Ukraine’s deputy prime minister said a new attempt to evacuate civilians from the port of Mariupol is scheduled for Saturday. Irina Vereshuk cautioned, however, that Russian forces largely in control of the city might wish to organize another evacuation corridor in parallel, towards Russia. And Moscow announced on Friday that one of the goals of the Russian army remains “…Take full control of Donbass and southern UkraineThe area is under constant bombardment.
Under these circumstances, calls for a truce on the occasion of the Easter holiday in Orthodox lands seem to remain dead on paper. Secretary-General of the United NationsAntonio Guterres is scheduled to surrender on Tuesday To Moscow to meet Vladimir Putin. He hopes to bring peace to Ukraine. Antonio Guterres will also hold a working meeting and lunch with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. He will also meet on Thursday Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
- On Saturday, a new attempt to evacuate civilians from the Ukrainian port of Mariupol is scheduled. Mariupol is still resisting, according to Kyiv
- Moscow announced on Friday that it aims to take full control of southern Ukraine and the Donbass region.
- For the first time, Russia recognized the losses of its cruiser Moskva, the flagship of the Black Sea Fleet, which sank on April 14.
- United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is scheduled to travel to Moscow on Tuesday to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin
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The situation on the military front
According to Russian army spokesman Igor Konashenkov, during the night Russia carried out several strikes: high-precision missile strikes and air strikes, which significantly affected troops, equipment and ammunition depots. In the last 24 hours, The Russian military announced that it carried out 1,098 air strikes With artillery and missiles.
Ukraine retakes three villages in the northeast
Ukrainian authorities claimed to have captured three villages near Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second city. “After heavy fighting, our units expelled the Russian troops from Bezruyi, Slatin and Brodyanka.said in the Telegram Oleg Sinegoubov, the governor of the Kharkiv region. Proudïanka is located about fifteen kilometers from the Russian border.
The governor stated that the Russian bombing of his area had killed two people and wounded 19 others during the past 24 hours. According to the Ukrainian Defense Ministry spokesman, the city of Kharkiv itself, which is regularly bombarded by Russian artillery, is still “partially surrounded” by Russian forces “reinforcing their positions” south of the city.
Fighting continues in the east
The Russian forces are also continuing their offensive in the Izyum and Parvenkov regions, targeting “Control of the rail network”According to the ministry. They are also trying to encircle the fortified positions of the Ukrainian army in the area adjacent to the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, which form the Donbass basin that Moscow confirmed on Friday it wanted to capture. “full control”. In the Donetsk region, Russian troops ‘focus their efforts’ In the area between Slaviansk and Kramatorsk, according to Oleksich Aristovich, adviser to the Ukrainian presidency.
In the Lugansk region, Russian troops “Keep attacking” The cities of Rubyin and Severodonetsk, the de facto capital of the part of this region still under Ukrainian control, according to its governor, Sergej Gaedich.
In the south, attempts to evacuate civilians resume
The strategic port of Mariupol, which Moscow claims to own “Released”Still resisting Russian forces, says Kyiv. Saturday morning, Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Irina Vereshchuk. He pointed out that a new attempt to evacuate civilians from the Ukrainian port, which is largely controlled by the Russian army, is planned today. “Today we are once again trying to evacuate women, children and the elderly.”The official said on Facebook, adding that civilians had begun congregating near a shopping mall in the city, and hoped they could begin evacuating around 12:00 p.m. local time.
Ukrainian fightersclings” At the Azovstal plant where civilians are also taking root, Kyiv responded on Friday. President Putin ordered a blockade, without assault, on this enormous mineral complex.
At least five dead, including a child, in Russian strikes on Odessa
The chief of staff of the Ukrainian presidency announced that at least five people were killed and 18 others wounded in Russian strikes on the southern Ukrainian port city of Odessa. “In all likelihood, the losses will be greater.”referenced in Andriï Yermak’s Telegram, specifying thatThree month old baby He was among the victims.
The diplomatic situation and international reactions
An invitation to a humanitarian pause
While calls for a truce on Orthodox Easter seem dead on paper, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called again Friday night for “Human break” To evacuate civilians from cities besieged by the Russians, starting with Mariupol. a “A humanitarian pause is necessary for the safe evacuation of thousands of civilians wishing to leave dangerous areas witnessing ongoing hostilities.”As indicated by the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry Friday evening on its website.
Zelensky says the invasion of Ukraine is just the beginning
The Ukrainian president estimated Friday evening that the recent statements of Russian General Rustam Minkayev did nothing but “He confirmed what I said several times: the Russian invasion of Ukraine was only supposed to be the beginning, after which they want to take over other countries.”
Rustam Minkayev revealed Russia’s strategy on Friday, declaring that Moscow aims to fully control southern Ukraine and the Donbass region in order to “To ensure a land passage to the Crimea” As well as to Transdniestria, Moldova region “Where there are cases of persecution of the Russian-speaking populationAccording to him, Moldova, with great concern, summoned the Russian ambassador to protest these statements.
Russia admits losses after the sinking of Moskva
The Russian Defense Ministry said one sailor was killed and 27 others are still missing after the cruiser Moskva sank last week, acknowledging casualties for the first time. Moscow claims that the ship sank due to exploding ammunition on board and bad weather. But Ukraine says it flooded the building with missiles.