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  • Satellite images show Russian troops moving towards the Ukraine border as Kyiv braces for eastern offensive.
  • US President Joe Biden accuses Moscow of committing “genocide”.
  • Russia claims 1,026 Ukrainian soldiers have surrendered in the besieged southeastern port city of Mariupol.
  • Leaders of Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia to meet Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kyiv.

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US warns it ‘will not be indifferent’ to those who undermine Russia sanctions

Countries that are seeking advantage by failing to condemn Russia’s “heinous war” against Ukraine are being short-sighted and will face consequences if they undermine Western sanctions, US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen has said.

The United States and its partners “will not be indifferent” to actions that undermine the sweeping measures they have imposed on Moscow over the invasion, she warned in wide-ranging remarks prepared for an event hosted by the Atlantic Council think tank.

Yellen said the war between Russia and Ukraine had redrawn the world economic outlook and the Biden administration was resolute in its commitment to hold Russia accountable for its “horrific conduct” and its violations of international law.

“Rest assured, until Putin ends his heinous war of choice, the Biden Administration will work with our partners to push Russia further towards economic, financial, and strategic isolation,” she added.

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What do we know about Russia’s involvement with chemical weapons?

While chemical weapons were banned in 1972, Russia has been accused of using them on several different occasions in recent years.

Now, there are fears Moscow may deploy such weapons in Ukraine after a regional official in Donetsk appeared to call for their use.

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Ukraine’s president says Russian forces using phosphorous bombs

Zelenskyy has accused Russian forces of using phosphorous bombs in Ukraine.

In an address to Estonia’s parliament, the Ukrainian president said Moscow was using “terror tactics” against civilians. He did not provide evidence for his claim about the use of phosphorous munitions.

Ukrainian officials have repeatedly accused Russia of using such bombs, a charge Moscow denies. International law bans their use in areas where they may endanger civilians.

Zelenskyy also accused Russia of forcibly deporting Ukrainians and called for further sanctions on Moscow, arguing such measures were the only way to force Putin to agree to a peace deal.

Areas northwest of Kyiv ‘completely devastated’: AJE correspondent

Al Jazeera’s Imran Khan, reporting from Kyiv, says areas northwest of the capital that were until recently occupied by Russian forces, such as Bucha, Irpin and Hostomel, have been “completely devastated”.

Local authorities have warned it will take “years” to rebuild the areas as residents begin to cautiously return, Khan said.

“People are going back, and a lot of them are finding their houses completely, completely destroyed,” he added.

The State Border Guard Service of Ukraine said on Tuesday that more than 870,000 people who fled abroad in the wake of Russia’s invasion have since returned to the country.

Presidents of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland head to Ukraine

The presidents of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland are travelling to Kyiv to meet with Zelenskyy.

The four join a growing number of European politicians to visit the Ukrainian capital since Russian forces were driven away from the country’s north earlier this month.

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Seven killed by shelling in Kharkiv, regional governor says

At least seven people have been killed and 22 others wounded by Russian shelling in Ukraine’s northeastern region of Kharkiv over the past 24 hours, its governor has said.

In an online post, Oleh Synegubov said a two-year-old boy was among those killed in the 53 artillery or rocket strikes that he alleged Russian forces had carried out in the past day.

Al Jazeera could not independently verify the figures provided by Synegubov.

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Ukraine says ‘no information’ on surrender of marines in Mariupol

Ukraine’s defence ministry says it has no information about the surrender of a Ukrainian marine brigade in Mariupol that was earlier reported by Moscow.

“I don’t have information,” Oleksandr Motuzyanyk told the Reuters news agency in reply to a request for comment.

Russia says 1,026 Ukrainian marines surrendered in Mariupol

Russia’s defence ministry says that 1,026 soldiers of Ukraine’s 36th Marine Brigade, including 162 officers, have surrendered in the besieged southeastern port city of Mariupol.

“In … Mariupol, near the Ilyich Iron and Steel Works, as a result of successful offensives by Russian armed forces and Donetsk People’s Republic militia units, 1,026 Ukrainian soldiers of the 36th Marine Brigade voluntarily laid down arms and surrendered,” the ministry said in a statement.

It added that 151 wounded Ukrainian soldiers were treated on the spot and subsequently taken to Mariupol’s city hospital.

There was no immediate reaction to the claims from Kyiv.

Ukraine: Russia-backed separatist stirs fears of chemical weapons

On Monday, Eduard Basurin, the spokesman for the pro-Russian separatist “People’s Republic of Donetsk“, appeared on a Russian television channel and stirred fears over the possible use of chemical weapons in Ukraine.

