🔴 LIVE – The war in Ukraine: Boris Johnson provides Ukraine with armored vehicles and anti-ship missiles

In the wake of the missile strike on the Kramatorsk station (eastern Ukraine), which left at least 52 people dead, including five children, on Friday, April 8, Emmanuel Macron announced that he wanted to “collect evidence” against the “war crimes of the Russians”. Follow the latest information live.

7:31 PM

On Saturday, Ukraine announced that it had conducted a “third exchange” of prisoners with Russia since the start of the Russian invasion, allowing the release of 12 Ukrainian soldiers and 14 civilians.

By order of President Volodymyr Zelensky, today a third prisoner exchange took place. 12 of our soldiers, including a female officer, go home. “We also allowed the release of 14 civilians, including nine women, for a total of 26 people,” Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Irina Vereshuk wrote on Telegram.

7:26 pm

The British prime minister said on Saturday that the atrocities in Bucha, a small town near Kyiv, where several bodies of people in civilian clothes were found after Russian troops withdrew, have permanently tarnished Russian President Vladimir Putin’s reputation. Minister Boris Johnson.

At a press conference after the meeting, on a surprise visit to Kev where he met Volodymyr Zelensky, he criticized, “What Putin has done to Erpin are war crimes and permanently tarnished his reputation and representation of his government.”

7:23 pm

Today, Saturday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called on Western countries to follow Britain’s approach regarding military support to Ukraine and the imposition of sanctions against Russia.

“Other Western democracies should follow the UK’s lead,” he said, alongside British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who has pledged to provide Kyiv with armored vehicles and anti-ship missiles.

6:58 pm

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who is visiting Kyiv on Saturday, pledged to provide Ukraine with armored vehicles and anti-ship missiles, praising the Ukrainian military for “the greatest achievement in the field of arms of the 21st century”.

“Thanks to President Zelensky’s steadfast leadership, indomitable heroism and courage of the Ukrainian people, (Vladimir) Putin’s brutal schemes have been thwarted,” Boris Johnson said after meeting with Volodymyr Zelensky, according to a statement. his services.

6:16 pm

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson kicked off a surprise visit to Kyiv on Saturday with a one-on-one meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, the first G7 leader to visit Ukraine since the Russian invasion began on Feb. 24.

“Today I met my friend President Zelensky in Kyiv to show our unwavering support for the Ukrainian people,” Boris Johnson wrote on Twitter after the meeting.

“We are putting in place new financial and military aid that shows our commitment to his country’s war against Russia’s barbaric campaign,” he added.

On President Zelensky’s Telegram channel, there are several pictures of him in khaki uniforms and sneakers, welcoming the British Prime Minister in a suit and tie outside and inside the presidential residence in Kyiv.

He wrote: “Welcome to Kyiv, my friend!”

Mr Zelensky’s chief of staff, Andrzej Yermak, praised in Telegram a “rich and constructive discussion”, praising Boris Johnson’s “leadership”.

An official from Mr Zelensky’s government earlier posted a photo on Facebook showing the two leaders talking, sitting around a table, announcing the prime minister’s visit.

“The UK is the leader of Ukraine’s military support, the leader of the anti-war coalition, and the leader of sanctions against the Russian aggressor,” Andrech Sepiga, Vice President of the Ukrainian Presidency wrote.

4:48 PM

On Saturday in Warsaw, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced that an international fundraiser has raised 10.1 billion euros to support Ukraine that was invaded by the Russian army.

The world has finally pledged €9.1 billion as part of the campaign (Stand up for Ukraine, editor’s note) (…) In addition, the Commission, in cooperation with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, is adding an additional billion to displaced people in Ukraine. “That’s great. So 10.1 billion euros,” said Mrs. von der Leyen.

4:35 pm

Downing Street announced that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will visit Kyiv on Saturday to show “solidarity” with the Ukrainian people.

A spokesman said Johnson had traveled to Ukraine “to meet President Zelensky in person, in a gesture of solidarity with the Ukrainian people” and was set to “present a new package of financial and military assistance there.” Minister.

