Russia-Ukraine war highlights: IMF cuts global growth forecast to 3.6%

  • Russia-Ukraine war highlights: While the war entered its 55th day, Zelensky announced that Russia is now focused on another offensive - the battle of Donbas.
A destroyed house is pictured in Novodruzhesk village, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine. 
A destroyed house is pictured in Novodruzhesk village, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine. (AFP)
Updated on Apr 20, 2022 04:22 AM IST
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Russia-Ukraine war highlights: With the war entering its 55th day, Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky in a late night address said that Russia had begun the “battle of Donbas” and that a "very large part of the entire Russian army is now focused on this offensive."He vowed that no matter how many Russian troops come, they will fight. 

US president Joe Biden will hold a call with allies to discuss the Ukraine crisis, including on how to coordinate on holding Russia accountable on Tuesday, the White House said.

Ukrainian officials said Russian shelling killed four people in the Donetsk region on Monday, while a man and a woman were killed in Kharkiv when shells hit a playground near a residential building, reported Reuters. 

Meanwhile, Zelensky's chief of staff Andriy Yermak had called the offensive as a “second phase of the war”. 

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  • Apr 19, 2022 11:51 PM IST

    Moscow starts fresh conflict with Kyiv as war completes 55 days

    Dat 55 of Russia-Ukraine war saw Moscow saying it has begun a fresh phase of conflict with Kyiv after it launched several airstrikes across eastern Ukraine. Meanwhile, US President Joe Biden held a call with his allies to discuss the situation in Ukraine, and also to hold Russia accountable. Read more.

  • Apr 19, 2022 10:30 PM IST

    Mariupol may fall within days, European official says

    The Ukrainian port city of Mariupol could fall to Russian forces within days, Reuters quoted an European official as saying on Tuesday. 

  • Apr 19, 2022 09:37 PM IST

    Biden, allies hold video call on Ukraine amid Russia assault

    US President Joe Biden consulted with its allies on the latest developments in Russia's invasion of Ukraine, Reuters quoted the White House as saying on Tuesday. The purpose of the call was "to discuss our continued support for Ukraine and efforts to hold Russia accountable as part of our close coordination," the White House said.

  • Apr 19, 2022 08:14 PM IST

    Russia needs to prepare as NATO reinforces its borders, TASS reports

    A senior Russian official said on Tuesday that NATO's reinforcement of its borders with Russia was no longer a figure of speech and Moscow should be prepared for possible aggressive action, Reuters reported citing local media.

  • Apr 19, 2022 06:46 PM IST

    Citing Russia's war, IMF cuts global growth forecast to 3.6%

    The International Monetary Fund on Tuesday cut its forecast for global growth to 3.6% this year, a steep falloff from 6.1% last year and from the 4.4% growth it had expected for 2022 back in January.

  • Apr 19, 2022 06:17 PM IST

    Russia will not use nuclear weapons in Ukraine, says foreign minister

    Russia will use only conventional weapons in Ukraine, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in response to a question about the possible use of nuclear arms in the war. Also read

  • Apr 19, 2022 03:56 PM IST

    Russian forces seize city of Kreminna in east Ukraine, regional governor says

    Russian forces have taken control of the city of Kreminna in eastern Ukraine and Ukrainian troops have withdrawn from the city, the regional governor said on Tuesday.

    "Kreminna is under the control of the 'Orcs' (Russians). They have entered the city," Serhiy Gaidai, the governor of the Luhansk region, told a briefing.

  • Apr 19, 2022 03:04 PM IST

    Spain's PM Sanchez to visit Ukraine in coming days

    Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez will travel to the Ukrainian capital Kyiv to meet with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in the coming days, a government source told Reuters on Tuesday.

  • Apr 19, 2022 02:26 PM IST

    Russian offensive going 'very cautiously', Ukrainian presidential adviser says

    Russia's new offensive in eastern Ukraine is going "very cautiously" and will fail because Moscow's forces lack the strength to break through Ukrainian defences, an aide to President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Tuesday.

