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Request Ukrainian Foreign Minister to NATO: ‘Weapons, weapons and weapons’

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba met with G7 and NATO members on Thursday in a bid to rally support for his country’s fight against Russia.

“I came here today to discuss the three most important things: weapons, weapons and weapons. Ukraine’s urgent needs, the sustainability of supplies and long-term solutions that will help Ukraine prevail,” he wrote in a tweet.

Kuleba specifically requested aircraft, missiles, armored vehicles and heavy air defense systems. The meeting came as Russia intensified its attacks on eastern and southern Ukraine after withdrawing from areas around the capital Kiev.

— Natasha Turak

Shell writes off about $5 billion in assets after leaving Russia

Shell will write off between $4 and $5 billion in the value of its assets after it withdraws from Russia following the invasion of Ukraine, revealing some of the financial ramifications for Western oil companies of leaving Russia.

“For the first quarter 2022 results, the after-tax impact of fixed asset impairments and additional charges (e.g., amortization of receivables, expected credit losses and onerous contracts) related to operations in Russia is expected to be $4 to $5 will amount to . billion,” Shell said in a statement on Thursday.

The company added that the additional costs “will not affect adjusted profits”.

— Natasha Turak

UN says 63 children are among 1,563 civilians killed in Ukraine

A young boy offers food to his mother’s grave as his younger brother and a neighbor stand next to it, in the city of Bucha, on the outskirts of Kiev, after the Ukrainian army secured the area following the Russian army’s withdrawal from the region Kiev on previous days, Bucha, Ukraine, April 4, 2022.

Narciso Contreras | Anadolu Agency | Getty Images

The United Nations has confirmed 1,563 civilian deaths and 2,213 injured in Ukraine since Russia invaded its neighbor on Feb. 24.

Of the dead, the UN has identified at least 63 children.

The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights adds that the death toll in Ukraine is likely to be even higher, citing delayed reporting due to the armed conflict.

A resident searches for the graves of relatives at a cemetery in Chernihiv, northern Ukraine, on April 5, 2022.

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The international body says most of the recorded civilian casualties have been caused by the use of explosive weapons, including shelling from heavy artillery and multiple missile launch systems, as well as missiles and air strikes.

The UN says the war has created more than 4.2 million Ukrainian refugees, mostly the elderly, women and children.

Serhii Lahovskyi, 26, mourns next to the grave of his friend Ihor Lytvynenko, who residents say was killed by Russian soldiers after they found him next to the basement of a building amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine, in Bucha, in the Kiev region, Ukraine, April 6, 2022.

Alkis Konstantinidis | Reuters

US accuses Russian oligarch of Ukraine-related sanctions violations

Konstantin Malofeev, chairman of the board of directors of the media group Tsargrad, speaks during an interview with Reuters in Moscow, Russia September 16, 2021.

Tatyana Makeyeva | Reuters

The Justice Ministry has charged Russian oligarch Konstantin Malofeyev with conspiracy to violate US sanctions imposed in 2014 after Moscow’s illegal annexation of Crimea.

The Ministry of Finance’s Office of Foreign Assets Control sanctioned Malofeyev eight years ago, 47 years ago, for playing “a leading role in supporting Russia’s 2014 invasion of eastern Ukraine”. He is still at large, but is believed to be in Russia, according to US authorities.

The FBI said Malofeyev “recently described the Russian military invasion of Ukraine in 2022 as a holy war.”

The Russian embassy in Washington did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the allegations.

Amanda Macias

US sanctions against Putin’s adult children, bans all new investment in Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin listens to governor of the Novgorod region, Andrei Nikitin, during a meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, March 22, 2022.

Mikhail Klimentyev | Sputnik | Reuters

The US announced a series of new sanctions against Russia as it seeks to pressure Moscow’s economy and elites in response to rising Russian atrocities in Ukraine.

The Biden administration will ban all new investment in Russia and impose full blocking sanctions on Sberbank and Alfa Bank, two of the country’s largest financial institutions.

The US will also impose sanctions on two adult daughters of Russian President Vladimir Putin and relatives of other top Russian officials.

The Biden administration believes that “many of Putin’s assets are hidden with relatives, which is why we are targeting them,” said a senior government official who spoke on condition of anonymity.

— Christina Wilkie

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