Russia’s special operation in Ukraine, gas, sanctions: online broadcast on April 1

13:30 According to RIA Novosti, 12 Ruslan transport planes of the Russian airline were arrested in Ukraine. This was done according to the statement of the Ukrainian state enterprise “Antonov”.

13:28 Chairman of the Investigative Committee of Russia Alexander Bastrykin instructed to give a legal assessment of the actions of a woman from the Netherlands. She committed crimes against Russian-speaking citizens in Ukraine.

13:12 President of South Ossetia Bibilov will go to Donbass. This was reported by the Telegram channel SputnikOssetia with reference to the press secretary Dina Gassieva.

13:07 It was briefly clear what Putin and Lukashenko were talking about on April 1. They congratulated each other on the upcoming holiday – the Day of Unity of the Peoples of Belarus and Russia.

The leaders also discussed the state and prospects of bilateral relations and the situation around Ukraine. This was reported by the Telegram channel “Pool One”.

13:05 The Russian Foreign Intelligence Service claims that Ukraine has brought to the attention of Britain: Kyiv does not intend to comply with the Geneva Convention relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War.

In addition, Ukrainian authorities are urging Western patrons to urge the ICRC to abandon attempts to gain access to Russian prisoners of war.

13:00 Read the article “Expert allowed NATO intelligence assistance in attack on Belgorod oil depot”

12:53 Speaking about the spring conscription into the Russian army, Peskov noted that it could not have anything to do with the special operation in Ukraine. He reminded that conscripts are not sent there.

12:51 The Kremlin also commented on the attack of the Ukrainian military on the oil depot in Belgorod. As Peskov said, the president has already been informed about this. The Ministry of Emergency Situations went there. Every effort is being made to organize fuel supply chains. Peskov added that this situation is not one that can be perceived as creating comfortable conditions for continuing negotiations.

12:49 He also stressed that the Kremlin is ready to carry out explanatory work with the French actor, who has a Russian passport Gerard Depardieu. Earlier, he criticized the special operation of the Russian Federation in Ukraine.

12:48 Kremlin Speaker Dmitry Peskov said that the lack of confirmation of payment for gas in rubles does not mean an immediate halt to supplies of “blue fuel” to Europe.

12:45 The Pool One telegram channel reports that Lukashenko and Putin had a telephone conversation. What the two leaders talked about is still unknown.

12:25 Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that talks between Russia and Ukraine continue. However, so far there are no final plans and agreements. At the same time, the Minister acknowledges that there is progress, including with regard to Ukraine’s non-aligned status.

12:16 Gazprom reports that they continue to supply gas according to consumer requests. This is in full compliance with contractual obligations.

12:04 According to RIA Novosti, citing a source in the emergency services, the fire in three fuel tanks at the oil depot in Belgorod was extinguished. Meanwhile, it became known that another building in Belgorod was damaged by a Ukrainian helicopter. This is Techsapphire. The building was breached and the windows were damaged.

11:51 The Moscow Exchange index exceeded 2,800 points during trading. This happened for the first time since February 22. According to the data at 10:19 Moscow time, the index reached a value of 2804.78 points. However, now it has dropped to the level of 2756.23 points.

11:30 The Russian Ministry of Defense has published footage of the destruction of the S-300 anti-aircraft missile system (AMS) of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU). At that moment, they were in the starting positions.

11:15 According to TASS, the infrastructure of Belgorod airport was not damaged after air strikes on the city’s oil depot, which were carried out by two APU helicopters. This was stated by the spokesperson of the airport Anastasia Golodova.

11:10 A bill on criminal liability for illegal crossing of the Ukrainian border under martial law has been submitted to the Verkhovna Rada. The perpetrators will be punished by 3 to 5 years in prison. For conscripts, reservists and representatives of government agencies is provided from 5 to 10 years, and if weapons are used – up to 15 years.

10:55 The Ministry of Defense also reports the destruction of six military facilities, including five ammunition depots, using high-precision air-based weapons.

10:50 The fire at the oil depot in the Belgorod region will not affect the region’s fuel supply and consumer prices, the Ministry of Energy said.

10:43 Russian air defenses shot down a Ukrainian Mi-8 helicopter and 8 drones, the Defense Ministry said.

10:34 In the Belgorod region, one of the printing houses was damaged by Ukrainian helicopter shelling. Employees were evacuated, TASS reports.

10:19 Over the past day, almost 19,000 more refugees from the DPR and LPR arrived in Russia, RIA Novosti reported. Since the beginning of the special operation, 548.11 thousand refugees from Donbass have crossed the Russian border, including 110.29 thousand children.

10:10 Dollar and euro exchange rates continue to decline. The dollar currently costs 83.15 rubles, the euro – 92.1.

10:00 The security services of the Kursk region have been put on high alert after the attack of the APU aircraft on Belgorod, which took place last night.

9:40 Meanwhile, the head of the DNR Denis Pushilin said that the liberation of Mariupol – “a matter of days.”

9:15 Ukraine has told the IAEA that it has regained control of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. This is stated on the website of the agency. At the same time, the Ukrainian side adds that the Russian military still remains at the Chernobyl site, but they allegedly have to leave it.

Today, April 1, talks between Russia and Ukraine will resume online. The Russian side reacted ambiguously to Kiev’s proposals. Foreign Minister Lavrov called the results of the round of talks in Istanbul a positive step forward, the power bloc made it clear: the special operation will continue, the main direction now – the liberation of Donbass, ie attack on the largest military group in Ukraine, APU positions on the line of contact.

From today, European importers of Russian gas will have to open foreign currency and ruble accounts with Gazprombank to receive it – to credit one for one, after the bank converts to receive rubles on the second account, the money will go to Gazprom. Formally, such a scheme does not have to rewrite contracts, because the initial payment is in euros and dollars. Gazprombank is not under European sanctions (but is under US sanctions).

There is no understanding yet of how the EU countries will act. Germany and France reacted negatively to the innovation. But giving up Russian gas will be fatal for European economies – at least for the foreseeable future.

Meanwhile, the West is preparing new sanctions against Russia, as the active part of the special operation continues.

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