The “elimination” of Ukrainian soldiers in Mariupol will end the negotiations, and threaten Zelensky

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Russia, which accuses Ukraine of launching attacks on its territory, announced that it intends, in response, to intensify its strikes on Kyiv. And local media reported that the sound of explosions on Saturday, from the early hours, was heard in the capital as well as in Lviv in the west. At the same time, Moscow launched a counterattack in the face of economic sanctions by directly targeting British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

  • 8:10 pm: Russia releases video showing survivors of the cruiser Moskva

And the Russian Ministry of Defense published a video clip, in which a meeting appeared between the head of the Navy and the survivors of the Moskva ship that sank in the Black Sea.

In this video of about thirty seconds, we see a few dozen men in sailor uniforms lined up in front of the captain of the navy, Nikolai Yevminov.

These are the first images in which we can see suspected members of the Moskva crew since it sank on Thursday. Russia claims that this flagship of the Russian Black Sea Fleet sank following a fire caused by an ordnance explosion. Ukraine claims to have sunk it with missiles.

  • 5:10 pm: Zelensky threatens to stop negotiations with Moscow if Mariupol’s “last Ukrainian soldiers” are killed.

Volodymyr Zelensky declared in an interview with the news website Okranska Pravda that “the elimination of our soldiers and men in Mariupol will put an end to any negotiations” for peace between Russia and Ukraine. “Impasse”.

  • 4:50 pm: Another 40,200 people have fled Ukraine in the last 24 hours

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) now lists exactly 4,836,445 Ukrainians who have fled their country since the Russian invasion on February 24, or 40,200 more Ukrainians than on Friday.

According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), about 215,000 third-country nationals – mostly students and migrant workers – have fled to neighboring countries, which means that more than 5 million people have fled. Ukraine since the beginning of the war.

  • 4 pm: Private trip to Roissy to bring back the Russians expelled by France

AFP has learned from an airport source that a private plane chartered by Moscow has landed at Roissy airport to return nearly 140 Russian citizens expelled by France.

This source reported that one hundred and thirty-seven passengers “persona non grata” with their families and loved ones, boarded the plane in the middle of the afternoon, which was scheduled to take off at a fast pace.

And France announced, early this month, the expulsion of 41 Russian diplomats, according to it, involved in spying activities under the cover of their embassy, ​​considering that the punishment comes within the framework of a “European approach.”

  • 11:24 am: Boris Johnson is not wanted in Russia

Russia has announced that Prime Minister Boris Johnson and several senior British officials are barred from entering the country.

“This measure was taken in response to the unbridled media and political campaign aimed at isolating Russia internationally and creating conditions (…) stifling the national economy,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

  • 10:22 am: A military factory in Kyiv was targeted by bombing, according to Moscow

A military equipment factory was targeted on the outskirts of Kyiv. The bombing, which Moscow claimed, comes the day after the Russian forces warned.

“High-precision and long-range air-to-ground weapons destroyed the production buildings of a weapons factory in Kyiv,” the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement on Telegram. A large number of soldiers and policemen were present at the scene, preventing access to the smoking compound. The mayor of Kyiv, Vitali Klitschko, indicated on Facebook that he had no information on potential victims at this stage.

  • 10:15 am: The difficult search for evidence of crimes committed in Ukraine

After discovering the bodies of more than 900 civilians killed, Friday, in Kyiv, Sylvain Rousseau, France 24’s special envoy in the Ukrainian capital, explained that the remains were transferred to the Institute of Forensic Medicine for an autopsy. In the country, the police and NGOs are seeking to collect testimonies and evidence of crimes committed since the beginning of the invasion. But many victims do not want to go back to what they went through.

  • 7:10 am: Uncertainty over the fate of the Moskva crew

The 186-meter rocket launcher, the flagship of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet, sank Thursday, the Kremlin confirmed. But the versions from Russia on the one hand, and from Ukraine and the United States on the other, differ.

Moscow says the Moskva was “severely damaged” by fire and exploding ammunition before it sank while being towed. According to the Pentagon, it was two Ukrainian missiles that caused its fall.

In addition, Russia maintains that the Moskva crew, about 500 men, has been evacuated, while the United States and Ukraine have indicated that they cannot be rescued.

  • 6:50 am: Between 2,500 and 3,000 Ukrainian soldiers were killed, according to Volodymyr Zelensky

The Ukrainian president spoke into the microphone of the US channel CNN. According to Volodymyr Zelensky, between 2,500 and 3,000 Ukrainian soldiers have been killed since the start of the Russian army’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24. In addition, another 10,000 Ukrainian soldiers were wounded.

  • 2:52 am: Volodymyr Zelensky highlights Russia’s nuclear dangers

The Ukrainian president said, Friday, that “the whole world” should “worry” about the danger of Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, deciding to resort to nuclear weapons in the face of military setbacks for his army and in the face of its military setbacks. Isolation. Earlier, CIA Director William Burns said the threat posed by the Russian leader’s possible use of “tactical nuclear weapons” should not be taken seriously.

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