United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaking in Moscow

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is making his first trip to Russia since the start of the war in Ukraine. After meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov this afternoon, he is scheduled to meet with Vladimir Putin in the afternoon. Follow his press conference live from Moscow.

  • 12:21 pm: Poland imposes sanctions on 50 Russian oligarchs and companies

Polish Interior Minister Mariusz Kaminsky announced, on Tuesday, the adoption of sanctions targeting fifty Russian oligarchs and companies established in the country, as a response to the invasion of Ukraine. Among those targeted are billionaire Mikhail Fridman, aluminum tycoon Oleg Deripaska, and Eugene Kaspersky, founder of the cybersecurity company that bears his name.

“It is possible, indeed certain, that this list will be expanded,” the minister said.

  • 12:15 pm: Antonio Guterres calls for a ceasefire “as soon as possible”

On Tuesday, during a visit to Moscow, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for a ceasefire in Ukraine “as soon as possible”.

Antonio Guterres declared before his talks with the head of Russian diplomacy, Sergei Lavrov, that “what interests us very much is to find a way to create conditions for an effective dialogue, and to create conditions for a ceasefire as quickly as possible.”

  • 11 am: UN expects 8.3 million refugees compared to just over 5 million currently

The United Nations estimates that the number of Ukrainian refugees fleeing their country could reach 8.3 million, compared to just over 5.2 million currently.

  • 10:40 a.m.: Explosions at a Russian radio tower in Transnistria, Moldova

Authorities in Transnistria, a breakaway region of Moldova backed by Moscow, said there were explosions on Tuesday at a radio tower near the border with Ukraine.

“Early on April 26, two explosions were heard in the village of Mayak,” the Transnistrian Interior Ministry said in a statement. The two explosions, which did not result in casualties, targeted the radio tower in this area located about fifty kilometers north of the “capital” of Transnistria, Tiraspol, not far from the border with Ukraine.

Meanwhile, the President of Moldova announced that she will hold a meeting of the National Security Council.

  • 10:35 am: UN doubles humanitarian appeal for Ukraine to $2.25 billion

The United Nations announced that it has doubled its emergency appeal for humanitarian aid in Ukraine, which has been invaded by Russia, bringing the total to $2.25 billion.

“More than $2.25 billion is now required to meet needs in Ukraine, which is more than double the amount requested ($1.1 billion) when we launched the appeal on 1Verse March, a few days after the start of the war. The appeal was also extended from three to six months.”

  • 10:15 am: UK launches investigation after military hack

The British government has opened an investigation into the hack that allowed, according to the Daily Mail, access to the identities of about 100 potential recruits in the British army, possibly for the benefit of Russia, Leo Docherty, Under-Secretary of Defense, announced on Tuesday. According to the Daily Mail, the identities of 124 candidates wishing to join the military were illegally disclosed.

He added, “It appears to be a very strange intelligence target, given that it would target newly trained soldiers. I would have thought the Kremlin would have higher intelligence targets than that.”

  • 10:10 am: US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said: ‘Putin never imagined the world would rally behind Ukraine.

“The invasion of Ukraine and the atrocities committed by Russian forces are indefensible,” denounced the US Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin, from the US base of Ramstein, where about forty countries unite with the aim of strengthening the delivery of weapons. to Ukraine.

“Ukraine thinks it can win the war. We are all here too,” he added.

  • 9:30 am: Jean-Yves Le Drian confirms that “France will continue its resolute support to Ukraine”

“France will continue its resolute support for Ukraine,” said Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, during a meeting with his Ukrainian counterpart Dmytro Kuleba.

The minister noted “the continuation of France’s strategy in the context of the Ukrainian conflict” and “its determination to continue and deepen France’s support to Ukraine in all areas”, read in a press release on Twitter from Jean-Yves Le Drian on Tuesday.

  • 8:45 am: Germany allows tanks to be delivered to Ukraine

A government source announced that Germany will allow the delivery of “Chetah” tanks specialized in anti-aircraft defense to Ukraine. This decision constitutes a major turning point in Berlin’s cautious policy thus far in its military support of Kyiv.

Details – including the number of tanks – are due to be revealed during the day by Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht.

  • 7:15 a.m.: “If Sergei Lavrov looms the danger of a third world war, it will dissuade the allied nations from supplying Ukraine with more weapons”

About forty countries under the leadership of the United States are meeting from eight o’clock on Tuesday morning at the American base in Ramstein, Germany, with the aim of further arming Ukraine. For Gulliver Kraj, a France 24 correspondent in Kyiv, it was this meeting that prompted Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to brandish the threat of World War III. “It’s a matter of deterring allied nations,” he analyzes.

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  • 2:44 am: London cancels all tariffs on Ukraine

“The tariffs on all goods imported from Ukraine will now be reduced to zero, and all quotas will be abolished,” the British government said in a statement. The statement stated that this measure comes in response to a direct request from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. This concerns in particular the barley, honey, poultry and canned tomatoes that Ukraine exports to the UK.

  • 12:37 am: US to chair Ukraine talks in Germany

On Tuesday, the United States will host a conference of more than 40 countries to discuss defense issues related to Ukraine, with the aim of arming Kiev to defend against a potentially decisive attack launched by Russia in the east of the country. The event will be chaired by US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin at Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany. “They can win if they have the right equipment and the right support,” Lloyd Austin said of Ukraine on Monday.

According to US Army Chief of Staff General Mark Milley, one of the main goals of the talks is to synchronize and coordinate increased security assistance to Ukraine including heavy weapons as well as armed drones and ammunition.

General Mark Milley told reporters on his plane to Germany that the next few weeks would be “really crucial”. He added that Ukraine “needs continuous support to be successful on the battlefield.” That is really the purpose of this conference.”

  • 12:11 a.m.: Western weapons in Ukraine are legitimate targets, says Moscow

“These weapons will be a legitimate target of the Russian army operating in the framework of the special operation,” the head of Russian diplomacy, Sergey Lavrov, said in a televised interview broadcast on state television Monday on the website of the Russian Foreign Ministry. , referring to the attack in Ukraine, which the West and Kiev called an invasion.

“Storage depots in western Ukraine were targeted more than once (by the Russian army). How could it be otherwise?” added Sergey Lavrov. “NATO is, in essence, going to war with Russia through a medium and it is arming that medium. That means war.”

With Agence France-Presse and Reuters

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