As Friday draws to a close in Kyiv and Moscow, here are the main developments of the day:
Russia says it has completed its takeover of the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol, the Defense Minister claiming that Russian forces have seized the Azovstal steelworks, the last bastion of Ukrainian resistance. The Ukrainian government did not immediately comment. Meanwhile, fighting intensified in eastern Ukraine. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Russia’s assault had turned parts of the Donbass region into “hell”. The governor of Luhansk said Russian attacks killed a dozen residents of the key city of Severodonetsk, including three adults killed when Russia struck a school where civilians had taken refuge.
Wealthy Group of Seven economies will provide $19.8 billion in economic aid to Ukraine. The financial support is separate from arms and humanitarian aid, aimed at helping the Ukrainian government maintain services for its population. The agreement was reached by G7 financial leaders from the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom and Japan. According to a key estimate, the Ukrainian economy is expected to shrink by 35% due to the war.
Finnish state-owned energy company Gasum said Russia would cut off its natural gas supply Saturday morning. Finland is a candidate for NATO membership and has refused Russia’s request to pay for the gas in rubles. Russia had previously cut off gas supplies to Poland and Bulgaria, which also refused to pay in rubles. Gasum’s CEO said Finland had prepared for the shutdown and “there will be no disruptions to the gas transmission network”. Gas supplied by Russia accounts for around 5% of Finland’s energy consumption.
Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder resigned as chairman of the Russian oil company Rosneft. A longtime friend of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Schröder has faced growing calls to sever his financial ties to Russian state energy companies and Nord Stream gas pipelines linking Russia and Germany. German lawmakers on Thursday stripped Schröder of many privileges given to the country’s former leaders, and a European parliament vote suggested he could face sanctions. Schröder, who served as chancellor from 1998 to 2005, is credited with helping to increase Germany’s energy dependence on Russia.
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