The German government announced on Friday that it wants to release more than 1 billion euros in military aid to Ukraine. Follow all the latest information live.
The German government announced on Friday that it wants to release more than one billion euros in military aid to Ukraine, but without specifying the purpose of these funds, while Kyiv complains about not receiving heavy weapons from Berlin.
In total, all countries combined, Berlin decided to increase its international assistance in the defense sector “to two billion euros” within the framework of this collective budget “and the bulk is being planned in the form of military aid for Ukraine, a government spokeswoman told AFP.
This envelope of €2 billion will “mainly go to Ukraine”, Finance Minister Christian Lindner confirmed on Twitter, which guarantees how over €1 billion.
The European Union on Friday denounced the “unjustified” expulsion of 18 diplomats from its representation in Russia, believing that this measure “will only exacerbate” Moscow’s international isolation.
“The diplomats concerned are performing their duties within the framework of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations and with full respect for it,” a spokesman for the head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, said in a press release.
European Union countries have expelled more than 200 Russian diplomats in recent weeks, and Moscow has promised to respond to each of those expulsions.
The region’s governor announced, Friday, that at least seven people were killed and 34 others wounded in a Russian bombing of a residential area in the main city of Kharkiv in northeastern Ukraine.
The occupiers opened fire on a residential neighborhood in the city of Kharkiv. Unfortunately, 34 people were injured, including three children. “Seven people were killed, including a seven-month-old baby,” Oleg Senegubov said on Telegram.
Earlier Friday, seven civilians were killed and 27 others injured in a Russian fire on evacuation buses in the Kharkiv region, according to the Ukrainian Prosecutor’s Office. Mr. Sengubov announced on Thursday that more than 500 civilians have been killed in this region bordering Russia since the start of the invasion of Ukraine on February 24.
Moscow announced, on Friday, the expulsion of 18 diplomats from representing the European Union in Russia, in response to a similar measure taken by Brussels in the wake of the Kremlin’s attack on Ukraine.
“In response to the unfriendly actions of the European Union, 18 members of the EU Representation in Russia have been declared persona non grata and they must leave Russian territory as soon as possible,” the Russian diplomat noted in a press release.
In recent weeks, several other European countries such as Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Slovenia, Austria, Poland, Greece and Croatia have expelled dozens of Russian diplomats.
Nearly all of those found dead in Bucha, near the Ukrainian capital, have been shot, said the Kyiv region’s police chief, Andrei Nepetov, on Friday.
“95% of people were hit by high-precision bullets or other small arms” in this northwestern suburb of Kyiv, the official said during a press briefing. “During the (Russian) occupation, people were shot in the streets … In the 21st century, it is impossible to hide such crimes. This was not only seen by witnesses, but also filmed. “
The French gendarmes are currently working in Bucha, along with Ukrainian investigators, to prepare a procedure for the examination and identification of the bodies.
A few days after the departure of the Russian troops, AFP journalists saw 20 corpses of men in civilian clothes, one of them handcuffed, strewn across a street. According to Bucha’s mayor, Anatoly Fedoruk, in total more than 400 bodies have been found in his city since the withdrawal of Russian forces.
US Senator Lindsey Graham warned Friday during a visit to Taiwan by lawmakers who emphasized Washington’s desire not to abandon the island, that China must pay a higher price for its support for Russia in the midst of war with Ukraine.
Beijing threatened to take “stern measures” in response to the visit by Senator Graham at the head of a delegation of US parliamentarians, and announced on Friday that the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) had conducted exercises around Taiwan and in the South China Sea as a warning. .
Russia has blocked the website of French radio RFI, which broadcasts information in fifteen languages, including Russian, in the midst of a crackdown on critics of the attack in Ukraine.
AFP journalists in Russia noted on Friday that www.rfi.fr is now on the list of sites blocked in Russia by telecom regulator Roskomnadzor, who were unable to open the media site without a VPN.
The Russians arrested a Briton, a member of the Ukrainian army, whose mother asked in the Daily Telegraph to treat him “humanely” and release him. On Thursday evening, Russian public television broadcast pictures showing a young man handcuffed and with a wound on his forehead, claiming to be Aiden Aslin. His mother, Ang Wood, confirmed to the Telegraph, which devoted several articles to the 28-year-old, including before the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, that he was indeed her son. The latter in particular bears a distinctive tattoo.
“Aiden is an active member of the Ukrainian armed forces, and therefore she is a prisoner of war” who “must be treated humanely,” she told the newspaper, reminding Russian President Vladimir Putin of the Geneva Convention on Prisoners of War. She added: “It appears that he has already been beaten. It is time for the UK government to step up and secure Aiden’s release.” Video clips bearing the logo of the Kremlin-funded RT channel, in which the young man appears to be particularly skeptical of Ukraine’s responsibility in the conflict, were also spread on social media, images that his grandfather described as “propaganda”. Mother Pamela Hall with the British Agency PA.
