1:08 p.m., April 16, 2022
The Russian Foreign Ministry has a Entry ban for British Prime Minister Boris Johnson enacted Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, Defense Secretary Ben Wallace and ten other British politicians are also no longer allowed to enter Russia, the ministry said in Moscow. More people would be added to the list shortly.
The background to the measure was “the unprecedented unfriendly actions of the British government, in particular the imposition of sanctions against high-ranking Russian representatives”.
Kyiv under fire
The Ukrainian capital Kyiv has come under fire in a new Russian attack. There were several explosions in the Darnyzja district, as Mayor Vitali Klitschko announced on Saturday. There was initially no information on possible victims. Russia spoke of the destruction of two armaments factories. According to Ukrainian authorities, at least two civilians were killed and four injured in the east of the country. Nine humanitarian corridors were agreed for Saturday.
According to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, 2,500 to 3,000 Ukrainian and 19,000 to 20,000 Russian soldiers have been killed since the Russian invasion around seven weeks ago. The information cannot be verified.
armaments factories destroyed
According to its Defense Ministry, Russia destroyed two armaments factories. These are an armored vehicle plant in Kyiv and a military repair facility in Mykolaiv. In addition, a Ukrainian SU-25 fighter plane was shot down near the city of Izyum near Kharkiv. According to an AFP correspondent, smoke rose above the premises of the arms factory in Kyiv, which was cordoned off by numerous police officers and soldiers. The Russian Ministry of Defense said on Telegram that the factory’s production buildings had been destroyed by the shelling with “high-precision long-range weapons”.
On Friday, Russian troops had already attacked an armaments complex near Kyiv, in which, according to the website of the state-owned armaments company Ukroboronprom, “Neptune” rockets were being manufactured. The missile cruiser Moskva, the flagship of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, which has since sunk, was hit by Neptune missiles on Thursday, according to a spokesman for the Ukrainian army. Moscow did not confirm this information and only spoke of explosions and fire on board.
Retaliation for destruction of the “Moskva”
The Russian attacks on the Kyiv region had actually decreased since the end of March. Moscow announced at the time that it wanted to focus its offensive on eastern Ukraine. On Friday, however, the Kremlin threatened to step up its attacks on the Ukrainian capital again. He previously accused Ukraine of bombing Russian towns near the border. The government in Kyiv sees the new Russian attacks in the capital region as an attempt to retaliate for the destruction of the “Moskva”.
On the Telegram news channel, Klitschko appealed to the population not to ignore air alarms from the authorities. There are air alerts several times a day in the Ukrainian capital. Because people who had fled the attacks are now returning to Kyiv, the mayor called for this to be stopped and to stay in safe places.
New escape corridors
According to Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Wereshtschuk, nine escape corridors have been agreed for Saturday. From the besieged port city of Mariupol in the south, people should try to flee in their own cars. Five corridors are planned for the Luhansk region in the east.
In addition to the number of up to 3,000 dead, Selenskyj also mentioned the number of around 10,000 injured soldiers on the Ukrainian side on CNN. The number of up to 20,000 killed Russian soldiers quoted by the Ukrainian President differs greatly from Russian figures from March, when there was talk of 1,351 dead and 3,825 injured soldiers.
Auxiliary member killed
Caritas reported the killing of another local aid organization employee. The man was killed on Maundy Thursday in a rocket attack in the immediate vicinity of a children’s and family center on the outskirts of Kharkiv, which is looked after by a local social welfare service and Caritas, the Vienna Caritas director Klaus Schwertner told the Kathpress news agency on Saturday. While the three foster families with 30 children had already been taken to safety in western Ukraine and the Czech Republic, the employee stayed until the end as a guard in the small children’s village, said Schwertner.
According to British secret services, the delivery of relief supplies is being made more difficult by the extensive destruction of roads, bridges and other infrastructure. A statement from the Ministry of Defense in London said that Russian troops had deliberately blown up bridges, abandoned vehicles on important routes and scattered land mines as they retreated. In the city of Chernihiv, for example, there is only one pedestrian bridge over the river.
Meanwhile, the government of Ukraine expects gross domestic product (GDP) to fall by 30 to 50 percent this year. Finance Minister Serhiy Marchenko said so on television.
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