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German chancellor Olaf Scholz said he urged Chinese president Xi Jinping to press Russia to end its war in Ukraine.

Mr Scholz told Mr Xi in a meeting in Beijing on Tuesday that China’s word carries “weight in Russia.”

“I have therefore asked president Xi to influence Russia so that Putin finally calls off his senseless campaign, withdraw his troops and ends this terrible war,” he wrote on social media platform X.

Earlier, a Russian source said Moscow was ready to redeploy Wagner troops working in Africa to bolster its offensive in Ukraine.

The source claimed Russian authorities are preparing to redeploy unspecified detachments of the Africa Corps from Africa to Belgorod, Ukraine, according to US think tank Institute for the Study of War.

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Matt Mathers17 April 2024 09:38

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Airports in three Russian cities impose temporary restrictions for security reasons

Airports in the Russian cities of Kazan, Nizhnekamsk and Nizhny Novgorod, located to the east of Moscow, imposed temporary restrictions on flights for security reasons, Russia’s aviation watchdog said on Wednesday.

By 10 am Moscow time flight operations resumed in Nizhny Novgorod, Rosaviatsia said.

Matt Mathers17 April 2024 09:13

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50,000 Russian soldiers confirmed dead in Ukraine

More than 50,000 Russian soldiers have been killed in Ukraine since the Kremlin invaded its neighbour more than two years ago.

The number of deaths was nearly 25 per cent higher last year than in the first 12 months of the war, according to analysis by the BBC.

The corporation used graves, open-source information from official reports, newspapers and social media to confirm the deaths.

Matt Mathers17 April 2024 08:46

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Scholz: I urged Xi Jinping to press Putin on ending war

German chancellor Olaf Scholz said he urged Chinese president Xi Jinping to press Russia to end its war in Ukraine.

Mr Scholz told Mr Xi in a meeting in Beijing on Tuesday that China’s word carries “weight in Russia.”

“I have therefore asked president Xi to influence Russia so that Putin finally calls off his senseless campaign, withdraw his troops and ends this terrible war,” he wrote on social media platform X.

Matt Mathers17 April 2024 08:31

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Italy seeks G7 message to end war in Ukraine

Group of Seven foreign ministers are meeting on the Italian resort island of Capri, with soaring tensions in the Mideast and Russia’s continuing war in Ukraine topping the agenda.

Under Italy’s rotating stewardship, the G7 leaders are expected to issue a united call for Israel to exercise restraint after Iran’s unprecedented weekend attack involving hundreds of drones, ballistic missiles and cruise missiles fired toward the Jewish state.

Italian foreign minister Antonio Tajani said he had spoken to his Israeli counterpart, Israel Katz, on Tuesday and urged Israel to not only de-escalate any reaction to Iran’s attack but to stave off a planned offensive into the southern Gaza city of Rafah.

“I reiterated this message and I believe that on the occasion of the G7 foreign ministers in Capri, tomorrow and Friday morning, a similar message will be sent,” Tajani told state-run RAI.

With Israel’s war in Gaza in its sixth month, Tehran’s attack added a new element of urgency to the three-day meeting, with German foreign minister Annalena Baerbock making a last-minute visit to Israel before arriving on Capri on Wednesday evening.

“We will discuss how a further escalation with more and more violence can be prevented,” she said.

“Because what matters now is to put a stop to Iran without encouraging further escalation,” Baerbock said, in calling for new sanctions against Tehran.

Matt Mathers17 April 2024 08:23

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Russian attack kills people in Ukraine’s Chernihiv, hits infrastructure, governor says

A Russian missile attack killed and injured residents and damaged social infrastructure in the northern Ukrainian city of Chernihiv on Wednesday, regional governor Vyacheslav Chaus said.

“The enemy hit with three missiles almost in the city centre.  There are victims among civilians and many injured,” Chaus said in a video as sirens blared in the background.

He said on the Telegram messaging app that emergency services and medics were working on the site of the strike in the historic city, about 150 km (93 miles) from the capital Kyiv.

No further details were immediately available. Andriy Yermak, head of President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s office, on Wednesday reiterated Kyiv’s plea for more air defence.

In recent weeks Russia has intensified its drone and missile attacks on Ukrainian cities, targeting the country’s power sector and other critical infrastructure.

Matt Mathers17 April 2024 08:18

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ICYMI: Zelensky signs new army mobilization law

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky signed into law a bill overhauling army mobilization rules, according to the parliamentary website.

The law will come into force a month after it is officially published.

It obliges men to update their draft data with the authorities, boosts payments to those who volunteer, and adds new punishment for draft dodging.

Matt Mathers17 April 2024 07:00

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Conflict in Middle East risks another food and energy price surge, says IMF

Escalation of conflict in the Middle East risks pushing up food and energy prices across the world, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

The UN body also warned that the UK will eke out slower growth this year than previously thought and remain the second-worst performer in the G7 group of advanced economies.

The IMF said the global economy has had an “eventful” journey in the years since the Covid-19 pandemic.

Russia’s war in Ukraine triggered a global energy and food crisis, and a surge in inflation, followed by central banks around the world hiking interest rates.

Arpan Rai17 April 2024 06:26

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ICYMI: Germany’s Scholz – I asked China’s Xi to pressure Russia to stop war

German chancellor Olaf Scholz on Tuesday said he had asked Chinese president Xi Jinping to exert influence over Russia to end the war in Ukraine, adding that both leaders rejected attacks on nuclear facilities.

Speaking on the final day of his trip to China, Scholz also said China had agreed to open up beef and apple imports from Germany and facilitate pork imports.

Speaking on economic issues, Scholz said Europe wanted to reduce risks, intensify existing contacts and build new ones.

Matt Mathers17 April 2024 06:00

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Zelensky again compares Ukraine and Israel-Iran conflict: ‘Same ballistic missiles’

Volodymyr Zelensky repeated his call for increased protection of airspace, comparing the two biggest armed conflicts in Europe and the Middle East.

“In the last two days we have heard all kinds of things. About different conflicts – here in Europe and in the Middle East – different levels of threats, different airspace. Although the ‘Shahed’ drones and ballistics are the same… Different threats of escalation. But are human lives different, are people’s values different? No, they are not,” he said in his nightly address.

He added: “We value every life equally. We must do so. We must protect them from terror on the same level. Ukraine will request a meeting of the Ukraine – Nato Council to discuss the protection of the skies, the supply of anti-aircraft warfare, relevant systems and missiles. We are actively working now to ensure a productive first Global Peace Summit in June.”

Arpan Rai17 April 2024 05:54

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