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- Russia has nearly completed its buildup for a renewed assault on Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region, Ukraine’s defence ministry says.
- Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer says his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow did not leave him optimistic.
- Russia’s foreign minister says Moscow will not pause its military operation for, or during, any further negotiations with Kyiv.
- The European Union is drafting proposals for an oil embargo on Russia, but an agreement has not yet been reached.
Here are all the latest updates:
12 mins ago (22:52 GMT)
Rape and sexual violence a rising concern: UN Women
Sima Bahous, the executive director of the UN Women, has said her agency is increasingly hearing allegations of rape and sexual violence in Ukraine. She said the risk of human trafficking, especially of young women and unaccompanied teenagers is also a rising concern.
“The combination of mass displacement with the large presence of conscripts and mercenaries, and the brutality displayed against Ukrainian civilians, has raised all red flags,” she told the Security Council.
27 mins ago (22:36 GMT)
Unconfirmed reports that Russia used chemical weapons
There have been unconfirmed reports suggesting that chemical weapons were used in the besieged southern Ukrainian port of Mariupol.
Petro Andryushchenko, an aide to the mayor of Mariupol, wrote on his Telegram channel reports about a chemical attack had not been confirmed and that he expected to provide details and clarifications later.
⚡️⚡️Azov regiment: Russia used poisonous substance against Ukrainian troops in Mariupol.
The substance has been distributed by a drone, and victims have shortness of breath and vestibulocerebellar ataxia.
It may be Russia’s first known use of chemical weapons in Ukraine.
— The Kyiv Independent (@KyivIndependent) April 11, 2022
39 mins ago (22:24 GMT)
Russia took children out of Ukraine: official
Ukraine’s UN ambassador, Sergiy Kyslytsya, has claimed Russia has taken more than 121,000 children out of Ukraine and reportedly drafted a bill to simplify and accelerate adoption procedures for orphans and even those who have parents and other relatives.
He said most of the children were removed from the besieged southern port city of Mariupol and taken to eastern Donetsk and then to the Russian city of Taganrog.
49 mins ago (22:14 GMT)
IMF sets up administered account to allow donors to fund Ukraine
Ukraine’s finance ministry has welcomed the creation of a special new account set up by the International Monetary Fund to give bilateral donors and international organisations a secure way to send financial resources to war-torn Ukraine.
The IMF’s executive board approved creation of the new account after the Canadian government proposed disbursing up to $790,000 ($1bn Canadian dollars) through the vehicle, which is to be administered by the IMF.
“Donors will benefit from the IMF’s tested infrastructure to quickly deliver authenticated payments,” the IMF said.
53 mins ago (22:10 GMT)
Experts on missing persons heading to Ukraine next week
International experts will travel to Ukraine next week to help authorities investigate reports of people that have gone missing during the war, the head of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) has said.
“It’s not going to be easy,” Kathryne Bomberger, the group’s director-general, told Al Jazeera, explaining that the ICMP team has been invited by Ukraine’s government.Among other tasks, Bomberger said the experts would try to see whether it is possible to identify remains and would also work with families that have reported missing loved-ones.
“Evidence will be collected. Hopefully that evidence can be provided to the [International Criminal Court] or other courts that will be conducting investigations into what’s happened and be used for criminal trial purposes,” she said.
1 hour ago (21:53 GMT)
Russian forces could use chemical weapons: Zelenskyy
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has said that Russia could use chemical weapons in Ukraine.
“We treat this with the utmost seriousness,” Zelenskyy said in his daily address. He did not say chemical weapons had already been used.
“I would like to remind world leaders that the possible use of chemical weapons by the Russian military has already been discussed. And already at that time it meant that it was necessary to react to the Russian aggression much harsher and faster.”
1 hour ago (21:44 GMT)
Ukrainian authorities in Kharkiv begin clearing landmines
Ukrainian authorities in the northeastern city of Kharkiv warned people not to go near what they said were landmines being dropped on the city.
Lieutenant Colonel Nikolay Ovcharuk, head of the demining unit of the state emergency service, said the devices were plastic PTM-1M mines, which detonate using timers and which were widely used by Soviet forces in Afghanistan.
“They have self-destructing timers,” he said as loudspeakers warned people not to approach the cordoned-off area where mine disposal teams were working.
