On Friday, a Ukrainian city far from the frontlines mourned its dead, including a 4-year-old girl with Down syndrome, a day after a Russian missile attack killed at least 23 people and injured dozens more.

ECONOMY/DIPLOMACY

  • Agreement on the export of Ukrainian grain will not result in the reopening of Russia-Ukraine discussions, said Leonid Slutsky, a Russian legislator who has previously participated in peace talks with Kyiv, according to state news agency TASS.
  • Ukraine is rushing to reach an agreement with Russia, Turkey, and the United Nations to export grain through its Black Sea ports next week, according to a top Ukrainian official source on Friday.
  • Russia will prohibit the sale of foreign banks’ Russian subsidiaries, while Russian banks abroad will be unable to operate normally, Deputy Finance Minister Alexei Moiseev said on Friday, according to Interfax.
  • The European Union’s executive, the European Commission, formally recommended further sanctions against Russia on Friday, including a new embargo on Russian gold imports. The measures must still be approved by EU governments, which is expected as early as next week.
  • According to a law approved late Thursday by President Vladimir Putin, Russian investors will be able to request that foreign institutions holding frozen securities transfer depositary accounting rights to a Russian organization.
  • US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen slammed Russia’s “brutal and unfair war” in Ukraine, saying Russian finance officials attending a G20 summit in Indonesia shared responsibility for the war’s “horrific repercussions.”
  • The Foreign Office called Russian Ambassador Andrei Kelin on Friday to express “grave concern” at the murder of a British aid worker.

FIGHTING

  • Ukrainian rocket strikes have destroyed more than 30 Russian military supply centers in recent weeks, severely reducing Russia’s striking potential, according to a spokesperson for Ukraine’s defense ministry on Friday.
  • Ukraine’s defense minister announced on Friday that the first M270 multiple rocket launch systems had arrived in the country, without stating which country provided them.
  • According to Russia’s defense ministry, the cruise missile attack on the Ukrainian city of Vinnytsia on Thursday was directed at a building where key officials from Ukraine’s armed forces were meeting with foreign armament dealers. Ukraine has denied hitting any military targets, claiming the attack killed at least 23 individuals and targeted a cultural center for retired veterans.
  • Following bombardment and probing assaults from Lysychansk, Russian forces have been slowly advancing west towards the town of Siversk in Ukraine’s Donetsk area, according to Britain’s defence ministry in a regular bulletin.
  • According to a Ukrainian commander, Ukraine is deploying Western-supplied long-range weapons and 155mm “smart” rounds to attack Russian ammo depots and supply routes, pushing Moscow to reconsider how it sends fuel and ammunition to the front lines.

Source: Reuters

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