“I think that [Russian troops ] should turn to the chemical warfare forces who would find a way to smoke the moles out of their holes,” he said in televised remarks, referring to Ukrainian service members in Mariupol.

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Ukraine deputy PM says not possible to open humanitarian corridors

Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk has said it was not possible to open any humanitarian corridors, and she accused occupying Russian forces of violating a ceasefire and blocking buses evacuating civilians.

Vereshchuk added in a statement on the Telegram messaging app that authorities would work to reopen the humanitarian corridors as soon as possible.

German lawmakers call for EU ban on Russian oil after Ukraine visit

The European Union should impose an embargo on Russian oil as soon as possible, the chairmen of three German parliamentarian committees has said after a visit to Ukraine.

German Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Michael Roth said cutting Russian oil would be a very important signal because it would affect Russia’s main source of income.

With mounting civilian deaths in Ukraine amid Russia’s invasion, Germany, Europe’s largest economy, is under pressure to wean itself off Russian gas and oil, as critics say the revenue provides Moscow with vital funds to wage war.

The EU is drafting proposals for an oil embargo on Russia although there is no agreement among member states on banning Russian crude. EU diplomats say Germany is not actively supporting an immediate embargo on Russian oil.

Ukraine says risk of Russia using chemical weapons remains high

Ukraine’s Deputy Defence Minister Hanna Malyar has said there was a high risk of Russia using chemical weapons against her country, echoing warnings by President Volodymyr Zelenskiy earlier in the week.

On Tuesday Malyar said authorities were checking unverified reports that Russia may have already used chemical weapons while besieging the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol and that there was a theory that phosphorous munitions had been used.

Russia has previously called US talk of Russia using chemical weapons a tactic to divert attention away from awkward questions for Washington and accused Ukraine of preparing to use them.

A man walks past the Kharkiv Regional Institute.
Russia has previously called US talk of Russia using chemical weapons a tactic to divert attention away from awkward questions for Washington [File:Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters]

Mayor of Ukraine’s Mariupol says more than 100,000 people awaiting evacuation

The mayor of the besieged Ukrainian port city of Mariupol, Vadym Boichenko, has said in televised remarks that more than 100,000 people remained in the city awaiting evacuation.

Six attacks repelled in Donbas, says Ukrainian military

Ukrainian forces have fended off six Russian attacks in the eastern regions of Donetsk and Luhansk, known collectively as the Donbas, the country’s General Staff of Armed Forces has said.

Russian forces also continue to pummel Kharkiv, which is partially blockaded, as well as Mariupol, it said in a post on Facebook.

In Mariupol, Russian troops are closing in on the Azovstal, a giant metallurgic plant where hundreds of Ukrainian servicemen have been staving off attacks for weeks.

Their resistance stalled Moscow’s attempts to create a land bridge between the separatist-controlled parts of Donbas and annexed Crimea.

Reporting by Mansur Mirovalev in Kiyv, Ukraine.

191 children killed in Ukraine: ombudswoman

At least 191 children have been killed in Ukraine since the Russian invasion began on February 24, including five in the past 24 hours, Ukraine’s ombudswoman, Lyudmila Denisova, has said.

Another 349 have been wounded, Denisova said on Telegram.

Ukrainian prosecutors said earlier that most of the deaths occurred in the southeastern Donetsk region partially controlled by pro-Russian separatists, as well as around Kyiv and in the Kharkiv region.

Reporting by Mansur Mirovalev in Kiyv, Ukraine.

Satellite images show Russian convoy on the move

Newly released Maxar Technologies satellite imagery has shown a convoy of military vehicles in southeastern parts of Ukraine in recent days, and ground forces moving towards Russia’s border with Ukraine, likely in preparation for an offensive.

In Ukraine, Maxar said it had noted convoys of military equipment travelling in and near the Donbas region – adding they comprised of around 200 vehicles including tanks, artillery and armoured personnel carriers.

On Monday, satellite photos from the US firm captured new deployment of troops, tents and vehicles in Russian rural area Soloti.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that Russia will press on with its military action in Ukraine until its goals are fulfilled.

He said the campaign is going according to plan.

BBC finds evidence cluster bomb used in Kramatorsk attack

A BBC investigation has found “clear evidence” a cluster bomb was used in an attack on Kramatorsk railway station in Ukraine on 9 April. Evidence included patterns on the ground consistent with the use of a cluster-munitions warhead.

Cluster bombs are packed with smaller submunitions or bomblets, which randomly scatter over a wide area on explosion. More than 120 countries have agreed to a treaty prohibiting the use of these weapons, but not Russia.

