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  • Russia-Ukraine live updates: Speaking on the path of war, US officials have warned that the war in Ukraine may last for weeks or even years. 

Ukrainian soldiers sit on a armoured military vehicule in the city of Severodonetsk, Donbass region.
Ukrainian soldiers sit on a armoured military vehicule in the city of Severodonetsk, Donbass region.(AFP)

Updated on Apr 08, 2022 11:39 PM IST

Russia-Ukraine live updates: The United Nations General Assembly suspended Russia from the Human Rights Council over civilian killings in Ukraine. This made Russia the first country to be kicked off the rights council since 2011 when Libya was suspended.

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The UN General Assembly suspended Russia from the Human Rights Council in a 93-24 vote, with 58 countries abstaining.

The development has been praised by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and US President Joe Biden, who has been calling to isolate Moscow from all important international forums.

Meanwhile, the European Union countries agreed to ban coal imports from Russia, the first time the bloc’s sanctions have targeted Moscow’s crucial energy revenues.

On Thursday, US officials warned the war in Ukraine may last for weeks or even years, as Kyiv’s foreign minister pleaded for urgent military assistance while it can still make a difference.

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  • Apr 08, 2022 11:37 PM IST

    Russian govt shutting down Amnesty, Human rights watch in country

  • Apr 08, 2022 11:35 PM IST

    EU imposes fresh sanctions on Moscow

    The European Union (EU) on Friday imposed fresh sanctions on Moscow over the ongoing war in Ukraine. 

    “In light of Russia’s continuing war of aggression against Ukraine, and the reported atrocities committed by Russian armed forces in Ukraine, the Council decided today to impose the fifth package of economic and individual sanctions against Russia,” an official statement said. 

  • Apr 08, 2022 10:59 PM IST

    Germany, UK offer more weapons for Ukraine 

    Germany and Britain have vowed to send Ukraine more weapons and work together to put pressure on Russian President Vladimir Putin to withdraw its forces from the war-torn country. 

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the UK would send a further 100 million pounds ($130 million) worth of military equipment, including precision munitions that can linger in the sky until they find their target. Chancellor Olaf Scholz said Germany would also continue deliveries to Kyiv, without specifying types or amounts.

  • Apr 08, 2022 10:14 PM IST

    Ukraine says 50 killed in rocket strike on rail evacuation hub

    Ukraine said at least 50 people were killed on Friday and many more wounded in a rocket strike at a railway station packed with civilians fleeing the threat of a major Russian offensive in the country’s east, reported Reuters.

  • Apr 08, 2022 09:07 PM IST

    Ukraine’s Odessa introduces weekend curfew over ‘missile strike threat’

    Ukraine’s Odessa introduces weekend curfew over ‘missile strike threat’, reports AFP quoting authorities.

  • Apr 08, 2022 08:55 PM IST

    Ukraine begins excavation of Bucha mass grave

    Ukrainian investigators began to exhume a mass grave in Bucha on Friday, opening the early stages of what police say will be a war crimes case targeting Russian troops who occupied the Kyiv commuter town, AFP reported.

  • Apr 08, 2022 07:47 PM IST

    Finland to expel two Russian diplomats

    Finland on Friday said it will expel two Russian diplomats over the war in Ukraine, following a wave of similar moves across Europe, reported AFP. Finland shares a 1,340-kilometre (830-mile) land border with Russia, and is currently considering whether to join NATO.

  • Apr 08, 2022 07:45 PM IST

    EU leaders arrive in Ukraine to offer Zelenskyy support 

    The European Commission chief and the EU’s top diplomat arrived in Kyiv on Friday to offer Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy support and reassurance over his bid for EU membership in a capital gradually reviving after Russia pulled back forces, reported Reuters.

  • Apr 08, 2022 06:21 PM IST

    Russia, Ukraine ‘willing to hold talks in Turkey’ despite Bucha images

    Russia, Ukraine ‘willing to hold talks in Turkey’ despite Bucha images, AFP reports, citing a Turkish official.

