Some 3,700 people fled the Mariupol region, in buses and private cars, in the direction of Zaporozhye, the Ukrainian authorities announced. Most departed from Berdyansk.
On the other hand, the Red Cross announced that the team sent to Mariupol had to back down as its plan to evacuate thousands of civilians from this city besieged by Russian forces was “impossible”. A new attempt will take place this Saturday, April 2. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky asked Emmanuel Macron to try “to obtain from Russia the necessary conditions for a humanitarian operation” in this city, during a new interview.
The UN in Moscow to obtain the ceasefire
The UN Assistant Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs, the British Martin Griffiths, will be in Moscow on Sunday to try to achieve a “humanitarian ceasefire” in Ukraine, the head of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, announced on Friday, April 1. .
“He will be in Moscow on Sunday and then he will go to kyiv,” the UN secretary-general told reporters.
kyiv accused of having struck in Russia
The governor of Russia’s Belgorod region on Friday accused Ukraine of carrying out a dawn helicopter attack in what he described as an “oil depot” in this city located about forty kilometers from the border with Ukraine.
The Kremlin considered that this incident would not “create adequate conditions for the continuation of negotiations.” The Ukrainian side did not formally deny this, but suggested “sabotage”.
53 cultural sites damaged
At least 53 cultural sites have been damaged in Ukraine since the start of the Russian invasion on February 24, according to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco).
Additional aid from Washington to Ukraine
The Pentagon will provide up to $300 million in additional military aid to Ukraine, the US Department of Defense spokesman said in a statement.
“The United States has now committed more than 2.3 billion dollars help military aid to Ukraine since the Biden Administration took office, including more than $1.6 billion in military aid since Russia’s premeditated and unprovoked invasion,” said John Kirby.
The Ukrainians are gaining ground again
On the ground, the Russians “continue their partial withdrawal from the north of the kyiv region to the border with Belarus, indicated the Ukrainian Defense Ministry, which denounces looting by Russian soldiers. In this same area, the Ukrainian troops took the towns of Sloboda and Lukashivka, south of Chernihiv.
In the east, “Russian forces have failed to take any territory for 24 hours,” according to the American Institute for the Study of War (ISW). The Ukrainians claimed to have liberated 11 towns in the Kherson region (south). Two people were killed and two others wounded in Russian shelling on Thursday, according to the regional governor. kyiv also announced that it had exchanged 86 of its soldiers for Russians, without specifying the number of the latter.
The President of the MEPs in kyiv
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky expressed his “gratification” to Roberta Metsola, Maltese President of the European Parliament, for having come “heroically” and “personally” to kyiv, welcoming him to the Ukrainian capital where he has been entrenched since the end of February. .
Roberta Metsola, elected president of the European Parliament on January 18, was the first leader of a European institution to visit the Ukrainian capital since the start of the Russian invasion on February 24.