15 Apr 202311.59BST
Five Ukrainians from Russian-occupied Melitopol in the Zaporizhzhia oblast will be tried by a Russian court for being part of a “terrorist group”, according to Russian state media.
The five Ukrainians were transported from Melitopol to Crimea, which has been occupied by Russia since 2014, and subsequently transferred to the Lefortovo pre-trial detention centre in Moscow, the Kyiv Independent reports.
Russian authorities have accused the five Ukrainians – alleged members of Ukraine’s armed forces and territorial defence forces – of planning explosions at locations where Russian troops were based and where humanitarian aid was distributed.
According to Russian state-affiliated media, Russian FSB officers found explosives on 6 April in a car in one suspect’s garage.
Caches of weapons, ammunition and grenades were allegedly found in basements, garages, as well as under piles of rubbish and tombstones in cemeteries.
Ukraine hasn’t commented on Russia’s accusations against the five Ukrainians.
15 Apr 202311.24BST
G7 nations promise another $5bn in aid
Ukraine will receive another $5bn in aid from G7 countries, according to Ukraine’s prime minister, Denys Shmyhal.
He said that the agreement came from spring meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund.
Switzerland will also commit $2bn over six years, and Denmark will create a special fund worth $1bn.
Spain, Ireland, Japan, Lithuania, Latvia, Iceland and the Netherlands will also provide additional support to Ukraine, Shmyhal said.
“All this will help us win and ensure the stability of our economy,” he added.
15 Apr 202310.31BST
Russia has been using drones to attack police officers in Kherson, according to the region’s police force.
In an update posted on Facebook, Kherson’s police said: “The Russian military once again attacked police officers with the help of drones. In Kherson, in the Korabel area, a police car was attacked by a UAV. Two police officers were injured, the car was damaged.”
They added that two cars in Beryslav were targeted, with one officer injured and cars mechanically damaged, the Kyiv Independent reported.
The family of Evan Gershkovich, the Wall Street Journal reporter who is being held by Russia, have spoken of their worries after he was arrested and how they are optimistic that he will be freed.
In a video interview with the WSJ, his mother, Ella Milman, said: “It’s one of the American qualities that we absorbed: be optimistic, believe in happy, happy endings … and that’s where we stand right now.
“But I am not stupid. I understand what’s involved. But that’s what I choose to believe.”
Gerschovich’s parents separately fled the Soviet Union to the US in 1979 and met in New York City. Their journalist son was arrested on 29 March in the Russian city of Ekaterinburg on suspicion of espionage. He was accused of trying to obtain classified information about a military facility.
Mikhail, his father, was asked whether he had worried about his son wanting to cover Russia.
“No. But I trusted him. I trusted his judgment. Of course, it makes things more difficult for me now, because I felt I failed in some way as a father.”
Gershkovich, the WSJ and US officials have denied the charges and say he is being wrongly held.
15 Apr 202309.33BST
A Russian official has claimed four people were killed and 10 injured in Ukrainian shelling of a town in Russian-controlled Donetsk.
Denis Pushilin said a seven-year-old girl was among those wounded in Yasynuvata, Reuters reports.
Neither the Guardian nor the Reuters news agency have been able to independently verify the shelling or the casualties.
15 Apr 202308.59BST
Nine people have been killed in a Russian rocket attack on a block of flats in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slovyansk, including a two-year-old boy who died in hospital.
Authorities confirmed the death toll on Saturday morning, after Friday evening’s attack on the neighbourhood, AFP reported.
Slovyansk lies in a part of the Donetsk region that is under Ukrainian control. According to Kyiv, it was struck by seven missiles which hit five buildings, five homes, a school and an administrative building.
Vadim Lyakh, the head of Slovyansk’s military administration, confirmed on Saturday that nine people had died – including a woman whose body was recovered from the rubble overnight – and 21 were wounded.
Five people were still under the rubble and their identities were established, he said.
AFP journalists saw rescue workers digging for survivors on the top floor of the typical Soviet-era housing block, and black smoke billowing from homes on fire across the street.
15 Apr 202307.59BST
New Russian call-up law suggests Moscow expects lengthy conflict, warns UK MoD
A new Russian law has removed an obstacle that has allowed some men to dodge the draft and suggests Moscow anticipates a lengthy conflict in Ukraine, the UK Ministry of Defence says.
Vladimir Putin was reported to have signed a bill on Friday to create a digital draft system, making it easier to mobilise Russians into the army and stirring fresh fears in the country amid the war with Ukraine.
The UK MoD said in its latest intelligence briefing – posted on Twitter – that under the law, authorities would be able to serve call-up papers electronically, rather than by letter, removing one way of avoiding military duties.
