🔴 Direct – the war in Ukraine: Kyiv expects “very difficult weeks”

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday that “the danger of a third world war is real.” Moldova fears the extension of the conflict on its territory. The latest information live.

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Groups linked to the Russian state have carried out more than 200 computer attacks against Ukraine and its infrastructure since the beginning of the invasion by the Russian military, according to a Microsoft report.

8:11 pm

Ukraine said it expects “very difficult weeks” against the Russian army, which has “already gathered forces for a major offensive in the east” of the country, which is a priority for Moscow.

“We have very difficult weeks ahead,” Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov warned in a Facebook statement, calling on Ukrainians to “flexibility and unity” after more than two months of conflict with Russia.

6:43 pm

The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, arrived in Ukraine, Wednesday, on his first visit since the start of the Russian invasion on February 24, he announced on his Twitter account.

5:07 pm

Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned against any outside interference in the conflict in Ukraine, promising that he will face a “quick and weak” response.

“If someone intends to interfere from abroad in what is happening (in Ukraine, editor’s note) and create unacceptable threats to Russia, they should know that our response (…) will be swift and light,” Putin told the Russian newspaper. Parliament.

12:35 pm

Russia banned, on Wednesday, 287 members of the British House of Representatives from entering the country, in retaliation for a similar move by London against Russian lawmakers who supported the attack on Ukraine.

In a press release accompanying the list of deputies involved, Russian diplomats noted 287 out of the 650 members of the Chamber of Deputies.

12:24 pm

Russia decided, on Wednesday, to withdraw from the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), and took the lead when its exclusion was to be put to a vote of member states, the Madrid-based United Nations agency announced on Twitter.

“Russia announced its intention to withdraw from OMT” during its General Assembly in Madrid, the UN agency wrote. Its suspension is “effective immediately,” adds the World Tourism Organization, which announced at the beginning of March that it wanted to suspend Russia’s membership of its powers due to the invasion of Ukraine.


The Bulgarian prime minister denounced, on Wednesday, the “unacceptable blackmail” after the Russian group Gazprom suspended all gas shipments to his country as well as to Poland.

Kirill Petkov told the press that this interruption, which was determined on the basis of non-payment in rubles as demanded by Russia in response to Western sanctions, “constitutes a serious breach of contract.” We will not succumb to such a racket.”

10:16 am

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Wednesday after Gazprom suspended supplies to Bulgaria and Poland that the EU was “ready” to cut Russian gas and was preparing for a “coordinated response”.

“Gazprom’s announcement is yet another attempt by Russia to blackmail us with gas. We are ready for this scenario. We are developing our coordinated European response. Europeans can make sure that we stand united and in solidarity with the affected member states,” she said on Twitter. .


The Russian military said, on Wednesday, that it had destroyed a “large amount” of weapons delivered by the United States and European countries to Kyiv, during a missile attack in southeastern Ukraine.

“Hardars with a large amount of foreign weapons and ammunition, delivered by the United States and European countries to the Ukrainian forces, were destroyed by high-precision Kalibr missiles fired from the sea at the Zaporozhye aluminum plant” in southeastern Ukraine, the Russian Defense Ministry said.


The Ukrainian military on Wednesday acknowledged the advance of Russian forces in the east of the country, with the capture of several localities in the Kharkiv region and in the Donbass. From Izyum, which was already under its control, the Russian forces led an offensive in the direction of Parvinkovy to the south. The Ukrainian Defense Ministry said in its morning report that they had captured the town of Zavodi and the northeastern suburbs from Velika Komichovaka locality.

And heading east towards Lyman, the Russian army captured the town of Zarchny and “made offensive attempts near Yampel,” he continued. Near Severodonetsk, one of the main cities of the region with a pre-war population of 100,000, forces from Moscow have captured the city of Novotochkevsky and are leading an offensive on Nizhny and Urikov, according to the same source.

6:15 am

Nearly 5.3 million Ukrainian refugees have fled their country since Russian forces invaded two months ago, and the United Nations predicts there will be 3 million more by the end of the year.

According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, as of April 25, 5,264,767 Ukrainians have left their country since the start of the Russian invasion on February 24, 32,753 more than the previous day’s figure. Although the influx has slowed significantly since March, the United Nations estimates in its new forecast that an additional 3 million refugees could be added to the pool of those who have already fled the ongoing fighting and bombardment, here at the end of this year.

UNHCR spokeswoman Shabiya Manto told a press conference in Geneva that the new number of 8.3 million refugees is a “planning figure”, based on a review of population movements and several potential scenarios in Ukraine. UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is requesting $1.85 billion to support its work and that of its partners on behalf of those people who flee their country in a state of war.

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