War Highlights: Russia says sanctions being discussed with Ukraine, Kyiv denies

Russia-Ukraine War Highlights: The fighting between Russian and Ukrainian forces continues for the 66th consecutive day.
Local residents sit in the yard of their damaged building in Mariupol, eastern Ukraine, Friday.
Local residents sit in the yard of their damaged building in Mariupol, eastern Ukraine, Friday.(AP)
Updated on Apr 30, 2022 11:05 PM IST
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Russia-Ukraine War Highlights: Ferocious fighting between the Russian and Ukrainian forces is already in the third month. The Russian forces have now turned their attention on capturing the eastern and southern regions of the war-hit country after failing to wrest capital Kyiv. The nine-week long invasion has turned cities into rubble, killed thousands and has forced five million Ukrainians to flee their homeland. Moscow captured the city of Kherson in Ukraine's south and its forces have mostly occupied the eastern port city of Mariupol, where United Nations efforts are under way to evacuate civilians and fighters holed up in a large steel plant. Ukraine and Russia have not held face-to-face peace talks since March 29, and the atmosphere has soured over Ukrainian allegations that Russian troops carried out atrocities as they withdrew from areas near Kyiv. Moscow has denied the claims. The two sides have since held talks by video link.

 

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  • Apr 30, 2022 11:05 PM IST

    Russia says it hit 17 Ukrainian facilities

    Russia's armed forces said they had hit 17 Ukrainian military facilities with high-precision missiles on Saturday. 

  • Apr 30, 2022 10:02 PM IST

    Russia says sanctions being discussed with Ukraine, Kyiv denies

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said the lifting of sanctions imposed on Russia is part of peace talks with Ukraine, but senior Ukrainian negotiator Mykhailo Podolyak denied that this was the case, reported Reuters. 

  • Apr 30, 2022 09:00 PM IST

    Ukraine carries out prisoner exchange with Russia

    Ukraine carried out a prisoner exchange with Russia on Saturday, with seven soldiers and seven civilians coming home, deputy prime minister Iryna Vereshchuk said in a online posting.

  • Apr 30, 2022 08:29 PM IST

    Angelina Jolie visits Ukraine

    Actress and filmmaker Angelina Jolie visits Ukraine, spotted at a cafe in western Ukrainian city of Lviv on April 30, reported Ukrainian media. 

  • Apr 30, 2022 07:49 PM IST

    Macron assures Zelensky support

    French President Emmanuel Macron assured Zelensky in their hourlong conversation on Saturday that “military material” and humanitarian assistance would keep flowing to Ukraine.

  • Apr 30, 2022 06:33 PM IST

    Russia stole grains from Kyiv, says Ukraine deputy agriculture minister

    Russian forces have stolen "several hundred thousand tonnes" of grain in the areas of Ukraine they occupy, Ukraine's deputy agriculture minister said on Saturday.

  • Apr 30, 2022 05:45 PM IST

    3 bodies found with hands tied near Bucha: Ukrainian police

    The bodies of three men with their hands tied were found in a pit near Bucha, Kyiv, said Ukrainian police, reported AFP. 

  • Apr 30, 2022 04:50 PM IST

    Putin rejected Pope Francis’ call for Mariupol humanitarian corridors

    Putin rejected Pope Francis’ call for Mariupol humanitarian corridors three times, reported Ukrainian media. 

  • Apr 30, 2022 04:30 PM IST

    1 million evacuated from Ukraine: Russian foreign minister

    Russia’s foreign minister says Moscow has evacuated over 1 million people from Ukraine since the war there began.

  • Apr 30, 2022 02:47 PM IST

    Russia hits 389 targets in Ukraine overnight

    Russia said on Saturday that its artillery units had struck 389 Ukrainian targets overnight, including 35 control points, 15 arms and ammunition depots, and several areas where Ukrainian troops and equipment were concentrated.

  • Apr 30, 2022 01:03 PM IST

    Shelling in Russia's Bryansk region hits parts of oil terminal

    Russian air defences prevented a Ukrainian aircraft from entering the Bryansk region on Saturday, Russian news outlets reported citing the region's governor, adding that as a result shelling hit parts of an oil terminal and adjacent territory, Reuters reported.

  • Apr 30, 2022 11:50 AM IST

    Ukraine says Russia stole 'several hundred thousand tonnes' of grain

    Russian forces have stolen "several hundred thousand tonnes" of grain in the areas of Ukraine they occupy, Ukraine's deputy agriculture minister said on Saturday, Reuters reported.

  • Apr 30, 2022 11:31 AM IST

    Britain says Russia forced to merge, redeploy depleted units

    Russia has been forced to merge and redeploy depleted and disparate units from failed advances in northeast Ukraine, a British military update said on Saturday, Reuters reported.

