What to remember from April 20

Civilian evacuation corridor from the besieged port of Mariupol in southeastern Ukraine, “did not work”Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Irina Verychuk said on Wednesday, April 20. It accused the Russians of violating the ceasefire and obstructing buses, while the agreement was reached “primary” She got it. Franceinfo is assessing what to remember from this war day in UkraineAnd Where the diplomatic declarations were numerous.

Kyiv has not received full combat aircraft

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said Ukraine has received parts from the United States for its combat aircraft to bolster its air force, but not complete aircraft. But he confirmed on Tuesday that kyiv has received devices to strengthen it. “I was wrong. They didn’t receive whole planes from another country.”did he say. “However, the Ukrainians (…) received enough spare parts and additional equipment to operate more aircraft” Three weeks ago. “I regret this error”captured.

The fall of Mariupol is approaching

The Ukrainian Defense Ministry indicated that the Russian army Most of its efforts were focused on capturing Mariupol and continued its offensive attempts near the Azovstal steel plant., the last island of resistance in this strategic port city, lies on the Sea of ​​Azov, at the southern tip of Donbass. Svyatoslav Balamar, deputy commander of the Azov battalion, one of the two Ukrainian formations still fighting in Mariupol, confirmed in a video message on a telegram that the situation was difficult. “critical” At the factory that the Russian Air Force bombed with ‘Super powerful bombs’. He called on international leaders to “save first” civilians in the factory.

Donbass exposed to “attempted assault”

The Ukrainian Defense Ministry also reported “attempts to attack” In the Sulyguivka and Dibrivne localities, in the Kharkiv region (east), as well as in Rubizhne and Severodonetsk, in the Luhansk region (east). “The situation is getting more and more complicated by the hour.”Writing on the telegram of the governor of Luhansk, Sergio Gaidai, renewed his calls for the evacuation of civilians. “Go to safety (…). Leave!”he wrote.

Russian ICBM launch ‘does not pose a threat’

John Kirby, a spokesman for the US Department of Defense that The launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile “Sarmat” by Russia was an attempt to “pattern” and did not form “Not a threat” of the United States or its allies. Moscow has “properly informed” Washington from this test, in accordance with its obligations under the nuclear treaties, and therefore was not “Surprise” for the Pentagon. For his part, Vladimir Putin welcomed this new generation of missile launches “This will ensure Russia’s security in the face of external threats.”

Charles Michel confirms that the twenty-seven will remain united

European Council President Charles Michel was the last European leader to visit Kyiv. He assured that the European Union would do so “everything is possible” So that Ukraine “Win the war”. “You are not alone we are with you, confirmed. Russian President Vladimir Putin “It will not succeed in destroying the sovereignty of Ukraine nor in dividing the European Union”, he added. He praised the twenty-seven’s ability to Make decisions unanimously Over several waves of severe sanctions were adopted against Moscow.

More than a million Ukrainians have chosen to return to their country

A spokesman for the Ukrainian Border Guard Service, Andrei Demchenko, announced that more than one million Ukrainians have returned to their country since the conflict began. he is He did not specify whether they were refugees who left during the Russian invasion or Ukrainians who were already living abroad before the war began on February 24. At the same time, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees announced that the number of Ukrainians who fled abroad had crossed the symbolic threshold of five million.

Russian and Belarus players banned from Wimbledon

Wimbledon excluded the Russians and Belarusians from the 2022 edition of the London Grand Slam due to the war in Ukraine. This is the first tennis tournament to single-handedly expel these players, a decision highly criticized by the ATP and the Tennis Association. Thus, world number 2 Daniil Medvedev, Andrei Rublev (eighth), Arina Sabalenka (fourth and semi-finalist last year), Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (15th place) and Victoria Azarenka (formerly No. 1, 18th day) will not be able to do this. Don’t defend your chances in a London park.

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