Around 57 people died when the missile struck the station, crowded with people trying to leave the east of the country.

One dead, two injured in Babai, Kharviv region

Russian troops fired on the village of Babai, in the Kharkiv region, killing a 37-year old man, according to the press service of the Kharkiv regional prosecutor’s office.

Two more people were injured and a number of houses damaged and destroyed,” the statement said.

Russia’s new commander an attempt to regain control: UK defence

Russia’s ability to coordinate its military in Ukraine has been hampered to date, and appointing General Alexander Dvornikov “represents an attempt to centralise command and control,” the UK’s Ministry of Defence says in its latest intelligence brief.

“Dvornikov’s selection further demonstrates how determined Ukrainian resistance and ineffective pre-war planning have forced Russia to reassess its operations,” the brief says noting Russia’s renewed focus in the east of Ukraine.

Reports Russia fired on central Ukrainian railway, no casualties

The head of Ukraine’s railways says Russian forces fired on a busy station in central Ukraine during the night. But there were no casualties, Alexander Kamyshin wrote on his Telegram channel.

“For safety reasons, we changed the route and schedule for 17 passenger trains,” he wrote, adding the longest delay was seven hours and 23 minutes.

Russia sceptical pro-Kremlin tycoon detained by Ukraine

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has said it is too early for him to tell whether the footage of pro-Kremlin oligarch, Victor Medvedchuk, being detained by Ukraine is authentic.

“The Ukrainian side stoops to the most intricate ways of producing fake news,” Peskov told Russia’s state-sponsored TASS news agency.

Earlier on Wednesday, Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy published a photo of Medvedchuk in handcuffs after what he said was an operation by security forces. Zelenskyy then offered to exchange him for Ukrainians held hostage by Russia.

Presidents of Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia in Ukraine

The presidents of Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia have arrived in Ukraine, and are on their way to Kyiv to meet with Zelenskyy, the Polish Press Agency has reported.

Andrzej Duda, Gitanas Nausėda, Egils Levits and Alar Karis are reportedly there in a show of support.

More than 3,000 criminal proceedings against Russian troops in Kyiv region

Ukraine has opened more than 3,000 criminal proceedings against Russian troops in the Kyiv region since the Russian invasion started, Ukraine’s national news agency reports, citing a statement made by the head of the Kyiv regional police Andrii Niebytov.

This includes 1,463 cases of violating the laws and customs of war.

“The number of the civilian bodies found and examined in Kyiv region has already exceeded 720. Meanwhile, 200 more people are reported as missing,” Niebytov added.

Putin says Russia ‘had no other choice’ in Ukraine

Putin says Russia’s military action in Ukraine was “unavoidable” and pledged that its goals in the conflict will be achieved.

His comments on Tuesday came after he flew into Russia’s far east Amur region where he met Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko.

Speaking at the Vostochny space launch facility, Putin charged that Ukraine was turned into an “anti-Russian bridgehead” where “sprouts of nationalism and neo-Nazism were being cultivated”.

“This new generation of Ukrainian nationalists are especially clashing with Russia. You see how Nazi ideology became a fact of life in Ukraine,” he argued.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin walks with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko and Roscosmos head Dmitry Rogozin after arriving at the Vostochny cosmodrome.
Putin walks with Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko and Roscosmos head Dmitry Rogozin after arriving at the Vostochny cosmodrome in Russia’s far eastern Amur region, April 12 [Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP]

Price of oil may rise to $150 per barrel with EU ban, Russian minister says

The price of oil may rise to $150 a barrel if the European Union were to ban Russian oil imports, Russia’s state-owned RIA news agency reports, citing the country’s energy minister Nikolay Shulginov.

“The cost of oil in the range of $80-150 per barrel is in principle possible… but our task is to ensure the functioning of the oil industry,” Shulginov said in an interview with the Izvestia newspaper. The minister also added Russia is ready to supply oil to “friendly countries at any cost”.

The United States has banned oil and gas imports from Russia but the EU is still debating how to bring limits on oil imports into its next set of economic measures against Russia.

Russia facing biggest drop in GDP since the years after Soviet Union fell

Russia’s economy is on track to contract by more than 10 per cent in 2022, the biggest fall in gross domestic product since the years following the 1991 fall of the Soviet Union, former finance minister Alexei Kudrin said on Tuesday, Reuters news agency reports.

Russia is facing soaring inflation and capital flight while grappling with a possible debt default after the West imposed crippling sanctions to punish Putin for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

A source close to the Russian government who spoke on condition of anonymity told Reuters that the economy ministry projects a GDP contraction of between 10 and 15 per cent this year.

