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Russia-Ukraine talks resume; Red Cross unable to reach besieged Mariupol

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Talks between Russia and Ukraine resumed on Friday, as fighting continued on Ukrainian soil.

Meanwhile, Russian state-owned energy giant Gazprom said it is still supplying Europe with natural gas, Reuters reported.

The report comes despite a Friday deadline from President Vladimir Putin that Russian gas be paid for in rubles — a demand that has been rejected by European governments who appear to have found a workaround.

Oil supplies, ammunition destroyed on Russian side of border

A massive fire burns at an oil depot in Belgorod, Russia, on Friday. The strike may have been carried out by Ukrainian helicopters attacking within Russian airspace.
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A fire destroyed several Russian oil tanks at a supply depot located within the country near the border with Ukraine, the British Ministry of Defence confirmed on Friday night.

The ministry's update follows the emergence of video purporting to show an aerial attack on the facility near the town of Belgorod. The Russian regional governor said Ukrainian helicopters carried out the attack.

CNBC is unable to confirm the governor's claim. Ukrainian officials have not commented on the incident.

In a separate event on Wednesday, explosions were reported at an ammunition depot in the vicinity of Belgorod, which is less than 12 miles (20 km) north of the Ukrainian border.

"The probable loss of fuel and ammunition supplies from these depots will likely add additional short-term strain to Russia's already stretched logistics chains," the British ministry said, adding that supplies to Russian forces encircling Kharkiv "may be particularly affected."

Belgorod is about 37 miles (60 km) from Kharkiv.

Just prior to Russia's invasion, images from satellite firm Maxar Technologies appeared to show a Russian troop and equipment buildup in the vicinity of Belgorod.

—Ted Kemp

U.S. to provide additional $300 million in security assistance to Ukraine

The U.S. Department of Defense will provide an additional $300 million in security assistance to Ukraine, to include laser-guided rocket systems, drones, and commercial satellite imagery services.

"This announcement represents the beginning of a contracting process to provide new capabilities to Ukraine's Armed Forces," Defense Department spokesman John Kirby said in a statement.

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Team trying to aid Mariupol was unable to reach the city, Red Cross says

The International Committee of the Red Cross said a team intending to help people leave the besieged city of Mariupol was unable to reach the port city on Friday.

The Red Cross said in a statement that the team hopes to try again Saturday.

"Arrangements and conditions made it impossible" for the convoy of three vehicles to get safely to Mariupol and they returned to Zaporizhzhia, it said.

"For the operation to succeed, it is critical that the parties respect the agreements and provide the necessary conditions and security guarantees," the organization said.

— Associated Press

U.S. task force on Russian oligarchs sees evidence of sanctions evasion

The U.S. Department of Justice task force targeting assets of Russian oligarchs has seen evidence of attempts to evade those sanctions or move assets in anticipation of possible sanctions, the unit's chief said on Friday.

Andrew Adams, a veteran prosecutor tapped to lead the department's new "KleptoCapture" force last month, told Reuters in an interview that the level of cooperation between countries on probes into oligarchs' ill-gotten gains had reached an "all-time high" in the wake of Russia's assault on Ukraine —potentially helping prosecutors track down their efforts to hide wealth.

"There are efforts afoot - some of them publicly reported - to move, for example, moveable property in the forms of yachts, airplanes ... into jurisdictions where, I think, people have the perception that it would be more difficult to investigate and more difficult to freeze," Adams said.

The task force's goal is to put the finances of Russian oligarchs under strain in a bid to pressure President Vladimir Putin to cease attacking Ukraine.

— Reuters

World Central Kitchen prepares meals for refugees and Ukrainian troops in Lviv

Employees of local restaurants and the World Central Kitchen organization prepared meals for refugees and Ukrainian Territorial Defense Forces in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv. 

Employees of a local restaurants together with the World Central Kitchen organistion prepare hot food for refugees and Ukrainian Territorial Defense Forces in western Ukrainian city of Lviv on April 1, 2022. 
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Employees of a local restaurants together with the World Central Kitchen organistion prepare hot food for refugees and Ukrainian Territorial Defense Forces in western Ukrainian city of Lviv on April 1, 2022. 
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Employees of a local restaurants together with the World Central Kitchen organistion prepare hot food for refugees and Ukrainian Territorial Defense Forces in western Ukrainian city of Lviv on April 1, 2022. 
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Employees of a local restaurants together with the World Central Kitchen organistion prepare hot food for refugees and Ukrainian Territorial Defense Forces in western Ukrainian city of Lviv on April 1, 2022. 
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Employees of a local restaurants together with the World Central Kitchen organistion prepare hot food for refugees and Ukrainian Territorial Defense Forces in western Ukrainian city of Lviv on April 1, 2022. 
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Ukrainian forces recapture small village on outskirts of Kharkiv

Ukrainian forces this week recaptured a small village on the outskirts of Ukraine's second-largest city Kharkiv, as Kyiv's forces mount counterattacks against a stalling Russian invasion.

