The 44th day of the war against the Russian occupiers is continuing in Ukraine. has gathered news in the field of business, politics and economics, which will help to learn more about the situation in Ukraine that has been fighting for independence for more than a month.
The main events of April 8:
- Russia fired a missile at a railway station in Kramatorsk, Donetsk Oblast. At that time there were about 4,000 civilians, awaiting evacuation. As a result, according to Ukrzaliznytsia chairman Oleksandr Kamyshyn, 39 people were killed (including children) and more than 100 were injured. The National Police has opened criminal proceedings for violating the laws and customs of war on this fact. Instead, Russia denies involvement in the missile strike and blames the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
- European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, EU Foreign Minister Josep Borrel and Slovak Prime Minister Eduard Heger are heading to Kyiv. The politicians announced this on their Twitter pages.
In Kyiv they will meet with President Volodymyr Zelensky and Prime Minister Denis Shmygal to discuss their proposals for a reform team (#ReformTeam) to help Ukraine gain EU prospects, as well as issues related to the transportation of Ukrainian grain abroad. At the same time, the EU Delegation resumes work in Kyiv.
President Volodymyr Zelensky addressed the Finnish Parliament. There, in particular, he stated the importance of imposing an embargo on the supply of Russian oil by Europe, proposing to save money in special accounts, to which Russia will not have access. He also thanked Finland for not delaying support, helping Ukraine with weapons and supporting sanctions.
'If the Russian army is ordered to invade your land, they will do the same with your country. I do not wish you this. They will do what happened in Bucha, in your cities. In the cities of any country that the leadership of the Russian Federation decides is supposed to be part of their empire, not the land of another people', the President added.
- After the United States imposed sanctions on the daughters of Russian President Putin and Foreign Minister Lavrov, the EU and Britain did so too. Their names are Tikhonova Kateryna Volodymyrivna, Vorontsova Maria Volodymyrivna, who are also known as Putina Kateryna Volodymyrivna and Putina Maria Volodymyrivna, as well as Vinokurova Kateryna Serhiivna (the document also appears as Lavrova Kateryna Serhiivna). They are barred from entering Britain and the EU, and their assets in the country will be frozen.
- The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) says that due to the war in Ukraine, started by Russia, in March, world food prices rose to the highest level in the history of observations. Rising prices are due to shortages in the grain market. For example, grain prices last month rose by 17.1% (wheat — almost 20%, corn — 19%), the index of vegetable oil increased by more than 23%, sugar — by 6.7%).
- The European Union, after an agreement the day before, officially announced the fifth package of sanctions against Russia. It includes, in particular: a ban on the purchase, import or transportation of coal from August 2022; a ban on access to EU ports for boats registered in Russia; the work of Russian and Belarusian motor transport operators is prohibited, except for pharmaceuticals, medical, agricultural, food products, etc.; a complete ban of four key Russian banks and more.
- Taiwanese computer and electronics maker Acer has shut down in Russia, the company said on its website.
'Acer strictly adheres to current laws and regulations of international trade, as well as closely monitors the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. In connection with recent events, Acer has decided to suspend its business in Russia', — said in a statement.
- The German company Dr. Oetker, which manufactures baking products and mixes, is leaving the Russian market, the company said on its website. Earlier, the company suspended exports to Russia and stopped investing.
- After the Danish furniture retailer JYSK completely left the Russian market, it will temporarily stop working in Belarus on April 18. According to the company's official website, the work of the Belarusian website of the store will be stopped — it will only be possible to view the goods.
Earlier we wrote about new aid for Ukraine, conflict with Budapest and the default in Russia.
Earlier, we provided operational information on the Battle casualties of Russian invaders as of April 8, 2022.
We also offer an overview of what the European and American media wrote about, covering the 43rd day of the active Russian invasion, April 7.