Slovakia donates S-300 air defense system to Ukraine
Slovak Prime Minister Edward Heger announced on Friday that his country had donated an S-300 air defense system to Ukraine in the wake of the Russian-led invasion.
“I can confirm that the Slovak Republic donated S-300 air defense system to Ukraine,” Heger said on Facebook.
The Prime Minister clarified that the distribution did not indicate that his country was “part of the armed conflict in Ukraine” and that according to Article 51, kyiv’s donations were made in response to his request for “legal protection”. UN Charter.
This Russian-made mobile ground-to-air missile system was part of Ukraine’s demand for Western countries.
The Slovak Prime Minister pointed out that this organization would “save the lives of a large number of innocent Ukrainians” against the Russian occupation.
Slovakia, a member of the European Union and NATO, may rely on additional air defense systems provided by its allies in the coming days, Heger said without elaborating.
IDB warns that this conflict will slow economic growth in Latin America
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has pointed out that Latin America and the Caribbean are heading for a recession in their growth prospects due to the war between Russia and Ukraine, following a better-than-expected economic recovery in 2021.
“Russia’s invasion of Ukraine underscores the urgency of establishing policies that will slow growth in Latin America and the Caribbean between 2022 and 2024, along with rising interest rates in countries such as the United States.
According to the IDB, economic growth in the region was “stronger than expected in 2021”, but it “began to decline earlier this year.”
Although the rise in commodity prices due to the war will “increase exports”, at the same time “they will impose significant costs on importers and push inflation in various countries,” the organization pointed out.
The UK sends more missiles to Ukraine
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced that he will send more weapons to Ukraine. The president noted that பொருட்கள் 100 million ($ 130 million) worth of military supplies will be shipped, including StarStreck anti-aircraft missiles and 800 anti-tank missiles.
Johnson told a joint news conference with German Chancellor Olaf Scholes that the attack on the Gramadorsk station “showed the darkness that once plagued Putin’s glorious army.”
“England and Germany share the same sense of horror and hatred of unleashing brutality,” he added.
The United Kingdom has banned the daughters of Vladimir Putin and Sergei Lavrov
The United Kingdom on Friday announced sanctions against the daughters of Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
Putin’s daughters Katarina Dikonova and Maria Vorontsova and Lavrov’s daughter Yekaterina Vinokrova have been barred from entering Britain, where their assets will be frozen, the British Foreign Office said.
Washington and Brussels have already taken similar action against the daughters of the Russian president.
For its part, the UK has already allowed Polina Kovaleva, the daughter of Lavrov’s longtime mistress.
“In the G7, we are working with our allies to end Russian energy consumption and further affect Putin’s ability to finance Ukraine’s illegal and unwanted invasion,” British diplomacy said.
The UK has allowed more than 1,200 individuals and companies – including 76 oligarchs – since the start of the Russian military offensive on February 24.
They say the death toll from the train station bombing is on the rise
The death toll from a bomb blast at a train station in the Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk has risen to at least 50, including five children, according to the latest official figures from Ukraine.
“Fifty people were killed, including five children. This is the current death toll from shelling by Russian occupation troops in Kramatorsk,” Pavlo Grilenko, governor of the Donetsk region in eastern Ukraine, wrote in the Telegram.
He also estimated that the number of victims could increase as 98 people were injured, including 16 children.
Kyrilenko said 38 people died at the scene and 12 were injured and hospitalized.
Hundreds of people were waiting for the evacuation of eastern Ukraine, where a new Russian offensive is expected, and a shelling was carried out on a train station early Friday morning. This has been one of the most dangerous since the beginning of the conflict.
Russia has denied any involvement in the attack, accusing Ukraine of plotting.
Japan stopped buying coal from Russia
Japan announced on Friday that it was releasing Russian coal and expelling eight of its diplomats in retaliation for alleged “war crimes” committed by Moscow in Ukraine.
