Russia approaches default on foreign currency payments, according to financial rating agency Standard & Poor’s

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12:00 : It’s noon, here’s the gist of the news:

• Russia is a little closer to default. On Saturday, the financial rating agency S&P Global Ratings downgraded Russia’s foreign currency rating to “custom default value”after Moscow paid off its dollar-denominated ruble debt earlier this week.

• President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky calls for “solid global response” after the bombing of the Kramatorsk station, which killed at least 50 people.

• Can I vote without a voter card? How do I know if I’m registered? Do we have to wear a mask to vote? On the eve of the first round, Franceinfo answers eight questions about how to use this newsletter.

• The standby period began at midnight in France and Corsica as the first round of presidential elections approaches. As such, Élysée candidates are prohibited from distributing any campaign, polls, or election-related results so as not to influence the vote. This rule also applies to the media.

12:01 : The first painting in Morozov’s collection “remains in France as long as its owner, a Russian oligarch, is subject to an asset freeze.”, clarifies the Ministry of Culture, without naming this person. The second painting belongs to the Museum of Fine Arts in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine. He stays in France “until the situation in the country allows for his safe return”.

11:54 : Two paintings from Morozov’s collection are “stay in France”. This was reported to AFP by the Ministry of Culture. One belongs to a Russian oligarch, the other to a Ukrainian museum. Since September they have been exhibiting at the Vuitton Foundation in Paris.

11:59 : “Mr. Putin was wrong about almost everything. This war has been misinterpreted from the start.”

On Franceinfo, this former general, now a professor of strategy at Sciences Po and HEC, talks about the mistakes of the Russian army.

11:52 : Despite the fact that Russia is considered one of the most formidable countries in terms of cyber attacks, Russia is struggling to gain the upper hand in the digital war between it and Ukraine. So far, his hacks have been ineffective against a country mobilized and supported by the United States. Our journalist Maxime Fayol from Radio France’s investigative department is returning to this other front of the war.

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11:40 : Russian officials have accused the video service YouTube, owned by the American giant Google, of blocking the account of the channel of the lower house of the Russian parliament, Duma-TV, and have promised retaliation. AFP journalists found that the account in question is no longer available on the platform.

11:39 : Financial rating agency S&P Global Ratings on Saturday downgraded Russia’s rating on payments in foreign currency to the level “custom default value”after Moscow paid off its dollar-denominated ruble debt earlier this week. The agency’s rating for payments in foreign currencies, such as the dollar, has been downgraded to ‘SD’, while the rating remains at ‘CC’ for payments in rubles. It remains just one notch below SD on the agency’s scale: the “D” note stands for default.

11:16 : Moscow accuses YouTube of blocking the account of a Russian parliamentary channel.

10:51 : It was the last train that was able to connect Kramatorsk with Lviv before the bombing of the station. And on the descent, the refugees, having escaped the worst with relief, are very worried and warn: “It will be as terrible as the Battle of Kursk in World War II”. Report by Laurent Macchietti and Camille Manyard.

Ukrainian women fleeing the fighting in the east of the country arrive at the train station in Lviv, March 3, 2022. (FERNANDES FRANCK/MAXPPP) #

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10:33 A: It’s a small story in a big one. The Russian ship, commanded by the son of a Ukrainian who opposes the regime of Vladimir Putin, was denied access to the port of Sète (Hérault). Our journalist Artur Fradin returns to this incredible case.

The Russian frigate Shtandart, a replica of an 18th century frigate, is moored in Cap d'Ail (Alpes Maritimes) on April 1, 2022.  (CYRIL DODERGNY/MAXPPP)

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09:31 : Political will, uncertainty about the outcome of the war, legal brakes … Even completed investigations will not necessarily lead to lawsuits. We explain why in this article.

10:26 : France is also investigating war crimes allegations on behalf of “universal skill”. Pnat, the French national anti-terrorism prosecutor’s office, has launched several investigations into French citizens. “The aim is not only to trace the military responsibility, but also the political responsibility of the leaders.”explains Clemence Beckthart, lawyer for the International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH).

10:26 : “When I interrogate a person, I check everything he says. I ask about the time, the weather, what they heard, what noise the bomb made, which direction it came from, etc.”

Since 2014, this researcher from the Ukrainian public organization Truth Hounds has presented 20 reports, interviewed more than 1,500 witnesses and traveled 156,000 kilometers across the country.

10:26 : With the outbreak of the war, the International Criminal Court, the UN and a number of countries began investigating possible war crimes committed in Ukraine. On the ground, many non-governmental organizations, states and civilians are mobilizing to collect evidence of these abuses, which will one day allow those responsible to be tried. Explanations.

Ukrainian rescuers inspect wrecked cars on the streets of Bucha April 5, 2022.  (GENYA SAVILOV / AFP)

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09:08 : Ukraine belongs to the European family. And today Ukraine is taking another important step towards EU membership. We will speed up this process as much as possible, while ensuring that all conditions are met. #StandWithUkraine https://t.co/q7Yi5gMOBH

09:08 : Europe is coming “speed up the process” membership of Ukraine “as much as possible”President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen assured during her visit to the country. “Ukraine belongs to the European family”she said.

10:24 : Let’s start with the first item on the news:

• The standby period began at midnight in France and Corsica as the first round of presidential elections approaches. As such, Élysée candidates are prohibited from distributing any campaign, polls, or election-related results so as not to influence the vote. This rule also applies to the media.

• President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky calls for “solid global response” after the bombing of the Kramatorsk station, which killed at least 50 people.

Savoy is the only department still declared on “orange alert” this morning due to the risk of avalanches.

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