The ministry said:
With individuals’ call-up data now digitally linked to other state-provided online services, it is likely that the authorities will punish draft-dodgers by automatically limiting employment rights and restricting foreign travel.
The measures – reported to be coming into force later in the year – did not specifically indicate any major new wave of enforced mobilisation, it said.
Russia is, for now, prioritising a drive to recruit extra volunteer troops. However, the measure is highly likely part of a longer-term approach to provide personnel as Russia anticipates a lengthy conflict in Ukraine.
15 Apr 202307.37BST
Finland’s border guard has unveiled the first section of a 125-mile (200km) border fence with Russia, being built after Moscow invaded Ukraine last year.
Finland joined Nato a week ago and its 800-mile border has also doubled as the frontier between the military alliance and Russia.
Agence France-Presse reported that the fence – 3 metres (10ft) tall and topped with barbed wire – would cost about €380m (£340m/$422m) and was due to be completed by 2026.
Officials showed the construction site of the first 1 mile section near the Imatra border crossing point in south-eastern Finland on Friday.
Jaakko Makela from GRK, the construction company building the first phase, said:
We started work on the site about a month ago. We have built a road and foundations.
15 Apr 202307.15BST
Lula says US should stop ‘encouraging’ war in Ukraine
The Brazilian president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, has said the US should stop “encouraging war” in Ukraine “and start talking about peace”.
In that way, the international community would be able to “convince” the Russian and Ukrainian presidents that “peace is in the interest of the whole world”, Lula told reporters in Beijing at the end of a visit where he met President Xi Jinping.
Agence France-Presse reported that Lula said:
The United States needs to stop encouraging war and start talking about peace. The European Union needs to start talking about peace.
Lula’s visit to China, Brazil’s top trading partner, focused on strengthening ties and spreading the message that “Brazil is back” as a key player on the global stage.
He is carrying out a balancing act as he also seeks closer ties with Washington. His visit comes after a meeting with the US president, Joe Biden, in February.
Unlike western powers, neither China nor Brazil have imposed sanctions against Russia after Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, and both seek to position themselves as mediators to achieve peace.
Before the trip, Lula had proposed creating a group of countries to mediate in the war, and said he would discuss this in Beijing.
Asked about the progress of this initiative after his conversation with Xi, Lula did not give details.
“It is important to have patience” to talk with Putin and Zelenskiy, he said.
But above all, it is necessary to convince the countries that are supplying weapons, encouraging the war, to stop.
15 Apr 202307.00BST
Hello and welcome back to our live coverage of Russia’s war in Ukraine. This is Adam Fulton with the latest developments to bring you up to speed.
Brazil’s president has accused the United States of “encouraging war” in Ukraine and says Washington and the European Union should “start talking about peace”.
Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva made the comments in Beijing at the end of a visit in which he met with the Chinese president, Xi Jinping.
More on this story shortly.
In other developments as it turns 9am in Kyiv:
At least nine people were killed, including a two-year-old child, and 21 wounded on Friday when a Russian missile hit residential buildings in the eastern Ukrainian city of Sloviansk, emergency services in the Donetsk region said. The regional governor, Pavlo Kyrylenko, told national TV earlier that seven Russian S-300 missiles had been fired and there were “no fewer than seven spots hit” in the city, west of Bakhmut. Rescue teams searching for victims sifted through rubble throughout the night using cranes, ladders and other heavy equipment.
Alexei Navalny, Russia’s most prominent opposition politician, has been grappling with severe stomach pain in jail that could be the result of slow-acting poison, a close ally said on Friday. “His situation is critical. We are all very concerned,” Ruslan Shaveddinov said in a phone interview.
Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, has signed a bill allowing authorities to issue electronic notices to draftees and reservists amid the fighting in Ukraine, sparking fears of a new wave of mobilisation. The bill was signed into law on Friday and published on the official register of government documents. Russia’s military service rules previously required the in-person delivery of notices to conscripts and reservists who are called up for duty.
Ukraine’s security service has issued a warning to the millions of people in the country celebrating Orthodox Easter this weekend, Sky News reported. Ukrainians were asked to “limit the attendance of mass events” and avoid lingering “unnecessarily” in temples during the traditional blessing of the Easter basket.
Jack Teixeira has been detained pending a detention hearing that is set for Wednesday 19 April. The member of the US air force national guard has been charged with the unauthorised removal and retention of classified documents and materials from the Pentagon. The 21-year-old made his first appearance in a federal court in Boston on Friday after the FBI arrested him in Massachusetts the previous day.
