The DC-based lender's economic update for emerging markets in Europe and Central Asia said the conflict would hamper the region's industrial output, shaving 4.1% off its GDP.
"The region's economy is now forecast to shrink by 4.1 percent this year, compared with the pre-war forecast of 3 percent growth, as the economic shocks from the war compound the ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic," the update released on Sunday said.
In addition to Russia and Ukraine, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova and Tajikistan are all projected to fall into recession this year due to spillovers from the conflict, weaker-than-expected growth in the euro area and trade shocks.
“A criminal investigation has been launched by the investigative department… against the commander of the 19th rocket brigade of the Ukrainian armed forces who… ordered a strike on the city of Kramatorsk from a Tochka-U missile system,” the statement reads.
On 3 March, the Verkhovna Rada (Ukrainian parliament) approved President Volodymyr Zelensky's decree on general mobilisation, which applies to men aged 18 to 60.
"Nearly 2,200 men liable for military service were detained at the border. Some of them, with the hope of circumventing restrictions on traveling abroad, became victims of fraudsters. The latter, through anonymous channels, offer illegal services for which they take money and disappear," the ministry said on its social media.
Some tried to bribe border guards, leave the country with fake documents or cross the border outside the checkpoints, the ministry said.
"Chairman of the Russian Investigative Committee instructed to investigate a possible provocation by Ukrainian nationalists to spread false information about the actions of the Russian military in the city of Irpin," the statement on Telegram read.
On Saturday, the Russian Defence Ministry warned that the Security Service of Ukraine was planning to bring dead bodies of those killed by Ukrainian shelling in Irpin, Kiev region, from a morgue to stage yet another provocation to accuse Russia.
Bastrykin also instructed investigators to look into the detonation of a nitric acid tank by Ukrainian troops in the city of Rubezhnoye, as well as preparations for another explosion of tanks with chemicals to harm civilians in the Lugansk People’s Republic.
The investigative committee in cooperation with the law enforcement agencies of the LPR will record evidence of illegal actions in order to identify all persons involved in the crimes and give a legal assessment to the actions of those who planned to spread false information about Russian troops.
“Russian and DPR military personnel evacuated 47 crew members from vessels blocked in the Mariupol seaport by nationalists of Azov [a Ukrainian battalion],” the people's militia said on Telegram.
There were Russian, Azerbaijani and Egyptian sailors among those rescued.
The Russian Defence Ministry said on Saturday that 77 foreign vessels were unable to leave Ukrainian seaports after Ukrainian troops planted naval mines at port entrances.
Von der Leyen told CNN in an interview that the eastern European nation belonged in Europe and its accession to the European Union might be viewed as an extraordinary case.
It usually takes an aspiring EU member state years to clear accession hurdles, von der Leyen admitted. She travelled to Kiev on Friday to hand Volodymyr Zelensky a membership questionnaire to launch the process.
"Another exchange of Russian-Ukrainian captives took place last night. Among them are four Rosatom employees and our brave soldiers. They landed in Russia early this morning. Their relatives will see them soon," Moskalkova said on Telegram.
Rosatom has confirmed the return of its four employees that had been held in Ukraine since 23 February.
"We confirm that they have returned and are grateful to everyone who participated in the liberation of our colleagues. We are expecting them to return to their team after rest and recovery," a Rosatom spokesperson told reporters.
On 23 February, a batch of fresh nuclear fuel was delivered to the Rovenskaya NPP as scheduled and stipulated by contractual obligations. The cargo was accompanied by four JSC Atomspetstrans employees, who have been held hostage since then by the Ukrainian side in a railcar at the plant.
"He [US President Joe Biden] is now working on a daily basis with his European colleagues on steps Europe can take to wean itself off of Russian oil and gas. In fact, the United States is surging gas exports to Europe in order for them to reduce their dependence on Russia. And he's talking to them about what they can do to get off Russian oil as well," Sullivan said in an interview with ABC News.
He noted that the US is not going to rush until the decision is made, but it is "a matter of priority for the United States to continue to work with European partners on this issue."