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Request of the Ukrainian Foreign Minister to NATO: “Weapons, weapons and weapons”

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba met with members of the G7 and NATO on Thursday in a bid to garner more 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 the long-term solutions that will help Ukraine win,” he wrote in a tweet.

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

—Natasha Turak

Shell to write off about $5 billion in assets after leaving Russia

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

“For first-quarter 2022 results, the after-tax impact of impairment of non-current assets and additional charges (e.g., receivables impairments, expected credit losses and onerous contracts) related to the Russia business are expected to be $4-5 billion,” Shell said in a statement Thursday.

The company added that the additional charges “will not impact adjusted earnings.”

—Natasha Turak

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

A young boy makes an offering of food at his mother’s grave as his younger brother and a neighbor stand by, in the town of Bucha, on the outskirts of kyiv, after the Ukrainian army secured the area after the withdrawal of the Russian army from the kyiv region in the 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 injuries in Ukraine since Russia invaded its neighbor on February 24.

Among those killed, the UN has identified at least 63 children.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights adds that the death toll in Ukraine is likely higher, citing late reports due to the armed conflict.

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

Sergei Supinsky | AFP | Getty Images

The international body says most of the recorded civilian casualties were caused by the use of explosive weapons, including bombardments from heavy artillery and multiple launch rocket systems, as well as missiles and airstrikes.

The UN says the war has created more than 4.2 million Ukrainians refugees, mainly old people, women and children.

Serhii Lahovskyi, 26, cries next to the grave of his friend Ihor Lytvynenko, who locals say was killed by Russian soldiers, after finding him next to the basement of a building in the middle of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, in Bucha, Kyiv region, Ukraine, April 6, 2022.

Alkis Konstantinidis | Reuters

US accuses Russian oligarch of Ukraine-related sanctions violations

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

Tatyana Makeyeva | Reuters

The Justice Department has accused Russian oligarch Konstantin Malofeyev of conspiring to violate and having violated US sanctions imposed in 2014 following Moscow’s illegal annexation of Crimea.

The Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control sanctioned Malofeyev, 47, eight years ago for playing “a leading role in supporting Russia’s invasion of eastern Ukraine in 2014”. 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 charges.

Amanda Macias

US Sanctions Putin’s Adult Children, Bans New Investment in Russia

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

Mikhail Klimentiev | sputnik | Reuters

The United States has announced a series of new sanctions against Russia as it tries to squeeze 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 comprehensive blocking sanctions on Sberbank and Alfa Bank, two of the country’s largest financial institutions.

The United States will also sanction two adult daughters of Russian President Vladimir Putin and family members of other senior Russian officials.

The Biden administration believes “a lot of Putin’s assets are hidden with family members, and that’s why we’re targeting them,” said a senior administration official who spoke on condition of anonymity. .

—Christina Wilkie

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