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Kyiv Post Daily Thread – The Latest News From and About Ukraine on April 4

All the latest updates and news from Ukraine today.

Kyiv Post Daily Thread – The Latest News From and About Ukraine on April 4
A Ukrainian national flag flies over the Lviv City Hall tower to mark 33rd anniversary of raising the national flag in 1990, in Lviv, on April 3, 2023. PHOTO: AFP

Good day, here are all the latest stories from the Kyiv Post news team..

Ukraine’s Mine-Contaminated Area is 4.5 Times Larger Than Switzerland

The importance of the European Union's humanitarian mine action support to Ukraine continues to grow, as Ukraine’s explosive contaminated territory is 4.5 times the size of Switzerland.
Read the full story on Ukrinform.

IMF Gives First Part of $15.6 Billion to Ukraine

The first tranche of $2.7 billion USD from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has been transferred to the general fund of the state budget of Ukraine, the Ukrainian Ministry for Finance announced on April 3. This is an unprecedented loan – the first wartime loan the IMF has ever given in its 77-year history.

Read teh full story here.

Two Civilians Killed in Donetsk

Ukraine Says Wagner Raised Russian Flag ‘Over a Toilet’ in Bakhmut

Ukraine has continued to deny claims from the head of Wagner that Russian forces have taken control of Bakhmut “in a legal sense,” claiming they are still “very far” from achieving anything remotely like it.

Read the full story here.


Japanese PM to Hold Meetings Before G7 Summit, War in Ukraine to be Discussed

Prime Minister of Japan Fumio Kishida will hold a series of ministerial meetings ahead of the G7 summit in May in an effort to lead discussions on a range of issues, including Russia's war against Ukraine, energy supplies, and the food situation.
Read the full story on Ukrinform here

EXPLAINED: Finland Joins NATO Today – This Is What It Means and What Happens Next

Finland becomes the 31st member of NATO on Tuesday, in a historic strategic shift provoked by Moscow’s war on Ukraine, which doubles the U.S.-led alliance’s border with Russia.

“President Putin went to war against Ukraine with a clear aim to get less NATO,” NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said.

“He’s getting the exact opposite.”

Read the full story here.

Kyiv Post Morning Memo – Everything You Need to Know on Tuesday, April 4

Good morning from Kyiv.


Russia attacked the Odesa region overnight, with kamikaze drones. Fourteen were shot down by Ukrainian air defenses but one struck a commercial property. There are no reports of casualties at this time.


On a positive note, there are signs that life in Ukraine continues despite Russian aggression, authorities in Kyiv have announced the dates of the tulip season, three million of which will be publicly viewable in Dobropark from April 27.



Read the full memo here.