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Russia“s war on Ukraine latest: China to work with Russia on strategic ties

2023-04-17T06:59:38Z

A 50-year-old man and his 11-year-old daughter were killed after Russian forces struck a residential building in the southeastern Ukrainian city of Zaporizhzhia early on Sunday, authorities said. Edward Baran reports.

China is willing to work with Russia to forge close strategic communications between their militaries, Chinese state media reported Minister of Defence Li Shangfu as saying. Li met Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Sunday.

* Ukraine’s agriculture minister said Kyiv would aim to secure the re-opening of food and grain transit via Poland as a “first step” at talks in Warsaw on Monday, after Poland and Hungary announced bans on grain and other food imports from Ukraine to protect their agricultural sectors.

* Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has again proposed establishing a group of countries not involved with the Russia-Ukraine war to broker peace, saying he had recently discussed the matter with Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping.

* Russia’s most powerful mercenary group, Wagner, sent at least 100 Ukrainian prisoners of war back to Ukraine to mark Orthodox Easter, according to a video posted by the group’s founder, Yevgeny Prigozhin.

* Russia’s defence ministry said that Wagner mercenary units captured two more city blocks in the northwest and southeastern parts of Bakhmut.

* Russia’s regular spring military draft is proceeding as scheduled and there are no plans to send out mass electronic notices under a system just signed into law by President Vladimir Putin, a top official said.

* Slovakia has handed over all 13 MiG-29 fighter jets it had pledged to Ukraine, the Slovak defence ministry said.

Reuters could not independently confirm the battlefield reports.

* India and Russia are discussing a free trade agreement to guarantee investment between their countries, Russia’s deputy prime minister said.

* A new international economic support package of $115 billion gives Ukraine more confidence that it can prevail in battling Russia’s invasion, Ukrainian Finance Minister Serhiy Marchenko told Reuters.

* ANALYSIS-Russia’s military production, state splurge ease sanctions pain

* INSIGHT-Ukraine’s tech entrepreneurs fight war on different front

* Ukraine says it is finding more Chinese components in Russian weapons

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