1 min ago53 min agoNew Zealand to impose tariffs on all Russian imports From CNN’s Wayne Chang
New Zealand said it will impose a 35% tariff on all Russian imports and extend existing export prohibitions to include “industrial products closely linked to strategic Russian industries.”
“These tariff increases work in conjunction with the international community as we seek to pressure (Russian President Vladimir) Putin’s regime,” New Zealand Minister of Trade Damien O’Connor said.
“These trade sanctions, in addition to the other measures taken already, work in tandem with Ukraine and international partners to put the most pressure possible on Putin’s regime to cease hostilities.”The measures will come into effect on April 25, according to a joint statement by New Zealand’s foreign ministry and trade ministry.
Export of industrial products such as telecommunications equipment and engines will be banned.
“The images and reports emerging of atrocities committed against civilians in Bucha and other regions of Ukraine is abhorrent and reprehensible, and New Zealand continues to respond to Putin’s mindless acts of aggression,” New Zealand’s Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta said.Mahuta said New Zealand has called on Russia to be held to account for war crimes and, along with 41 other nations, supports an International Criminal Court prosecution.
1 hr 22 min agoUS authorizes additional $100 million for anti-armor systems for UkraineFrom CNN’s Oren Liebermann and DJ Judd
Ukrainian service members unpack Javelin anti-tank missiles at Boryspil International Airport outside Kyiv, Ukraine, delivered on February 10. (Valentyn Ogirenko/Reuters)The United States authorized an additional $100 million for anti-armor systems to Ukraine, the Biden administration announced on Tuesday.
The additional shipment will be released to meet an urgent demand from Ukraine for the Javelin anti-tank missiles, which are among the weapons that have proven most effective against Russian forces.
Shipped quickly: President Joe Biden authorized the drawdown of the Javelin anti-armor weapons from US inventories, meaning the weapons will be pulled from existing Defense Department stocks and can be shipped to Ukraine quickly.
Billions in assistance: This latest shipment means the US has now authorized more than $2.4 billion in security assistance to Ukraine since the beginning of the Biden administration, including more than $1.7 billion since the start of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24.
“The world has been shocked and appalled by the atrocities committed by Russia’s forces in Bucha and across Ukraine,” said Secretary of State Antony Blinken in a statement announcing the decision.
“Ukraine’s forces bravely continue to defend their country and their freedom, and the United States, along with our Allies and partners, stand steadfast in support of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.”Further US support: On Friday, the US announced that it will provide another $300 million in security assistance to Ukraine, including Switchblade suicide drones, night-vision equipment and anti-drone systems. But that package, which fell under the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative, has to be procured from defense contractors.
1 hr 37 min agoNew sanctions could target Putin’s adult children, western official saysFrom CNN’s Kevin Liptak
The United States could impose sanctions on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s adult children as early as Wednesday, according to a western official familiar with the plans.
Putin has acknowledged two daughters with his ex-wife Lyudmila Putin.
The White House has said the latest round of sanctions will be applied in conjunction with European allies.
The Biden administration is also eyeing an expansion of sanctions on Sberbank — Russia’s largest financial institution — and Alfa Bank — another large lender — the official said.
1 hr 25 min agoZelensky told UN Security Council to remove Russia or “dissolve yourself.” Here’s what to knowUkrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky addresses the United Nations Security Council via video on April 5. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky accused Russian troops of indiscriminately killing civilians “just for their pleasure” in an emotionally charged address Tuesday to the United Nations Security Council during which he questioned the very mandate of the Security Council itself.
Here’s what to know about his UN speech:
It came a day after he visited the Kyiv suburb of Bucha, where shocking images of bodies in the streets emerged over the weekend.Zelensky said Russia’s actions were no different from those of a terror group, except that Russia is a permanent member of the Security Council.Russia has veto power at the UN and has previously used that to block a resolution condemning its invasion of Ukraine.The Ukrainian leader criticized the body, asking representatives point-blank: “Where is the security that the Security Council needs to guarantee? It is not there, though there is a Security Council.”
Zelensky told the UN it should do one of two things: One was to remove Russia “as an aggressor and a source of war so cannot block decisions about its own aggression, its own war.”The second, “If there is no alternative and no option, then the next option would be dissolve yourself altogether,” Zelensky said. “It is obvious that the key institution of the world designed to combat aggression and ensure peace cannot work effectively,” Zelensky said.
In his damning speech, Zelensky said there was “not a single crime” that the Russians “would not commit,” alleging Russian troops had “searched for and purposefully killed anyone who served our country.”Zelensky also warned that the horrors found in Bucha would be replicated in other cities across Ukraine and demanded accountability. The president also demanded full and transparent investigations and security guarantees fo
The Ukrainian president questioned the very mandate of the Security Council during emotionally charged speech
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