War in Ukraine: Latest developments

War in Ukraine: Latest developments

War in Ukraine: Latest developments

War in Ukraine: Latest developments

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The important port city of Mariupol “has not fallen,” according to Ukraine’s prime minister, who also stated that the besieged soldiers protecting the city from the Russian onslaught will “fight until the end.”

Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal told ABC’s “This Week” that “the city still has not fallen. There’s still our military forces, our soldiers. So they will fight to the end.”

– ‘Inhuman’ situation in Mariupol –
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky says the situation in the eastern city of Mariupol is “inhuman”, warning the “elimination” of the last Ukrainian troops defending would end peace talks with Russia.

“Russia is deliberately trying to destroy everyone who is there,” he says in a video address as a Russian ultimatum to surrender expires.

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– Civilian evacuation paused –
Ukraine says it is pausing the evacuation of civilians from the war-scarred east of the country for a day because of a failure to agree terms with Russian forces.

“As of this morning, April 17, we have not been able to agree with the occupiers on a ceasefire on the evacuation routes. That is why, unfortunately, we are not opening humanitarian corridors today,” Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk stated.

– Military plant hit: Russia –
Russia’s defense ministry says it has struck a military plant outside Kyiv, as Moscow intensifies its attacks on the Ukrainian capital.

“During the night, high-precision, air-launched missiles destroyed an ammunitions factory near the settlement of Brovary, Kyiv region,” the ministry said in a statement on Telegram.

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– Five killed in Kharkiv –

At least five people have died and 13 have been injured in a series of strikes in Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city in the country’s war-torn northeast, according to a regional health official.

The deaths were verified by Maksym Khaustov, the chief of the Kharkiv region’s health department, after a series of strikes that AFP correspondents on the scene claimed started fires across the city and tore roofs off buildings damaged by the onslaught.

– Pope urges peace during ‘Easter of war’ –

Pope Francis calls for peace in Ukraine during this “Easter of war” as he delivers the traditional Easter Sunday Urbi et Orbi address on St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican.

“May there be peace for war-torn Ukraine, so sorely tried by the violence and destruction of the cruel and senseless war into which it was dragged,” the pontiff says.

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– ‘Useless’ talking to Putin: Draghi –
Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi has complained in a newspaper interview that Western diplomatic efforts to persuade Vladimir Putin to halt the war in Ukraine had so far led nowhere.

“I am beginning to think that those people are right when they say ‘It is useless to talk to him, it’s just a waste of time’,” Draghi told the daily Il Corriere della Sera, adding Putin’s goal appeared not peace but “to annihilate the Ukrainian resistance, occupy the country and entrust it to a friendly government.”

– Sanctions and reprisals –
Amid escalating tit-for-tat sanctions, Russia bans entry to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and several of his senior ministers.

The Kremlin also steps up a crackdown on dissent at home, adding nine prominent Kremlin critics and journalists to its growing list of “foreign agents”.

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– No homes to return to: UN –
Many of the nearly five million people who have fled Ukraine will not have homes to return to, the United Nations warns.

UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, says 4,836,445 Ukrainians have left the country since the Russian invasion on February 24 — up 40,200 on Friday’s total.

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