Inflation slowing, prisoner exchange, natural gas prices drop

11 April, 01:55 PM

Your slice of the headlines in Ukraine. Daily. Tuesday, April 11, 2023.

●     Inflation in Ukraine slows to 21.3%
While consumer price index continues to climb, particularly when it comes to food items, annualized inflation rate in Ukraine has decelerated to 21.3%, the State Statistics Service said in a report published on April 10.

●     Ukraine sees natural gas price drop for fifth month in a row
The price of domestically produced gas in Ukraine in March 2023 was the lowest reported since the beginning of Russia's full-scale war, the Finance Ministry stated on April 10.

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●     Russia losing about two companies per day near Avdiivka and Mariinka, reports Ukrainian military
Invading Russian troops are losing about two companies per day in the battles for the towns of Avdiivka and Mariinka in Donetsk Oblast, the spokesperson for Tavria axis military group, Colonel Oleksiy Dmytrashkivskyi, said on national television on April 10.

●     MP urges reform of Economic Security Bureau in line with IMF guidelines
The Economic Security Bureau of Ukraine (ESBU) needs to be revamped by the end of 2023 in order to meet the guidelines laid out by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the chairman of the parliamentary committee on finance, tax, and customs policy, MP Danylo Hetmantsev, said in an interview to the Interfax-Ukraine news agency on April 10.

●     Ukraine returns 100 combatants in POW exchange
Russia and Ukraine have conducted another exchange of prisoners-of-war, with 100 Ukrainians returning from Russian captivity, Ukrainian Coordination HQ for POW Affairs reported via Telegram on April 10.

●     Ukraine returns 24 children kidnapped from Kherson Oblast by Russia
Ukraine has rescued 24 children from Kherson Oblast who had been abducted by Russian invaders, the regional military administration reported on April 10.

●     Russia evicts entire village near Mariupol to house troops, mayor advisor says
Russian occupational authorities are evicting an entire village near the occupied city of Mariupol, Donetsk Oblast, in order to house military personnel, Mariupol mayoral advisor Petro Andriushchenko said on Telegram on April 10.

●     Russian religious persecutions in Ukraine likely part of ongoing cultural genocide, says ISW
Russia is conducting a campaign of systematic religious persecutions in occupied Ukraine, which are likely part of its ongoing cultural genocide, the U.S. think tank Institute for the Study of War (ISW) said in its Ukraine report for April 9.

●     Russia sending elite units to Bakhmut due to heavy PMC Wagner losses
Invading Russian forces are transferring elite units to the town of Bakhmut, Donetsk Oblast, to cover for huge losses suffered by Wagner mercenary company forces, the spokesperson for Ukraine’s Eastern Military Grouping, Serhiy Cherevatyi, said on Ukrainian television on April 9.

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