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Russia Ukraine War LIVE Updates: Ukraine's Odessa introduces weekend curfew over 'missile strike threat'

Moscow said that Washington's actions have become a routine practice, and the recent decision to impose a fresh package of sanctions against Russian officials and the country's financial sector show that the United States had clearly ran out of restrictive measures.

India TV News Desk Edited by: India TV News Desk New Delhi Updated on: April 08, 2022 23:17 IST
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Ukrainian soldiers walk next to heavily damaged residential buildings in Irpin, on the outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine. 

Russia on Thursday has admitted to suffering significant losses on the battlefield as a result of the conflict with Ukraine. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov briefly admitted that Russia had suffered a "significant" loss of its troops in Ukraine, calling the casualties "a huge tragedy" for the country in an interview with Sky News. "We have significant losses of troops. It's a huge tragedy for us," said Peskov while replying to Russian losses. When asked about the Russian President ending up in a war crimes case, he said, "No, he is not. We don't see any possibility for it." In the latest move by the international community, Russia has been suspended from the Human Rights Council (HRC) in response to Moscow's invasion of Ukraine in the General Assembly of the United Nations. The UN General Assembly suspended Russia from the Human Rights Council in a 93-24 vote, with 58 countries abstaining. Meanwhile, the European Union will commit a further 500 million euros (USD 543 million) in military support to Ukraine, European Commission President Charles Michel announced Thursday. The pledge takes the EU's military aid to Ukraine to a total of 1.5 billion euros (USD 1.63 billion) since Russia launched its invasion on February 24, he said in a tweet.The European Peace Facility, created in 2021, is an emergency fund of 5.69 billion euros that allows the EU to quickly finance military operations and "preserve peace, prevent conflicts and strengthen international security," according to the EU. Moreover, The Kyiv Independent reported on Friday that the Sumy region is completely free of Russian forces. 


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  • 8:12 PM (IST) Posted by Hritika Mitra

    Missile strike kills 50 at Ukraine rail station crowded with people

    A missile hit a train station where thousands of people had flocked to flee in eastern Ukraine, killing 50 people Friday, Ukrainian authorities said, while warning they expect to find more evidence of war crimes in areas abandoned by Russian troops.

  • 8:11 PM (IST) Posted by Hritika Mitra

    Doctors, crater disprove Ukraine hospital airstrike

    A woman on the verge of giving birth with her leg flayed open by shrapnel. A shockwave that shattered the glass and ceramic lining of a room with medical waste. A nurse who suffered a concussion. This is what the Ukrainian doctors remember of the Russian airstrike that destroyed the Mariupol maternity hospital where they once worked.

  • 7:30 PM (IST) Posted by Hritika Mitra

    EU imposes sanctions on Putin's daughters

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  • 6:30 PM (IST) Posted by Sri Lasya

    EU adopts 5th round of sanctions against Russia over its military aggression against Ukraine

  • 6:29 PM (IST) Posted by Sri Lasya

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  • 6:24 PM (IST) Posted by Hritika Mitra

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    The German government on Friday unveiled a package of loans and other financial assistance to help companies hit hard by the war in Ukraine and sanctions on Russia.

  • 6:23 PM (IST) Posted by Hritika Mitra

    China reacts on Russia's suspension from UNHRC

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  • 5:33 PM (IST) Posted by Sri Lasya

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  • 4:20 PM (IST) Posted by Sri Lasya

    UN: Ukraine war underpins record food prices

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    FAO said the index came in at 159.3 points last month, up 12.6% from February's all-time high since the index was created in 1990.

    The Rome-based agency says the war in Ukraine was largely responsible for the 17.1% rise in prices for cereals, including wheat and all coarse grains. Russia and Ukraine together account for around 30% and 20% respectively of global wheat and maize exports.

  • 3:24 PM (IST) Posted by Sri Lasya

    Japan announces expulsion of 8 Russian diplomats

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    Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hikariko Ono announced the decision Friday. Deputy Foreign Minister Takeo Mori has notified Russian Ambassador Mikhail Galuzin, she said.

    European countries have expelled dozens of Russian diplomats as their relationships have plunged over Moscow's war against Ukraine.

    Europe and the United States have also stepped up sanctions against Russia, including restrictions on coal imports, following revelations of harrowing atrocities against civilians in Ukrainian cities.

    Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is expected to announce additional sanctions against Russia in line with an agreement by the Group of Seven advanced industrialised nations.

