The war in Ukraine. The end of the Russian ultimatum, the EU accession negotiations … the point in the night

The last Ukrainian defenders of Mariupol, a port city in southeastern Ukraine that has been besieged for weeks, still control some parts of the city, but Russian pressure is building. despite the fear of ‘imminent attack’Soldiers “He will fight to the end”Prime Minister Dennis Schmeigal warned in an interview broadcast Sunday, April 17th on ABC.

“No, the city has not fallen. Our military and our soldiers are still there. They will fight to the end. As I speak to you, they are still in Mariupol”did he say.

The head of the Ukrainian diplomat, Dmytro Kuleba, accused the Russian army of wanting “Destroy the city at any cost”in an interview that was also broadcast on Sunday by another American channel, CBS.

The Ukrainian soldiers trapped in Mariupol seem to have ignored the Russian ultimatum to lay down their arms and evacuate this strategic port in southeastern Ukraine, the capture of which would be a great victory for Moscow.

Russian forces besiege the remnants of the Ukrainian army and a large group of civilians. They continue to fight, but it seems, given the behavior of the Russian army in Mariupol, that they decided to demolish the city at any cost ”On his part, Dmytro Koleba said.

Complex Evacuations in the East

This was confirmed by the Russian Defense Ministry on Sunday evening “High-precision missiles destroyed fuel and ammunition depots” In Barvinkove (Izium region) and Dobropillia (not far from Donetsk).

The continuous bombing of the Lugansk region continues., at the same time condemned its Ukrainian ruler, Sergej Djiditch. locality “Zolote was severely damaged today. They deliberately targeted a five-story building […] Two people were killed and five wounded..

In this context, the Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister announced the suspension of humanitarian corridors on Sunday to evacuate civilians from eastern Ukraine, for not agreeing with the Russian army on a ceasefire.

Sergio Gaidai nonetheless urged civilians to evacuate the area.

‘Next week will be tough’, careful. right Now “This might be the last time we have a chance to save you.” Leave the combat zones, and knock on the governor on Facebook.

Ukraine accuses Russians of wanting to “destroy Donbass”

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky accused Russia on Sunday of wanting to ” Demolition “ The entire eastern region of Donbass, promising that everything will be done to defend it, starting with the strategic port of Mariupol where the besieged soldiers are called up to fight ” to the end “.

Russian soldiers are preparing to launch an offensive in the east of our country in the near future. They literally want to complete and destroy Donbass ”Mr. Zelensky, hammered in a video message.

“Just as the Russian army is destroying Mariupol, they want to eliminate other towns and communities in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions”He continued before setting off: “We are doing everything to ensure the defense”.

“Sabotage the orders of the occupiers.” Do not cooperate with them […] you must wait “he said again, adding to the Westerners that “The need to impose a ban on oil shipments from Russia is becoming increasingly important every day”.

Ukraine is close to joining the European Union

Ukraine has completed a questionnaire that will serve as a starting point for the European Union to decide whether to join it, the senior representative of the presidency in Kyiv, Ihor Zhovkva, told Ukrainian Public Television Sunday night.

This questionnaire was handed over to President Zelensky by the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, during her visit to Kyiv on April 8 during which she promised to speed up Ukraine’s candidacy process for Russia’s next offensive.

Ihor Zhovkva noted that Brussels will convey its recommendations on Ukraine’s respect of the standards necessary for pretending to integrate the bloc of society, and he expected the European Executive to give a positive opinion. After that, the ball will be in the court of the European Union member states.he added.

The latter also announced that he expects Ukraine in June, at the meeting of the European Council already on the calendar, to obtain the status of a candidate to join the European Union. “Then we have to start discussions about membership.”did he say.

IMF support

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Sunday that he had spoken with the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, Kristalina Georgieva, about financial stability in Ukraine and the country’s post-war reconstruction.

“I discussed with the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, Kristalina Georgieva, the issue of Ukraine’s financial stability and preparations for post-war reconstruction”He said on his Twitter account.

“We have clear plans at the moment, as well as a vision for the prospects. I am sure that the cooperation between the IMF and Ukraine will continue to be fruitful”he added.

Ukrainian Prime Minister Denis Shmyal said earlier that he will attend the IMF and World Bank meetings in Washington this week and seek more financial assistance for Ukraine.

The war in Ukraine. The end of the Russian ultimatum, the EU accession negotiations … the point in the night

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