Ukraine retrieved the bodies of 82 of its soldiers from Russian-controlled territory on Friday, a government ministry said. It gave no details about how the bodies were retrieved but said it was carried out “in accordance with the norms of the Geneva convention”.
The parents of the detained Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich have said they remain optimistic for a positive outcome to his detention, insisting that their son “still loved Russia”. “It’s one of the American qualities that we absorbed, you know, be optimistic, believe in a happy ending,” Gershkovich’s mother, Ella Milman, told the WSJ, speaking on Friday for the first time since his arrest on spying charges. “But I am not stupid. I understand what’s involved, but that’s what I choose to believe.”
China approved the provision of lethal aid to Russia for its war in Ukraine but wanted any shipments to remain a secret, according to leaked US government documents. A top-secret intelligence summary dated 23 February states that Beijing had approved the incremental provision of weapons to Moscow, which it would disguise as civilian items, according to a report in the Washington Post. China’s foreign minister, Qin Gang, said on Friday that the country would not sell weapons to parties involved in the conflict in Ukraine and would regulate the export of items with dual civilian and military use.
Ukrainian forces are finding a growing number of components from China in Russian weapons used in Ukraine, a senior adviser to Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s office said.
Rishi Sunak denounced a video purporting to show the beheading of a Ukrainian prisoner of war and said those responsible should be brought to justice. The UK prime minister told Zelenskiy in a call on Friday that the footage was “abhorrent”, Downing Street said. Sunak also “discussed efforts to accelerate military support to Ukraine”.
The 15 Russian diplomats expelled by Norway this week had sought to recruit sources, conduct “signal intelligence” and buy advanced technology, Norwegian security police said on Friday.(Video) Ukraine Crosses the Dnipro: Has the Counter-Offensive Already Begun?
The UN secretary general, António Guterres, has written to Russia, Ukraine and Turkey raising concerns about recent impediments to the Black Sea grain export deal. The move comes after the UN said no ships were inspected on Tuesday under the deal “as the parties needed more time to reach an agreement on operational priorities”.
Ukraine has barred its national sports teams from competing in Olympic, non-Olympic and Paralympic events that include competitors from Russia and Belarus, the sports ministry said. The decision, published in a decree on Friday and criticised by some Ukrainian athletes, comes after the International Olympic Committee angered Kyiv by paving the way for Russian and Belarusian athletes to compete as neutrals despite Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
The US defence secretary, Lloyd Austin, will meet with his counterparts in Sweden and Germany next week, including hosting a Ukraine-related defence meeting with top officials from almost 50 countries, the Pentagon said.
What is the UK saying about the war in Ukraine? ›
The UK and our allies condemn the Russian government's unprovoked and premeditated war against Ukraine. The UK and our international partners are united in support for Ukraine.Is it better to live in the US or Russia? ›
Americans are significantly happier than Russians, according to the UN's World Happiness Report 2018. Looking at indicators such as income, life expectancy, freedom to make decisions and social support, the US ranked 18th of 156 countries, while Russia was 59th.What is Russia's rule of law? ›
Russia is a civil law country; and, strictly speaking, decisions rendered by courts are not binding on other courts. However, the lower courts generally follow the principles established by the supreme courts.What is the difference between Rus and Russia? ›
In the Russian Tsardom, the word Russia replaced the old name Rus' in official documents, though the names Rus' and Russian land were still common and synonymous to it, and often appeared in the form Great Russia (Russian: Великая Россия), which is more typical of the 17th century, whereas the state was also known as ...What threat is Russia to the UK? ›
While the UK review for 2021 had already identified Russia as the “most acute threat to the UK's security”, the latest review notes that the collective security of the UK and Europe is now bound up with the outcome of Moscow's war on Ukraine and “denying Russia any strategic benefit from its invasion”.Who would win UK or China? ›
Strong military force and 'hard power'
In terms of military and economic power, China is generally considered more powerful than Britain. China has the world's largest standing army and the second-largest defence budget, while Britain has a smaller but highly advanced military force.
The Constitution of Russian Federation provides for freedom of religion and the equality of all religions before the law as well as the separation of church and state.Do Russian citizens have rights? ›
Right to Protection of Rights:
Everyone in Russia enjoys guaranteed protection of rights and liberties by a court of law. The courts of law have the power to enforce these rights. The people can challenge any law of the state on the ground that it violates any of their rights and liberties.
Despite the constitution's provision of freedom of speech, the authorities possess significant discretion to suppress any speech, organization, or activity lacking official support due to ambiguous extremism laws.What was the old name for Russia? ›
Once the preeminent republic of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (U.S.S.R.; commonly known as the Soviet Union), Russia became an independent country after the dissolution of the Soviet Union in December 1991. Russia is a land of superlatives.