A contraction of 10% would amount to the biggest decline in gross domestic product since 1994, according to World Bank and International Monetary Fund data.

Russian student journalists sentenced to two years of correctional labour

A Moscow court has sentenced four ex-editors of a Russian independent student news site DOXA to two years of correctional labor, the Moscow Times reports.

The sentences ended a year-long trial over a video in which Armen Aramyan, Alla Gutnikova, Natasha Tyshkevich and Vladimir Metelkin told young Russians not to be afraid to protest against the jailing of Kremlin critic and Russia’s opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

In April 2021, they were charged with inciting minors, in the video, to join nationwide protests in support of Navalny.

In March 2022, a Russian court sentenced Navalny to an additional nine years in a maximum security penal colony after finding him guilty of large-scale fraud and contempt by a Russian court. Navalny’s supporters say the trial was politically motivated.

Russian statesman says unconfirmed biowarfare labs in Ukraine ‘unacceptable’

Russia’s Deputy Chairman of the Security Council, Dmitry Medvedev, has reiterated claims that the United States funded biological laboratories in Ukraine to develop biological weapons.

“These laboratories were not set up to pursue methods of eliminating dangerous diseases”, the former Russian president said in a video posted on his Telegram channel.

“The work that was done there involved investigating pathological organisms that carry a threat to all of humanity,” he added, saying Russia considers such activity “unacceptable”.

In late March, Russia’s parliament set up a working group to investigate “the activities of biological laboratories in Ukraine”. Independent scientists, Ukrainian leaders, and officials at the White House and Pentagon have denied Russia’s claims.

‘World must respond now’: Zelenskyy on reports Russia used chemical weapons

Zelenskyy has called on the world to respond to unconfirmed reports Russia used chemical weapons in Mariupol.

“Obviously it is impossible to conduct a full investigation and full analysis in the besieged city,” he said in his night-time address.

But he added that given “Russian propagandists” repeated threats to use chemical weapons in Mariupol and the Russian army’s repeated use of phosphorus munitions in Ukraine, “the world must respond now. Because after the use of weapons of mass destruction, any response will not change anything. And it will only look like a humiliation for the democratic world.”

Zelenskyy offers prisoner swap with Russia: Medvedchuk for ‘our boys and girls’

President Zelenskyy has offered to exchange pro-Kremlin politician Viktor Medvedchuk for Ukrainians held by Russia.

“I offer the Russian Federation to exchange this guy of yours for our boys and our girls who are now in Russian captivity,” Zelenskyy said in his daily night-time address.

On Tuesday, authorities said they had captured Medvedchuck, a prominent pro-Kremlin tycoon who escaped from house arrest after Russia’s invasion. The Ukrainian businessman had previously been held on charges of treason.

“And let Medvedchuk be an example for you. Even the former oligarch did not escape, not to mention much more ordinary criminals from the Russian boondocks. We will get everyone,” Zelenskyy warned.

Zelenskyy praises Biden’s ‘genocide’ comments

Zelenskyy has praised Joe Biden’s remarks that Russia committed genocide in Ukraine.

“True words of a true leader. Calling things by their names is essential to stand up to evil,” Ukraine’s President wrote on Twitter.

Arbitrary killings, forced disappearances in Crimea: human rights report

An annual human rights report released by the US cites “credible reports” of significant human rights issues in Russian-occupied Crimea.

These include “unlawful or arbitrary killings, including extrajudicial killings; forced disappearance; torture and cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment by Russia or Russia-led ‘authorities’ – including punitive psychiatric incarceration; harsh and life-threatening prison conditions and transfer of prisoners to Russia.”

Russia annexed Ukraine’s territory of Crimea in 2014 and formally integrated it into Russia. Ukraine, the US, the European Union and many other countries, consider the annexation a violation of international law.

Biden stands by ‘genocide’ remark: ‘Sure seems that way to me’

Biden has stood by his characterisation of Russia’s actions in Ukraine as “genocide”, saying Putin “is trying to wipe out the idea of being able to be Ukrainian”.

“I called it genocide because it has become clearer and clearer that Putin is just trying to wipe out the idea of being able to be Ukrainian and the evidence is mounting,” Biden told reporters.

“We’ll let the lawyers decide internationally whether or not it qualifies, but it sure seems that way to me,” he said.

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Joe Biden
Biden spoke to reporters while departing Des Moines International Airport in Iowa [Al Drago/Reuters]

FIFA warned court of World Cup chaos if Russia played

Letting Russia try to qualify for the World Cup risked doing “irreparable and chaotic” harm to the competition, FIFA has argued successfully at sport’s highest court.

