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Russia claims to have destroyed S-300 missile systems provided to Ukraine by a European country

Smoke rises from the airport in Dnipro on April 10, 2022.

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Russia said on Monday it had used cruise missiles to destroy S-300 anti-aircraft missile systems delivered to Ukraine by an unidentified European country.

Russia fired Caliber cruise missiles on Sunday against four S-300 launchers hidden in a hangar on the outskirts of the Ukrainian city of Dnipro, the defense ministry said.

Russia says 25 Ukrainian soldiers have been hit in the attack.

– Reuters

Ukraine says nine humanitarian corridors have been agreed for Monday

Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Irina Vereshchuk said that nine humanitarian corridors for evacuation of people from the besieged eastern regions of the country have been agreed for Monday.

The planned corridors include five in Luhansk region, three in Zaporizhia region and one in Donetsk region, Vereshchuk said.

“Meredith herself.”

Zelenski says tens of thousands were killed in Mariupol; almost 300 hospitals were destroyed

Zelensky told South Korean lawmakers that nearly 300 hospitals had been destroyed in Ukraine.

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Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky has addressed South Korean lawmakers, telling the country’s parliament that tens of thousands of people have probably been killed in Russia’s offensive against the besieged port city of Mariupol.

“Even though the Russians have not stopped the attack, they want to make Mariupol an example,” Zelenski said.

He accused Russia of targeting and destroying Ukraine’s infrastructure, including nearly 300 hospitals, and warned that tens of thousands of Russian forces were prepared for the next offensive.

“There is no hope that Russian rational thinking will prevail and Russia will stop. “Russia can only be forced to do that,” Zelensky said.

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Germany sees “mass indications” of Russian war crimes in Ukraine

German Foreign Minister Analena Burbock said Germany sees “mass indications” of war crimes in Ukraine.

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German Foreign Minister Analena Burbock says there are “mass indications” of Russian war crimes in Ukraine, adding that it is important to provide all the evidence, according to Reuters.

“We have mass indications of war crimes,” Burbock said ahead of a meeting with European ministers in Luxembourg, Reuters reported. “Ultimately, the courts will have to decide, but it is essential for us to provide all the evidence.”

“As the German federal government, we have already made it clear that there will be a complete elimination of fossil fuels, starting with coal, then oil and gas, and in order for this to be implemented jointly in the European Union, we need a joint,” a coordinated plan for the complete elimination of fossil fuels so that it can withdraw as the European Union, “Bearbock said.

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In the northeastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv, 66 strikes have been inflicted in the last 24 hours, the governor said

This photo shows a partially demolished five-story apartment building in the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv on April 10, 2022, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

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The head of the Kharkiv regional administration, Oleg Sinegubov, said Russian forces had struck approximately 66 strikes in the northeastern city and nearby points within 24 hours.

Sinegubov said the attacks killed 11 civilians, including a 7-year-old child, and injured 14. The affected areas include Saltovka, Pyatihatki, Kholodna Gora, Pisochin, Zolochev, Balaklia and Darhachi.

CNBC was unable to independently verify this report.

“We see the activity of enemy reconnaissance planes in the region,” Sinegubov told Telegram, according to a translation.

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“Don’t give in to this”: Ukraine warns that Russian disinformation may be aimed at Western lawmakers

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba called on Western lawmakers and the media not to be fooled by Russian disinformation.

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Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba has warned Western lawmakers of the prospect of a “massive” Russian disinformation campaign on sanctions and arms supplies to Ukraine.

“Russia knows that arms supplies are essential for Ukraine and is mobilizing every effort to undermine them,” Kuleba said on Twitter.

“Moscow has prepared a massive information campaign aimed at foreign media and politicians. Their troll factory can send spam in emails and flood comments with [disinformation] of Ukraine. “Don’t give in to that,” Kuleba said.

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France’s Societe Generale will withdraw from Russia by selling a stake in Rosbank; stocks jump 5%

French bank Societe Generale has announced plans to leave Russia.

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French bank Societe Generale has agreed to sell its stake in Rosbank and insurance subsidiaries to Russia’s lender Interros Capital, an investment firm founded by Russian billionaire Vladimir Potanin.

The bank’s exit from Russia comes after growing pressure to follow in the footsteps of other Western companies following the Kremlin’s invasion of Ukraine.

SocGen said in a statement that there would be a write-off of 2 billion euros ($ 2.1 billion) of the net book value of sold activities and an exclusive non-monetary position without affecting the Group’s capital ratio of 1.1 billion euros.

Shares of SocGen rose nearly 5% during early morning trading in London.

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The UK fears that Russia could use phosphorus munitions in the besieged Ukrainian city of Mariupol

The UK Ministry of Defense says Russian shelling continues in the Ukrainian regions of Donetsk and Luhansk, with Ukrainian forces spotted “repelling several attacks leading to the destruction of Russian tanks, vehicles and artillery equipment”.

The ministry warned Russian forces that previous use of phosphorus munitions in the Donetsk region “raises the possibility of their future work in Mariupol as fighting for the city intensifies.”

It also says that “Russia’s continued reliance on unguided bombs reduces their ability to discriminate in targeting and conducting strikes, while significantly increasing the risk of new civilian casualties.”

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A war to reduce Ukraine’s GDP by more than 45%, the World Bank predicts

Wheat classes are seen in a field near the village of Hrebeni in the Kiev region, Ukraine, July 17, 2020.

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Ukraine’s economic output is likely to shrink by a staggering 45.1% this year as Russia’s invasion closes business, cuts exports and destroys production capacity, the World Bank said Sunday in a new assessment of the economic consequences of the war.

The World Bank also predicts that Russia’s GDP in 2022 will fall by 11.2% due to punitive financial sanctions imposed by the United States and its Western allies on Russian banks, state-owned enterprises and other institutions.

The World Bank’s Eastern Europe region, which includes Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova, is expected to show a 30.7% contraction in GDP this year due to war shocks and trade disruptions.

For Ukraine, the World Bank report estimates that more than half of the country’s businesses are closed, while others are still open, operating at well at normal capacity. Ukraine’s closure of Black Sea shipping has cut off about 90% of the country’s grain exports and half of its total exports.

– Reuters

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