What was Russia originally called? ›
The modern-day name for Russia (Rossiya) is derived from the Greek word for the Rus'. As the Kievan Rus' was evolving and separating into different states, what we now know as Russia was being called Rus' and Russkaya Zemlya (the land of the Rus').Are Russians descended from Vikings? ›
During the ninth and tenth centuries, a massive state grew to dominate much of Eastern Europe. Ancestors to Russians, Belarusians, and Ukrainians, the Kievan Rus were a combination of Slavic and Viking influences.Does the UK rely on Russia for anything? ›
How much gas does the UK get from Russia? Russia is Europe's largest supplier of natural gas, providing about 35 per cent of the gas used, reports iNews. The UK's reliance on Russian gas is smaller, at just three per cent.Does Russia have more weapons than the UK? ›
Statistically, Russia outnumbers the UK armed forces. Having acquired nearly the entirety of the arsenal of the former USSR, Russia possesses weapons systems that are meant to counter the power of the world's most powerful military, the US.Why is China helping Russia? ›
China has become an increasingly important trading partner for Russia as it seeks to soften the impact of economic sanctions imposed by some countries in response to its invasion.Who is more powerful China or USA? ›
The United States remains the pre-eminent force in Asia ahead of China, with Australia ranked sixth in a new power index.Which is stronger USA or UK? ›
The US is the strongest economy in the world, and the UK is the fifth. Is it easy to move to the US from the UK?Which is more powerful USA or UK? ›
Researchers at European Geostrategy broke global powers down into four categories: Super Power, Global Power, Regional Power and Local Power. The United States took the top slot as the world's super power, while Britain took the only Global Power slot, bringing her in second behind America.Can you own guns in Russia? ›
Firearms may be acquired for self-defense, hunting, or sports activities, as well as for collection purposes. Carrying permits may be issued for hunting firearms licensed for hunting purposes.Does Russia have free healthcare? ›
Since 1996, Russia's constitution has provided citizens and residents with the right to free healthcare. This is provided by the state through the Federal Compulsory Medical Insurance Fund (also called the OMI or Obligatory Medical Insurance). It is funded through payroll and employer contributions.
Can Russians leave the country without permission? ›
The new 1993 constitution guaranteed Russian citizens the right to freely leave the country, and to return just as freely. With this opening of the floodgates, millions of Russians rushed out to meet the world.Do Russian citizens own their own homes? ›
The share of Russians who own an apartment or a house is relatively high and amounts to about 54 percent. About 11 percent reside in a rented apartment or house. The rest live with their relatives or friends. There are several major types of apartment blocks common in Russia.Can Russian citizens travel to USA? ›
Russian citizens who wish to travel to the US for business or tourism purposes must apply for a US B1/B2 Visa. While the application process cannot be 100% online, iVisa can help you obtain the confirmation page you are required to have for your interview at the embassy, and they can do that offline or online.Are the people of Russia allowed to own property? ›
Both the Constitution of the Russian Federation and the Civil Code of the Russian Federation uphold the right to own private property.Are Russians allowed to watch TV? ›
Television is the most popular medium in Russia, with 74% of the population watching national television channels routinely and 59% routinely watching regional channels.What media is blocked in Russia? ›
In March 2022, amid its invasion of Ukraine, Russia began to increasingly block international news outlets such as BBC News Russian, Deutsche Welle, and RFE/RL (including Current Time), and Twitter was "restricted".Does Russia allow freedom of religion? ›
The Constitution provides for freedom of religion, and the Government of Russia generally respected this right in practice. However, it seems that in some cases the authorities imposed restrictions on certain groups, most often through the registration process.What US city has the highest Russian population? ›
"Little Russia" in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn. The New York metropolitan area is home to the largest Russian American population.What do you call your boyfriend in Russian? ›
Another term of endearment that is only used when talking to or about one's partner or loved one, любимый is a very common way to express affection.
By the early 18th century, Russia had vastly expanded through conquest, annexation, and the efforts of Russian explorers, developing into the Russian Empire, which remains the third-largest empire in history.