The legal debate between FIFA and the Russian soccer federation was published by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, explaining why its judge denied an urgent Russian request to freeze a ban that excluded its teams from the men’s and women’s World Cups.

“Those decisions are both fully understandable and cannot be criticised from either a legal or moral point of view,” FIFA lawyers said in a submission to the court.

Russia, China seek to undercut US in space, US agency finds

A report on space and security conducted by the US’s Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) has shown that Russia and China may be taking steps to undercut the US in its advantage in space, with both nations seeing space as a requirement for winning modern wars.

Those conclusions were spelled out at the Pentagon in the release of “Challenges in Security in Space Report – 2022”.

“Evidence of both nations’ intent to undercut the United States and allied leadership in the space domain can be seen in the growth of combined in-orbit assets of China and Russia,” said Kevin Ryder, a senior analyst at DIA.

Ukrainians return home to widespread destruction

Areas that were retaken by Ukrainian forces north of the capital, Kyiv, have sustained widespread damage by Russian shelling.

A few people have returned to see the devastation for themselves, Al Jazeera’s Imran Khan reports from Irpin, Ukraine.

Zelenskyy proposes swapping pro-Russian politician for prisoners

Zelenskyy has proposed swapping Viktor Medvedchuk, a Ukrainian tycoon and politician with close ties to Putin, for male and female prisoners of war being held by Moscow’s forces.

In his daily address, the Ukrainian president said it was “important for our security forces and military forces to consider such a possibility”.

US to announce $750m more in weapons for Ukraine: Officials

The Biden administration is expected to announce another $750m in military assistance for Ukraine for its fight against Russian forces, two US officials familiar with the matter told the Reuters new agency.

The equipment would be funded using Presidential Drawdown Authority, or PDA, in which the president can authorize the transfer of articles and services from US stocks without congressional approval in response to an emergency.

One of the officials said final determinations were still being made about the mix of equipment.

Biden says Russia is committing ‘genocide’

Biden has accused his Russian counterpart Putin of committing “genocide” in Ukraine.

“Your family budget, your ability to fill up your tank – none of it should hinge on whether a dictator declares war and commits genocide half a world away,” the US president said at an event in Iowa on rising gas prices in the US.

Biden had previously described Putin as a “war criminal“, drawing rebuke from Moscow, but this is the first time he has used the word “genocide” to describe events in Ukraine.

World Bank to send Ukraine $1.5bn as food, energy prices spike

The World Bank is preparing a $1.5bn support package for Ukraine, the bank’s president, David Malpass, has said.

In remarks at the Warsaw School of Economics in Poland, Malpass said the bank was helping Ukraine provide critical services, including paying wages for hospital workers, pensions and social programmes.

“The World Bank was created in 1944 to help Europe rebuild after World War Two. As we did then, we will be ready to help Ukraine with reconstruction when the time comes,” Malpass said.

Chemical weapons watchdog says it is monitoring situation in Ukraine closely

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has said it is concerned by the recent unconfirmed report of chemical weapons use in Mariupol.

A spokesperson for the chemical weapons watchdog said the OPCW “is monitoring closely the situation in Ukraine”.

The group also said it had “uninterruptedly been monitoring the situation around declared chemical industrial sites” in the country.

Woman holding picture frame
A woman carries the portrait of Dmytro Stefienko, 32, a civilian killed during the war with Russia, during his funeral in Bucha, on the outskirts of Kyiv [Rodrigo Abd/AP]

Top US diplomat says Washington cannot confirm use of chemical weapons in Ukraine

The United States is “not in a position to confirm” recent reports of chemical weapons use in Ukraine but is working to determine what happened, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has said.
Ukraine said earlier it was checking unverified information that Russian forces may have used chemical weapons while besieging the city of Mariupol.

“We’re in direct conversation with partners to try to determine what actually has happened,” Blinken told reporters.

Zelenskyy publishes photo of pro-Russian politician in handcuffs

Zelenskyy has published a photo of prominent pro-Russian Ukrainian politician Viktor Medvedchuk in handcuffs after what he said was an operation by security forces.

Kyiv said in February that Medvedchuk, the leader of the Opposition Platform – For Life party, had escaped from house arrest. Last year, authorities opened a treason case against Medvedchuk, who says Putin is the godfather to his daughter, and who denies wrongdoing.

Ivan Bakanov, the head of Ukraine’s national security agency, said on the agency’s Telegram channel that Medvedchuk had been detained.

Welcome to Al Jazeera’s continuing coverage of the war in Ukraine.

Read all the updates from Tuesday, April 12 here.



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