Eastern Ukraine focuses on new Russian attacks

  • Russian attacks in the east were repulsed
  • Rockets destroy Dinibro Airport
  • Nehemiah of Austria to meet with Putin in Moscow on Monday
  • The World Bank has forecast a 45% drop in Ukraine’s GDP

LVIV, Ukraine, April 11 (Reuters) – Ukrainian troops have repulsed several Russian attacks in the east of the country, focusing on a new offensive by invading forces, British intelligence said Monday, while President Volodymyr Zhelensky said this week would be crucial. The course of the war.

Austrian President Carl Neummer is scheduled to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Monday and call for an end to the conflict. This is Putin’s first face – to – face meeting with an EU leader since Russia’s invasion began on February 24. read more

Russian forces are intensifying their offensive to establish control over the southern port city of Mariupol, a key target connecting parts of Russian control in the west and east.

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The Russian invasion left a deadly catastrophe that drew condemnation from the West and provoked concerns about Putin’s broader ambitions.

A quarter of Ukraine’s 44 million people have been forced out of their homes, cities have been reduced to rubble, and thousands of people have been killed or injured – many of them civilians.

Russian forces have abandoned efforts to seize the capital, Kiev, but are doubling their efforts in eastern Ukraine. The Russian Defense Ministry says Russian shelling continues in Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

Its regular intelligence bulletin said that Ukrainian forces had repulsed several attacks and destroyed Russian tanks, vehicles and artillery equipment.

Russia’s continued reliance on unmanned bombs has greatly increased the risk of civilian casualties, the report said.

Powerful explosions shook cities in the south and east, and airstrikes sounded throughout Ukraine early Monday morning.

“Must stop”

President Zhelensky campaigned tirelessly to build international support and mobilize his countrymen, warning that the coming week would be important and tense.

“Russian troops are moving to larger operations in the east of our state. They may use more missiles and more air bombs against us. But we are preparing for their operations. We will respond.” He said at a midnight video address.

He is scheduled to address the South Korean parliament via video link on Monday.

Civil servants of the Ukrainian Armed Forces said the Russians could try to disrupt supply lines and strike in transport infrastructure.

Russia’s Defense Ministry says high-precision missiles have destroyed the headquarters of the Ukrainian Dnipro Battalion in the city of Svonetsky. read more

Reuters could not immediately confirm the news.

Putin is scheduled to meet in Moscow on Monday, according to Austrian President Carl Neummer.

“We are militarily neutral, but we have a ((is) clear position) on the Russian occupation war against #Ukraine,” Nehmmer wrote on Twitter. “It must stop!

Since the Russian invasion, Zelenskiy has called for additional security assistance to Western powers and for punishing Moscow with tougher sanctions, including sanctions on its energy exports.

Zhelensky said he had faith in his own armed forces, but “unfortunately I have no confidence that we will get everything we need from the United States.”

Civil toll

Rising civilian casualties have provoked widespread international condemnation and new sanctions.

Ludmila Zabaluk, head of the Dmytriv village department north of Kyiv, said the bodies of dozens of civilians had been found in the area.

More than 50 were killed. They shot them from close range. There is a car with a 17-year-old child in a burnt condition, with only bones left. A woman’s head was cut in half. A man is lying in the distance. His car was burned alive nearby.

Reuters could not immediately confirm the news.

Moscow has denied allegations of war crimes in Ukraine and the West. It has repeatedly refused to target civilians in what it calls a “special measure” to militarize and “reduce” its southern neighbors. Ukraine and the West have rejected this as an unfounded excuse for war.

Economic cost

The French bank Societe Generale (SOGN.PA) has recently become a retreating company from Russia, agreeing to sell its stake in Rosbank and its Russian lender insurance subsidiary to Interros Capital, a subsidiary of billionaire Vladimir Botanin.

The Russian invasion has provoked a barrage of financial sanctions from the United States, Europe and Britain, prompting Western companies to sell their Russian assets.

SocGen has come under increasing pressure to sever ties with Russia and suspend its more than 15-year investment in Rosbank.

The World Bank predicted on Sunday that war would cut Ukraine’s economic output by 45% this year, with half of its businesses closed, and grain exports largely due to the naval siege and destruction of Russia, making economic activity impossible in many areas. read more

The bank predicts that Russia’s GDP will shrink by 11.2% this year due to Western sanctions.

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Report by Lydia Kelly in Reuters bureaus and Melbourne; Written by Lincoln Feast and Angus Maxwan, editing by Stephen Coates and Nick McPhee

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