Ukraine’s war-ravaged financial system shrank virtually 30% in 2022 – thqaftqlm

Ukraine’s war-ravaged financial system shrank virtually 30% in 2022

9:15am: Russian father of lady who drew anti-war photos ‘extradited’ from Belarus

Alexei Moskalyov, a Russian man who was jailed for “discrediting the Russian military” after his daughter Masha drew anti-war photos in school has been extradited from Belarus to Russia, state-owned information company RIA reported, citing a Belarusian official.

9:05am: Ukraine’s GDP fell 29.1% in 2022

Ukraine’s gross home product (GDP) fell by 29.1% in 2022 as Russia’s full-scale invasion battered the financial system, the state statistics service has stated.

Russia’s invasion has killed tens of 1000’s, uprooted thousands and thousands, broken heavy business, the ability grid and the agriculture sector, and resulted within the lack of swathes of land within the south and east. Ukraine now has solely extremely restricted entry to the Black Sea ports which can be very important for grain and metals exports, the mainstays of Ukraine’s export-led financial system.

 

The financial system ministry stated earlier this 12 months that exports had fallen 35% in 2022 from the 12 months earlier than, and that bodily volumes have been down 38.4%. Ukraine’s grain crop fell to 53 million tonnes in 2022 from a report 86 million tonnes in 2021 as a result of invasion.

One other key a part of financial system, the metals sector, diminished metal manufacturing by virtually 71% after a number of main crops have been destroyed or occupied.

6:30am: US, Ukraine say many warfare secrets and techniques protected from intel leaks

Ukraine’s leaders say they don’t see a significant US intelligence leak as gravely damaging future offensives. A key motive: They’ve lengthy held again on sharing their most delicate operational data, doubting Washington’s capability to maintain their secrets and techniques protected.

Ukrainian and US officers stated this week that solely Ukrainians know some battle plans and different operational data, not the Individuals, their most essential ally. Which means the leak of secret army paperwork, together with some assessing Ukraine’s battlefield strengths and weaknesses in opposition to Russia, could not have been sufficient – to date – to alter the course of the warfare.

“If army operations are deliberate, then solely a really slim circle of individuals know concerning the planning of the particular operation,” Deputy Defence Minister Hanna Maliar stated Wednesday on Ukrainian tv. “The danger of leaks may be very minimal” for an important warfare issues.

In the meantime, Russia is making clear that it’s avidly learning every spilled secret. “Fairly attention-grabbing,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov stated of the leaks.

3:15am: Leaker of US intelligence is gun fanatic in his 20s, says Washington Publish

The one who leaked US categorized paperwork prompting a nationwide safety investigation is a gun fanatic in his 20s who labored on a army base, the Washington Publish reported on Wednesday, citing fellow members of a web based chat group.

The individual shared categorized data to a bunch on the moment messaging platform Discord of about two dozen males and younger boys who shared a “mutual love of weapons, army gear and God”, the Publish stated.

The Publish based mostly its report, which didn’t identify the individual, on interviews with two members of the Discord chat group. Discord stated in a press release earlier on Wednesday that it was cooperating with regulation enforcement.

  • Key developments from Wednesday, April 13:

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Wednesday denounced Russian “beasts” after a video surfaced on social media purporting to point out the decapitation of a Ukrainian prisoner of warfare.

The grisly footage, which prompted outrage and condemnation from UN and EU officers, got here as Washington reaffirmed its confidence in Ukraine’s army “functionality” after a leaked trove of extremely delicate paperwork appeared on-line. 

In the meantime, Ukraine’s army rejected as unfaithful a Russian declare to have captured greater than 80% of the japanese battleground metropolis of Bakhmut, claiming that Kyiv’s forces managed “significantly” greater than a fifth of the war-ravaged metropolis.

>> Learn our stay weblog for all of yesterday’s developments as they unfolded

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 (FRANCE 24 with AP, AFP and Reuters)

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