Russian Northern Fleet large landing ships are joining the Black Sea Fleet and Caspian Flotilla ones on the Black Sea near Ukraine.

U.S. ambassador to Russia John Sullivan reportedly doesn’t want to leave Moscow & go back home “for consultations” as the Kremlin told him to do. Russian press and their diplomatic sources say that Russia might force the U.S. Ambassador’s departure, for the first time since 1952.

The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said that the senior diplomat of the Russian Embassy in Kiev must leave Ukraine within 72 hours, starting from April 19.  This was reported by the press service.

USA is considering the possibility of prohibiting its banks from transactions with ruble bonds of Russian state banks in the secondary market – Bloomberg