Posted on Apr 16, 2022, 8:55 AMUpdated on Apr 16, 2022 at 5:05 PM
In its 52nd day, the war in Ukraine has reached a new potential inflection point since the Russian Navy lost its flagship boat Thursday night in a fire claimed by the city of Kyiv. For Vladimir Putin, the strategic loss of an “aircraft carrier destroyer” building is an unimaginable insult to those who claim control of the Black Sea. So much so that we are again talking about the nuclear threat from the Russians. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky followed suit, warning that “the whole world” should be “worried” about the danger.
Meanwhile, the diplomat’s broom continues in both directions. Moscow announced the expulsion of 18 diplomats from the representation of the European Union in Russia, in response to a similar measure taken by Brussels. North Macedonia has also expelled six Russian diplomats accused of violating diplomatic rules. Tensions escalated again this Saturday with the Russian Foreign Ministry announcing a ban on Boris Johnson’s entry into Russia.
Highlights of the day
> Explosions were heard in Kyiv and Lviv
> Ukrainian Prime Minister in the United States next week
>Boris Johnson banned from entering the UK
>>> Follow the live news for Saturday, April 16th:
5:03 pm – An oil refinery was bombed in eastern Ukraine
On Saturday, Russian forces bombed an oil refinery in the town of Lyschansk, which is close to the front line in eastern Ukraine. In the morning they bombed the oil refinery, a fire broke out […] The extinction is now continuing, the Ukrainian governor of Lugansk region, Sergey Gaidai, said via Telegram.
“The Russians are systematically targeting it to exhaust the rescuers. There is no fuel there. Only hydrocarbon remains are burning. The refinery is located about four kilometers west of the city of Lysychansk,” he added.
4:04 pm – Private trip to Roissy to bring back Russians expelled by France
A private plane chartered by Moscow was at Roissy airport on Saturday to return nearly 140 Russian nationals expelled by France. A source at the airport told AFP that 137 passengers, “persona non grata”, along with their families and loved ones, boarded the plane in the middle of the afternoon, which was scheduled to take off by one step.
2:33 pm – One dead in the bombing of a military factory in Kyiv
Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said on Telegram that one person was killed and “several” were taken to hospital after a military factory in the Darnitsky district was bombed. “Our air defense forces are doing everything they can to protect us, but the enemy is cunning and ruthless,” he wrote.
He again called on residents who had left the city not to return, but to stay in a “safe place”. For its part, the Russian Defense Ministry confirmed that it had targeted a military equipment factory in Kyiv, claiming that it had been hit by “high-precision and long-range air-to-ground weapons.”
12:15 pm – Over $5 billion in damage to Ukrainian education
According to Ukrainian Education Minister Serhiy Shkarlit, 91 have been completely destroyed and 923 have been damaged since the beginning of the war launched by Russia. That’s more than $5 billion in damages.
11:30 a.m. – Boris Johnson denied entry to Russia
Russia has announced that Boris Johnson, the prime minister, and Britain’s foreign, defense, economy and justice ministers are barred from entering the country. A decision taken after London imposed new sanctions on Moscow over its military operation in Ukraine.
This step came in response to the unbridled media and political campaign aimed at isolating Russia internationally and creating the conditions for that […] The Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
9:52 am – A military factory was bombed 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.
6:15 am – Explosions in Kyiv and Lviv
Local media reported that explosions were heard in the early hours of Saturday morning in the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, and in Lviv, in the west of the country. Sirens sounded in a large part of Ukraine, as the day before. The eruptions have not been officially confirmed.
5:50 am – Russia’s threats against the United States
Russia sent a formal complaint to the United States this week warning the US government of “unforeseen consequences” after it sharply increased its military aid to Ukraine, according to US press reports. According to this diplomatic note, Moscow is warning the United States and NATO against sending “more sensitive” weapons to Ukraine, considering that such military equipment “ignites fuel” and could lead to “unforeseen consequences,” the Washington Post reported.
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 tell us privately is exactly what we tell the world publicly, that the massive assistance we provide to our Ukrainian partners is proving remarkably effective,” a senior US official was quoted as saying by The Washington Post. . The State Department declined to comment.
>>> Night Features:
3:15 a.m. – 2,500 to 3,000 Ukrainian soldiers killed
Volodymyr Zelensky, in an interview with CNN, noted that between 2,500 and 3,000 Ukrainian soldiers have died since the start of the war between Russia and Ukraine. About 10,000 others were injured.
2:15 am – World Bank and IMF: Ukrainian Prime Minister in the US next week
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 on Thursday. The first opportunity for Ukrainian officials to meet face to face with a large number of financial officials from advanced economies since the invasion of their country.
La réunion de jeudi s’apparentera davantage une table ronde qu’à une conférence de donateurs, bien que le FMI et la Banque mondiale aient ouvert des comptes séparés pour pouvoir traiter et relayer les donmess, de et es do cé 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.
11:50 pm – At least 10 people were killed and 35 injured in Kharkiv
On Friday, regional authorities announced that at least ten people were killed and 35 others wounded in a Russian bombing of a residential area in the main city of Kharkiv in northeastern Ukraine. “A number of residential buildings were damaged or destroyed,” said the region’s governor Oleg Sengopov, accompanied by his Facebook statement with photos of partially destroyed buildings and cars.
Earlier Friday, seven civilians were killed and 27 others injured by Russian fire on evacuation buses in the Kharkiv region, according to the Ukrainian Prosecutor’s Office. On Thursday, Oleg Senegubov announced that more than 500 civilians have been killed in this border region of Russia since the start of the invasion of Ukraine on February 24.
10:15 PM – RIP Moskva
Dozens gathered in Sevastopol, in Crimea, on Friday for a party commemorating the flagship of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet, which sank on Thursday after being rocked by violent explosions that Moscow blamed on a fire and Ukraine over missiles.
Captain Sergei Gorbachev, addressing the crowd gathered in front of a monument erected in honor of the founding of the Russian fleet, said that the cruiser Moskva was “a symbol of strength, hope and rebirth for our fleet” after the fall of the Soviet Union. Navy in 1696 in Sevastopol. “There will be victories, there will be tragedies, but the memory remains,” he added to the silent crowd, including former crew members.
8:02 pm – Taking the risk of a nuclear attack seriously
It is likely that President Putin and the Russian leadership will plunge into despair, given the military setbacks they have suffered so far. So none of us can take lightly the threat posed by the potential use of nuclear weapons. […] The CIA chief said during a speech in Atlanta Thursday night.