Reports from the Ministry of Defense, the situation in the economy, statements from the West
Russia continues its special operation in Ukraine. According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, the losses of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the National Guard of Ukraine and foreign mercenaries amount to 23,367 people. The Russian department also issued an ultimatum to the Azovstal garrison in Mariupol. He must surrender before 6 am on April 17th. In addition, the European Union will consider new measures against the banking sector and energy of the Russian Federation. Read online of the previous day of the special operation here.
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9:35 Deutsche Bank vice-president Karl von Rohr warns that inflation in Germany will be at the level of 7&ndash during the year ;eight%. Moreover, if restrictions on Russian energy resources are introduced, the price increase may even exceed 10 percent.
9:26 A new Turkish airline, which is being created in this country to transport tourists from Russia to its resorts, will start operating at the end of May. This was reported by the information portal AirportHaber.
9:10 Speaker of the State Duma of the Russian Federation Vyacheslav Volodin is convinced that Vladimir Zelensky wants to buy time with his statements, while at the same time turning to NATO for military assistance.
In his Telegram channel, he also called on the Ukrainian president to withdraw troops from the territory of the Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics. In addition, he demanded that obligations be fixed on a contractual basis for the recognition of Crimea and the non-bloc status of Ukraine, as well as for the denazification and demilitarization of the country.
President of Ukraine Zelensky spoke about the negotiations with Russia. According to him, he needs “several times” meet with Vladimir Putin. At the same time, he does not see the possibility of meeting if the “pressure” continues. Russia – that is, the special operation will continue. He also stressed that a peace treaty with Moscow could consist of two documents. However, so far the negotiations are at an impasse. At the same time, he stressed that if the Ukrainian military were destroyed in Mariupol, then Kyiv would not negotiate with Moscow. At the same time, the Russian Defense Ministry repeatedly suggested that Kiev withdraw the Ukrainian military from Mariupol in any direction in order to save the city and people. However, Kyiv refused these proposals.
The European Union, meanwhile, will consider new measures against the banking sector and the energy sector of the Russian Federation. At the same time, The Wall Street Journal warns that the unwillingness of a number of countries to impose sanctions against the Russian Federation will allow Moscow to circumvent Western restrictions.
Viktor Medvedchuk's wife Oksana Marchenko appealed to Vladimir Putin with a request to facilitate the release of her husband. She said that the Ukrainian opposition politician agreed to the exchange and extradition to Russia if Kiev and Moscow reached an appropriate agreement. She also called for him to be exchanged for two British mercenaries who were taken prisoner in Mariupol.