  • Apr 08, 2022 04:27 PM IST

    No Ukrainian troops were at station hit by rockets, Zelenskiy says

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said no Ukrainian troops were at a railway station in east Ukraine that was hit by rockets on Friday. Zelenskiy told Finnish parliament that more than 30 civilians had been killed in the attack and added: “Russian forces hit the train station in Kramatorsk, (firing) on an ordinary train station, on ordinary people, there were no soldiers there.”

  • Apr 08, 2022 03:53 PM IST

    Russia denies attack on Ukrainian train station

    Russia’s defence ministry said on Friday it did not launch an attack on a train station in eastern Ukraine, which a local rescue worker said killed at least 35 people.

    “All statements by representatives of the Kyiv nationalist regime about the ‘rocket attack’ allegedly carried out by Russia on April 8 at the railway station in the city of Kramatorsk are a provocation and are absolutely untrue,” the ministry said in a statement.

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  • Apr 08, 2022 02:06 PM IST

    At least 20 die after two Russian rocktes hit train station in Ukraine

    Two rockets strike train station in east Ukraine used for evacuations, killing at least 20 people, reports news agency AFP.  

  • Apr 08, 2022 01:59 PM IST

    Food prices surged to new record high in March: UN Agency

    World food prices jumped to a new record high in March as the war in Ukraine caused turmoil in markets for staples grains and edible oils, the U.N. food agency said on Friday. The Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) food price index, which tracks the most globally traded food commodities, averaged 159.3 points last month versus an upwardly revised 141.4 for February.

  • Apr 08, 2022 12:55 PM IST

    Ukrainian negotiator says Bucha deaths affect mood at talks with Russia

    Ukraine and Russia are “constantly” holding peace talks online but the mood has been affected by events including the deaths of civilians in the town of Bucha, Ukrainian negotiator Mykhailo Podolyak said in televised comments on Friday.

    Ukrainian officials accuse Russian troops of carrying out extra-judicial killings in Bucha, outside Kyiv. Moscow denies targeting civilians in Ukraine and has said the deaths in Bucha were a “monstrous forgery” staged by the West to discredit it.

  • Apr 08, 2022 12:01 PM IST

    Russian forces accumulating at Luhansk region: Governor

    Governor of Ukraine’s Luhansk region says Russians accumulating forces but have not broken through Ukrainian defences in his eastern region. 

  • Apr 08, 2022 11:32 AM IST

    ‘Aims to establish up to 10 humanitarian corridors’: Ukraine

    Ukraine says it aims to establish up to 10 humanitarian corridors on Friday, civillians fleeing Mariupol will have to use private vehicles.

  • Apr 08, 2022 11:03 AM IST

    Russia laments ‘tragedy’ of troop deaths as Ukraine braces for offensive

    Russia gave the most sombre assessment so far of its invasion of Ukraine, describing the “tragedy” of mounting troop losses and the economic hit from sanctions, as Ukrainians were evacuated from eastern cities before an anticipated major offensive.

  • Apr 08, 2022 10:22 AM IST

    Moscow troops fully withdrawn from Ukraine to Belarus and Russia: UK military

    UK military intelligence says in the north, Russian forces have now fully withdrawn from Ukraine to Belarus and Russia. Some of these Russian forces will be tranferred to east Ukraine to fight in the Donbas, the military also said, as per Reuters.

  • Apr 08, 2022 09:08 AM IST

    Civilians flee east Ukraine, warnings of ‘horrific’ abuses

    Civilians in eastern Ukraine struggled to evacuate Friday as Russia redirects its firepower, with President Volodymyr Zelensky warning of “even more horrific” devastation being uncovered around the capital.

  • Apr 08, 2022 08:00 AM IST

    Von der Leyen in Kyiv to travel to Kyiv to show ‘unwavering support’ by Europe to Ukraine

     

    European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen will travel to Kyiv on Friday to show Europe’s “unwavering support” for Ukraine in its fight against Russia, she says.

