Live – War in Ukraine: What to remember from Sunday, April 17

Posted on Apr 17, 2022, 9:34 AMUpdated on Apr 17, 2022 at 9:33 PM

Will Mariupol fall? This strategic port in southeastern Ukraine has been the target of constant bombardment since the start of the invasion by Russian forces, who ordered the city’s last defenders to lay down their arms, on the 53rd day of the conflict.

Capturing the city, which may be imminent, will allow the Russians to consolidate their coastal territorial gains along the Sea of ​​Azov by connecting the Donbass region, partly controlled by their supporters, with Crimea that Moscow annexed in 2014.

Highlights of the day

> A series of Russian strikes on Kharkiv left at least five dead

> No corridor to evacuate civilians opened this Sunday

> The situation is “inhumane” in Mariupol, according to Volodymyr Zelensky

>>> Follow the news live from Sunday, April 17:

3:50 pm – Zelensky says he invited Macron to go to Ukraine to see “genocide”

The Ukrainian president claimed that he invited Emmanuel Macron to go to Ukraine to see with his own eyes that Russian forces were committing “genocide,” a term his French counterpart has so far refused to use. “Concerning Emmanuel, I spoke to him,” President Zelensky said in an interview with CNN that was conducted on Friday and aired today. “I think he wants to ensure that Russia enters into a dialogue,” he added, explaining the French president’s refusal to denounce the “genocide” in Ukraine, unlike US President Joe Biden. “He will come, he will see, and I am sure he will understand.”

The Ukrainian president also said he would like Joe Biden to come to Ukraine. “I think he will come,” he said, “but the decision is up to him, of course, depends on the security situation.” But I think he’s the leader of the United States and that’s why he has to come and see. The US government is considering sending an envoy to Kyiv, but the White House has so far ruled out a high-risk trip by the president himself.

3:48 pm – Defenders of Mariupol ‘will fight to the end’, says Ukrainian PM

Denis Chmygal announced in an interview broadcast by the American channel ABC on Sunday that the last Ukrainian defenders of Mariupol still control sections of the city and “will fight to the end.”

“No, the city has not fallen. Our military and our soldiers are still there. They will fight to the end. The Ukrainian Prime Minister, speaking to you, assured that they are still in Mariupol.

2:55 pm – 5 killed in series of strikes on Kharkiv

Emergency services announced that at least five people were killed and 13 injured in a series of strikes on Kharkiv, a major city in northeastern Ukraine, which caused fires. AFP journalists heard two gunshots and saw five fires spreading in residential areas in the center of Kharkiv. Fire trucks were crossing the city in all directions to reach the burning apartments.

In the moments after the strikes, a sense of panic prevailed in the streets, as pedestrians fled and cars sped away.Marek Vermack/AFP

Kharkiv, the second city in Ukraine with approximately 1.5 million inhabitants before the war, was the target of fierce fighting for several days at the beginning of the offensive but always remained under the control of Ukrainian forces.

2:11 p.m. – France wants to be “as close as possible” to Ukraine’s needs, according to the ambassador in Kyiv

The reopening of the French embassy in Kyiv on Friday is a “very strong political symbol” for Paris, which wants to be as close as possible to Ukraine’s military, defense and logistical needs, the French ambassador to Kyiv said in an interview with AFP. Ukraine.

For Etienne de Boncin, this decision “responds to a request from the President [Volodymyr] Zelensky. “As we return to Kyiv, we are closer to this chain of solidarity with the Ukrainians, and more effective in responding to their demands.” The diplomat is scheduled to meet on Sunday with Ukraine’s Defense Minister, Oleksich Reznikov, on Kiev’s “most concrete needs” in terms of assistance. military.

12:21 PM – L.Pope calls for ‘hear the cry of peace’ on ‘Easter of War’

Pope Francis called on “those who bear the responsibility of nations” to “hear the people’s cry for peace” on “Easter War”, referring to the “martyr” Ukraine. We’ve seen so much blood, so much violence […] Let’s stop showing muscle while people suffer,” the sovereign pope said during his traditional blessing, ‘Urbi et Orbi’, in front of some 50,000 faithful in St Peter’s Square in Rome.

10:32 – Draghi denounces the ineffectiveness of the dialogue with Putin

The head of the Italian government lamented the seeming ineffectiveness of the “dialogue” with Vladimir Putin, noting that these contacts did not prevent the continuation of the “horror” in Ukraine. “I am beginning to think that those who say: ‘It is no use talking to him, you are wasting time,'” Mario Draghi said in an interview with the daily Il Corriere della Sera, published on Sunday.

I have always defended (Emmanuel) Macron and still say that as the current president of the European Union, he is right to try all possible avenues of dialogue. But I have the impression that the horror of the war with its massacres, what they did to children and women, is completely independent of statements and phone calls “between the Kremlin and foreign powers, he said.

