Washington increases its aid to Ukraine, the Russians redeploy in the Donbass

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Westerners are hardening their positions on Wednesday after the recent discovery of numerous corpses in Boutcha, near Ukraine’s capital, where Russian bombing continues in several strategically crucial regions. Follow us live about the war in Ukraine.

  • 09:20: Sanctions on Russian oil and gas will be “needed sooner or later”

Sanctions against Russian oil and gas will be “necessary sooner or later,” said European Council President Charles Michel.

>> To read: If Russian gas exports stop: “Moscow has more to lose than Europe”

  • 09:05: The Netherlands stops 14 yachts due to sanctions against Russia

Dutch customs have detained 14 yachts at shipyards, including 12 under construction and two under maintenance, which are the target of sanctions against Russia, the foreign minister said. “Given the current measures, these ships cannot be delivered, transferred or exported at the moment,” says Wopke Hoekstra in a letter to the House of Representatives.

  • 8:45 am: An oil depot destroyed by the Russian army near Dnieper

An oil depot near Dnieper, in eastern Ukraine, was bombed and destroyed by the Russian army from Tuesday to Wednesday, with no casualties, local authorities said. “It was a difficult night. The enemy attacked from the air and hit an oil depot and a factory. The depot was destroyed (…) and a heavy fire destroyed the factory,” said the governor of the Dnipropetrovsk region, Valentin Reznichenko. , on Telegram.

  • 8.30am: Turkey calls for an investigation into Boutcha .’s bodies

“The images of the massacre, which were published in the press from different regions, including Boutcha and Irpin near Kiev, are shocking and sad for humanity,” the Turkish foreign ministry said in a press release, calling for the site. of an independent investigation.

Apart from a tweet from the Turkish embassy in Ukraine published on April 4, this statement is the first official response from Ankara after dozens of bodies were found in mass graves or on the streets this weekend.

  • 8:25 am: shelling continues in Kharkov

Kharkov, Ukraine’s second-largest city, has been the subject of fighting since the beginning of the Russian invasion. “Every day, houses, hospitals and schools are hit by aerial bombardments,” said Romeo Langlois, the city’s special envoy.

  • Our decoding at 07:45: The Russians are rearranging in southeastern Ukraine

Following the recent withdrawal of Russian troops besieging Kiev and its region, NATO secretary general Jens Stoltenberg estimated on Tuesday that Russia was fortifying itself to “take control of all of Donbass” in eastern Ukraine and create “a to create a land bridge”. with Crimea”, annexed by Moscow in 2014.

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  • 6.30am: Towards new sanctions against Moscow

The United States plans to adopt new sanctions against Russia on Wednesday, in consultation with the European Union and the G7, targeting in particular ban “all new investments” in Russiasaid a source familiar with the case.

The European Union, for its part, has promised new sanctions “this week” against Russia. The European Commission has proposed that the Twenty-seven halt their purchases of Russian coal, which represents 45% of EU imports, and close their ports to ships operated by Russians.

  • 03:21: US provides additional $100 million in aid to Ukraine

The United States will provide additional security assistance to: $100 million (91.8 million euros) to Ukraine, where in particular anti-tank systems, the US Secretary of State said on Tuesday: Anthony Blinken.

With AFP