More frequent drone attacks, Zelenskyy to visit Poland, Ukraine receives IMF tranche

4 April, 02:59 PM

Your slice of Ukraine’s top headlines. Daily. Tuesday, April 4, 2023.

●     Russian drone attacks becoming more frequent, Ukraine’s Air Force says
The Russian military has increased the frequency of kamikaze drone attacks on Ukraine, launching Iranian-made Shahed drones from Bryansk Oblast, Ukrainian Air Force spokesman Yuriy Ihnat told Ukrainian TV broadcasters on April 3.

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●     EU launches new price benchmark for liquefied natural gas instead of TTF
The European Union has launched a new gas benchmark for liquefied natural gas transactions to replace the Title Transfer Facility (TTF), the European Union Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER) reported on April 3.

●     NATO-Ukraine meeting to go ahead in Brussels after years of delays by Hungary
The NATO-Ukraine Commission (NUC) for foreign ministers will take place in Brussels on April 3-4 for the first time since 2017, Ukraine's Foreign Ministry spokesperson Oleh Nikolenko wrote on Facebook on April 3.

●     German Vice Chancellor Habeck, Council of Europe chief arrive in Kyiv
German Vice Chancellor Robert Habeck arrived in Kyiv for an unannounced visit, Deutsche Welle reported on April 3.

●     Zelenskyy to visit Poland on April 5
President Volodymyr Zelenskyy will pay an official visit to Poland on April 5, the Polish presidential office wrote on Twitter on April 3.

●     Ukrainians improve tactical position in Donbas, Russians fearing counteroffensive
The Ukrainian Armed Forces have improved their tactical position in Donetsk Oblast, taking strategically important positions, Oleksiy Dmytrashkivskyi, spokesman for the joint press center of the Tauride Defense Forces, announced on national television on April 3.

●     Conscripts and mobilized soldiers – key points from new draft laws
The Ukrainian government has been working on several pieces of legislation concerning Ukraine’s Defense Forces and citizens eligible to be mobilized.

●     Kyiv police open case after Ministry of Culture denied access to Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra
Law enforcement officers in Kyiv have opened criminal proceedings against priests of the Russian Orthodox Church in Ukraine (ROC-U), after a commission from the Ministry of Culture was denied access to the territory of the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra monastery, Ukrainian newswire Interfax-Ukraine reported on April 3.

●     Ukraine receives first IMF tranche of $2.7 billion
Ukraine has received $2.7 billion in the first tranche of recently-approved funding program from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Governor of the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU), Andrii Pyshnyi, announced in a Facebook post on April 3.

●     Russian economy sliding towards deindustrialization, Finland says
Western sanctions continue to degrade the Russian economy, which is now moving firmly towards deindustrialization and reduced complexity, the National Bank of Finland said in a report on March 27.

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