10:20 AM – L.Russia claims to have “destroyed” a military factory near Kyiv

The Russian Defense Ministry announced that it had bombed a military factory on the outskirts of Kyiv, while Moscow intensified its attacks on the Ukrainian capital.

“High-precision missiles fired by aircraft during the night destroyed an ammunition factory near Brovary in the Kyiv region,” the ministry said in a statement on its Telegram channel.

9:55 a.m. – Because there is no agreement with the Russians, there is no humanitarian corridor on Sunday, according to how

The Ukrainian authorities announced the suspension of humanitarian corridors to evacuate civilians from eastern Ukraine, due to the lack of an agreement with the Russian army on a ceasefire.

“This morning, we failed to negotiate a ceasefire with the occupiers on the evacuation routes. That is why, unfortunately, we will not open humanitarian corridors today,” said Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Irina Vereshuk via Telegram.

9:15 am – Gazprom says it will continue to export gas to Europe via Ukraine

The Russian gas producer announced in a press release that it has continued to supply natural gas to Europe through Ukraine in accordance with the demands of its European customers. Gazprom added that these requirements on April 17 amounted to 57 million cubic meters.

7:30 a.m. – New sanctions against Russia will target Sberbank, says von der Leyen

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen told a German newspaper that the upcoming EU sanctions against Russia will target banks, in particular Sberbank, as well as oil. The European Union has survived, at the moment, the largest bank in Russia because it, along with Gazprombank, is one of the main payment channels for Russian oil and gas, which the bloc countries buy despite the conflict in Ukraine.

We are looking more at the banking sector, especially Sberbank, which accounts for 37% of the Russian banking sector. There are also energy issues, Ursula von der Leyen told Sunday’s Bild am Sonntag newspaper, which was asked to detail the main points of the new sanctions.

6:32 a.m. – ‘Inhumane’ situation in Mariupol, largely controlled by Russians

The Ukrainian president announced on Saturday evening that the situation in this strategic port is “inhumane”, calling on the West to “immediately” provide the heavy weapons it has been asking for several weeks, while Russia claims that it controls almost all of the city. It makes a new call to its last defenders to lay down their weapons.

“The situation in Mariupol remains as dangerous as possible. This is what the Russian Federation has done,” said Volodymyr Zelensky in a video message. He did it on purpose. […] Russia is deliberately trying to destroy anyone in Mariupol’ in southeastern Ukraine.

According to the World Food Program, more than 100,000 civilians are on the brink of starvation in Mariupol, which also lacks water and a heating source.

According to the World Food Program, more than 100,000 civilians are on the brink of starvation in Mariupol, which also lacks water and a heating source.Sergey Pobelev / TASS / CIPA USA / CIPA

According to him, there are only “two options”: “either the partners will provide Ukraine with all the necessary heavy weapons, aircraft, and, without any exaggeration, immediately” in order to “reduce pressure on Mariupol and lift the blockade”. A city that had a population of 441,000 people before the invasion on February 24.

“Either the path of negotiation, in which the role of partners must also be decisive,” the Ukrainian president continued, saying that the search for a “military or diplomatic” solution had been a “daily” activity since the blockade began. But it proved to be “extremely difficult”.

6:08 am – Explosions are heard in Kyiv

Local media reported that explosions were heard in the early hours of Sunday morning in the Ukrainian capital. Sirens sounded through the night across Ukraine.

>>> Previous day and night landmarks:

> Bombing of an oil refinery in eastern Ukraine

On Saturday, Russian forces bombed an oil refinery in the town of Lyschansk, close to the front line in eastern Ukraine. In the morning they bombed the oil refinery, a fire broke out […] “And the extinction continues now,” the Ukrainian governor of the Lugansk region said on Telegram.

“The Russians are systematically targeting it to exhaust the rescuers. There is no fuel there. Only hydrocarbon remains are burning. The refinery is located about four kilometers west of the city of Lysychansk,” he added.

> One dead in the explosion of a military laboratory in Kyiv

Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said on Telegram that one person was killed and “several” were taken to hospital after the bombing of a military factory in the Darnitsky district. “Our air defense forces are doing everything they can to protect us, but the enemy is cunning and ruthless,” he wrote.

He again called on residents who had left the city not to return, but to stay in a “safe place”. For its part, the Russian Defense Ministry confirmed that it had targeted a military equipment factory in Kyiv, claiming that it had been hit by “high-precision and long-range air-to-ground weapons.”

>Boris Johnson banned from entering Russia

Russia has announced that Boris Johnson, the prime minister, and Britain’s foreign, defense, economy and justice ministers are barred from entering the country. A decision taken after London imposed new sanctions on Moscow over its military operation in Ukraine.

This step came in response to the unbridled media and political campaign aimed at isolating Russia internationally and creating the conditions for that […] The Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

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