Russia war highlights: UN chief arrives in Ukraine after Moscow visit
The U.S. pressed its allies Tuesday to move “heaven and earth” to keep Kyiv well-supplied with weapons as Russian forces rained fire on eastern and southern Ukraine amid growing new fears the war could spill over the country's borders.
For the second day in a row, explosions rocked the separatist region of Trans-Dniester in neighbouring Moldova, knocking out two powerful radio antennas close to the Ukrainian border. No one claimed responsibility for the attacks, but Ukraine all but blamed Russia.
Ukrainian authorities on Tuesday dismantled a huge Soviet-era monument in the centre of Kyiv meant to symbolise friendship between Russia and Ukraine, a response to Moscow's invasion, according to the city's mayor.
In other developments, Poland and Bulgaria said the Kremlin is cutting off natural gas supplies to the two NATO countries starting Wednesday, the first such actions of the war. Both nations had refused Russia's demands that they pay in rubles.
Nearly five million Ukrainians have fled the country, cities have been shattered and thousands have died since the start of the invasion on February 24.
Russia calls its action a special military operation to demilitarise Ukraine and eradicate what it calls “dangerous nationalists”. The West and Kyiv accuse Russian President Vladimir Putin of unprovoked aggression.
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Apr 27, 2022 10:51 PM IST
UN chief arrives in Ukraine after Moscow visit
UN chief Antonio Guterres says he has arrived in Ukraine after visiting Moscow, reports AFP.
Apr 27, 2022 10:49 PM IST
US shares more intelligence with Ukraine for Donbas fight
The US has lifted some restrictions on sharing intelligence with Ukraine as it confronts a renewed Russian military assault in the east and south.
Apr 27, 2022 09:44 PM IST
Putin threatens with 'immediate strikes...'
Putin threatens with ‘immediate strikes’ against countries that intervene in Russia's war in Ukraine.
Apr 27, 2022 08:55 PM IST
Governor: Russian shelling on hospital in Sievierodonetsk, kill 1
According to Luhansk Governor Serhiy Haidai, Russian shelling on hospital in Sievierodonetsk has killed one.
Apr 27, 2022 08:09 PM IST
European Commission proposes to suspend import duties on Ukraine exports to EU
European Commission proposes to suspend import duties on Ukrainian exports to EU for 1 year.
Apr 27, 2022 07:10 PM IST
Indonesian president invites Zelensky to G20 summit
During a phone conversation on April 27, Indonesian president Joko Widodo invited President Volodymyr Zelensky to take part in the G20 summit being hosted by Indonesia in November.
Apr 27, 2022 07:02 PM IST
Russian forces have captured several eastern villages: Ukraine
Ukraine says that Russian forces have captured several eastern villages as part of Moscow's offensive to take control of the Donbas region, which Russia has vowed to "liberate".
Apr 27, 2022 06:06 PM IST
EU chief warns paying Russia rubles for gas breaches sanctions
EU chief warns paying Russia rubles for gas breaches sanctions, reports AFP.
Apr 27, 2022 05:31 PM IST
Norway to allocate $44 million to buy weapons for Ukraine: Kyiv Independent
Norway to allocate $44 million to buy weapons for Ukraine, reports Ukrainian media.
Apr 27, 2022 04:48 PM IST
Russian forces violently disperse crowds: Ukrainian media
Russian forces violently disperse crowds, injure protesters at pro-Ukrainian rally in Kherson, reported Ukrainian media.
Apr 27, 2022 03:55 PM IST
Russia withdraws from UN tourism body, says UNWTO
United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) said that Russia has withdrawn from UN tourism body, reported AFP.
Apr 27, 2022 03:10 PM IST
US, UK prodding allies to send heavy weapons to Ukraine
The US and Britain have been prodding allies to send more heavy weapons to Ukraine, reported AFP.
Apr 27, 2022 02:30 PM IST
Blasts in Russia are 'karma' and 'payback': Ukrainian presidential aide
A Ukrainian presidential aide described explosions heard in three Russian provinces bordering Ukraine on Wednesday as "karma" and payback for the war in Ukraine, reported Reuters.
Apr 27, 2022 01:47 PM IST
EU 'prepared' for Russian gas stoppage: says EU President
President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen says that EU is prepared for gas stoppages by Russia and will plan a coordinated response against Russia, news agency AFP reported. Russia has cut off gas supplies to Bulgaria and NATO member & Ukraine neighbour Poland.