  • Apr 19, 2022 02:02 PM IST

    Russia calls on all Ukrainian forces to 'immediately lay down arms'

    Russia has called on all Ukrainian forces to “immediately lay down arms”, reported AFP. 

  • Apr 19, 2022 01:33 PM IST

    Hope India can help in negotiations: Finland minister

    Finland’s economic affairs minister Mika Lintilä said that he hopes India can help in negotiations to end the conflict in Ukraine, which has had a huge impact on the economic and security sectors across Europe. Read more

  • Apr 19, 2022 12:56 PM IST

    France renews calls for European sanctions to extend to Russian oil

    French finance minister Bruno Le Maire renewed calls for European sanctions to extend to Russian oil as the conflict drags on and civilian casualties mount.

  • Apr 19, 2022 12:15 PM IST

    Russian forces illegally deport 40,000 civilians from Mariupol, claims Mayor

    Mariupol Mayor: Russian forces illegally deport 40,000 civilians from Mariupol, reported the Kyiv Independent. 

  • Apr 19, 2022 11:37 AM IST

    EU mulls solidarity trust fund to finance Ukraine

    The European Union is planning to establish a solidarity trust fund to finance Ukraine’s reconstruction as member states were told they should expect to pay the bulk of the costs, reported Bloomberg.

  • Apr 19, 2022 10:54 AM IST

    Military facilities targeted by Moscow

    Military facilities in the Kharkiv, Zaporizhzhia, Donetsk and Dnipropetrovsk regions and in the port of Mykolayiv, which are in south and east Ukraine, were targeted by Moscow, the Russian defence ministry said, Reuters reported.

  • Apr 19, 2022 09:48 AM IST

    Ukrainian forces struck a village near border, claims Russia

    Ukrainian forces have struck a village near Russia's border with Ukraine, wounding one resident, the governor of the Russian province of Belgorod said on Tuesday, reported Reuters. 

  • Apr 19, 2022 09:07 AM IST

    US military to start training Ukrainians 

    The United States military expects to start training Ukrainians on using howitzer artillery in coming days, a senior US defence official said, as quoted by Reuters.

  • Apr 19, 2022 08:18 AM IST

    France-Russian talks stalled after mass killings in Ukraine

    French President Emmanuel Macron said that his dialogue with Russian President Vladimir Putin has stalled after mass killings were discovered in Ukraine. 

  • Apr 19, 2022 07:20 AM IST

    Ukraine president's chief of staff: Second phase of war started

    Ukraine's presidential chief of staff said on Monday that "the second phase of the war has started," referring to Russia's new assault in eastern Ukraine. His words echoed those of Ukraine's top security official, who said earlier that Russia had launched its new offensive on Monday morning. Read more

  • Apr 19, 2022 06:59 AM IST

    Russian forces began ‘Battle of Donbas’: Zelensky

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Russian forces had begun a new campaign to conquer the Donbas region in the east of his country.

  • Apr 19, 2022 05:54 AM IST

    Biden to hold call with allies to discuss Ukraine crisis

    US president Joe Biden will on Tuesday hold a call with allies to discuss the Ukraine crisis, including on how to coordinate on holding Russia accountable, the White House said.

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US: Abortion groups turn to state legal fights after Roe ruling

The US Supreme Court decision to end the constitutional right to abortion is setting up a legal fight in some key states where lawmakers plan to enact bans before gubernatorial and congressional elections later this year.
An abortion rights protester holds a sign to keep abortion safe in Ohio at a rally in Columbus, on June 24, 2022. (REUTERS)
An abortion rights protester holds a sign to keep abortion safe in Ohio at a rally in Columbus, on June 24, 2022. (REUTERS)
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Senators seek update on US security review of TikTok

Last week, TikTok said it has completed migrating information on its US users to servers at Oracle Corp, as it seeks to address U.S. concerns over data integrity.
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Norway: Two dead, several wounded in shooting at nightclub in Oslo