2:49 pm

In a new statement, President Volodymyr Zelensky stressed that Ukraine is “always ready” for talks with Russia

2:08 pm

Russia promised retaliation on Saturday after shutting down the YouTube account of Russia’s lower house of parliament, raising the possibility that Russia would block the video platform of US giant Google. And the Speaker of the State Duma, Vyacheslav Volodin, claimed that blocking the Duma channel is an action by Washington that violates the “rights” of Russians. “The United States wants to have a monopoly on the dissemination of information,” he said on his Telegram account.

“We cannot allow that.” AFP journalists in Moscow found that the account in question was no longer available on YouTube on Saturday.

According to Google, the channel has been closed due to the recent sanctions announced by the US government.

12:55 pm

More than 4.4 million Ukrainian refugees have fled their country since the invasion ordered by Russian President Vladimir Putin on February 24, according to figures from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees counted exactly 4,441,663 Ukrainian refugees on Saturday. This is 59,347 more than during the previous result on Friday. Europe has not seen such an influx of refugees since World War II.

About 90% of those who have fled Ukraine are women and children, with Ukrainian authorities not allowing men of conscription age to leave. According to the United Nations International Organization for Migration (IOM), about 210,000 non-Ukrainians have fled the country, sometimes facing difficulties in returning to their country of origin.

The United Nations also estimates the number of internally displaced people at 7.1 million, according to IOM figures released on April 5. Consequently, more than 11 million people, more than a quarter of the population, were forced to leave their homes either by crossing borders to reach neighboring countries, or by seeking refuge elsewhere in Ukraine.

11:45 am

Germany’s defense minister said on Saturday that Germany has nearly exhausted its capabilities in supplying Ukraine with equipment taken from the reserves of its own army, the Bundeswehr, but is working on deliveries made directly by the arms industry. Defense, Christine Lambrecht. “As for the deliveries of Bundeswehr shares, I must honestly say that we have reached the limit in the meantime,” the minister told the Augsburger Allgemeine newspaper.

She added that the German army must maintain its ability to operate and be able to “guarantee the defense of the country and the defense of NATO.”

10:50 am

The evacuation of civilians continued, Saturday morning, by land in Kramatorsk, eastern Ukraine, a day after a missile attack on a train station killed more than 50 people.

Minibuses and vans came to pick up dozens of bombing survivors who spent the night at a Protestant church in the city center, close to the station, according to AFP journalists.

09:55

Financial rating agency S&P Global Ratings on Saturday lowered Russia’s rating on foreign currency payments to the level of “selective default,” after Moscow settled dollar-denominated debt in rubles at the start of the week.

The agency’s rating for payments in foreign currencies such as the dollar was lowered to “SD”, while the rating remained at “CC” for payments in rubles, according to a press release from the agency, which also announced the suspension immediately. Its ratings are on Russia, according to EU requirements.

It’s only one score below the SD on the agency scale: the “D” note, to default.

07:01

“This is yet another Russian war crime for which all those involved will be held accountable,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a video message after a deadly bombing of a train station in eastern Ukraine. Ukraine, in Kramatorsk, where civilians gathered to flee the area in fear of a Russian attack, a massacre that provoked strong Western anger. The world powers have already condemned Russia’s attack on Kramatorsk. We expect a strong global response to this war crime.

The missile strike killed 52 people on Friday, including 5 children, according to the latest report by local authorities.

07:00

“Russia will plunge into economic, financial and technological decline, while Ukraine is moving towards a European future,” European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said at a press conference in Kyiv with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. “I am deeply convinced that Ukraine will win this war, and democracy will win this war,” she said.

Before that, Mrs. von der Leyen, accompanied by the head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, went to Bucha, in particular to see the mass graves dug for the burial of dozens of civilians killed there. The Austrian chancellor, Karl Nehammer, should also go to Bucha on Saturday, as well as to Kyiv.

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