  • Apr 08, 2022 07:44 AM IST

    EU proposes 500 million euros more for arms to Ukraine

    European Council chief Charles Michel on Thursday backed a proposal to release an additional 500 million euros ($540 million) to provide arms for Ukraine. “Once swiftly approved this will bring to 1.5 billion euros the EU support already provided for military equipment for #Ukraine,” Michel tweeted, also thanking EU diplomatic chief Josep Borrell for proposing the extra funding.

    The proposal was agreed on Thursday by the 27 EU nations at ambassador level.

  • Apr 08, 2022 06:29 AM IST

    Australia to send combat vehicles to Ukraine after leader’s plea

    Australia will donate 20 Bushmaster armored combat vehicles to Ukraine following a direct request from President Volodymyr Zelenskiy for the locally-made equipment to help repel the Russian invasion.

  • Apr 08, 2022 05:54 AM IST

    Putin has given up on conquering Kyiv: Pentagon chief

    US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said Thursday that Russian President Vladimir Putin has given up on conquering Kyiv after his forces were soundly beaten back by the Ukrainian military.

Ukraine begins excavation of Bucha mass grave

The grave — a long deep trench in the mud behind a gold-domed church — was used by Ukrainians to bury neighbours they claim were killed at the hands of Russian armed forces which arrived on February 26.

Ukrainian investigators exhume bodies from a mass grave in the gardens of the St Andrew church in the town of Bucha, northwest of Kyiv, on April 8, 2022, during Russia's military invasion launched on Ukraine. (AFP)

Ukrainian investigators exhume bodies from a mass grave in the gardens of the St Andrew church in the town of Bucha, northwest of Kyiv, on April 8, 2022, during Russia’s military invasion launched on Ukraine. (AFP)

Published on Apr 08, 2022 11:22 PM IST

Ukraine war: EU bans Russian coal, airstrike kills 50 at Kramatorsk | Top points

  • EU president Ursula von der Leyen visited Ukrainian town Bucha on Friday after having reached the country. Referring to the civilian killings in the region last week, which Ukraine alleged were war crimes committed by retreating Russian troops, she said “humanity is shattered”.

A Ukrainian serviceman walks amid destroyed Russian tanks in Bucha, on the outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine.(AP)

A Ukrainian serviceman walks amid destroyed Russian tanks in Bucha, on the outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine.(AP)

Published on Apr 08, 2022 11:10 PM IST

Written by Sharangee Dutta | Edited by Sohini Goswami, New Delhi

Afghan-Pak border forces on alert after Pak military chopper shot at

  • The political flux in Pakistan has emboldened the Taliban to attack a Pak Army helicopter in pursuit of Durand Line as the international border between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Afghan forces led by Taliban Emirate forces and Pakistani forces are reportedly on high alert along the Durand Line in Nimroz province, according to TOLONews channel(Screengrab)

Afghan forces led by Taliban Emirate forces and Pakistani forces are reportedly on high alert along the Durand Line in Nimroz province, according to TOLONews channel(Screengrab)

Published on Apr 08, 2022 10:50 PM IST

Imran Khan says unhappy with Pak SC order, calls for Sunday protests

  • Imran Khan A day ahead of a vote against the no-confidence motion against him in the National Assembly, the embattled leader said Pakistan was being turned into a banana republic.

File photo of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan addressing the nation in Islamabad.(ANI)

File photo of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan addressing the nation in Islamabad.(ANI)

Updated on Apr 08, 2022 10:52 PM IST

Vladimir Putin’s approval rises to 81% among Russians since invasion of Ukraine

  • State-run VTsIOM said that as many as 78.9 per cent of Russians in its latest survey approved of President Vladimir Putin’s actions as opposed to 64.3 per cent in the poll conducted before the start of the invasion of Ukraine.

Russian President Vladimir Putin.(AP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin.(AP)

Published on Apr 08, 2022 09:14 PM IST

Written by Sharangee Dutta | Edited by Sohini Goswami, New Delhi

Richer than the queen: UK finance minister Rishi Sunak’s mega-wealthy wife

Rishi Sunak ,once seen as a future prime minister, has seen his popularity sink because of surging consumer prices, while recent reports that Murty’s foreign earnings are shielded from British tax authorities have added to the pressure.

Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak (R) poses with his wife Akshata Murty.(AFP)

Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak (R) poses with his wife Akshata Murty.(AFP)

Published on Apr 08, 2022 08:14 PM IST

‘Russia, an evil with no limits’: Zelenskyy on east Ukraine rocket attack

The Russian defence ministry, meanwhile, denied its troops were behind the attack on the Kramatorsk railway station. At least 35 people were killed in the strike.

A Ukrainian police walks by calcinated cars outside a train station in Kramatorsk, eastern Ukraine, that was being used for civilian evacuations, after it was hit by a rocket attack killing at least 35 people, on April 8, 2022. (Photo by FADEL SENNA / AFP)(AFP)

A Ukrainian police walks by calcinated cars outside a train station in Kramatorsk, eastern Ukraine, that was being used for civilian evacuations, after it was hit by a rocket attack killing at least 35 people, on April 8, 2022. (Photo by FADEL SENNA / AFP)(AFP)

Published on Apr 08, 2022 05:11 PM IST

In a first, EU bans Russian coal imports, targets Putin’s daughters

  • The EU was under pressure from the US and Ukraine on adopting more sanctions against Russia in the aftermath of the alleged executions of at least 20 civilians in Ukrainian town of Bucha last weekend.

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen said on Friday, April 8, 2022, that she is en route to the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv along with bloc's diplomatic chief Josep Borrell Fontelles. They are set to meet Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.(Reuters photo)

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen said on Friday, April 8, 2022, that she is en route to the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv along with bloc’s diplomatic chief Josep Borrell Fontelles. They are set to meet Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.(Reuters photo)

Updated on Apr 08, 2022 05:34 PM IST

Written by Sharangee Dutta | Edited by Chandrashekar Srinivasan, New Delhi

‘Absolutely untrue…’: Russia denies Ukraine station attack that killed over 30

Ukraine train station attack: Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelenskyy described Russia as ‘an evil with no limits’.

ldUkrainian police inspect the remains of a large rocket with the words "for our children" in Russian next to the main building of a train station in Kramatorsk, eastern Ukraine, that was being used for civilian evacuations, that was hit by a rocket attack killing at least 35 people, on April 8, 2022. (Photo by FADEL SENNA / AFP)(AFP)

ldUkrainian police inspect the remains of a large rocket with the words “for our children” in Russian next to the main building of a train station in Kramatorsk, eastern Ukraine, that was being used for civilian evacuations, that was hit by a rocket attack killing at least 35 people, on April 8, 2022. (Photo by FADEL SENNA / AFP)(AFP)

Updated on Apr 08, 2022 04:25 PM IST

Covid cases rise in Shanghai, other cities in China make preps for possible outbreaks

Given that the majority of the cases in Shanghai are asymptomatic or mild, calls are growing for home quarantine instead of those infected being isolated in hastily built makeshift centralised quarantine centres.

Workers labour to convert the National Exhibition and Convention Center into a makeshift hospital for Covid-19 patients, in Shanghai, China , on Thursday. (REUTERS)

Workers labour to convert the National Exhibition and Convention Center into a makeshift hospital for Covid-19 patients, in Shanghai, China , on Thursday. (REUTERS)

Published on Apr 08, 2022 04:10 PM IST

Over 30 evacuees killed, 100 injured after rocket strike on Ukrainian station

Three trains carrying evacuees were blocked in the same region of Ukraine on Thursday after an air strike on the line, according to the head of Ukrainian Railways.

Burnt out vehicles are seen after a rocket attack on the railway station in the eastern city of Kramatorsk, in the Donbass region on April 8, 2022. (Photo by Herv� BAR / AFP)(AFP)

Burnt out vehicles are seen after a rocket attack on the railway station in the eastern city of Kramatorsk, in the Donbass region on April 8, 2022. (Photo by Herv� BAR / AFP)(AFP)

Updated on Apr 08, 2022 02:51 PM IST

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