  • Apr 30, 2022 11:22 AM IST

    Ukraine fights to hold off Russian advances in south, east

    Ukrainian forces fought to hold off Russian attempts to advance in the south and east, where the Kremlin is seeking to capture the country’s industrial Donbas region, and a senior U.S. defense official said Moscow's offensive is going much slower than planned, AP reported.

  • Apr 30, 2022 10:55 AM IST

    ‘Halt supplying arms to Ukraine…’: Russia to US, NATO

    Russia's foreign minister urged the US and NATO to stop supplying Kyiv with arms if they are "really interested in resolving the Ukraine crisis", AFP quoted Chinese state media. "If the US and NATO are really interested in resolving the Ukraine crisis, then first of all, they should wake up and stop supplying the Kyiv regime with arms and ammunition," Russian foreign minister Lavrov said.

     

  • Apr 30, 2022 10:36 AM IST

    ‘Too early to predict…’: US on Putin attending G20 summit

    The United States said it is considering approach to the G20 summit over reports of Russian president Vladimir Putin attending it, The Kyiv Independent reported. White House Press Secretary said that it is too early to predict what the summit will look like.

  • Apr 30, 2022 09:45 AM IST

    Ukraine fights to hold off Russian advances in south, east

    Ukrainian forces fought to hold off Russian attempts to advance in the south and east, where the Kremlin is seeking to capture the country’s industrial Donbas region, and a senior U.S. defense official said Moscow's offensive is going much slower than planned, AP reported.

  • Apr 30, 2022 09:29 AM IST

    Ukraine to end fuel shortages soon: Zelensky

    Ukraine will soon stamp out fuel shortages, even though Russian forces have damaged a number of oil depots, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Friday. This week, Russia struck Ukraine's main fuel producer, the Kremenchuk oil refinery, as well as several other large depots.

  • Apr 30, 2022 09:09 AM IST

    Russia to move away from US dollar amid sanctions: Report

    Russia is seeking to move away from the U.S. dollar and rely less on imports while strengthening its independence in key technologies in response to sanctions over the war with Ukraine, Chinese state media reported, citing Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

  • Apr 30, 2022 08:34 AM IST

    Over 1 million people evacuated from Ukraine to Russia, says Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov

    More than 1 million people have been evacuated from Ukraine into Russia since Feb. 24, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in remarks published early on Saturday. The 1.02 million includes 120,000 foreigners and people evacuated from Russian-backed breakaway regions of Ukraine, the so-called Donetsk and Luhansk People's republics, which Russia recognised as independent just before launching its invasion.

  • Apr 30, 2022 08:21 AM IST

    UN works to broker civilian evacuation from Mariupol

    The United Nations doggedly sought to broker an evacuation of civilians from the increasingly hellish ruins of Mariupol on Friday, while Ukraine accused Russia of showing its contempt for the world organization by bombing Kyiv when the UN leader was visiting the capital. Full report

  • Apr 30, 2022 08:09 AM IST

    Ukraine continues to block foreign ships, alleges Russia

    Ukraine continues to block foreign ships, creating a threat of shelling in its internal waters and territorial sea, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said.

    "Russia is taking measures to ensure civil navigation in the waters of the Black and Azov seas. Every day a humanitarian corridor is opened, which is a safe lane for the movement of ships," he said in an interview with Xinhua.

  • Apr 30, 2022 07:49 AM IST

    Russia trying to destroy Donbas, alleges Zelensky

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy accused Russia of trying to destroy the Donbas and all who live there, AP reported. “The constant brutal bombardments, the constant Russian strikes on infrastructure and residential areas show that Russia wants to empty this territory of all people. Therefore, the defense of our land, the defense of our people, is literally a fight for life,” he said late Friday in his nightly video address to the nation.

  • Apr 30, 2022 07:25 AM IST

    Russia was ‘just minutes away’ from capturing Zelensky, close aide says: report

    As the Ukraine war enters 66th day of Russian assault, Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky’s aide has revealed that the Russian troops came to Kyiv with the intention of “capturing the president and his family,” and were just “minutes away from finding them in the first hours of the invasion” on February 24. Read More

  • Apr 30, 2022 07:16 AM IST

    Russian offensive slowed down due to Ukrainian resistance, says US official

    A senior U.S. defense official said Friday the Russian offensive is going much slower than planned in part because of the strength of the Ukrainian resistance. “We also assess that because of this slow and uneven progress, again, without perfect knowledge of every aspect of the Russian plan, we do believe and assess that they are behind schedule in what they were trying to accomplish in the Donbas,” the official told AP, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss the U.S. military’s assessment.

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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.
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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

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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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Russian forces fully occupied the frontline eastern Ukrainian city on Saturday. This is Kyiv's biggest battlefield setback for more than a month.
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Sri Lanka sends two ministers to Russia negotiate for fuel amid crisis

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Egypt, one of world's biggest wheat importers, to buy 180K

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PM Modi, Trudeau set to meet on sidelines of G7 summit

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