All the information related to the Russian invasion of Ukraine this Friday, April 8, which marks the 51st day of the conflict.
– Russia promises more attacks in kyiv
Russian cruise missiles fell during the night from Thursday to Friday on a military target on the outskirts of kyiv, the Russian Defense Ministry announced on Friday, which intends to carry out other attacks against the Ukrainian capital. The ministry added that its troops had taken full control of the Ilyich steel plant in the port city of Mariupol, which had been surrounded by Russian forces for weeks.
Powerful explosions were heard in kyiv. in the early hours of friday, as warning sirens sounded across Ukraine as Ukrainian forces and residents braced for further attacks. They come as Ukraine claims to be behind the sinking of the Moskva, Russia’s flagship in the Black Sea, following missile launches.
Moscow confirmed the sinking of the ship but without directly attributing it to Ukrainian attacks. The Russian ministry said in its statement that the missile strikes in kyiv hit the Vizar factory, located on the outskirts of the Ukrainian capital, which it said made and repaired missiles.
“The number and scale of missile strikes against targets in kyiv will increase in response to any terrorist attack or act of sabotage on Russian territory by the nationalist regime in kyiv,” the ministry said in a statement. It added that the Russian military shot down a Ukrainian Mi-8 helicopter that it said attacked the village of Klimovo in Russia’s western Bryansk region on Thursday.
– The CIA is concerned about the nuclear risk after Putin’s setback
The CIA chief believes that facing on the back of Vladimir Putin in kyiv and in the west of the country, the risk of a nuclear attack with tactical or low-power weapons.
“Since it is possible that President Putin and the Russian leaders fall into despairgiven the military setbacks they have suffered so far, none of us can take lightly the threat posed by the potential use of tactical nuclear weapons or low-yield nuclear weapons,” said William Burns.
Since the beginning of the offensive, Russia had announced that it was putting its nuclear deterrent force on alert “but we have not really seen concrete signs such as deployments or military measures that could aggravate our concerns,” added the head of the main agency of US intelligence, who spoke to students at Georgia Tech University.
– Powerful explosions heard in kyiv
Powerful explosions were heard in kyiv in the early hours of Friday, while warning sirens sounded across Ukraine as Ukrainian forces and residents braced for further attacks from Russia.
These appear to be the largest explosions in the capital of Ukraine and its surroundings since the Russian army withdrew from the area earlier this month to redeploy to the south and east of the country. They come as Ukraine claimed to have caused the sinking of the Moskva, Russia’s flagship in the Black Sea, after launching missiles. Moscow confirmed the sinking of the ship.
The Russian army continues to bombard Ukrainian coastal towns as part of the offensive launched on February 24, presented by Moscow as a “special military operation” and considered by Westerners to be an invasion.
In Mariupol and Odessa, residents were bracing for new attacks, while Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelensky underlined Russia’s willingness to attack the Donbass region in the east of the country in his daily video address. The Ukrainian press did not immediately report any damage after the explosions that occurred on Friday morning in kyiv but also in Kherson, in the south, and Kharkov, in the east.
– “We have already lasted 50 days”, says Zelensky
“It’s been 50 days now.” In his last daily video message, Volodymyr Zelensky assured that after “50 days of Russian invasion”, it is the Donbass region that Russia wants to “destroy”.
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– Volodymyr Zelenskyy (@ZelenskyyUa) April 14, 2022
– A Russian default in May?
Russia could find itself in a situation of sovereign default in early May after having tried to settle its last dollar bond maturities in rubles, due to the unavailability of its dollar reserves due to the sanctions imposed by the West in the wake of the crisis. .invasion of Ukraine.
Russia settled in rubles the maturities due April 4 of two sovereign bonds due in 2022 and 2042, while the coupons should have been settled in dollars in view of the initial bond contracts. The contracts of the bonds in question, issued before 2018, do not contemplate settlement in a currency other than the dollar, while this possibility exists for certain bonds issued after 2018, Moody’s explained this Thursday in a press release.
Russia “could therefore be considered in default according to Moody’s definition if the situation is not corrected before May 4, the end date of the grace period”, indicates Moody’s, which estimates that in this case the contractual commitment with respect to investors will not be fulfilled. have been saved.
If Russia defaulted on its debt in foreign currency, would be the first since the tsar’s debt repudiation after the revolution of 1917.
– Russia accuses Ukraine of carrying out attacks on its territory
The Russian Investigative Committee claimed that two Ukrainian helicopters “equipped with heavy weapons” had carried out “at least six strikes in apartment buildings in the village of Klimovo”. kyiv denied these accusations.
– Mariupol still under siege
After more than forty days, with the fighting confined to the vast industrial zone near the coast, Russian forces are gradually tightening their siege.