Russia is trying to rebuild troop levels with retired soldiers, UK MoD says
Russia’s military is aiming to increase its troop levels with soldiers discharged over the past decade after suffering heavy casualties in their invasion of Ukraine, Britain’s Defense Ministry said in its daily intelligence update on Twitter on Sunday.
“In response to mounting casualties, the Russian armed forces are attempting to replenish their troop levels with personnel discharged from military service since 2012,” the bulletin said.
“Efforts to increase combat effectiveness include trying to recruit from the unrecognized region of Transnistria in Moldova,” she added.
NBC could not immediately verify the report.
— Natasha Turak
Zelenskyy reiterates his call for an immediate embargo on Russian oil and says Ukraine cannot wait
The President of Ukraine has again urged the “entire civilized world” to immediately ban Russian oil as “Ukraine does not have time to wait”.
In his late-night address, Volodymyr Zelenskyy said: “We must act immediately… And the oil embargo should be the first step.”
It must be carried out “at the level of all democracies, of the entire civilized world,” he said. “Then Russia will feel it. Then it will be an argument for them – to seek peace, to stop senseless violence.”
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy addresses the nation as Russia’s offensive enters day 45 April 9, 2022 in Kyiv, Ukraine.
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Zelenskyi has been pushing world leaders for weeks to impose a full embargo on Russian energy.
“Oil is one of the two sources of Russian confidence, their sense of impunity,” he said in the late-night address. “Another source – gas – will also shut down over time. It’s just inevitable.”
But the Ukrainian leader stressed the urgency, saying: “Ukraine has no time to wait. Freedom has no time to wait.”
— Johanna Tan
Zelenskyy calls on other countries to follow Britain in increasing aid
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson walk after a meeting in Independence Square as Russia’s assault on Ukraine continues April 9, 2022 in Kyiv, Ukraine.
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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called on Western nations to step up their support for the embattled country after British Prime Minister Boris Johnson pledged more military and financial aid.
The two leaders met in Kyiv earlier in the day, prompting Britain to ramp up support for the country.
“It’s time to impose a full embargo on Russian energy to increase supplies of all weapons to us,” Zelenskyy said.
– Jessica Bursztynsky