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A Ukrainian soldier stands on the wreckage of a burnt Russian tank outside of the village of Mala Rogan, east of Kharkiv, on April 1, 2022.
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A Ukrainian soldier examines a destroyed Russian tank outside the village of Mala Rogan, east of Kharkiv, on April 1, 2022, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
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A Ukrainian soldier checks the ammunition of a burnt Russian tank outside of the village of Mala Rogan, east of Kharkiv, on April 1, 2022, amid Russian invasion of Ukraine.
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Bodies of Russian soldiers lay on the ground outside the village of Mala Rogan, east of Kharkiv, on April 1, 2022, amid Russian invasion of Ukraine.
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A Ukrainian soldier shows a Russian document next to a burnt Russian tank outside of the village of Mala Rogan, east of Kharkiv, on April 1, 2022.
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EDITORS NOTE: Graphic content: Bodies of Russian soldiers lay on the ground after the Ukranian troops retaking the village of Mala Rogan, East of Kharkiv, on March 28, 2022.
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Russia tries to shore up support from India

India's Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov are seen before their meeting in New Delhi, India, April 1, 2022. 
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Russia will increase its use of non-Western currencies for trade with countries such as India, its foreign minister said on Friday, as he hailed New Delhi as a friend that was not taking a "one-sided view" on the Ukraine war.

Sergei Lavrov visited India to shore up support from a country Russia has long regarded as an ally a day after U.S. and British officials pressed India to avoid undermining the dollar-based financial system and sanctions imposed on Russia for its invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24.

India and China are the only major countries that have not condemned what Russia calls its "special military operation". After Lavrov visited China this week, Beijing said it was "more determined" to develop ties with Russia.

"We are friends," Lavrov told a news conference after meeting his Indian counterpart, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, adding India saw the Ukraine crisis in the "entirety of facts and not just in a one-sided way".

— Reuters

Fashion studio in Odesa makes bulletproof vests for Ukrainian army

Workers in the fashion design studio of Uzun Vitaliy, which was designing women's clothes before Russia invaded Ukraine, now make bulletproof vests for the Ukrainian army in Odesa.

Workers of fashion design studio of Uzun Vitaliy which was designing women clothes before the Russian attacks, currently make bulletproof vests for Ukrainian army in Odessa, Ukraine, on March 31, 2022. 
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Workers of fashion design studio of Uzun Vitaliy which was designing women clothes before the Russian attacks, currently make bulletproof vests for Ukrainian army in Odessa, Ukraine, on March 31, 2022. 
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Workers of fashion design studio of Uzun Vitaliy which was designing women clothes before the Russian attacks, currently make bulletproof vests for Ukrainian army in Odessa, Ukraine, on March 31, 2022. 
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People work on bulletproof vests for servicemen of Ukrainian army in a tailoring studio of well-known Ukrainian fashion designer Uzun Vital in Odesa, Ukraine 20 March 2022.
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A woman works on bulletproof vests for servicemen of Ukrainian army in a tailoring studio of well-known Ukrainian fashion designer Uzun Vital in Odesa, Ukraine 20 March 2022.
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Workers of fashion design studio of Uzun Vitaliy which was designing women clothes before the Russian attacks, currently make bulletproof vests for Ukrainian army in Odessa, Ukraine, on March 31, 2022. 
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European Council president warns China against helping Russia

The European Union and China agreed that the war in Ukraine was threatening global security, the head of the European Council said on Friday, while warning China against helping Russia's war.

"The EU and China, we agreed that this war is threatening global security and the world's economy," Charles Michel told a news conference after a virtual EU-China summit.

Charles Michel, president of the European Council, speaks at a news conference following the EU-China summit at the EU Council headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, on Friday, April 1, 2022.
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"Any attempts to circumvent sanctions or provide aid to Russia would prolong the war. This would lead to more loss of life and greater economic impact," he said. "We will also remain vigilant on any attempts to aid Russia financially or militarily. However, positive steps by China to help end the war would be welcomed by all Europeans and by the global community."

— Reuters