🔴 LIVE – War in Ukraine: Volodymyr Zelensky says he is ‘always ready’ for talks with Russia

The day after the missile strike on the Kramatorsk station that killed at least 50 people, on Friday, April 8, Emmanuel Macron announced that he wanted to “collect evidence” against “Russian war crimes”. Follow the latest information live.

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

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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 in 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.

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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 puts the number of internally displaced people at 7.1 million, according to International Organization for Migration 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.

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Germany has nearly exhausted its capabilities in supplying Ukraine with equipment taken from the reserves of its own army, the Bundeswehr, but it is working on deliveries made directly by the arms industry, the German defense minister said on Saturday. 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.”

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Civilian evacuations continued Saturday morning by road 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.

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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 its immediate suspension. Its ratings are on Russia, according to EU requirements.

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

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“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.

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“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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