The announcements come after the European Union (EU) stepped up pressure on Russia, which has been accused of massacring civilians in the Kyiv region.
“We will ban Russian coal imports. We will work with alternatives by gradually reducing imports to reduce Russia’s dependent energy,” he added.
In 2001, 11% of Japan’s coal imports came from Russia, according to data from the Japanese Ministry of Finance.
The FAO recorded a sharp rise in international food prices in March
Global prices of food raw materials recorded a “significant increase” in their prices in March, with “a strong increase in the value of corn, wheat and vegetable oils” driven by the war between Russia and Ukraine. Index of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).
The index, which records monthly changes in the world’s most traded food items, has increased by 75% since mid-2020, averaging 159.3 points in January, 12.6% higher than in February – when the registration numbers were delivered – and 33.6% year-on-year, the highest since created in 1990. .
According to the FAO report, “the shock represented by the war in the markets of basic grains and vegetable oils” was “a conflict that changed the course of various trade and export controls”. Countries.
Similarly, we must add to these factors the rise in energy and fertilizer prices in the world.
In terms of grain production index, it is up 17.1%.
Russia and Ukraine account for 30% and 20% of global wheat and corn exports, respectively, while prices of both grains rose by 19.7% and 19.1%, respectively.
The European Union has already frozen at least $ 32 billion in Russian and Belarusian assets
The European Union (EU) has so far frozen at least $ 32 billion worth of Russian and Belarusian assets under sanctions imposed in the wake of the war in Ukraine, according to the European Commission’s further report on Friday.
Assets include ships, helicopters, real estate and works worth nearly 6.7 billion euros. The figure “continues,” the European executive said in a statement.
Brussels has asked member states to share their information, and so far “more than half of them” have done so.
EU Commissioner for Justice Didier Reinders stressed that “all member states must take all necessary steps to apply sanctions and countries that have not yet done so must notify the Commission without delay.”
The European Union on Thursday approved a fifth embargo against Russia, including a ban on Russian coal and the closure of European ports for Russian ships.
Zhelensky describes the attack on the railway station in Ukraine as “unlimited evil.”
President of Ukraine, Volodymyr ZhelenskyThe rocket attack on the Gramadorsk railway station in the east of the country, which killed at least 35 people this Friday, has been described by Russia as “unlimited evil”.
“Because they do not have the strength and courage to face us on the battlefield, they are destroying civilians in a despicable manner. This is an infinite evil. If not punished, it will never stop,” the president said in a telegram.
Cross-charges for the attack on the Gramadorsk station
Kramatorsk station is located in the east of Ukraine. During the attack, hundreds of people were waiting for the train to leave the area. On the 44th day of the invasion of Ukraine it was besieged by Russian forces. This fact created a new set of charges between Russia and Ukraine.
The incident first led to the head of the railway station Oleksandr Kamisin and an official in the Donetsk region – who was not in the hands of Russia – which led to strong condemnation of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zhelensky. And the European Union.
The Russian Defense Ministry immediately announced that it had not carried out any attacks against the Kramatorsk station. Pointing to that went further “Tosca-Yu Tactical MissilesFragments of it were found near the Gramadorsk station and (whose pictures) were published by witnesses, They are used only by the Ukrainian armed forces. “.
“All reports of representatives of the nationalist regime in Kiev about the alleged ‘rocket attack’ by Russia on April 8 at the railway station in the town of Kramatorsk They are provocative and they are completely wrong. “The ministry said in a statement.
At least 35 people have been killed in an attack on a Gramadorsk railway station.
At least 35 people were killed and 100 were injured. This Friday, in a rocket attack on the station GramadorskIn eastern Ukraine, hundreds of people were waiting for a train to leave the region.
“More than 30 people were killed and more than 100 were injured when a rocket was fired at the station (…) This was a deliberate attack,” he told the Telegram. Of the Alexander CommissionResponsible for the Ukrainian railway company Ukrzaliznytsia.
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