How big is Russia compared to the US? ›
The U.S. is approximately half the size of Russia when compared by their landmasses. According to NationMaster.com, Russia is 1.8 times larger than America. Despite the extensive land area, Russia hosts only 2% of the world's population while the U.S. ranks third in world population, according to the U.S Census bureau.Did Vikings settle in Ukraine? ›
The Vikings started moving south from Scandinavia to Ukraine in the late 9th century and this settlement of about one square kilometre dates from that period.What is one of Russia's main exports? ›
The most recent exports are led by Crude Petroleum ($113B), Refined Petroleum ($81.8B), Petroleum Gas ($37.7B), Coal Briquettes ($19.1B), and Gold ($19.1B). The most common destination for the exports of Russia are China ($70.9B), Netherlands ($39B), United States ($27.4B), United Kingdom ($24.7B), and Italy ($22.2B).Who are Russians genetically related to? ›
Genetic studies show that Russians are closest to Poles, Belarusians, Ukrainians and to other Slavs as well as to Estonians, Latvians, Lithuanians, Hungarians.Are Russians Germanic or Slavic? ›
The Russians (Russian: русские, romanized: russkie) are an East Slavic ethnic group indigenous to Eastern Europe, who share a common Russian ancestry, culture, and history.What did the Vikings call Ukraine? ›
Ukraine and Russia go back to Kievan Rus, a medieval Viking federation that ruled first from Novgorod to the north, and then from Kyiv. Its territory included what is now Ukraine, Belarus and part of Russia. Kievan Rus meant “the land of the Rus”. The word “Russia” derives from Rus.What is the UK's response to the Ukraine crisis? ›
In 2022, the UK trained 10,000 Ukrainian soldiers in basic infantry skills and has committed to training up to 20,000 more in 2023. On 8 February, the Prime Minister announced plans for an additional UK-led training programme to include Ukrainian fighter jet pilots and marines.Does the UK support Ukraine military? ›
As the second largest donor, the UK has committed £2.3 billion in military assistance to Ukraine so far and has pledged to match that assistance in 2023.Is the UK sending military help to Ukraine? ›
The UK provided £2.3 billion in military support to Ukraine in 2022 and has already committed the same level of military support in 2023, totalling £4.6 billion over both years. It has supplied a wealth of rockets, defence systems, armoured vehicles, weapons, ammunition and training to Ukraine over the last year.Does the UK support Ukraine militarily? ›
DKK 300 million (€40 million) to the UK led military equipment for Ukraine fund on 21 December 2022.
Do Russians still support the war? ›
Three independent polling groups conducted surveys in Russia throughout the war's first year. The data are surprisingly comparable and consistent. According to these polls, public support for the war rose in the spring of 2022, declined in late summer and fall, and rose again slightly in early 2023.What is Britain sending to Ukraine? ›
The British defense ministry on Monday confirmed it would provide Ukraine with armor-piercing rounds containing depleted uranium. Such rounds were developed by the U.S. during the Cold War to destroy Soviet tanks, including the same T-72 tanks that Ukraine now faces in its push to break through a stalemate in the east.Which country has helped Ukraine the most? ›
As this chart shows, the United States has so far pledged the most financial support to Ukraine: €71 billion in military, financial and humanitarian aid since the beginning of 2022.
Leaked US military documents indicate that the UK has deployed as many as 50 special forces to Ukraine.Which countries have given the most to Ukraine? ›
The United States has given the most in grants, valued at 25 billion euros ($26.5 billion). While big, wealthy countries can afford to provide more in absolute terms, smaller countries are making significant offerings of their own.What is the best weapon for Ukraine? ›
One of the most potent weapons for Ukraine, HIMARS allow for accurate, long-range strikes. Ukraine has used them mainly to destroy Russian ammunition dumps and command and control centers, as well as troop assembly points.How much money has Germany given to Ukraine? ›
Since the start of the Russian invasion, the German government has made available more than 14.2 billion euros in support for Ukraine, according to the foreign office.How much does Britain give to Ukraine? ›
The Prime Minister will use her speech to the UN General Assembly on Thursday to underscore the UK's long-term commitment to Ukraine, with no let up in our military, humanitarian and political support to the country. The UK is already the second largest military donor to Ukraine, committing £2.3bn in 2022.What weapons does the UK support Ukraine? ›
A British-led £520m international fund to provide fresh weapons for Ukraine and intended to be “low bureaucracy” has been plagued by delays, with only £200m allocated amid warnings that the rest of the funding will not provide arms at “the front until the summer”.Does the UK support Ukraine in NATO? ›
Together, the members of the UDCG have committed more than £40billion in military assistance to Ukraine. The UK provided more than £2.3billion worth of lethal aid to Ukraine in 2022, and the Prime Minister has committed to match or exceed the same level of funding in 2023.
How many Brits have gone to Ukraine? ›
Sky News has spoken to a Georgian commander, who claims there are approximately 20,000 foreign soldiers in Ukraine, around 3,000 of which are British nationals.