Ukraine war highlights: 4,892 evacuated from Ukrainian cities on Wednesday

  • Russia-Ukraine War Highlights: The US is prepared to impose fresh sanctions on Russia, while the EU proposed a ban on Russian coal imports, based on Ukraine's accusations against Moscow over the Bucha killings.
People light candles forming the shape of Ukraine's map, in memory of those who have died, in front of the Taras Shevchenko monument, in Lviv, western Ukraine.
People light candles forming the shape of Ukraine's map, in memory of those who have died, in front of the Taras Shevchenko monument, in Lviv, western Ukraine.(AP)
Updated on Apr 07, 2022 05:20 AM IST
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The war between Russia and Ukraine entered the 42nd day on Wednesday and the United States and its allies were set to impose new sanctions on Moscow over the alleged civilian killings in northern Ukraine. The US also pushed the UN General Assembly to suspend Russia from the UN Human Rights Council based on Ukraine's accusations against Russian troops.

At the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) meeting, Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy described the killings in Bucha as "war crimes" by Russia demanding commensurate punishment, while the latter vehemently denied it, calling the allegations a "monstrous forgery" aimed at denigrating the Russian army. India also condemned the killings of civilians in the Kyiv region and called for an independent investigation. 

A Ukrainian human rights ombudswoman noted that between 150 and 300 bodies may be in a mass grave by a church in the town of Bucha. Meanwhile, the European Union (EU), in response to the killings, proposed a ban on Russian coal imports and blocking the country's ships from all European ports. The proposal now awaits unanimous approval by the 27-member states of the bloc.

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  • Apr 07, 2022 04:59 AM IST

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  • Apr 07, 2022 03:38 AM IST

    Ukraine seeks ruinous sanctions on Russia

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  • Apr 07, 2022 01:05 AM IST

    4,892 evacuated from Ukrainian cities on Wednesday

    Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said on Wednesday that 4,892 evacuated from Ukrainian cities during the day.

  • Apr 06, 2022 11:23 PM IST

    Moscow mulls more media restrictions amid war

    Russian lawmakers introduced a bill in the lower parliament house that would tighten already harsh restrictions on media outlets in the country and their coverage of Ukraine war. 

  • Apr 06, 2022 10:43 PM IST

    Russia says paid dollar debt in rubles amid default fears

    Russia said Wednesday it had been forced to make foreign debt payments on dollar-denominated bonds in rubles, raising the prospect of a potential default amid unprecedented Western sanctions over the Ukraine conflict.

    The announcement came on the 42nd day of Russia's military campaign in pro-Western Ukraine, with thousands killed and more than 11 million having fled their homes or the country in the worst refugee crisis in Europe since World War II.

  • Apr 06, 2022 10:07 PM IST

    Eastern Ukraine town empties as residents fear new Russian assault

    Dragging trolleys and clutching plastic bags with their meagre belongings, residents of the northeastern Ukrainian town of Derhachi, near the border with Russia, boarded buses on Wednesday to be evacuated as fears of a Russian assault grew, news agency Reuters reported.

    Since pulling back from outside the capital Kyiv last week, Russian forces have shifted their assault towards Ukraine's south and east.

    Ukraine's general staff said the northeastern city of Kharkiv, the country's second-largest, remained under attack on Wednesday, and authorities expect Russian forces to launch a full-blown assault soon to try to take the city.

  • Apr 06, 2022 09:39 PM IST

    NATO chief says Finland, Sweden welcome to apply to join

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  • Apr 06, 2022 09:01 PM IST

    Here's what would happen if Europe sanctions Russian oil

    The European Commission has proposed a ban on Russian coal imports as part of a sweeping new package of sanctions on Moscow, and EU officials say oil could be next.

    The coal ban, if approved by member states, would be the European Union's first on any energy import from Russia since it invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24.

    Calls for the EU to sanction oil and possibly gas have gained impetus this week in response to civilian killings that Ukraine and its allies have called war crimes.

    Here's what an EU oil embargo would mean.