1 hour ago (21:37 GMT)
Ukrainian children in need of protection: UNICEF chief
The UN children’s agency says nearly two-thirds of all Ukrainian children have fled their homes in the six weeks since Russia’s invasion.
Manuel Fontaine, UNICEF’s emergency programmes director who visted Ukraine last week, said that of the 3.2 million children estimated to have remained in their homes “nearly half may be at risk of not having enough food”.
He said the situation is worse in cities like Mariupol and Kherson in the south, which have been besieged by Russian forces where children and their families have spent weeks without running water, sanitation or a regular supply of food.
2 hours ago (21:29 GMT)
Rape being used as a weapon of war: Ukraine rights group
Kateryna Cherepakha, president of La Strada-Ukraine, a Ukrainian human rights group has accused Russian troops of using rape as a weapon of war.
She said her organisation’s emergency hotlines had received calls accusing Russian soldiers of nine cases of rape, involving 12 women and girls.
“This is just the tip of the iceberg,” she told the UN’s Security Council via video. “We know and see – and we want you to hear our voices – that violence and rape is used now as a weapon of war by Russian invaders in Ukraine.”
Russia has repeatedly denied attacking civilians.
2 hours ago (21:22 GMT)
Vaccinations in Ukraine at a ‘sudden halt’: US
The United States Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield has said COVID-19 vaccinations in Ukraine have come to a “sudden halt” amid the Russian assault on Ukraine.
“Russia’s unprovoked, brutal invasion has meant that COVID-19 vaccine distribution and routine immunisations have come to a sudden halt,” Thomas-Greenfield told the UN Security Council.
“Since the start of the war, COVID-19 vaccinations have plummeted from more than 52,000 a day to less than a thousand a day,” she said.
2 hours ago (21:14 GMT)
Americans blame Biden, Putin for higher gas: poll
A new ABC News/Ipsos poll has found that half of Americans are experiencing financial hardship due to high gas prices, with one in five reporting “serious” difficulties.
According to the poll, Americans blame several factors for the current prices including Russian President Putin, oil companies, and President Biden and the Democrats.
According to the poll, 51 percent blame Biden, while 71 percent blame Putin.
3 hours ago (20:14 GMT)
Three killed by Russian attacks in Donetsk region: Governor
Three people have been killed and eight civilians were wounded by Russian attacks on Ukraine’s eastern region of Donetsk, Governor Pavlo Kyrylenko said in a post on the Telegram messaging app.
The attacks come as Ukrainian officials have warned that Russian forces are preparing to launch a large-scale military offensive in the Donbas area.
“We forecast that active combat will begin in these areas in the nearest time,” Ukraine’s defence ministry spokesman Oleksandr Motuzyanyk said.
3 hours ago (20:12 GMT)
Russia arrests critic of Ukraine offensive, lawyer says
Vladimir Kara-Murza, one of the main critics of the Kremlin and its offensive in Ukraine still living in Russia, has been arrested near his home, his lawyer said.
“I learned of his arrest less than 10 minutes ago, I will join him,” lawyer Vadim Prokhorov told the Interfax news agency.
The reasons for the arrest were not immediately known and there was no immediate comment from the authorities.
3 hours ago (20:08 GMT)
Kyiv accuses Moscow of holding civilians in prisons on Russian territory
Ukraine’s deputy prime minister has accused Russia of holding civilians, including journalists, activists and elected officials, in prisons on Russian territory.
“We have many priests, journalists, activists, mayors, and in general civilians who are in prisons, not, for example, even on the territory of Ukraine, but in [the] Kursk, Bryansk, Rostov [regions of Russia],” Iryna Vereshchuk said in televised comments. “They are forcibly held.”
Russian has repeatedly denied targeting civilians.
3 hours ago (19:59 GMT)
Maripuol mayor says more than 10,000 civilians have died in besieged city
The mayor of Mariupol has said that more than 10,000 civilians have died in the besieged Ukrainian port city since the start of the Russian invasion.
Mayor Vadym Boychenko told The Associated Press that corpses were “carpeted through the streets of our city” and that the death toll could be more than 20,000.
Boychenko also said Russian forces have brought mobile crematoria to the city to dispose of the bodies and accused Russian forces of refusing to allow humanitarian convoys into the city in an attempt to disguise the carnage.
Welcome to Al Jazeera’s continuing coverage of the war in Ukraine.
Read all the updates from Monday, April 11 here.
Source: Al Jazeera