UPDATE 22:30 The Russian army is trying to advance towards four cities in the Donetsk region
The Russian army in the Donetsk region is trying to advance towards the towns of Lyman, Bahmut, Avdiivka and Marinka, the General Staff of the Armed Forces announced on April 15.
Bahmut and Marinka know the hardest fights, with 40 attacks being repelled in these two areas in the last 24 hours.
Russia has “re-energized” its nine-month assault on Bahmut as the Russian Defense Ministry and the Wagner mercenary group appear to have improved cooperation, according to an April 14 Western intelligence report.
UPDATE 20:45 Zelensky imposes sanctions against athletes and search engines in Russia
On April 15, the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, signed two decrees approving a proposal by the National Security and Defense Council to impose sanctions against more than 690 individuals and legal entities in Russia.
According to documents published on the president’s website, sanctions were imposed on a number of Russian athletes, as well as on Russian search engines such as Rambler and Yandex.
Zelenski has not yet commented on the new sanctions.
UPDATE 19:30 Volodymyr Zelensky had a telephone conversation with Emmanuel Macron
The President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, had a “one and a half hour” telephone conversation with his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, during which they discussed the results of Macron’s recent visit to China and the situation on the front line in Ukraine.
“I praised France’s intention to further strengthen the important support for Ukraine on the battlefield,” Zelensky wrote on Telegram.
Macron went to China on April 5 for a three-day state visit, joined by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen. European leaders hoped to convince Xi Jinping to stop supporting Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, in the context in which Beijing would have considered sending lethal aid to Moscow, informs The Kyiv Independent.
UPDATE 17:30 The death toll in Sloviansk is increasing
The bodies of two more people were found under the rubble of a five-story building in Sloviansk, bringing the total number of victims of Russia’s April 14 missile attack on the city to 11.
21 people were also reported injured there.
Russian forces launched S-300 missiles over the city of Sloviansk at 4:00 p.m. on April 14, hitting residential areas.
UPDATE 16:00 The attack on the city of Kherson killed two people
Russian troops bombarded the city of Kherson in southern Ukraine, killing two women, a Ukrainian official said.
Earlier in the day, the Kherson Region Military Administration reported that eight people were injured in the Kherson region due to Russian shelling over the past 24 hours.
The city of Kherson and other settlements in the region on the west bank of the Dnieper River, such as Beryslav, have been the target of continuous Russian bombing since Ukrainian forces liberated them in November 2022.
UPDATE 14:25 Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal: Ukraine will receive additional aid of over five billion dollars from the G7 countries
The Finance Ministers of the G7 countries promised additional aid of over five billion dollars for Ukraine, Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal announced.
Shmyhal said the negotiations took place during the spring meetings organized by the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.
In addition, Switzerland will give Ukraine 1.8 billion francs (two billion dollars) over the next six years, and Denmark is creating a special fund worth one billion euros.
According to Shmyhal, Spain, Ireland, Japan, Lithuania, Latvia, Iceland and the Netherlands will also provide additional support to Ukraine. “All these elements will help us to win and ensure the stability of our economy,” Shmyhal points out.
Three days ago, the prime minister also said that the World Bank had pledged $200 million in aid to restore Ukraine’s energy infrastructure, which had been damaged by continuous Russian missile attacks since October.
UPDATE 13:30 At least 31 people were injured and nine were killed in Russian attacks in nine oblasts in the last 24 hours
UPDATE 12:25 Russia bombed the Kharkiv region in the last 24 hours: one injured
UPDATE 10:30 General Staff: Russia lost 181,550 soldiers in Ukraine
UPDATE 8:00 Japan offers 400 million dollars for Ukraine’s reconstruction efforts
Japan has signed an agreement to provide Ukraine with $400 million for reconstruction efforts, according to a Facebook post by the Ministry of Reconstruction.
The Japanese government agreed for the first time with the financing plan on March 30.
The funds were distributed to the Critical Infrastructure Emergency Recovery Program, which is intended to provide the basic needs of citizens by restoring critical infrastructure that was damaged due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Under the economic recovery program, funds will be allocated primarily for humanitarian assistance, including the provision of medical equipment, demining and education, among other initiatives.
In addition to this grant, the Japanese government has pledged $70 million for recovery efforts under the United Nations Development Programme. In total, Japan intends to donate more than 600 million dollars for the reconstruction of Ukraine this year.
Ukraine’s reconstruction costs were estimated at $411 billion on March 23.
UPDATE 3:24 – The Russian ambassador claims that the USA threatened Russia for the arrest of Gershkovich
Russia’s ambassador to the US, Anatoly Antonov, told state-run Channel One that the United States had threatened Russia with what he described as “retaliatory measures” if Russia refused to release the reporter from Wall Street Journal, Evan Gershkovich.
UPDATE 2:41 – Russian forces attack the Sumy region with explosives and shells
The military administration of the Sumi region reported on Telegram that Russian troops attacked a community in the Sumi region on April 14.
UPDATE 1:35 – Poland will “gradually” supply MiG-29 fighter jets to Ukraine
Polish President Andrzej Duda said during a press conference on April 14 that Poland would “gradually” transfer MiG-29 fighter jets to Ukraine as Poland waits for its own air fleet to be replenished with modern aircraft from Americans.
Prigozhin says that Russia should end the active phase of the war
The press service of the founder of the Wagner Group, Evgheni Prigojin, published a text on Friday, April 14, in which it is stated that the “ideal option” would be for Russia to end the active phase of the war and “enter firmly” into the occupied territories.
“The ideal option would be to announce the end of the conflict, to inform everyone that Russia has achieved the planned results and, in a way, we have achieved them,” wrote Prigozhin.
According to Prigojin, Russia’s main task in the future should be “establishing and firmly rooting” in the occupied territories.
At the same time, Prigozhin acknowledged that Ukraine is a “completely nationality-oriented state” rather than one that sees itself as part of Russia.
Putin promulgates the law on the electronic system of incorporation into the army
Putin has promulgated a bill to establish electronic enlistment procedures, with the aim of making military mobilization more efficient and eliminating loopholes.
A website that charts legislative proceedings said Putin signed the law, which was approved this week by the State Duma, the lower house of parliament.
Russia says it mobilized 300,000 people last year to help bolster its “special military operation” in Ukraine.
Ukraine secured pledges of $5 billion in additional funding to support its continued fight against Russia at “fruitful meetings” in Washington this week, Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal told reporters.
Shmyhal met with representatives of the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and the European Investment Bank, as well as high-ranking US officials, on the sidelines of the spring meetings of the IMF and the World Bank.
He said Ukraine had received new promises of additional support from Switzerland, Denmark and a number of other countries during the meetings, as well as an agreement from US aircraft manufacturer Boeing to release Ukrainian companies from previous commitments of 200 millions of dollars. Kiev expects to receive even more support during an upcoming conference in London, he added.
“International partners have assured us of their long-term support,” the prime minister said, describing his meetings in Washington and referring to a total of $115 billion in funding over the next four years, which was mobilized through the approval of to the IMF of a loan of 15.6 billion dollars.
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