China News Agency, Beijing, April 16. Comprehensive news: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky revealed on the 15th that the conflict with Russia has resulted in the casualties of more than 10,000 Ukrainian soldiers.

The Russian Ministry of Defense said on the same day that in response to Ukrainian "sabotage activities" in Russia, it will expand the scale of strikes against targets in Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine.

On the other hand, Russia is continuing to promote the "Ruble Settlement Order" to settle exports in rubles.

  Zelensky says clashes have killed more than 10,000 Ukrainian soldiers

  According to CNN, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on the 15th that the conflict with Russia has resulted in the deaths of about 2,500 to 3,000 Ukrainian soldiers, about 10,000 Ukrainian soldiers were injured, and about 19,000 others were injured. 20,000 Russian soldiers died.

  The Ukrainian National Police said on the 15th that the Luhansk area controlled by the Ukrainian side was attacked by Russian mortars and howitzers on the night of the 14th, causing damage to local infrastructure and living facilities and casualties of residents.

  In response to Ukraine's actions, Russia said it would expand the scale of strikes against Kyiv-related targets

  Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Konashenkov reported on the 15th that Russia has destroyed 132 Ukrainian aircraft, 105 helicopters, 456 drones, 245 anti-aircraft missile systems, 2,213 tanks and Armored vehicles, 249 multiple rocket launchers, 966 field artillery and mortars, 2110 special military vehicles.

In addition, the Ilyich metallurgical plant in Mariupol has been controlled by the Russian army.

  Konashenkov also said on the same day that the Russian army will expand the scale of missile strikes against targets in Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine, in response to Ukraine's recent "terrorist attacks" and "sabotage activities" in Russia.

  The Russian Satellite News Agency reported on the 15th that more than 1,000 Ukrainian soldiers who surrendered were currently detained in Russia, citing news released by the Press Service of the Russian Investigative Committee.

At the same time, the Russian Investigative Committee has obtained arms supply information from 25 countries through investigation, 21 of which are NATO members.

  According to Russian media reports on the 15th, Andrei Klimov, chairman of the Russian Federation Council's Committee for Safeguarding State Sovereignty, revealed that the Russian army captured some soldiers from NATO countries during the "special military operation". Continuing the war against Russia at the hands of Ukrainians and mercenaries", Russia will "show the whole world what really happened" when it comes to trial.

  Russia pushes forward with 'ruble settlement order'

  Russian Presidential Press Secretary Peskov said on the 15th that the exact time when other Russian exports other than natural gas will be transferred to rubles for settlement has not yet been determined. "Ruble Settlement Order".

  Rogozin, President of Roscosmos, said on the 14th that Russia is promoting the use of rubles to settle settlements in oil and gas and other fields with certain "foreign partners", and Roscosmos will also sign "international contracts" with certain foreign parties to pay in rubles.

  According to RIA Novosti, as Western countries continue to step up pressure on Russia in terms of banking affairs and the supply of high-tech products due to the situation in Ukraine, Russia has decided to impose sanctions on “unfriendly” countries and countries from April 1 this year. In response, regional gas supplies were settled in rubles.

  Russian Deputy Prime Minister Novak wrote on the 15th that the reason for the settlement of gas transactions in rubles is that Russia wants to get 100% payment guarantee.

Novak believes that Western countries are unlikely to completely replace Russian oil and natural gas in the next 5 to 10 years. If restrictions on Russian energy exports continue, energy prices may reach record highs.

  German chancellor says willing to allocate funds for Ukrainian military aid

  Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba said on the 14th that he discussed the next batch of U.S. military aid to Ukraine with the U.S. Secretary of State Blinken on the same day, and coordinated the position on further sanctions against Russia.

  German Chancellor Scholz said on the 15th that Germany is willing to allocate 2 billion euros for military aid, most of which will be provided to Ukraine.

According to media reports, a source revealed that in addition to the cost of the German Bundeswehr and third countries sending weapons to Ukraine, 400 million euros will be provided to the "European Peace Fund" through this EU financing tool. Ukraine buys weapons.

  Masikas, head of the EU delegation to Ukraine, said on the 14th that the EU will complete the assessment of Ukraine's eligibility for membership by June this year, after which EU member states will make further decisions.

  In response to the news that Finland and Sweden may join NATO, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zakharova said on the 15th that Finland and Sweden joining NATO means giving up part of their sovereignty in defense, diplomacy and other fields, which does not help the two countries to strengthen their own security. It will also have a negative impact on the peace and stability of Northern Europe.

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