The Oslo police said the suspect was apprehended after he killed two and injured several people at a nightclub in the Norwegian capital.
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Two people have been shot dead in a shooting at a nightclub in Oslo.(Representative image)
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Boris Johnson in crisis after Tories lose in UK polls

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Ukrainian forces to retreat from key battleground city

Russian troops also occupied a town about 10 km (6 miles) further south, both sides said on Friday, as Moscow closed in on the last slivers of Ukrainian-held territory in the industrial region of Luhansk.
Ukrainian service members patrol an area in the city of Sievierodonetsk.(REUTERS)
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Abortion clinics brace for tough days ahead

Yet meeting the expected surge in demand from across blue-state borders will be tough — even after anticipating for months that the high court would reverse Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that made abortion legal nationwide.
Abortion-rights protesters attend a rally following the United States Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, federally protected right to abortion, outside the state capitol.(AP)
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Published on Jun 25, 2022 04:25 AM IST
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‘God made abortion decision': Donald Trump on top court ruling

  • "This is following the Constitution, and giving rights back when they should have been given long ago," Trump told Fox News after a 6-3 majority said individual states should be allowed to make their own rules on abortion.
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China criticises blocs, invites 13 countries to Brics-related event

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Chinese President Xi Jinping hosts the 14th Brics Summit via video link in Beijing, on Thursday. (AP)
Chinese President Xi Jinping hosts the 14th Brics Summit via video link in Beijing, on Thursday. (AP)
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US Congress passes rare bipartisan gun legislation

The Congressional push comes even as US Supreme Court limited the right of states to restrict people from carrying guns in public without special permit, striking down a New York law.
A girl lays flowers at a makeshift memorial at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. (AFP)
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Roe v Wade: US top court ends 50 yrs of federal abortion rights

In a judgment that will transform America’s political, legal and social landscape, the United States’ (US) Supreme Court, on Friday, struck down the historic Roe v Wade judgment that had institutionalised abortion-related protections in the country.
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‘Horrific’, ‘heartbroken’: Biden, Obama, others react to abortion ruling

  • The US Supreme Court ruling on abortion also drew international reactions with Canada prime minister Justin Trudeau calling the news coming out of the United States “horrific”.
US President Joe Biden addresses the nation at the White House in Washington, DC following the US Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe vs. Wade.(AFP)
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Abortion access threatened in these US states after Supreme Court ruling

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Anti-abortion demonstrators celebrate outside the US Supreme Court as the court rules in the Dobbs v Women’s Health Organization abortion case.(Reuters)
Anti-abortion demonstrators celebrate outside the US Supreme Court as the court rules in the Dobbs v Women’s Health Organization abortion case.(Reuters)
Published on Jun 24, 2022 09:33 PM IST
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Missouri first US state to ban abortion after top court ruling

  • The US Supreme Court's overturning of America's constitutional right to abortion gives all 50 states the freedom to ban the procedure, with nearly half expected to do so in some form.
Abortion-rights activists react after hearing the Supreme Court decision on abortion outside the Supreme Court in Washington.(AP)
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Published on Jun 24, 2022 09:25 PM IST
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Some countries built ‘small yard with high fences’, says China’s Xi Jinping

Chinese President Xi Jinping appeared to disapprove of US-led western alliances for the third day in row, accusing ‘some countries’ of politicising and marginalising the development issue
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Published on Jun 24, 2022 08:25 PM IST
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US Supreme Court ends constitutional right to abortion, states can ban it now

  • The decision was the culmination of decades of efforts by abortion opponents, made possible by an emboldened right side of the court that has been fortified by three appointees of former President Donald Trump.
A celebration outside the Supreme Court, Friday, June 24, 2022, in Washington.(AP)
A celebration outside the Supreme Court, Friday, June 24, 2022, in Washington.(AP)
Published on Jun 24, 2022 08:04 PM IST
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