt to control the country’s eastern industrial heartland, which houses coal mines and factories.

If their efforts in Donbas were successful, the invading forces would essentially cut Ukraine in half, giving President Vladimir Putin something to show for the nearly two-month-long war after he failed to secure the Ukrainian capital Kiev. to set.

The eastern cities of Kharkov and Kramatorsk were fatally attacked, with Russia claiming to have hit areas around Zaporizhzhya and Dnipro in western Donbas with missiles.

A view shows buildings damaged during the conflict between Ukraine and Russia in the southern port city of Mariupol, Ukraine, April 19, 2022

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A hospital in the nearby town of Bashtanka is said to have been shelled earlier.

Meanwhile, Russian forces dropped heavy bombs in Mariupol to flatten what remained of the sprawling steel plant, Ukrainian troopers said.

Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov said his soldiers bombed numerous military sites in Ukraine, including troop concentrations and warhead depots in several cities.

Namita Singh |Apr 20, 2022 05:32

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Netflix Subscribers, Stocks Hit by Withdrawal From Russia

Netflix suffered its first subscriber loss in more than a decade, weeks after it withdrew its services from Russia in response to the invasion of Ukraine.

The streaming platform giant saw a 200,000 subscriber drop in the period from January to March. The decline stemmed in part from Netflix’s decision to suspend all services from Russia, resulting in a loss of 700,000 subscribers.

The Netflix logo can be seen atop their office building in Hollywood, California, March 2, 2022

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But Netflix acknowledged that the problems are deep-seated and expects a loss of another 2 million subscribers from April-June.

The announcement plunged the stock by 25 percent.

Namita Singh |Apr 20, 2022 05:10

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Russia gives new deadline for surrender to Ukrainians in Mariupol

Russia gave another deadline for surrender to Ukrainian fighters holding out in Mariupol as it pushed for a decisive victory in its offensive in the east.

The renewed warning came as Moscow’s earlier ultimatum expired at midnight and not a single Ukrainian soldier put down his weapon.

“The Russian armed forces, based purely on humanitarian principles, are again proposing that the fighters of nationalist battalions and foreign mercenaries cease their military operations from 1400 Moscow time on April 20 and lay down their arms,” ​​the Russian defense ministry said.

Russian forces, having so far failed to take one of Ukraine’s largest cities in the eight-week war, are advancing in what Kiev officials have called the Battle of the Donbas.

The invaders, supported by artillery and missiles, attacked the Azovstal steel plant, the main remaining stronghold in Mariupol, a presidential adviser said late Tuesday.

The world is watching the murder of children online and is silent,” adviser Mykhailo Podolyak wrote on Twitter.

Earlier, the United States, Canada and Britain said they would send more artillery weapons to the country.

Namita Singh |Apr 20, 2022 04:51

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Journalists reporting on Ukraine crisis must gather evidence of possible war crimes

The body of a teenager, hands tied, shot in the back in the woods near a Russian trench.

An underground torture chamber where eight people are said to have been held and mistreated beneath a train station. Shoppers torn apart by banned cluster munitions as they bought supplies. Children were shot at as they escaped a brutal siege.

During the past six weeks that I have spent in Ukraine, on almost every street in every city affected by the Russian invasion, I have come across testimonies of probable violations of international law and possible war crimes. It’s mind-boggling.

Eleanor SlyApril 20, 2022 03:00

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Greece seizes Russian oil tanker

Greece has seized a Russian oil tanker off the island of Evia, the Greek coast guard said Tuesday, as part of European Union sanctions imposed on Moscow over its invasion of Ukraine.

Earlier this month, the EU banned Russian-flagged ships from the ports of the 27-nation bloc, with some exceptions, as it passed new sweeping sanctions against Russia for what the Kremlin describes as a “special military operation”.

The 115,500-ton Russian-flagged Pegas, with 19 Russian crew members on board, was seized near Karystos on the south coast of Evia, just off the Greek mainland near Athens.

The Russian embassy in Athens, the Greek capital, said on Twitter that it is investigating the matter and is in contact with the Greek authorities.

“It has been seized as part of EU sanctions,” said an official from the Greek Ministry of Shipping.

Eleanor SlyApr 20, 2022 02:30 am

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NATO is not ready for war with Russia, British general warns

NATO is not ready for war with Russia, a British general warned.

Allied countries have supported Ukraine with weapons and financial aid since the Russian invasion began, but they have ensured that they have not taken any actions that could involve them in the war.

General Sir Richard Barrons, head of Joint Forces Command from 2013-16, was asked on Tuesday at a hearing of the UK parliamentary defense committee at which point NATO would have no choice but to fight Russia.

Eleanor SlyApr 20, 2022 02:00

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Revealed: Hundreds of millions in British taxpayer money handed over to companies still operating in Russia

Hundreds of millions of pounds of British taxpayers’ money are being handed over to companies that continue to operate in Russia, the independent can reveal.

In the course of the war in Ukraine, the government even concluded multimillion-dollar contracts with these companies, it turns out.

Britain has active contracts worth at least £294,803,502 with 15 multinationals still doing business in Russia, according to an analysis conducted by the independent† Ministers have been urged to cut ties with these companies and to cancel all recently signed contracts.

Eleanor SlyApril 20, 2022 01:30

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Montana GOP Senator Steve Daines Says Putin Is ‘Terrorist’ Committing ‘War Crimes’

Montana Republican senator Steve Daines was in Eastern Europe last week when he accepted an offer to become the first US senator to visit Ukraine since Russia launched its invasion of the country nearly two months ago.

What Mr. Daines saw there made a strong impression. Directly asked if Russian President Vladimir Putin is a “terrorist” in an interview with News‘s Maritsa Georgiou on Tuesday, the Republican senator replied strongly in the affirmative.

“He commits war crimes,” Daines said. “He commits atrocities. And he should be held accountable for it.”

Eleanor SlyApril 20, 2022 01:00

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