What is the situation on the forty-fifth day of the conflict?

Evacuations continued on Saturday at the Kramatorsk station, the day after the attack on the station that left 52 people dead. On the 45th day of the conflict, Boris Johnson traveled to Kyiv where his counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky promised armored vehicles and anti-ship missiles as Ukraine expects to increase Russian operations in the east.

In the wake of the fatal strike on the Kramatorsk station in eastern Ukraine where civilians were gathering to flee, evacuations continued on Saturday in this area, fearing an imminent Russian attack.

In this tense context, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called for a “firm global response” after the bombing of the Kramatorsk station. He reiterated that Kyiv was “always ready” for talks with Russia, which were halted after the atrocities were discovered in the liberated cities.

Ukraine now expects to increase Russian operations in eastern and southern Ukraine, with British intelligence saying it expects a Russian offensive around Donbass. While he indicated that the Russian forces saw at the present time that their plans were thwarted by the Ukrainian resistance.

East prepares for the worst curfew in Odessa

In Kramatorsk, the latest assessment of the missile strike in front of the station said 52 people were killed, including 5 children. Evacuations of civilians by land continued on Saturday. Moscow denies responsibility for the strike, going so far as to denounce the Ukrainian “provocation”.

At the same time in the east of the country, we were preparing for the worst. “The enemy continues to hit civilian targets with missiles throughout Ukraine,” the country warned, in addition to continuing the fight for control of the main cities of Mariupol in the south and Izyum in the north. Ukrainian Army Commander is on Facebook. In the small town of Lysytchansk, in the Lugansk region, Mayor Olexander Zaika called on residents to leave as soon as possible.

In the face of the “threat” of missile strikes, a curfew will be in effect from Saturday evening to Monday morning in the city of Odessa, the main Ukrainian port on the Black Sea, according to local authorities. In addition, 10 humanitarian corridors were opened during the day to evacuate civilians from the besieged areas: one of them must leave from Mariupol.

Serial diplomatic visits to Kyiv, Zelensky calls for arms

The British prime minister, in a surprise visit to Kif on Saturday, pledged to provide Ukraine with armored vehicles and anti-ship missiles, while Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called on Western countries to follow the UK’s lead on military support for Ukraine and sanctions against Ukraine. Russia. He also calls on Kyiv for an “immediate” supply of weapons to deal with a new Russian offensive in the east.

Boris Johnson, the first G7 leader to visit him, at a press conference, criticized Ukraine since the start of the Russian invasion: “What Putin did to Bucha and Erpin are war crimes and permanently tarnished his reputation and the representation of his government.”

The day before, it was the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, who made the trip, including to Bucha, a small town near the capital, which has become a symbol of the atrocities of the Russian invasion.

Finally, on Saturday, Ukraine announced that it had conducted a “third prisoner exchange” 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, a third prisoner exchange took place today.

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.

Cabinet reshuffle at the head of the Russian army

The new commander, General Alexander Dvornikov, has been appointed to head the Russian army’s command, an official Western source told the British channel on condition of anonymity. BBC. He is known to have cut his teeth in Syria, where Russia has supported Bashar al-Assad’s forces since 2015.

Thus, this modification is akin to a radical change in strategy, an attempt to reorganize the command structures, with the idea of ​​better coordination of the various forces. With the aim of strength in mind Celebrate victory in Donbass by May 9.

Jane Polant BFMTV journalist

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