Apr 27, 2022 01:37 PM IST
Transdniestria claims Ukraine launched drones, fired shots at night
Interior Ministry of Moldova's breakaway region of Transdniestria said that it detected drones overnight. The drone were launched from Ukraine, the ministry claimed as per news agency Reuters. "Shots were fired towards Cobasna village from territory of Ukraine," it added.
Apr 27, 2022 12:51 PM IST
European gas jumps 24% as Russia cuts off Poland, Bulgaria
European gas surged after Russia halted flows to Poland and Bulgaria, escalating regional tensions and delivering a warning to the continent that it’s serious about cutting supplies amid a standoff over fuel payments.
Apr 27, 2022 11:25 AM IST
Russian natural gas arriving unrestricted in Austria, minister says
Russian natural gas deliveries to Austria are continuing unrestricted and there is no indication that that will change, Austrian energy minister Leonore Gewessler told ORF radio on Wednesday as per Reuters.
Asked if there were any indications that gas from Russia could be cut off as in Poland or Bulgaria, Gewessler said: "No, we have no such indications ... deliveries to Austria remain unrestricted." Austria obtains 80% of its gas from Russia.
Apr 27, 2022 10:37 AM IST
"Ukraine retained control over majority of its airspace," says UK
"Ukraine has retained control over the majority of its airspace," UK Military Intelligence team has said as per news agency Reuters. "Ukraine continues to hold Russian air assets at risk," it added.
Meanwhile, Russian air activity is primarily focused on southern and eastern Ukraine, providing support to Russian ground forces as per UK.
Apr 27, 2022 09:25 AM IST
UN chief and Russia's Putin agree on key Ukraine evacuation: AP
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and Russian President Vladimir Putin met one-on-one Tuesday for the first time since Russia invaded Ukraine, and the United Nations said they agreed on arranging evacuations from a besieged steel plant in the battered city of Mariupol.
U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said the Russian leader and U.N. chief discussed “proposals for humanitarian assistance and evacuation of civilians from conflict zones, namely in relation to the situation in Mariupol.”
They also agreed in principle, he said, that the United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross should be involved in the evacuation of civilians from the Azovstal steel complex where Ukrainian defenders in the southeastern city are making a dogged stand.
Apr 27, 2022 09:03 AM IST
Former Japan minister seeks ‘substantial’ defense spending hike
Japan needs a “substantial” increase in military spending next year, a former defense minister said, as he prepared to submit a ruling party research group’s national security proposals to Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.
“If you’re thinking of the NATO level of 2% in five years’ time, you will need a substantial initial budget request,” Itsunori Onodera, who heads the Liberal Democratic Party’s Research Commission on Security, said in an interview with Bloomberg News at his offices Tuesday.
Apr 27, 2022 08:19 AM IST
Russia bombs Azovstal steel plant
Mariupol mayor said Russian forces hit the Azovstal steel plant with 35 airstrikes over the past 24 hours, AP reported. The plant is the last known stronghold of Ukrainian fighters in the city. About 1,000 civilians were said to be taking shelter there with an estimated 2,000 Ukrainian defenders.
Apr 27, 2022 07:42 AM IST
'World on brink of disaster,' says Zelensky
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Tuesday that Russian troops' conduct at Chernobyl showed that "no one in the world can feel safe." Russia treated the toxic site "like a normal battleground, territory where they didn't even try to care about nuclear safety," he said during a press conference with UN atomic watchdog chief Rafael Grossi. "No country in the world since 1986 has posed such a large-scale threat to nuclear security in Europe and the world than Russia has since February 24," he added.
Apr 27, 2022 07:29 AM IST
Over 8 million refugees expected
The UN says that nearly 5.3 million Ukrainians have fled the country since Russia invaded and warns that three million more could follow by the end of this year.
Apr 27, 2022 06:07 AM IST
Putin, UN chief meet to discuss Ukraine
Russian President Vladimir Putin met with visiting United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in the Kremlin on Tuesday to discuss the situation in Ukraine.
Putin told Guterres that the Ukrainian issue arose after the 2014 "unconstitutional coup" in Kyiv and people in Donbass remained under blockade and military pressure even after the Minsk agreements on a peaceful settlement were reached.
Apr 27, 2022 05:35 AM IST
Day 63 of war: US says more help on the way
U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin convened a meeting Tuesday of officials from about 40 countries at the U.S. air base at Ramstein, Germany, and said more help is on the way.
“This gathering reflects the galvanized world,” Austin said, adding that he wanted officials to leave the meeting “with a common and transparent understanding of Ukraine’s near-term security requirements because we’re going to keep moving heaven and earth so that we can meet them.”
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