As the Russo-Ukrainian War enters its 66th day, we take a look at the major developments.
Here are the main events so far on Saturday, April 30th.
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- President Volodymyr Zelensky’s office said Russia was attacking the entire Donetsk front in the east with missiles, artillery, mortars and aircraft to prevent the Ukrainians from regrouping.
- Russia confirms that it carried out an air strike on Kyiv during the visit of United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. Moscow said the strike destroyed a missile factory.
- Ukraine said the attack killed a journalist working for the US-backed Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.
- Russia said it used a diesel-powered submarine in the Black Sea to strike Ukrainian military targets with Kalibr cruise missiles, the first time Moscow has announced the use of its fleet of submarines to strike its neighbor.
- A Pentagon official said that the Russian campaign to control the Donbass region in eastern Ukraine is progressing slowly and behind schedule.
- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said lifting Western sanctions on Russia was part of peace talks to end the war.
- Zelensky said there were “high” chances of the talks ending because of the “Russian playbook about killing people”.
- US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she hopes to pass Biden’s $33 billion aid package “as soon as possible.”
- A senior US defense official said the US does not believe there is a threat of Russia’s use of nuclear weapons despite the recent escalation in Moscow’s rhetoric.
- The United States is unhappy with Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invitation to attend the G20 summit in November in Indonesia.
- Russia’s Finance Ministry said it has completed payments on dollar-denominated bonds amid growing concerns that the sanctions-hit country may be forced to default on its foreign debt.
- A ship laden with 70,000 tons of Ukrainian corn left a Romanian port on the Black Sea, allowing Kiev to bypass a Russian blockade of its main grain exports.