Posted on April 16, 2022 at 8:55Updated on April 16, 2022 at 17:05
In its 52nd day, the war in Ukraine has reached a new potential turning point since the Russian navy lost its flagship Thursday night in a fire claimed by kyiv. For Vladimir Putin, it is both the strategic loss of a powerful “aircraft carrier destroyer” building and an unthinkable humiliation, for those who claim to control the Black Sea. So much so that we are once again talking about the Russian nuclear threat. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky followed suit, warning that “the whole world” should be “concerned” about this risk.
Meanwhile, the broom of diplomats continues in both directions. Moscow announced the expulsion of 18 diplomats from the European Union representation in Russia, in retaliation for a similar measure taken by Brussels. North Macedonia also expelled six Russian diplomats accused of breaking diplomatic norms. The tension rose again a step this Saturday with the announcement by the Russian Foreign Ministry of the prohibition of entry to Russia of Boris Johnson.
Highlights of the day
> Explosions heard in Kyiv and Lviv
> The Ukrainian Prime Minister in the United States next week
> Boris Johnson expelled from the UK
>>> Follow the live news of this Saturday, April 16:
17:03 Bombing at oil refinery in eastern Ukraine
Russian forces on Saturday attacked an oil refinery in Lyssychansk, a town near the front line in eastern Ukraine. “In the morning they bombed the oil refinery, a fire broke out […] and the extinction continues at the moment,” the Ukrainian governor of the Luhansk region, Sergiy Gaidai, said on Telegram.
“The Russians systematically attack it to exhaust the rescuers. There is no fuel there. Only hydrocarbon residues are burned,” he added. The refinery is about four kilometers west of the city of Lysychansk.
16:04 – A special flight to Roissy to bring back the Russians expelled by France
A special plane chartered by Moscow was at Roissy airport on Saturday to bring back to Russia nearly 140 Russian citizens expelled by France. 137 passengers, “persona non grata” with their families and loved ones, boarded the plane in the middle of the afternoon, which was supposed to take off calmly, an airport source told AFP.
14:33 – One dead in the bombing of a military factory in kyiv
Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said on Telegram that one person was killed and “several” were hospitalized after the shelling of a military factory in the Darnytsky district. “Our air defense forces are doing their best to protect us, but the enemy is cunning and ruthless,” he wrote.
Once again he called on residents who have left the city not to return, but to stay in a “safe place”. The Russian Defense Ministry confirmed for its part that he had attacked a military equipment factory in kyiv, claiming to have attacked it with “high-precision and long-range air-to-ground weapons.”
12:15 – More than 5 billion dollars in damage to Ukrainian education
According to the Minister of Education of Ukraine, Serhiy Shkarlet, 91 have been completely destroyed and another 923 damaged since the beginning of the war initiated by Russia. That’s more than $5 billion in damage.
11:30 am – Boris Johnson expelled from Russia
Russia has announced that Boris Johnson, Britain’s prime minister and ministers of foreign affairs, defence, economy and justice are banned from entering the country. A decision made after London imposed new sanctions on Moscow for its military operation in Ukraine.
“This step was taken in response to the rampant political and media campaign aimed at isolating Russia internationally and creating the conditions for […] strangle the national economy,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
9:52 am – A military factory targeted in kyiv
A military factory that manufactures tanks in particular was the target of a bombing this Saturday morning in the suburbs of kyiv, the Ukrainian capital, an AFP journalist said.
A large number of military and police officers were at the scene, preventing access to the complex, from which smoke was coming out. The mayor of kyiv, Vitali Klitschko, indicated on Facebook that he had no information about the possible victims at this time.
6:15 am – Explosions in kyiv and Lviv
Explosions were heard in the early hours of Saturday in the Ukrainian capital, kyiv, and in Lviv, in the west of the country, local media reported. Warning sirens sounded across much of Ukraine, just like the day before. The explosions have not been officially confirmed.
5:50 am – Russian threats against the United States
Russia sent a formal complaint to the United States this week warning the US government of “unforeseeable consequences” following its sharp increase in military aid to Ukraine, according to US media reports. According to this diplomatic note, Moscow warns the United States and NATO against sending “more sensitive” weapons to Ukraine, judging that such military equipment puts “fuel on the fire” and could cause “unforeseeable consequences,” the “Washington Post” reported. “.
The warning came as US President Joe Biden pledged $800 million in new military aid to Ukraine, including helicopters and armored personnel carriers. “What the Russians are telling us privately is precisely what we are telling the world publicly, that the massive aid we are providing to our Ukrainian partners is proving remarkably effective,” a senior US official was quoted as saying by the “Washington Post.” ”. . The State Department declined to comment.
>>> Highlights of the night:
3:15 a.m. – 2,500 to 3,000 Ukrainian soldiers killed
Interviewed on CNN, Volodymyr Zelensky indicated that between 2,500 and 3,000 Ukrainian soldiers had died since the start of the war between Russia and Ukraine. Some 10,000 more people were injured.
2:15 am – World Bank, IMF: Ukrainian PM in the US next week
Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmygal, Finance Minister Serhiy Marchenko and Central Bank Governor Kyrylo Shevchenko are expected to meet, among others, with financial officials from the G7 countries and participate in a round table on Ukraine hosted by the World Bank on Thursday, the sources added. The first opportunity for Ukrainian officials to meet face-to-face with a large number of financial officials from advanced economies since the invasion of their country.
The meeting of jeudi s’apparentera davantage une table ronde qu’à une conférence de donateurs, well that the IMF and the Banque mondiale aient ouvert des comptes séparés pour pouvoir traiter et relayer les dons, et que de nouvelles promesses de dons doivent être annoncées next week. It will also give officials an opportunity to discuss the devastation of Ukraine and the economic consequences of the war, as well as the continued functioning of Ukraine’s banking and financial sector.
23:50 – At least 10 people dead and 35 injured in Kharkiv
At least 10 people were killed and 35 others wounded in Russian shelling of a residential area in Kharkiv, a major city in northeastern Ukraine, regional authorities announced on Friday. “Several residential buildings have been damaged or destroyed,” regional governor Oleg Sinegoubov said, accompanying his Facebook statement with photos of partially destroyed buildings and cars.
Early Friday, seven civilians were killed and 27 others wounded by Russian fire on evacuation buses in the Kharkiv region, according to the Ukrainian Prosecutor’s Office. More than 500 civilians have been killed in this Russian border region since the start of the invasion of Ukraine on February 24, Oleg Sinegoubov announced Thursday.
10:15 p.m. – RIP Moscow
Dozens of people gathered in Sevastopol, Crimea, on Friday for a ceremony in memory of the flagship of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet, which sank on Thursday after being rocked by loud explosions blamed by Moscow on fire and by Ukraine. to missiles.
The Moskva cruiser was a “symbol of power, hope and rebirth of our fleet” after the fall of the Soviet Union, Capt. Sergei Gorbachev said as he addressed the crowd gathered in front of a monument erected in honor of the founding of the Soviet Union. Armed in 1696 in Sevastopol. “There will be victories, there will be tragedies, but the memory remains,” he added to a hushed crowd, including former crew members.
20:02 – The risk of a nuclear attack taken seriously
“President Putin and Russian leaders may be desperate, given the military setbacks they have suffered so far. Therefore, none of us can take lightly the threat posed by the potential use of nuclear weapons. […] low-power,” the CIA chief said during a speech in Atlanta on Thursday night.