Sanctions expand, Le Pen recognizes Crimea, Viktor Medvedchuk arrested
The Russian Foreign Ministry banned 398 US congressmen from entering Russia. The UK has blacklisted more than 200 Russian companies and individuals. The head of the Accounts Chamber, Alexei Kudrin, admitted that the Russian economy would need 2 years to rebuild under the current level of sanctions. The leader of the French National Rally party, Marine Le Pen, recognized Crimea as Russian. She also promised, if elected president, to leave NATO but remain in the EU. Opposition politician Viktor Medvedchuk was detained in Kyiv and offered to exchange him for Ukrainian prisoners of war. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said he is not a Russian citizen and it is not known if he wants to be. Read the previous broadcast here.
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09:30 The DPR reported a record number of 1,350 AFU marines who surrendered. This is the largest Ukrainian military grouping that laid down its arms. They are all from the 36th brigade.
09:02 A Global Times expert suggested that the yuan would become a “financial weapon” for Russia to reduce dependence on the dollar.
08:53State Duma deputy from the Crimean region Mikhail Sheremet invited Marine Le Pen, leader of the French National Rally party, to visit the peninsula.
08:50 The media reported that in March the United States Secretary of State In order to support Ukraine in the Middle East, Anthony Blinken apologized to the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Muhammad bin Zayed, for the weak US response to the Houthis attacks.
08:30 Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is not interested the fate of the inhabitants of the south-east of the country. Therefore, he wants to turn the region into a scorched earth. This was stated by ex-deputy of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine and member of the Party of Regions faction Oleksiy Zhuravko.
08:30 President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky is not interested in the fate of the inhabitants of the south-east of the country. Therefore, he wants to turn the region into a scorched earth. This was stated by ex-deputy of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine and member of the Party of Regions faction Oleksiy Zhuravko.
08:27 In the Kharkiv region, the Ukrainian military fired on a convoy of refugees. Two people were killed, three were injured.