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.
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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