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Ukraine and Russia: What you need to know right now

Ukraine and Russia: What you need to know right now
Ukraine and Russia: What you need to know right now Copyright Thomson Reuters 2022
Copyright Thomson Reuters 2022
By Reuters
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- Russian forces bombarded the outskirts of Kyiv and a besieged city in northern Ukraine after promising to reduce attacks there in what the West dismissed as a ploy by Moscow to stem its heavy losses and regroup for other offensives.

FIGHTING

* Russia's defence ministry said its forces were regrouping near Kyiv and the northern city of Chernihiv to focus on other areas and complete the "liberation" of the breakaway eastern Donbas region.

* The mayor of Chernihiv said Russian bombardment had intensified over the past 24 hours, with more than 100,000 people trapped with supplies to last about a week.

* Russia has started to reposition under 20% of the forces arrayed around Kyiv, the Pentagon said, but cautioned Russia was expected to refit and resupply them for redeployment into Ukraine, and not bring them home.

* Russia is shelling nearly all cities along the frontline separating Ukrainian government-controlled territory from areas held by Russian-backed separatists in the Donetsk region, the regional Donetsk governor said.

DIPLOMACY

* Peace talks between Ukraine and Russia are continuing "but for the moment there are just words, nothing concrete", Ukrainian President Zelenskiy said in a televised address.

* Russian President Putin was misled by advisers who were too scared to tell him how poorly the war in Ukraine is going and how damaging Western sanctions have been, a U.S. official said, citing declassified intelligence.

ECONOMY

* Global restrictions on exports to Russia in response to its invasion of Ukraine have shut down a car maker, halted work on tanks and cut a Russian computer maker's access to circuits used in communications equipment, a U.S. official said.

* All Russia's big exports could soon be in roubles, the Kremlin signalled.

* Germany will continue to pay for Russian gas in euros or dollars, a government spokesman said, adding that Russian President Vladimir Putin had told the German chancellor nothing would change for European partners despite his plan for rouble payments.

* A significant increase in Russian oil imports by India could expose New Delhi to a "great risk" as the United States prepares to step up enforcement of sanctions against Moscow, a senior U.S. administration official said.

HUMANITARIAN CONCERNS

* Russia may have committed war crimes by killing civilians and destroying hospitals in its pounding of Ukrainian cities, the top United Nations human rights official said.

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