Mariupol city destruction

Russia has instructed its forces in Ukraine to increase their activities, according to the Russian Defense Ministry, as rockets and missiles pummeled the country in the latest of a series of bombardments that Kyiv claims have killed scores of people in recent days.

FIGHTING

  • According to the emergency services and regional governor, two persons were killed in Nikopol after strong Russian rocket assaults targeted the southern Ukrainian town.
  • Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu has ordered Russian military troops operating in all areas of Ukraine to increase their activities in order to avoid strikes on eastern Ukraine and other Russian-controlled territory, according to a statement on the ministry’s website.
  • According to the regional governor, a Russian missile strike hit the northeast Ukrainian village of Chuhuiv in Kharkiv region overnight, killing three persons and injuring three more.
  • According to the Russian Defense Ministry, Russian forces destroyed a plant in the Ukrainian city of Dnipro that manufactured parts for Tochka-U ballistic missiles. Ukraine’s defense ministry said on Friday that rocket strikes in recent weeks have destroyed more than 30 Russian military supply centers, greatly reducing Russia’s striking capacity.
  • Reuters was unable to independently confirm the battlefield accounts.

ECONOMY/DIPLOMACY

  • At a two-day conference in Indonesia, the finance chiefs of the Group of 20 major nations pledged to address global food hunger and mounting debt, but made few policy breakthroughs amid tensions over Russia’s war in Ukraine. The divisions over the dispute, according to US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, precluded the finance ministers and central bankers from adopting a formal declaration, but the group had “strong consensus” on the need to confront a deteriorating food security situation.

*Accords on the export of Ukrainian grain would not result in the resumption of Russia-Ukraine discussions, according to Leonid Slutsky, a Russian lawmaker who has participated in peace talks with Kyiv.

  • Russia would prohibit the sale of foreign banks’ Russian subsidiaries, while Russian banks overseas will be unable to operate normally, according to Deputy Finance Minister Alexei Moiseev.
  • The EU’s executive suggested new penalties against Russia, including a ban on Russian gold imports. The measures must still be approved by EU governments, which is expected as early as next week.

Source: Reuters

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