  • Apr 06, 2022 08:04 PM IST

    US sanctions Putin's two adult daughters

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    Russia's foreign ministry may take steps against YouTube: spokeswoman

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  • Apr 06, 2022 06:35 PM IST

    Satellite images show Russian denials on Bucha 'not tenable': Germany

    The German government said on Wednesday that satellite pictures from last month provided strong counterevidence against Russian denials of involvement in civilian deaths in the Ukrainian town of Bucha, AFP reported.

    Government spokesman Steffen Hebestreit told reporters that the "evaluation of satellite images" led Berlin to conclude that "Russian declarations" that images of civilian deaths "were posed scenes or that they were not responsible for the murders are in our view not tenable".

  • Apr 06, 2022 05:45 PM IST

    UN to vote on suspending Russia from Human Rights Council

    UN General Assembly to vote Thursday on suspending Russia from Human Rights Council, reports AFP.

  • Apr 06, 2022 04:57 PM IST

    Bucha scenes do not 'look far short of genocide', says UK PM Boris Johnson

    The sight of tied bodies shot at close range in the Ukrainian streets of Bucha do not "look far short of genocide," British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday.

    The deaths in Bucha, outside Kyiv, have triggered a global outcry and pledges of further sanctions against Russia from the West.

  • Apr 06, 2022 04:34 PM IST

    Social Bond Market to help refugees displaced by war

    Refugees fleeing Ukraine following Russia’s invasion are set to receive a new source of support from Europe’s debt market, news agency Reuters reported. The Council of Europe Development Bank is raising $1.1 billion via social inclusion bonds to aid countries taking in large numbers of refugees, according to a person familiar with the matter.

    The offering dwarfs the almost 2.6 million euros of additional grants already handed to its member states to help them deal with the massive displacement of people from Ukraine. It had earlier approved a 150,000 euro grant to the International Organization for Migration Slovakia to support refugees and third country nationals from Ukraine.

  • Apr 06, 2022 03:40 PM IST

    India in touch with Ukraine's neighbours for studies of medical evacuees

    External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Wednesday told Lok Sabha that India is in touch with Ukraine's neighbouring countries Hungary, Romania, Kazakhstan and Poland to help the evacuated medical students from the war-torn country to pursue their studies.

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  • Apr 06, 2022 02:39 PM IST

    Pope Francis slams 'horrendous cruelty' in Ukraine's Bucha

    Pope Francis on Wednesday hit out at the "ever more horrendous cruelty" in Ukraine, after the murder of civilians in the town of Bucha near the capital, news agency AFP reported.

    "The recent news about the war in Ukraine, instead of bringing relief and hope, instead attests to new atrocities, such as the Bucha massacre," the pope said during his weekly general audience at the Vatican.

    "Ever more horrendous cruelties, also perpetrated against defenceless civilians, women and children. These are victims whose innocent blood cries out to heaven and begs for mercy," he said.

  • Apr 06, 2022 02:32 PM IST

    Serious decisions with Ukraine possible, says Kremlin: Russian media

    Withdrawal of Russian forces from Kiev region is gesture of goodwill to create conditions for negotiations, during which serious decisions are possible, says Kremlin, reports Russian media RT as per news agency ANI.

  • Apr 06, 2022 02:26 PM IST

    Russia says it has no contact with NATO as nothing to discuss: report

    Russia has no contact with NATO as Moscow and the alliance have nothing to discuss at the moment, the TASS news agency cited Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko as saying on Wednesday.

  • Apr 06, 2022 12:45 PM IST

    Netherlands announces seizure of 14 Russian yachts: Report

    Netherlands government has announced that it has seized 14 Russian yachts, reports AFP.

  • Apr 06, 2022 11:17 AM IST

    Car rams into Russian Embassy gate in Bucharest, bursts into flame; driver killed

    A car has crashed into the gate of the Russian Embassy in the Romanian capital of Bucharest, bursting into flames and killing the driver, AP reports quoting police.

