Russia is gaining ground in eastern Ukraine, EU denounces “gas blackmail”.

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The Ukrainian army on Wednesday recognized an advance of Russian forces in the east of the country with the capture of several locations in the Kharkiv region and Donbass. In addition, the EU, which says it is “ready” to cut off Russian gas, denounces “blackmail”. Follow our life.

  • 12:54 p.m.: Suspension of Russian gas supplies is in response to “unfriendly acts” against Russia

The suspension of Russian gas supplies to Bulgaria and Poland for not paying in rubles as requested by Moscow is the result of unprecedented hostile actions against Russia, the Kremlin said on Wednesday.

“The terms set are part of a new payment method developed after unprecedented unfriendly acts,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said after Russia’s offensive in Ukraine.

  • 12:26 p.m .: The Chinese drone manufacturer DJI stops sales to Russia and Ukraine

To ensure its products are not used in combat, Chinese drone maker DJI Technology has announced the temporary suspension of sales to Russia and Ukraine. It is the first major Chinese company to invoke the dispute to halt sales to Russia.

  • 12:22 p.m .: Russia bans almost 300 British parliamentarians from entering the country and is leaving the World Tourism Organization

Russia has banned 287 members of the UK Parliament from entering the country in retaliation for a similar action by London against Russian MPs who supported the offensive in Ukraine. Moscow also announced its exit from the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and took the lead when member states were due to vote on its exclusion, this Madrid-based UN agency said on Twitter.

  • 10:26 am: In Moldova, Transnistrian separatist authorities report gunfire near a Russian ammunition depot

Authorities in Moldova’s pro-Russian separatist republic of Transnistria have announced that a village on the border with Ukraine, home to a large Russian army ammunition depot, has come under fire after drones flew over it.

“Several drones were sighted over the village of Kolbasna last night,” Transnistria’s “Interior Ministry” said in a statement, adding that on Wednesday morning “shots were fired towards Kolbasna from Ukraine” with no casualties .

  • 09:58: The EU has “prepared” and is developing “a coordinated response” to the Russian gas spill

The European Union is “prepared” for a disruption to Russian gas and is preparing “a coordinated response,” EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Wednesday after Gazprom suspended supplies to Bulgaria and Poland.

“Gazprom’s announcement is another attempt by Russia to blackmail us with gas. We are prepared for this scenario. We are developing our coordinated European response. Europeans can rest assured that we stand united and in solidarity with the Member States concerned,” she responded on Twitter.

  • 9:50 am: Moscow says it destroyed a “large quantity” of western-supplied weapons in a strike

Russia on Wednesday said it had destroyed a “large quantity” of weapons shipped to Kyiv by the United States and European countries in a missile attack in southeastern Ukraine.

“Sheds with a large amount of foreign arms and ammunition supplied to the Ukrainian armed forces from the United States and European countries were destroyed with high-precision Kalibr missiles fired from the sea at the Zaporozhye aluminum plant,” said the Russian Ministry of Defence.

  • 09:07: Gazprom confirms that it has stopped supplying gas to Poland and Bulgaria

Russian group Gazprom announced on Wednesday that it had suspended all its gas supplies to Bulgaria and Poland, assuring that these two European Union member countries had not made any payments in rubles.

In a statement, Gazprom said it had informed Bulgarian company Bulgargaz and Polish company PGNiG about the “suspension of gas supplies from April 27 and pending payment” in rubles.

PGNiG on Wednesday confirmed “the complete cessation of Gazprom’s natural gas supplies under the Yamal contract.”

  • 8.23 a.m .: Kyiv announces the capture of several towns by Russian troops in the east

The Ukrainian army on Wednesday recognized an advance of Russian troops in the east of the country with the capture of several small towns in the Kharkiv region and Donbass.

Russian forces are advancing from Izium, already under their control, towards Lyman and near Severodonetsk, one of the most important cities in the region.

They captured the places of Velyka Komychouvakha and Zavody in the Kharkov region, and the places of Zaritchné and Novotochkivské in the Donetsk region, Ukraine’s Defense Ministry said in its morning report.

  • 7.11 a.m .: “International military support is absolutely necessary in the eyes of the Ukrainians”

The United States is always on the move to synchronize and coordinate international military assistance to Ukraine, including heavy weapons and armed drones and ammunition. For Gulliver Cragg, France 24 correspondent in Kyiv, this support is bearing fruit on the ground.

International military support is absolutely necessary in the eyes of the Ukrainians
International military support is absolutely necessary in the eyes of the Ukrainians © France 24

  • 4:09 a.m.: Explosions in the Russian city of Belgorod

A series of explosions were heard in the early hours of Wednesday (April 27) in the Russian city of Belgorod near the Ukrainian border, regional governor Vyacheslav Gladkov said, adding that a fire broke out at an ammunition depot. No civilians were injured in the fire, he said.

Russia earlier this month accused Ukraine of attacking a fuel depot with helicopters and opening fire on several villages in the area.

With AFP and Reuters

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