War in Ukraine: Russia promises new strikes on Kyiv, and explosions were heard in the capital this morning

All information regarding the Russian invasion of Ukraine on Friday, April 8, which marks the 51st day of the conflict.

/ Russia blocks the Russian-language website of the Moscow Times

Russia blocked access on its territory to the Russian version of the website of the Moscow Times, a daily that was launched 30 years ago, right after the collapse of the Soviet Union. The Moscow Times reported on Friday that Russian internet service providers have already begun blocking the Russian version of the site.

In an article published on his English-language site, he also referred to a note from the media and communications supervisory authority, Roskomnadzor, ordering the blocking of the Russian site. The Moscow Times reports that Russian authorities are accusing it of spreading false information in an April 4 article that Russian riot police are refusing to serve in Ukraine, where Moscow says it has launched a “military operation” since February 24 “special”. Roskomnadzor did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Russia promises more strikes on Kyiv

The Russian Defense Ministry announced, on Friday, that Russian cruise missiles, which fell on Thursday night, fell on a military target on the outskirts of Kyiv, intending to launch further strikes on the Ukrainian capital. The ministry added that its forces had taken full control of the Ilyich Steel Factory in the coastal city of Mariupol, which has been besieged by Russian forces for weeks.

Loud explosions were heard in Kyiv In the early hours of FridaySirens sounded across Ukraine as Ukrainian forces and residents prepared for more attacks. They come as Ukraine claims to have been behind the sinking of Moskva, the Russian flagship in the Black Sea, after missile launches.

Moscow confirmed the sinking of the ship, but without directly attributing it to the Ukrainian strikes. The Russian Ministry said in its statement that the missile strikes on Kyiv had hit the Vizar factory, located on the outskirts of the Ukrainian capital, which it said had manufactured and repaired missiles.

“The number and size of missile strikes on targets in Kyiv will increase in response to any terrorist attacks or acts of sabotage on Russian soil by the Kyiv nationalist regime,” the ministry said in a statement. He added that the Russian military had shot down a Ukrainian Mi-8 helicopter that it said had attacked the village of Klimovo in Russia’s western Bryansk region on Thursday.

The CIA is concerned about nuclear dangers after Putin’s setback

The head of the CIA believes that confrontation On the back of Vladimir Putin in Kyiv And in the west of the country, there is a risk of a nuclear attack using tactical or low-energy weapons.

“Because it could be President Putin and the Russian leadership fall into despairGiven the military setbacks they have experienced thus far, none of us can underestimate the threat posed by the potential use of tactical nuclear weapons or low-energy nuclear weapons, said William Burns. “

Since the beginning of the attack, Russia has announced that it is putting its nuclear deterrent on alert, “but we haven’t actually seen any concrete signs such as proliferation or military actions that could exacerbate our fears,” for its part added the head of the main US intelligence agency, who spoke to the students. at Georgia Tech University.

Loud explosions sounded in Kyiv

Powerful explosions were heard in Kyiv in the early hours of Friday morning, as sirens sounded across Ukraine as Ukrainian forces and residents prepared for more attacks from Russia.

This seems to be the biggest eruption in The Ukrainian capital and its environs Since the withdrawal of the Russian army from the region early this month, in preparation for its redeployment in the south and east of the country. The attacks come as Ukraine claims it caused the sinking of Moskva, Russia’s flagship in the Black Sea, after the missiles were launched. Moscow confirmed the shipwreck.

The Russian Navy continues to bombard Ukrainian coastal cities as part of its February 24 offensive, which Moscow presented as a “special military operation” and which Westerners consider an invasion.

In Mariupol and Odessa, residents prepared for further attacks, while Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, in his daily speech, emphasized Russia’s readiness to strike the Donbass region in the east of the country. The Ukrainian press did not immediately report any damage after the Friday morning bombings in Kyiv but also in Kherson in the south and Kharkov in the east.

“We’ve already had 50 days,” says Zelensky

“We’ve already had 50 days.” In his last daily video message, Volodymyr Zelensky confirmed that after “50 days of the Russian invasion”, Russia wants to “destroy” the Donbass region.

They have been trying to destroy us for 50 days, but the people \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6 are resisting heroically. We fear nothing, and we know what we are fighting for. We are brave enough to put an end to evil. Stop feeding the military machine\ud83c\uddf7\ud83c\uddfa. Help \ ud83c \ uddfa \ ud83c \ udde6 with a weapon. Then peace and good will triumph faster. pic.twitter.com/WdDbZsvZ4e

– Володимир Зеленський (ZelenskyyUa) April 14, 2022

– Defaulted from Russia in May?

Russia may find itself in a sovereign default in early May after trying to settle the last maturities of dollar bonds in rubles, due to lack of green currency reserves due to Western sanctions imposed in the wake of the crisis. Invasion of Ukraine.

Russia has settled with ruble maturities due on April 4 on sovereign bonds due in 2022 and 2042, while the coupons were supposed to be settled in dollars in light of the initial bond contracts. Moody’s agency clarified, Thursday, in a press release, that the respective bond contracts, issued before 2018, do not include any item for settlement in a currency other than the dollar, while this possibility exists for some bonds issued after 2018.

Moody’s notes that Russia “could be considered a default by Moody’s definition if the situation is not rectified by May 4, which is the grace period’s expiration date,” which estimates that in this case no contractual obligation with respect to investors would have been retained.

If Russia defaults on its foreign currency debt, It will be the first since the Caesar’s debts have been forgiven After the 1917 revolution.

Russia accuses Ukraine of carrying out strikes on its soil

The Russian Investigative Committee claimed that two Ukrainian helicopters “equipped with heavy weapons” carried out the attack. “At least six raids on apartment buildings in the village of Klimovo”. Kyiv denied the accusations.

– Mariupol is still under siege

After more than forty days, the fighting was confined to the vast industrial area near the seashore, and the Russian forces gradually began to tighten their siege.

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