  • Apr 06, 2022 10:22 AM IST

    EU proposes sweeping sanctions against Russia

    The European Commission proposed sweeping new sanctions against Russia on Tuesday including banning coal imports and halting trade worth nearly 20 billion euros ($22 billion) in retaliation over possible war crimes in Ukraine.

    The proposals include banning imports of coal, wood, cement, liquors and seafood worth about 9.5 billion euros.

  • Apr 06, 2022 08:21 AM IST

    Russia supplies 8,500 tonnes of humanitarian aid to Ukraine: Report

    Russia supplied 8,500 tonnes of humanitarian cargoes to Ukraine, reports Russia's media outlet Sputnik.

  • Apr 06, 2022 07:32 AM IST

    New Zealand introduces sanctions, tariffs on Russian imports

    The New Zealand government said it was introducing a 35% tariff on all imports from Russia and would extend the existing export prohibitions to industrial products closely connected to strategic Russian industries.

    "The images and reports emerging of atrocities committed against civilians in Bucha and other regions of Ukraine is abhorrent and reprehensible, and New Zealand continues to respond to Putin’s mindless acts of aggression," Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta said in a statement.

  • Apr 06, 2022 06:55 AM IST

    US announces $100 million in additional military aid to Ukraine

    The US will provide $100 million in additional military aid to Ukraine, announced Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, as reported by AFP.

    "I have authorized... security assistance valued at up to $100 million to meet Ukraine’s urgent need for additional anti-armor systems," said Blinken.

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United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres at the UN Ocean Conference in Lisbon.(AP)
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‘As long as it takes’: G7 backs Ukraine

  • The announcement came after Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky, addressing G7 leaders at their summit via a video link, asked for weapons and air defences to gain the upper hand in the war against Russia within months.
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky (on screen) addresses G7 leaders and representatives of the European Union during their working session at Elmau Castle, Germany, on Monday.(Reuters)
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India-Canada ties: Modi, Trudeau hold talks at G7 summit

A tweet from India’s prime minister’s office noted the two leaders ‘took stock of India-Canada friendship and discussed ways to further strengthen it across various sectors’
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Updated on Jun 28, 2022 12:25 AM IST
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Smoke rises from a shopping mall hit by a Russian missile strike in Kremenchuk, Ukraine, on Monday. (REUTERS)
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Ties to Russia cannot return to what they were pre-Ukraine war: Scholz

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Russian shelling kills four in Kharkiv: Ukraine official

  • There was no immediate comment from Russia, which denies targeting civilians. Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24.
A view shows a tram depot destroyed by a Russian missile strike, as Russia's attack on Ukraine continues, in Kharkiv. (File image)(REUTERS)
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Updated on Jun 27, 2022 10:11 PM IST
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10 dead, 251  injured in toxic gas leak in Jordan's Aqaba port 

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Sri Lanka suspends fuel sales for two weeks as economic crisis deepens

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Russian missiles strike busy mall in Ukraine city; at least 10 dead, 40 injured

  • Kremenchuk city's mayor first shared the missile attack saying that there were unknown number of dead and wounded people in the attack on the "very crowded place".
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Updated on Jun 27, 2022 08:47 PM IST
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Home to 17% of people but accounts for 5% of global carbon emissions: Modi at G7 Summit

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 G7 extends support Ukraine 'as long as it takes', cranks up sanctions on Russia

  • The statement was issued on the second day of the summit taking place at a castle in the Bavarian Alps, shortly after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy addressed G7 leaders on the war via video link.
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How Ukrainian defenders left Sievierodonetsk in boats under cover of night

Russian forces fully occupied the frontline eastern Ukrainian city on Saturday. This is Kyiv's biggest battlefield setback for more than a month.
FILE PHOTO: Ukrainian service members cross a river outside the city of Sievierodonetsk, as Russia's attack on Ukraine continues, Ukraine June 19, 2022. REUTERS/Oleksandr Ratushniak(REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: Ukrainian service members cross a river outside the city of Sievierodonetsk, as Russia's attack on Ukraine continues, Ukraine June 19, 2022. REUTERS/Oleksandr Ratushniak(REUTERS)
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