Bombing of a military factory in Kyiv

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the main points:

► one military factory This morning, Saturday morning, the tank industry was targeted in particular, in the outskirts of Kyiv.

► The Ukrainian president said Friday night on CNN that it’s between 2 500 and 3 000 Ukrainian soldiers were killed Since the start of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, he added, 10 thousand more have been injured.

► As of April 15th, More than five million people have fled Ukraine Since the start of the Russian invasion, according to data from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

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9:30 am: Boris Johnson denied entry to Russia

Russia announced on April 16 that it was barring British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and several other senior British officials from entering the country after London imposed sanctions on Moscow over its military operation in Ukraine. ” This action was taken in response to the unbridled media and political campaign aimed at isolating Russia internationally and creating conditions for (…) stifling the economy. The Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Boris Johnson and Volodymyr Zelensky on the streets of Kyiv on April 9, 2022. Palestinian Authority

07:50: Bombing of a military factory in Kyiv

A military factory that manufactures tanks, in particular, targeted this morning, Saturday, bombing in the outskirts of the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, according to what a journalist in Agence France-Presse reported. A large number of soldiers and police were present at the site, and they prevented access to the smoking compound. The mayor of Kyiv, Vitali Klitschko, indicated on Facebook that he had no information on potential victims at this stage.

The Russian Defense Ministry has already announced that it has targeted a military equipment factory in Kyiv, a day after Russian forces warned they would intensify their attacks on the Ukrainian capital. ” High-precision and long-range air-to-ground weapons destroyed the production buildings of a Kyiv weapons factory The ministry announced in a statement on Telegram.

7:30 am: Pro-Russian demonstration in Belgrade

During a rally organized by Serbian ultra-nationalist organizations in Belgrade on Friday, April 15, demonstrators waved Russian and Serbian flags to protest against the Serbian authorities who voted to suspend Russia from the United Nations Human Rights Council.

Demonstrators wave Russian and Serbian flags during a rally organized by Serbian ultra-nationalist organizations in Belgrade on April 15, 2022, to protest against the Serbian authorities who voted to suspend Russia from the United Nations Human Rights Council.
Demonstrators wave Russian and Serbian flags during a rally organized by Serbian ultra-nationalist organizations in Belgrade on April 15, 2022, to protest against the Serbian authorities who voted to suspend Russia from the United Nations Human Rights Council. Agence France-Presse – Andrej Isakovic

6:25 am: Explosions are heard in Kyiv and Lviv

Local media reported that explosions were heard in the early hours of Saturday in the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, and in Lviv, in the west of the country. Sirens sounded in many parts of Ukraine on Saturday.

Vitali Klitschko, the mayor of the capital Kyiv, said on Telegram that the explosions hit the Darnitsky district on the outskirts of the city. He added that the number of casualties was not known and rescuers were immediately available.


5:55 a.m.: In Rome, the Way of the Cross resumes at the Colosseum against the backdrop of the Ukraine controversy

After two years of interruption due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the traditional stations of the Cross at the Colosseum gathered about 10,000 pilgrims of different nationalities on Good Friday. Despite the controversies in recent days over Pope Francis’ decision to carry the cross by the Ukrainian and the Russian at the thirteenth station, the Way of the Cross was carried out quietly.

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► To read also, the French press release: This Ukrainian controversy in the Vatican

5:25 am: Providing assistance is a ‘difficult challenge’, says UK

According to the British Ministry of Defense, citing BBCThe damage caused by Russian forces to the Ukrainian transport infrastructure constituted big challenge For people responsible for delivering humanitarian aid to several areas in the north of the country. Russian forces reportedly destroyed bridges, used landmines and abandoned vehicles along major roads as they retreated from the northern region.

04:55: 70% of the area of ​​Severodonetsk is destroyed

Oleksandr Stryuk, head of the Civil and Military Administration of Severodonetsk, said that Severodonetsk came under heavy fire from Russian forces and only about 20,000 of the total 135 thousand remained in the city.


04:40: In the Donbass region, the village of Svyatohersk was deeply divided by the war

In eastern Ukraine, Donbass is preparing for an attack by Russian forces. On both sides of the front line, Ukrainian and Russian troops are massing troops and equipment. The Russian-speaking village of Svyatohersk, surrounded by fighting from the east and north, is deeply divided by the war and many residents have chosen not to evacuate.

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Svyatohersk April 15, 2022.
Svyatohersk April 15, 2022. © Mary Norman / RFI

4:20 am: Russia warns Washington of ‘consequences’ after its military aid to Ukraine

Russia sent a formal complaint to the United States this week warning the U.S. government of ” unexpected results In the wake of increased military aid to Ukraine, according to news reports. According to this diplomatic note, Moscow is warning the United States and NATO against sending weapons.” more sensitive “For Ukraine, given that this military equipment has been laid” oil on fire “could cause” unexpected results “, mentioned Washington Post.

The warning came as US President Joe Biden pledged $800 million in new military aid to Ukraine, including helicopters and armored personnel carriers. ” What the Russians are telling us in private is exactly what we tell the world publicly, that the enormous assistance we provide to our Ukrainian partners is proving remarkably effective. ‘, in the words of a senior US official, quoted by mail.

The State Department declined to comment. to me The New York Times , This note was sent through normal diplomatic channels and was not signed by a senior Russian official.

4:00 am: Prime Minister and Ukrainian officials in Washington next week

Sources familiar with the matter said Friday evening that Ukraine’s prime minister and officials will travel to Washington next week to attend the spring meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.

The sources added that Ukrainian Prime Minister Denis Shmygal, Finance Minister Serhiy Marchenko and Central Bank Governor Kirillo Shevchenko are expected to meet with financial officials from G7 countries, among others, and participate in a round table on Ukraine organized by the World Bank. This event will be the first opportunity for Ukrainian officials to meet in person with a large number of financial officials from advanced economies since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24.

The fallout from the conflict in Ukraine is set to dominate meetings of senior officials of the World Bank and member states of the International Monetary Fund, as well as the Group of Seven and the Group of Twenty, next week as the International Monetary Fund prepares to revise its growth forecasts down the world due to the war. La réunion de jeudi s’apparentera davantage une table ronde qu’à une conférence de donateurs, bien que le FMI et la Banque mondiale ont ouvert des comptes séparés pour pouvoir traiter et relayer les donmess, de et et dos que de vent next week.

It will also provide an opportunity for officials to discuss the devastation of Ukraine and the economic consequences of the war, as well as the continued functioning of the Ukrainian banking and financial sector. ” Without support now, there will be no reconstruction in the future One of the sources said. The World Bank did not immediately comment on the event.

03h50: more than 2 500 Ukrainian soldiers have died since the start of the conflict

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Friday evening on CNN That between 2,500 and 3,000 Ukrainian soldiers have been killed since the start of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, adding that another 10,000 have been injured.

Image taken from a video provided by the Ukrainian Presidential Press Office.  Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky speaks from Kyiv, Ukraine, Friday, April 15, 2022.
Image taken from a video provided by the Ukrainian Presidential Press Office. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky speaks from Kyiv, Ukraine, Friday, April 15, 2022. Palestinian Authority

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