Ukraine news – live: EU sanctions Putin’s two daughters as 5 of 50 children killed in Kramatorsk bombing

Putin spokesman claims Bucha atrocities were staged

Vladimir Putin’s two daughters are among 217 people whom the European Union today agreed to impose sanctions as Russia’s attack on Ukraine entered its 44th day.

The people include daughters Katerina Tikhonova and Maria Vorontsova, as well as oligarchs like Herman Gref – the head of Russia’s largest lender Sberbank.

Most of those affected come from the separatist regions of Luhansk and Donetsk. The EU has also sanctioned 18 institutions. In total, the EU sanctions now apply to 1,091 individuals and 80 organizations.

Meanwhile, the death toll in an airstrike on a train station in Kramatorsk in eastern Ukraine has reached 50, including five children, according to the region’s governor Pavlo Kyrylenko.

A total of 98 people – 36 men, 16 children and four women – were hospitalized after the attack on the station, which was used to evacuate civilians from areas under Russian bombardment, he said.

Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova called the attack a “crime against humanity,” while the Kremlin claimed the victims were a “huge tragedy” for Russia.

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EU delegation returns to Kyiv after temporary move to Poland

The European Union will resume its diplomatic presence in Kyiv, the bloc said.

The EU temporarily relocated its delegation to the Polish city of Rzeszów after Russia invaded Ukraine.

Matti Maasikas, head of the EU delegation to Ukraine, joined senior EU officials visiting the country on Friday and will remain in Kyiv to reopen the delegation and review conditions for the staff’s return. said the bloc’s diplomatic service.

Leading EU diplomat Josep Borrell said the move would improve the bloc’s interactions with the Ukrainian government and help support Ukrainian citizens.

Lamiat SabinApril 8, 2022 11:40 p.m

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Finland applies for NATO membership “within weeks” – former Prime Minister

According to the country’s former prime minister, Alexander Stubb, Finland is preparing to apply for NATO membership “within weeks”.

Read the full story from here Emily Atkinson

Lamiat SabinApril 8, 2022 11:13 p.m

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EU sanctions 217 other Russian individuals and 18 other entities

Earlier we reported that the European Union has agreed to freeze the assets of more than 200 high-ranking Russians.

These include Herman Gref, the head of Russia’s largest lender Sberbank, Vladimir Putin’s two daughters and oligarchs.

The EU recently gave the exact figure of 217 people, mostly from the separatist regions of Luhansk and Donetsk, and 18 entities in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The measures also include a complete transaction ban for four major Russian banks.

In total, the EU sanctions now apply to 1,091 individuals and 80 organizations.

Lamiat SabinApril 8, 2022 10:20 p.m

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“Ukrainians deported to Russia for cheap labor and adoption”

According to reports, more than half a million people deported to Russia from Ukraine are being used as cheap labour.

Dmytro Lubinets, Member of the Ukrainian Parliament, told Russian investigative news site The Insider.

Ukrainian officials, including Mr Lubinets, have said 121,000 of the alleged deportees are children.

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Earlier Lyudmila Denysova – Ukraine’s Commissioner for Human Rights – said: “It is currently known that some of the children were taken by the occupying forces from Mariupol to Donetsk and towards Taganrog.

“Russian invaders say they are orphans, but all the orphans and orphanages were centrally evacuated from Mariupol on February 24-25, days of the war.

“Ukraine has no information that the children to be adopted have the status of orphans or are deprived of parental care.”

Russia rejects the deportation claims, insisting they are voluntary refugees amid Vladimir Putin’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine.

Lamiat SabinApril 8, 2022 10:00 p.m

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“Russia may try to recruit at least 60,000 more soldiers” – USA

The US said it had seen signs that Russia could seek to recruit more than 60,000 new soldiers through new conscripts and mobilizing reservists.

A senior US official said on condition of anonymity it was not clear how successful Russia would be with these plans and where the soldiers would go.

A Ukrainian soldier walks on a destroyed Russian tank in Bucha

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Meanwhile, Ukraine estimates that 18,900 Russian soldiers have died since February 24. It said it was based on the number of bodies recovered, as well as Russian communications intercepted. The Kremlin said Kyiv overestimated the number of deaths.

Iuliia Mendel, former spokeswoman for Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, said all plans to recruit more troops show that Russian President Vladimir Putin “wants more blood”.

Lamiat SabinApril 8, 2022 9:40 p.m

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EU wants to sanction Sberbank boss, Putin’s daughters and others

The European Union has agreed to freeze the assets of Herman Gref, head of Russia’s leading lender Sberbank, and to blacklist Vladimir Putin’s two daughters and other oligarchs.

The new measures will affect more than 200 other people, mainly from the separatist regions of Luhansk and Donetsk, as well as people in high-level positions with close ties to the Kremlin.

This is detailed in a document published today in the Official Journal of the EU.

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Putin’s two adult daughters, Katerina Tikhonova and Maria Vorontsova, are subject to a freeze on assets and a travel ban. It comes after the US – which has hinted Putin may be hiding assets with the family – imposed sanctions on the two women on Wednesday.

Also today, both daughters have been named by the UK under an emergency procedure, meaning the government can impose sanctions on the evidence provided by allies if it feels it is in the public interest to do so. The trial also gives the UK 56 days to find its own evidence.

Since the start of the war in Ukraine, the EU has blacklisted around 700 people linked to the Kremlin or accused of supporting the invasion of Ukraine, which Moscow is describing as a “special operation”.

Lamiat SabinApril 8, 2022 9:20 p.m

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Thousands were evacuated today through humanitarian corridors, says Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister

A total of 6,665 people were evacuated through humanitarian corridors from Ukrainian cities on Friday, Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said.

This is more than the 4,676 people who fled on Thursday.

Andy GregoryApril 8, 2022 9:00 p.m

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EU resumes diplomatic presence in Kyiv

The European Union has announced that it will resume its diplomatic presence in the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, after temporarily relocating it to Poland following the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Matti Maasikas, head of the EU delegation to Ukraine, joined senior EU officials visiting the country on Friday and will remain in Kyiv to reopen the delegation and review conditions for the staff’s return. said the bloc’s diplomatic service.

Leading EU diplomat Josep Borrell said the move would improve the bloc’s interactions with the Ukrainian government and help support Ukrainian citizens.

Andy GregoryApr 8, 2022 8:53 p.m

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British citizens should avoid Russian airlines

British citizens should avoid Russian airlines over safety concerns after Britain’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) decided to place Russia on a safety watch list, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said.

“I urge all UK nationals not to fly on a Russian airline,” Mr Shapps said in a statement, adding the CAA acted “due to our concerns that the Russian authorities are actively promoting unsafe practices”.

Russian airlines are already banned from entering UK airspace.

ReutersApr 8, 2022 8:36 p.m

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US says it will support investigation into Kramatorsk attack

The White House has said the Biden administration will support investigations into the attack on a Kramatorsk train station, according to Reuters.

Andy GregoryApril 8, 2022 20:22

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