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Sunken Moskva, restoring Mriya, and plans for the sowing campaign: Highlights on war in Ukraine as of April 15

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The 51st day of the war against the Russian invaders continues in Ukraine. The Page has compiled business, political, and economic news that will help you learn more about the situation in a country that has been fighting for its right to exist for more than a month.

The major developments of the day are:

  • The state enterprise Antonov plans to restore the An-225 Mriya aircraft. It will be carried out in accordance with modern and forward-looking airworthiness standards. The enterprise already has some assemblies for restoration, the initial funds for restoration have already been obtained by the enterprise. This was reported in the press service of the State Enterprise Antonov.
  • The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation admitted that the flagship of the Black Sea Fleet, the cruiser Moskva, went down. According to the official version, the crew of the cruiser was evacuated to the ships of the Black Sea Fleet that were located in the area.
  • Law enforcement officers of the Kyiv region as of Friday, April 15, found the bodies of 900 civilians killed by Russian invaders in the Kyiv region, Andriy Nebitov, head of the Kyiv region police, reported. Most of the bodies — more than 350 — are from Bucha, Nebitov specified.

Politics

  • European officials are drawing up plans to impose an embargo on the supply of Russian oil products. This is Russia's most contested punishment for its invasion of Ukraine, as it could drive up energy prices, according to an article published by The New York Times (NYT) on April 14.
  • The Ministry of Culture and Information Policy, together with the State Agency of Ukraine for Art and Artistic Education and partners, are launching a joint brand of Ukrainian culture in the world Ukraine Now and Forever. "The main goal of Ukraine Now and Forever is to direct the world's attention to Ukrainian culture and art and further consolidate the international community in resisting Russian aggression," the press service of the Ministry of Culture said in a statement. Ukrainian artist Daniel Skrypnyk became the author of the Ukraine Now and Forever project identity.

Economy

  • During the 40 days of the war, more than 50 million euros were transferred to the cards of Ukrainian banks through TransferGo. Since February 24, Ukrainian migrants and users from other countries have made more than 400,000 transactions. Among the top 5 countries where money was transferred from are Poland, Lithuania, Germany, Hungary, and the UK. The scope of money transfers to Ukraine in Q1 of 2022 increased by 18% compared to the same period in 2021.
  • During the sowing campaign-2022, Ukraine sowed 1.94 million hectares of land with the main agricultural crops, which is 14.4% of the 13.44 million hectares planned for the current season. In general, the government plans to sow 80% of the sowing area.
  • Ukrenergo has completed construction and opened a new 330kV high-voltage line on the west of Ukraine, said Volodymyr Kudrytskyi, head of the company's Board. This is the first energy facility that Ukrenergo completed during the war. The new line will increase the reliability of the Ukrainian network in terms of synchronous operation with ENTSO-E and will create opportunities for the power system to obtain additional reserves of the Dniester PSPP. The cost of the project implementation amounted to 546 million UAH.

Business

  • The founders of the national chain of hostels Dream Hostels Yevhen Lavreniuk and Ihor Farberov launched a social hostel in Khust (Zakarpattia region), intended for 154 people. The cost of living in a hostel is 150 UAH/day per person when booking for a week or longer. At the same time, the first few weeks of accommodation for children up to 12 years will be free of charge thanks to the financial assistance of donors. According to Lavreniuk, a co-working space and a children's play area will soon open in the hostel. The project creators want to develop similar projects in other cities.
  • More than 80% of Ukrainian window manufacturers have resumed production, Oleksiy Bubnov, executive director of the Association of Window and Facade Market Participants (AWFMP), said in a comment to Interfax-Ukraine. According to Bubnov, up to 10% of production capacities are located in the territories occupied by Russian troops, and a number of others are in the zone of active hostilities.
  • During the first weeks, Energoatom suffered approximately 16 billion UAH in direct and indirect losses. Now they already reach about 35 billion UAH. This is taking into account non-payments, Petro Kotin, Acting President of NNEGC Energoatom, said in an interview with the Interfax-Ukraine news agency.
  • Context. We have already reported about the news in the chronicle of the world’s economic war against Russia as of April 15th.
  • In addition, The Page covered the combat losses of the Russian invaders as of April 15, 2022.

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