    The measures contained in a G-7 leaders' statement include a phasing out or banning of imports of Russian coal and oil. Japanese trade minister Koichi Hagiuda said Japan plans to gradually reduce its energy reliance on Russia.

    Japan has already imposed a series of sanctions, including freezing assets of top Russian officials such as President Vladimir Putin, restricting exports to Russia including sensitive goods transferrable to military use, and removing key banks from an international messaging system.

    Japan is trying to take a greater role in the international effort against Russia's invasion of Ukraine because of Tokyo's concern about its impact on East Asia, where China has taken increasingly assertive military actions.

    Japan has already faced reprisals from Russia. Moscow recently announced the suspension of talks on a peace treaty with Tokyo that include negotiations over Russian-held islands which the Soviet Union seized from Japan at the end of World War II. 


  • 2:38 PM (IST) Posted by Paras Bisht

    EU imposes sanctions on Putin's daughters

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  • 2:30 PM (IST) Posted by Paras Bisht

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  • 1:53 PM (IST) Posted by Paras Bisht

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  • 1:52 PM (IST) Posted by Paras Bisht

    Russian forces fully withdraw from northern Ukraine: UK

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  • 1:50 PM (IST) Posted by Paras Bisht

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  • 1:49 PM (IST) Posted by Paras Bisht

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  • 11:33 AM (IST) Posted by Paras Bisht

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  • 10:02 AM (IST) Posted by Paras Bisht

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  • 10:01 AM (IST) Posted by Paras Bisht

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  • 10:01 AM (IST) Posted by Paras Bisht

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  • 10:00 AM (IST) Posted by Paras Bisht

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  • 9:59 AM (IST) Posted by Paras Bisht

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  • 9:19 AM (IST) Posted by Paras Bisht

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    India Tv - Russian retreat reveals destruction as Ukraine asks for help

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    Russian retreat reveals destruction as Ukraine asks for help

  • 8:51 AM (IST) Posted by Paras Bisht

    Sumy region completely free of Russian forces: Ukraine's The Kyiv Independent

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  • 8:23 AM (IST) Posted by Paras Bisht

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  • 7:50 AM (IST) Posted by Paras Bisht

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  • 7:49 AM (IST) Posted by Paras Bisht

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  • 6:31 AM (IST) Posted by Paras Bisht

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  • 6:29 AM (IST) Posted by Paras Bisht

    Russian retreat reveals destruction as Ukraine asks for help

    Russian troops left behind crushed buildings, streets littered with destroyed cars and residents in dire need of food and other aid in a northern Ukrainian city, giving fuel to Kyiv's calls Thursday for more Western support to help halt Moscow's offensive before it refocuses on the country's east. Dozens of people lined up to receive loaves of bread, diapers and medicine from vans parked outside a shattered school now serving as an aid-distribution point in Chernihiv, which Russian forces besieged for weeks as part of their attempt to sweep south towards the capital before retreating. The city's streets are lined with shelled homes and apartment buildings, missing roofs or walls, and a chalk message on the blackboard in one classroom still reads: “Wednesday the 23rd of February - class work.” Russia invaded the next day, launching a war that has seen more than 4 million Ukrainians flee the country, displaced millions more within it, and sent shockwaves through Europe and beyond.


  • 6:28 AM (IST) Posted by Paras Bisht

    Russia’s suspension from UNHRC a meaningful step by int’l community: Biden

    US President Joe Biden Thursday lauded the UN General Assembly decision to suspend Russia from the UN Human Rights Council, describing it as “a meaningful step by the international community”. “This is a meaningful step by the international community further demonstrating how Putin’s war has made Russia an international pariah,” Biden said hours after the UN General Assembly suspended Russia from the UNHRC with 93-24 votes and 58 abstentions. India abstained from voting. Biden said the United States worked closely with its allies and partners around the world to drive this vote because Russia is committing gross and systemic violations of human rights.


  • 6:24 AM (IST) Posted by Paras Bisht

    Russia is weakened militarily, has become a geopolitical pariah: US Def Sec Austin

    More than a month after its unjustified invasion of Ukraine, the Russian military is now a weakened one and has become a pariah from a geopolitical standpoint, US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin said on Thursday. “Ukraine maintains its sovereignty and its ability to protect its country, defend itself. It maintains its government.
    Russia is weakened militarily. And Russia, from a geopolitical standpoint, is a pariah. Countries will not volunteer to align themselves with Russia,” Austin told members of the Senate Armed Services Committee during a Congressional hearing.