And a message attributed to the young man was published, on Tuesday, through his account on the social networking site Twitter, an animation of his relatives, who hope to exchange prisoners. After 48 days, he explained, “we tried our best to defend Mariupol (southeast of Ukraine), but we had no choice but to surrender to the Russian forces.”
Russia blocked the Russian edition of the prestigious independent media The Moscow Times on Friday, accusing it of spreading “false information” about the conflict in Ukraine, in the latest example of a crackdown on the media. “Friday, Russia blocked the Russian-speaking service of the Moscow Times after it published what the authorities consider false information about the refusal of riot police to go to fight in Ukraine,” the newspaper said on its website, adding that he had not been notified. of this decision.
The Russian Communications Gendarmerie, Roskomnadzor, confirmed on its website the blocking, noting that it had submitted a request from the Public Prosecution Office dating back to April 12. The Moscow Times is best known for its English version – which is still available – which was founded in 1992 and is the first Western daily published in Russia. Its paper version ceased publication in 2017, against the backdrop of economic difficulties and the digital revolution.
The blocking of its Russian-language site illustrates the extent of the repression by the Russian authorities since the outbreak of the Moscow attack in Ukraine on February 24.
German Economy Minister and Vice-Chancellor Robert Habeck urged Germans to save energy “to anger Putin” as Germany seeks to reduce its dependence on Russian gas amid the war in Ukraine, in an interview on Friday.
“I hope everyone contributes now to save energy,” the ecologist, who is also the owner of the Climate Portfolio, said in an interview with the Funke press groups.
AFP journalists at the site said Friday that a factory in the Kyiv region, which manufactures Neptune missiles that the Ukrainian military said it used to hit the Russian cruiser Moskva, was exposed at night in a Russian raid.
A factory workshop and an administrative building adjacent to it in the town of Vishnevi, about thirty kilometers southwest of the Ukrainian capital, were badly damaged, AFP was able to see. The windows of about fifty cars parked in the nearby car park were also smashed.
A spokesman for the Russian Ministry of Defense had announced a little earlier that Russia had destroyed a surface-to-air missile production workshop at this plant, called Visar, using a Kalibr cruise missile.
The Ukrainian Prosecutor’s Office said, on Friday, that seven civilians were killed and 27 others were wounded, Thursday, by Russian fire on evacuation buses in the Kharkiv region of eastern Ukraine.
The Prosecutor’s Office wrote on Telegram: “On April 14, Russian soldiers fired at evacuation buses carrying civilians in the Borova region. According to preliminary information, seven people were killed and 27 others were injured.”
The Russian Foreign Ministry has warned that NATO membership in Sweden and Finland will have consequences for these two countries and for European security. These countries “must understand the consequences of such a step for our bilateral relations and for the European security architecture as a whole,” ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in a statement.
The Russians arrested a Briton, a member of the Ukrainian army, whose mother asked in the Daily Telegraph to treat him “humanely” and release him.
Russia claimed to have killed about 30 “Polish mercenaries” in a raid in northeastern Ukraine, amid rising tensions between Moscow and Warsaw.
Russia announced that it had destroyed an arms factory on the outskirts of Kyiv and confirmed the intensification of strikes on the Ukrainian capital in response to the attacks launched by Ukraine on Russian soil.
The Russian Defense Ministry said: “The number and size of missile strikes on Kyiv sites will increase in response to all terrorist attacks and sabotage operations carried out by the nationalist regime in Kyiv on Russian territory,” announcing the destruction of the surface-to-air missile production workshop at the Visar plant.
The Ukrainian presidency said that five people were killed in Donbass, eastern Ukraine, during the past 24 hours when explosions sounded at night south of Kyiv, apparently causing no damage or injuries.
William Burns, the head of the CIA, said military setbacks in Ukraine could prompt Russian President Vladimir Putin to turn to a tactical or low-energy nuclear weapon there.
“Given that President Putin and the Russian leadership may sink into despair, given the setbacks they have suffered so far from a military point of view, none of us can bear the threat posed by the potential use of tactical nuclear weapons or low-energy nuclear power,” Burns said during a speech. Delivered in Atlanta.
New York prosecutors said that the Russian politician, Alexander Babakov, had already been targeted in the past with international sanctions, and US justice had indicted two of his associates for illegal operations of anti-Ukrainian influence and propaganda on the territory of the states. .