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Russia’s Black Sea fleet flagship evacuated after Ukrainian ‘missile strike’

Inside the Mariupol theatre where hundreds were killed by Russian shelling

The Russian Defence Ministry has said the entire crew of a key warship has been evacuated, following reports the Moskva missile cruiser had been struck and badly damaged by Ukrainian forces.

Russia’s state media confirmed the Moskva, the flagship of its Black Sea fleet, had been seriously damaged “as a result of detonation of ammunition that occurred as a result of a fire”. A Ukrainian official earlier said the Moskva had been hit by two missiles.

Meanwhile, Polish president Andrzej Duda has accused Russia of “terrorism”, saying those responsible for Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine should be brought to justice for their country’s crimes. “This is not war, this is terrorism,” he said on a visit to Kyiv on Wednesday.

Russia continues to insist that its troops are not guilty of war crimes. However, a new independent report by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) found evidence of such charges.

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Report finds evidence of war crimes in Ukraine

The first independent investigation into allegations of Russia’s violations of humanitarian law in Ukraine has found evidence of multiple war crimes.

The bombardment of a children’s hospital and theatre in the besieged port city of Mariupol amounted to war crimes, a preliminary report by the Organisation for Security and Cooperation (OSCE) in Europe has found.

And investigators said there were “credible reports” of civilians – including journalists – being detained by Russian troops and subjected to ill-treatment which amounted to torture.

Andrew Woodcock reports.

Alisha Rahaman Sarkar14 April 2022 07:14

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Estonian defence chief praises UK for Nato support

Estonian defence chief praised the UK for its support towards Ukraine, but called on western allies to double the number of troops being sent to the country’s eastern border.

Kusti Salm, permanent secretary for the Estonian defence ministry, said Nato forces needed to ramp up their presence in the Baltic States to warn Russian president Vladimir Putin against further aggression.

“There’s not enough words of thank you for Britain. Britain has definitely done a lot, so we are extremely grateful. There has been no hesitation in its commitment to the allied principles. But everyone can always do more,” he said.

Bronwen Weatherby reports.

Alisha Rahaman Sarkar14 April 2022 07:05

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Ukraine says they have caused ‘serious damage’ to Russia’s flagship

Maksym Marchenko, the governor of the Odesa region, said that Ukrainian forces struck the Russian guided-missile cruiser Moskva with two missiles and caused “serious damage”.

The ministry said ammunition on board detonated as a result of a fire whose causes “were being established”.

Alisha Rahaman Sarkar14 April 2022 06:55

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Ukraine Railways receives 15 Starlink devices

The Ukrainian state railway service provider Ukrzaliznytsia has received 15 SpaceX devices to access the Starlink internet.

Founder Elon Musk activated its Starlink service in the war-torn country on 26 February, two days after Vladimir Putin declared war in Ukraine. He was urged by Ukrainian authorities to provide internet access.

According to reports, the US Agency for International Development said it delivered 5,000 Starlink terminals to Ukraine to boost its internet access.

Alisha Rahaman Sarkar14 April 2022 06:31

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Fiji investigates arrival of Russian oligarch’s yacht

Fiji authorities said it has seized a superyacht owned by Russian billionaire Suleiman Kerimov, who has been sanctioned by the United States, Britain and the European Union.

The captain of the vessel, which arrived on Tuesday, was being questioned about how it came to Fiji without customs clearance, an official at the National Police Command and Control Centre confirmed to Reuters.

The United States embassy said it was aware the yacht had docked in Fiji’s Lautoka port and the embassy was cooperating with Fijian authorities on the matter.

“The United States is committed to finding and seizing the assets of the oligarchs who have supported the Russian Federationâs brutal, unprovoked war of choice against Ukraine,” the embassy said in a statement.

Alisha Rahaman Sarkar14 April 2022 06:15

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The war in Ukraine is a silent assault on the developing world

For the people of Ukraine, the Russian invasion is a waking nightmare and a humanitarian disaster on a terrifying scale. But the war is also fast becoming a matter of life and death for vulnerable people around the world.

We have all seen the tragedy unfolding inside Ukraine: cities flattened; people suffering and dying in their homes and in the streets; the fastest displacement crisis in Europe since the Second World War.

But away from Ukraine’s borders, far beyond the media spotlight, the war has launched a silent assault on the developing world. This crisis could throw up to 1.7 billion people – more than a fifth of humanity – into poverty, destitution and hunger on a scale not seen in decades, writes UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres.

Alisha Rahaman Sarkar14 April 2022 05:38

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Sweden and Finland could join Nato ‘within weeks’

Sweden and Finland are poised to join the Nato “within weeks” following the invasion of Ukraine, despite warnings from Moscow.

The leaders of both nations met on Wednesday to discuss regional security after decades of organising their own protection.

Finnish prime minister Sanna Marin said after the meeting: “I won’t give any kind of timetable when we will make our decisions, but I think it will happen quite fast. Within weeks, not within months.”

Maroosha Muzaffar reports.

Alisha Rahaman Sarkar14 April 2022 05:34

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US considering options to send top official to Kyiv: report

The Joe Biden administration is holding internal meetings about sending a high-level official to Kyiv after British prime minister Boris Johnson, Polish president Andrzej Duda and the heads of three Baltic nations met Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky this week.

Officials told Politico that it was likely that secretary of state Antony Blinken or defence secretary Lloyd Austin would be sent to the war-torn country.

Both president Biden and vice president Kamala Harris had recently travelled to Poland, the frontline Nato ally bordering Ukraine.

Alisha Rahaman Sarkar14 April 2022 05:08

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Australia slaps more sanctions on Russian businesses

Australia on Thursday imposed a new slew of sanctions on 14 Russian state-owned enterprises, including defence-related entities such as truckmaker Kamaz, and shipping companies SEVMASH and United Shipbuilding Corp.

Foreign Minister Marise Payne, in a statement, said that the sanctions will also extend to electronic company Ruselectronics, responsible for the production of around 80 per cent of all Russian electronics components, and Russian Railways.

Alisha Rahaman Sarkar14 April 2022 04:52

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War threatens to devastate many poor nations, says UN

The United Nations in its new report said that Russia’s war in Ukraine is “supercharging” a crisis in food, energy and finance in poorer countries that were already struggling to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic, climate change and a lack of access to adequate funding.

“We are now facing a perfect storm that threatens to devastate the economies of many developing countries,” UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres said at a news conference.

He added: “As many as 1.7 billion people – one-third of whom are already living in poverty – are now highly exposed to disruptions in food, energy and finance systems that are triggering increases in poverty and hunger”.

Alisha Rahaman Sarkar14 April 2022 04:33

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