War in Ukraine: Russia promises new attacks on Kyiv, explosions are heard in the capital this morning

All information relates to the Russian invasion of Ukraine this Friday, April 8, the 51st day of the conflict.

– Russia promises further strikes against Kyiv

Russian cruise missiles fell on a military target on the outskirts of Kyiv on Thursday night, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Friday, which intends to launch further attacks on the Ukrainian capital. The ministry added that its forces had taken complete control of the Ilyich steel plant in the port city of Mariupol, which had been surrounded by Russian forces for weeks.

Powerful explosions were heard in Kyiv in the early hours of Friday morning, while warning sirens sounded across Ukraine as Ukrainian forces and residents braced for more attacks. They come as Ukraine claims it was behind the sinking of the Moscow River, Russia’s flagship in the Black Sea, after rocket fire.

Moscow confirmed the ship’s sinking without directly attributing it to Ukrainian strikes. The Russian ministry said in its statement that the rocket attacks on Kyiv hit the Vizar factory on the outskirts of the Ukrainian capital, which manufactured and repaired rockets.

“The number and scale of rocket attacks on targets in Kyiv will increase in response to terrorist attacks or acts of sabotage on Russian territory by the nationalist regime in Kyiv,” the ministry said in a statement. He added that the Russian military shot down a Ukrainian Mi-8 helicopter which he said was attacking the village of Klimovo in western Russia’s Bryansk region on Thursday.

– CIA concerned about nuclear risk after Putin’s backlash

The chief of the CIA believes that face-to-face on the back of Vladimir Putin in Kyiv and in the west of the country, the risk of a nuclear attack with tactical or weak weapons.

“It is possible that President Putin and the Russian leadership fall into despairGiven the military setbacks they have suffered to date, none of us can take lightly the threat posed by the possible use of tactical or low-power nuclear weapons,” said William Burns.

From the beginning of the offensive, Russia announced that it would put its nuclear deterrent force on alert, “but we haven’t really seen any concrete signs like deployments or military action that could exacerbate our concerns,” added the chief of the US’s main intelligence agency, who spoke to students at Georgia Tech University.

– Strong explosions heard in Kyiv

Powerful explosions were heard in Kyiv in the early hours of Friday, while warning sirens sounded across Ukraine as Ukrainian forces and residents braced for more attacks from Russia.

These seem to be the biggest explosions in the Ukrainian capital and its surroundings as the Russian army withdrew from the area earlier this month to prepare for deployment in the south and east of the country. They come as Ukraine claimed to have caused the sinking of the Moscow River, Russia’s flagship in the Black Sea, after rocket fire. Moscow confirmed the sinking of the ship.

The Russian Navy continues to bombard Ukrainian coastal towns as part of the offensive launched on February 24, which Moscow portrays as a “military special operation” and which Westerners see as an invasion.

In Mariupol and Odessa, residents braced for more attacks, while Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy underlined Russia’s readiness to attack the Donbass region in the east of the country in his daily video address. The Ukrainian press did not immediately report damage after the explosions on Friday morning in Kyiv, but also in Cherson in the south and Kharkov in the east.

– “We’ve already held out for 50 days,” says Zelensky

“We’ve already held out for 50 days.” In his latest daily video message, Volodymyr Zelenskyy assured that after “50 days of Russian invasion” Russia intends to “destroy” the Donbass region.

They have been trying to destroy us for 50 days, but the \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6 people are resisting heroically. We fear nothing, we know what we are fighting for. We are brave enough to put an end to evil. Stop feeding the \ud83c\uddf7\ud83c\uddfa military machine. Help \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6 with weapons. Then Peace & Good wins faster. pic.twitter.com/WdDbZsvZ4e

— Володимир Зеленський (@ZelenskyyUa) April 14, 2022

– Default from Russia in May?

Russia could find itself in a state of bankruptcy situation in early May after attempting to pay its last maturities on dollar bonds in rubles as its greenback reserves were unavailable due to Western sanctions imposed in the wake of the invading Ukraine .

Russia paid the April 4 maturities of two government bonds maturing in 2022 and 2042 in rubles, while the coupons should have been paid in dollars given the original bond contracts. The contracts for the relevant bonds issued before 2018 do not provide for settlement in a non-dollar currency, while this option exists for certain bonds issued after 2018, Moody’s said in a news release Thursday.

Russia “could therefore be considered insolvent by Moody’s definition if the situation is not corrected by May 4, the end date of the grace period,” states Moody’s, which believes that in this case the contractual obligation to investors will not be met exist is held.

Should Russia default on its foreign currency debt, it would be a first since the tsar’s debts were denied after the 1917 revolution.

– Russia accuses Ukraine of conducting strikes on its soil

The Russian investigative committee claimed that two Ukrainian helicopters “equipped with heavy weapons” carried out this “at least six strikes on apartment buildings in the village of Klimovo”. Kyiv denied these allegations.

– Mariupol still under siege

After more than forty days, the fighting is limited to the huge industrial area near the coast, and the Russian forces are gradually tightening their siege.

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