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Zelensky says tens of thousands were killed in Mariupol; Nearly 300 hospitals have been destroyed

Zelensky told South Korean lawmakers that nearly 300 hospitals had been destroyed in Ukraine.

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky addressed South Korean lawmakers, telling the country’s parliament that tens of thousands of people were likely killed in the Russian attack on the besieged port city of Mariupol.

“Although the Russians did not stop the attack, they wanted to do it so that Mariupol could serve as an example,” Zelensky said, according to one translation.

He accused Russia of targeting and destroying Ukraine’s infrastructure, including nearly 300 hospitals, and warned that tens of thousands of Russian troops were ready for the next attack.

“There is no hope that Russian rational thinking will prevail and Russia will stop. Russia can only be forced to do this,” Zelensky said.

– Sam Meredith

Germany sees ‘enormous indications’ of Russian war crimes in Ukraine

German Foreign Minister Annalena Barbock said Germany was seeing “enormous indications” of war crimes in Ukraine.

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German Foreign Minister Annalina Barbock said there were “huge indications” of Russian war crimes in Ukraine, adding that it was necessary to secure all evidence, according to Reuters.

“We have huge indications of war crimes,” Barbock said before a meeting with European ministers in Luxembourg. “Ultimately, the courts will have to decide, but for us, it is critical to secure all the evidence.”

“As the German Federal Government, we have already made it clear that there will be a complete phase-out of fossil fuels, starting with coal, then oil and gas, and so that this can be implemented jointly in the European Union, we need a joint and coordinated plan for the phase-out of fossil fuels to be able to leave the EU. European”.

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– Sam Meredith

The governor said the northeastern city of Kharkiv has seen 66 attacks in the past 24 hours

This photo shows a partially destroyed five-story apartment building in the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv, on April 10, 2022, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

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The head of the administration of the Kharkiv region, Ole Senegubov, said that the Russian forces launched about 66 strikes in the northeastern city and nearby points in 24 hours.

Senegubov said 11 civilians were killed in the attacks, including a 7-year-old child, while 14 people were wounded. Affected areas include Saltivka, Pyatiatki, Khuludna Hora, Besochun, Zolochev, Balaklia and Derhachi.

CNBC was unable to independently verify this report.

“We are witnessing the activity of hostile reconnaissance aircraft in the region,” Senegubov said via Telegram, according to a translation.

– Sam Meredith

Ukraine warns Russian disinformation could target Western lawmakers ‘Don’t fall for it’

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba has urged Western lawmakers and the media not to be deceived by Russian disinformation.

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Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba has warned Western lawmakers of the possibility of a “massive” Russian disinformation campaign about imposing sanctions and supplying arms to Ukraine.

“Russia knows that arms supplies are essential to Ukraine and is mobilizing all efforts to undermine it,” Kuleba said on Twitter.

“Moscow has orchestrated a massive media campaign targeting foreign media and politicians. Their factory may send trolls spam emails and drown out comments [disinformation] in Ukraine. Don’t fall in love with her, said Koleba.

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– Sam Meredith

French Societe Generale Bank withdraws from Russia by selling Rosbank stake. stock jump 5%

France’s Societe Generale announced plans to exit Russia.

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French bank Societe Generale It agreed to sell its stake in Rosbank and the insurance companies of the Russian lender to Interros Capital, an investment company founded by Russian billionaire Vladimir Potanin.

The bank’s exit from Russia comes after mounting pressure to follow the lead of other Western companies in the wake of the Kremlin’s invasion of Ukraine.

Societe Generale She said In a statement, it would write off €2 billion ($2.1 billion) from the net book value of divested activities and an exceptional non-cash item without any impact on the group’s €1.1 billion capital ratio.

Societe Generale shares are up nearly 5% during morning trading in London.

– Sam Meredith

The UK fears that Russia may use phosphorous munitions in the besieged city of Mariupol in Ukraine

The British Ministry of Defense said that Russian bombing continues in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine, where Ukrainian forces were seen “repelling several attacks that destroyed Russian tanks, vehicles and artillery equipment”.

The ministry warned Russian forces that the prior use of phosphorous munitions in Donetsk Oblast “raises the possibility of their future employment in Mariupol as the fighting for the city intensifies.”

It also said that “Russia’s continued reliance on unguided bombs reduces its ability to distinguish when to target and conduct strikes, while significantly increasing the risk of further civilian casualties.”

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– Sam Meredith

War to cut Ukraine’s GDP by more than 45%, World Bank forecasts

Ears of wheat in a field near the village of Hrybiny in the Kyiv region, Ukraine, July 17, 2020.

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Ukraine’s economic output is likely to shrink by a staggering 45.1 percent this year, the World Bank said on Sunday, in a new assessment of the economic effects of the war, as the Russian invasion shut down businesses, curtailed exports and destroyed production capacity.

The World Bank also predicted that Russia’s GDP for 2022 would fall by 11.2% due to the punishment of financial sanctions imposed by the United States and its Western allies on Russian banks, state-owned enterprises and other institutions.

The World Bank’s Eastern Europe region, which includes Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova, is expected to show a GDP contraction of 30.7% this year, due to shocks from the war and disruption to trade.

As for Ukraine, the World Bank report estimates that more than half of the country’s businesses are closed, while others remain open and operate at significantly less than normal capacity. The closure of sea freight from Ukraine has cut off about 90% of the country’s grain exports and half of its total exports.

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