British intelligence says Russians are stagnating
The British Ministry of Defense said in its daily update that “the air and naval defense of Ukraine reduces the ability of (Russian forces) to make significant progress.” According to Crown Intelligence, “Despite their declared invasion of Mariupol, fierce fighting continues, thwarting Russian attempts to seize the city, slowing their desired advance into the Donbass.”
kyiv tries to evacuate Mariupol
A new attempt to evacuate civilians from Mariupol will start from noon. “The departure of the queue was scheduled for 12 noon on the route: Mariupol-Manhush-Berdyansk-Tokmak-Orekev-Zaporegia,” Petrol Andryushenko, advisor to the mayor of Mariupol, said on Telegram. Private vehicles can join the road, but only women, children and the elderly will be able to board the buses.
Tear gas filled with chemicals?
US Permanent Representative to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe Michael Carpenter said yesterday at a special meeting of the Organization’s Permanent Council in Vienna that Russia could have used tear gas containing chemicals in the attack on Mariupol. “There is credible evidence that Russian forces may have used various means to counteract the riots, including tear gas mixed with chemicals that can cause more severe symptoms to degrade and disable Ukrainian fighters and civilians as part of their aggressive campaign to capture Mariupol,” he said, and an investigation is underway.
The International Atomic Energy Agency in Chernobyl on Tuesday
IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi will lead a team of experts at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. The team will arrive at the site on April 26 to deliver the necessary equipment and perform initial radiological assessments of the site.
“The same soldiers are at the front for 60 days.”
“Where is the breaking point in the Russian army,” wonders, on the Franceinfo website Pierre Servent, a former reserve colonel. “It’s the same body that has been working for 60 days,” who has seen his friends die and live in stressful conditions, even if only in terms of hygiene and safety, when it is necessary “to pee in the truck tracks so as not to explode on mines…” Ukrainians are also under this pressure, but Ukrainians are in their homes, ”and civilians are helping them.
What happens in Azovstal?
The status quo prevails: Russia claims to have set up a “safe siege” of thousands of Ukrainian soldiers entrenched at the massive Mariupol mineral complex. Thursday, Vladimir Putin announced that the army would not bother to expel Ukrainian soldiers who remained resisting.
Putin as Servant saw him
Vladimir Putin argues in France Info Pierre Servent, Parisian Today’s defense adviser in France, that his “ambition is still completely overshadowed by Ukraine.” “The first goal is the privatization of the Azov Sea, and the acquisition of this chain extending to the Donbass, which has not yet been completely occupied.”
“Back to Life”
Yesterday evening, President Zelensky gave numbers in his speech: 184 settlements were removed in the areas liberated from the Russian yoke. “Of course, there is still a lot to do. But the pace, I think, is very good,” he said. As a result, humanitarian outposts have been established in more than 500 “uninhabited” settlements. In ’96, the connection with transportation was restored, and in 183 gas stations are operating again, and more than 90 power stations again.
Zelensky’s pious words
In his daily video address last night, Ukrainian President Zelensky linked the fight to the Good Friday of the Orthodox world, “One of the most painful days of the year for Christians. The day when death seems to have triumphed. But … we wish for resurrection. We believe in the victory of life over death.” He said in Beginning of his video, we are praying for him to die.
Chechens strengthen their presence in Ukraine
Ramzan Kadyrov, the head of Russia’s Chechnya region, who often describes himself as Putin’s “foot soldier,” wrote in his official Telegram account late last night that Chechnya is deploying hundreds of other volunteers to fight for Russia in Ukraine.
Canada sends heavy artillery to Kyiv
Canada has sent four M-777 howitzers to Ukraine out of 37 it has in the country. These heavy weapons were purchased by Canada during the war in Afghanistan.
Defense Minister Anita Anand confirmed the shipment on Friday, as revealed by CBC News, but did not provide details, saying only that “a number of M-777 howitzers” had been sent in Ukraine “with our American allies.”
One of the three sources also revealed to CBC News that the shipment included a number of high-precision Excalibur shells and ammunition.
After Rustam Minkayev’s statements about the Russian goal of joining, via Ukraine, the Moldavian region of Transnistria (read below), the Moldovan Foreign Ministry summoned the Russian ambassador to express its “deep concern”. “These statements are baseless and contradict the position of the Russian Federation in support of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Republic of Moldova,” which wants to be neutral in the conflict with Ukraine, he said on his website.
US State Department spokeswoman Galina Porter said Washington strongly supports Moldova’s sovereignty.
Rustam Minkayev, deputy commander of Russia’s Central Military District, reportedly claimed, according to Russian news agencies, that full control of southern Ukraine would give him access to Transnistria, a pro-Russian breakaway region of Moldova on the border with Ukraine. “There is also evidence that the Russian-speaking population is being persecuted” in Transnistria, Minkayev said.
This would cut off the entire Ukrainian coast and push the Russian forces hundreds of kilometers to the west, beyond the major coastal cities of Mykolaiv and Odessa.
This statement is one of the most detailed about Moscow’s ambitions in Ukraine and indicates that Russia does not plan to end its offensive soon.
Sanitary facilities have been severely damaged
The World Health Organization recorded 162 attacks in Ukraine on health facilities between February 24 and April 16. These attacks killed 73 people and injured 52 others.
The Secretary-General of the United Nations will visit Moscow and then Kyiv
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is scheduled to travel to Moscow on Tuesday to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin and then to Ukraine on Thursday to meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Thursday.
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will arrive in Moscow on Tuesday, April 26 for negotiations with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. “He will be received by Russian President Vladimir Putin,” Kremlin press secretary Dmitry Peskov said.
Life as it was before?
In his daily speech last night, Volodymyr Zelensky explained that “normal life” is returning to the areas liberated from Russian control. Many places have been disinfected and she can now get food, medicine and medical care.
Erdogan is on his way
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is expected to hold phone calls with his Russian and Ukrainian counterparts over the weekend, hoping to meet in Istanbul to end the war. Since the beginning of the conflict, Turkey has been trying to play its own peculiarities: it has maritime borders with both countries, is a member of NATO and one of the main trading partners of Russia and Ukraine.
According to Ukrainian officials, fighting intensified throughout Donetsk and Luhansk, the two regions that make up the Donbass, especially around Mykolaiv. Russian forces will move in such a way as to strengthen the positions they occupy.
Russia finally admits the death of a sailor and talks about 27 “disappeared” in the sinking of the Moskva River
The Russian authorities had so far announced that there were no casualties during the sinking, but initially claimed that the entire crew had been evacuated. The sinking of the Moskva cruiser is widely considered an affront to Russia, so much so that pro-Kremlin commentators are demanding an explanation from the authorities. The latest information is here.
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This live broadcast conveys the news of the 59th day of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, which was marked by a powerful attack in the Donbass.