Chinese drone giant DJI is shutting down in Russia and Ukraine
DJI, the world leader in consumer drones, has announced a “suspension” of business in Russia and Ukraine, becoming one of the few Chinese companies to have publicly launched such an initiative.
Last month, Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine Mykhailo Fedorov wrote a letter to the DJI accusing the Russian military of using the company’s “products” to target civilians.
During the night, the Dnipropetrovsk region was heavily shelled
Russian troops fired on Zelenodolsk, Marianske and Velyka Kostroma, damaging energy infrastructure, causing oil leaks and fires, said Dnipropetrovsk Oblast Governor Valentin Reznichenko.
Putin still hopes for a “positive outcome” in talks with Ukraine
Russian President Vladimir Putin told UN President Antonio Guterres on Tuesday that he still believes in a positive outcome to the talks with Ukraine, despite the ongoing struggle between the two countries.
“Nevertheless, negotiations are ongoing (…) I hope we will achieve a positive result,” he said.
400 cases of sexual violence committed by the Russian military
Verkhovna Rada Commissioner for Human Rights Lyudmila Denisova said that from April 1 to 14, her office received about 400 complaints after a hotline was opened to report cases of sexual violence. Among the victims are children.
Ukraine retains control of its airspace
Ukraine retains control of most of its airspace, according to a statement from the British Ministry of Defense. Russia has failed to effectively destroy the Ukrainian Air Force or suppress Ukraine’s air defenses. Ukraine continues to threaten Russian aviation assets.
Russia continues to attack Ukrainian military equipment and logistics throughout the country.
Detonations in the Russian city of Belgorod
A series of explosions took place in the Russian city of Belgorod near the border with Ukraine, and an ammunition depot was reportedly on fire, according to Reuters, quoted by the Guardian.
The governor of the region Vyacheslav Gladkov said that as a result of the fire that occurred at a facility near the village of Stara Nelidovka, civilians were not injured.
The Russians are preparing to attack Zaporozhye
Zaporizhia, a major industrial center on the Dnieper, south of which is also the largest nuclear power plant in Europe, has in recent weeks become a reception center for Ukrainian civilians fleeing the blockade of Mariupol and other bombed Donbass cities.
Ukraine’s Defense Ministry said on Tuesday that the city was currently preparing to attack Russian troops from the coast.
36th anniversary of Chernobyl, in the midst of war
The road to Chernobyl is still littered with rations by the Russian army and sometimes shell casings, a disturbing reminder of the risks posed by Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine as the site of the worst nuclear accident in history.
Tuesday marked the 36th anniversary of the tragedy, and the European Union warned of a possible new nuclear catastrophe in Ukraine due to the war.
The Prime Minister of Bulgaria is expected in Kyiv
Kyrylo Petkov and his allies in the government coalition, with the exception of pro-Russian socialists, will leave for Ukraine today, the government said amid a political dispute over military aid to Kyiv.
5.3 million refugees, the UN expects 3 million more
Nearly 5.3 million Ukrainian refugees have fled their country since the Russian invasion two months ago, and the United Nations expects another 3 million by the end of the day.
According to UNHCR, as of April 25, 5,264,767 Ukrainians had fled the Russian invasion on February 24, 32,753 more than the day before.
“We have entered a new stage”
On Facebook, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba stated: “I can say: the Ukrainian army will have something to fight for … We have entered a new stage, which no one thought about two months ago. Transfer of NATO weapons to the Armed Forces of Ukraine, according to NATO standards. It continues. “
The United States, like Britain, France and the Czech Republic, was initially reluctant to supply Ukraine with offensive weapons. Even Germany, particularly reluctantly, announced on Tuesday that it was going to allow the supply of Guepard tanks.
Gazprom has suspended gas supplies to Bulgaria and Poland
“Bulgargaz EAD has received a notice of suspension of supplies from Gazprom Export from April 27, 2022,” the Bulgarian Ministry of Economy said on Tuesday. This Balkan country is 90% dependent on Russian gas. Earlier, a similar note was received by the main Polish gas supplier.
Chernobyl: Zelensky accuses Moscow of putting the world on the brink of disaster
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky accused Russia of putting the world “on the brink of disaster” with its occupation at the beginning of the Chernobyl invasion of Ukraine. He held a joint press conference in Kyiv with Rafael Grossi, Chairman of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). He was speaking 36 years after the Chernobyl accident, when a reactor at a power plant exploded in 1986, polluting much of Europe, especially Ukraine, Russia and Belarus.
Moldova: Washington warns of “escalation of tensions” around Transnistria
The United States has warned of attempts to “escalate tensions” following a series of bombings in the pro-Russian Moldovan separatist region of Transnistria bordering Ukraine. Without going so far as to attribute responsibility for the bombings to Moscow, as Kyiv does, State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters: “We continue to be concerned about any potential attempt to escalate tensions.”
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