[EN DIRECT] 78th day of the war in Ukraine: here are all the latest developments

The war continues in Ukraine for 78 yearsand Day, while a strike in the north-east of the country claimed at least three lives and twelve injured.


Here are the latest developments, minute by minute

10:04 am | Russian forces accused of war crimes in the Kharkiv region


Workers clean a building in Cherkassy destroyed in a bombing raid a month earlier.

Ukrainian authorities and witnesses questioned by AFP on Thursday accused Russian forces of firing a tank at a house in a village near Kharkiv in the east of the country, killing several civilians.

9:52 am | Kyiv confiscates the assets of the largest Russian bank Sberbank in Ukraine


Workers clean a building in Cherkassy destroyed in a bombing raid a month earlier.

Ukraine on Thursday authorized the seizure of the assets of the local subsidiary of Russia’s largest bank, Sberbank, in response to Moscow’s invasion of the country, according to a decision released by parliament on Thursday.

9:33 am | Europe must cut off Russia’s “energy oxygen”.

Europe must cut off Russia’s “energetic oxygen” and end its dependence on Russian gas, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kouleba said on Thursday during a visit to Berlin.

READ | Putin is pushing Finland and Sweden towards NATO


Workers clean a building in Cherkassy destroyed in a bombing raid a month earlier.

“Following the invasion of Ukraine, Finland and Sweden are preparing to join NATO, and Canada too will have to make heartbreaking military decisions.” The chronicle of Pierre Martin.

8:55 a.m. | Putin says the West is suffering more from the sanctions than Moscow


Workers clean a building in Cherkassy destroyed in a bombing raid a month earlier.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday assured that the West has suffered more than Russia from the sanctions imposed on Moscow over the offensive in Ukraine, and boasted of a strong resistance from Russian business in the face of “external challenges”.

8:46 am | EU aid to open up grain exports


Workers clean a building in Cherkassy destroyed in a bombing raid a month earlier.

The European Commission will help Ukraine unlock its grain exports by creating a platform to mobilize increased cargo capacity and coordinate its storage with member states, according to a plan announced on Thursday.

8:41 a.m. | Gazprom announces it will stop using a key gas pipeline transiting Poland


Workers clean a building in Cherkassy destroyed in a bombing raid a month earlier.

Russian gas giant Gazprom announced Thursday it would halt use of a key gas pipeline to Europe via Poland in response to Western sanctions imposed on Russia over its offensive in Ukraine.

8:34 | In the Donbass, the Russian army is still ineffective


Workers clean a building in Cherkassy destroyed in a bombing raid a month earlier.

The weakness of the Russian army at the beginning of the war in Ukraine surprised the whole world and led to a reorientation of its goals in the east of the country. Unfortunately, the Kremlin’s forces also seem to be less effective than expected.

8:25 am | Russia warns of Finland threat in NATO


Workers clean a building in Cherkassy destroyed in a bombing raid a month earlier.

Finland’s NATO membership would “certainly” pose a threat to Russia, which would respond to such membership with “military-technical” measures, Moscow ruled on Thursday.

8:06 am | Ukraine denounces “the endless list” of Russian abuses at the UN

Ukraine and its allies denounced “the endless list” of human rights abuses committed by Russia since the February 24 invasion at the United Nations on Thursday during a special session of the Human Rights Council boycotted by Moscow.

WAR NOTEBOOK | War becomes “unpredictable”


Workers clean a building in Cherkassy destroyed in a bombing raid a month earlier.

In 5 minutes: Sources: Graphic News, CNN, AFP; Research: B.Zapirain; Infographic: K.Leblanc

As US intelligence predicts the war will become “more unpredictable and escalating further,” the US House of Representatives approves an additional $40 billion in funding for Ukraine aid.

6:05 am | The EBRD raises €1 billion from its donors


Workers clean a building in Cherkassy destroyed in a bombing raid a month earlier.

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) President Odile Renaud-Basso said her institution raised €1 billion to help Ukraine during its annual general meeting this week.

6:02 | Ukraine denounces “the endless list” of Russian abuses at the UN

Ukraine and its allies denounced “the endless list” of human rights abuses committed by Russia since the February 24 invasion at the United Nations on Thursday during a special session of the Human Rights Council boycotted by Moscow.

5:56 | Ukraine is asking to be “reserved” for her a place in the European Union


Workers clean a building in Cherkasy destroyed in a bombing raid a month earlier.

The head of Ukraine’s diplomacy, Dmytro Kouleba, demanded on Thursday that a place in the European Union be “reserved” for his country, even if the accession negotiations have a long way to go.

5:40 p.m. | Russian gas transit via Ukraine fell by almost a third on Thursday


Workers clean a building in Cherkassy destroyed in a bombing raid a month earlier.

Transit of Russian gas to Europe via Ukraine will fall by almost a third from the previous day, Russian gas giant Gazprom said on Thursday, as supplies have been hit by the conflict for the second straight day.

5:32 | 3 dead and 12 wounded in a Russian attack in the north-east


Workers clean a building in Cherkasy destroyed in a bombing raid a month earlier.

At least three people were killed and 12 injured in a Russian airstrike on the town of Novgorod-Siversky in northeastern Ukraine on Wednesday night, local emergency services told AFP on Thursday.

4h20 | Finland: Executive for “immediate” NATO membership, decision on Sunday


Workers clean a building in Cherkassy destroyed in a bombing raid a month earlier.

The President and Prime Minister of Finland said they were “immediately” in favor of the Nordic country’s NATO membership on Thursday and announced a press conference on the Nordic country’s decision for Sunday.

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