As Ukraine enters its 46th day of fighting this Sunday, April 10, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson paid a surprise visit to the country on Saturday, where he met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Follow the latest information live.
Ten civilians were killed and at least 11 wounded in Saturday’s attacks around and southeast of Kharkiv in eastern Ukraine, the region’s governor announced on Sunday night.
“During the day, the occupiers shelled civilian infrastructure in Balaklya, Pesotchin, Zolochiv and Dergachi. At this time, we are aware of ten people killed, including a child, and 11 injured,” Oleg Synegoubov said on Telegram.
Mr. Synegoubov did not elaborate on these “heavy shelling” by the Russian military.
The second largest city in Ukraine with almost 1.5 million inhabitants before the war, Kharkiv is located about forty kilometers from the Russian border.
It has been the scene of intense fighting between the Ukrainian and Russian armies since the beginning of the invasion on February 24, without falling into the hands of the Muscovite forces.
Russian troops have withdrawn in recent days from the Kharkov region to retreat to the east and south of Ukraine.
Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer will become the first European leader to meet President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Monday since the start of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24, the foreign ministry told AFP on Sunday.
“He goes there having informed Berlin, Brussels and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky” to encourage dialogue, said a spokesman for the chancellor who was in Ukraine on Saturday.
So far more than 1,200 bodies have been discovered in the kyiv region, partially occupied for several weeks by Russian forces, Ukrainian Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova announced on the British Sky News channel on Sunday.
“To date, we have 1,222 people killed just for the kyiv region,” said Iryna Venediktova, who spoke in English in this interview where she also reported 5,600 open investigations for alleged war crimes since the start of the Russian invasion on 24 March. february.
He did not specify on Sunday whether the bodies discovered were exclusively civilians. A week ago, Ms. Venediktova reported 410 dead civilians found in the liberated territories of the kyiv region.
More than 4.5 million Ukrainian refugees have fled their country since the invasion ordered by Russian President Vladimir Putin on February 24, according to figures from the High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
UNHCR counted exactly 4,503,954 Ukrainian refugees on Sunday. That is 62,291 more than during the previous scoring on Saturday. Europe has not seen such an influx of refugees since World War II. About 90% of those who have fled Ukraine are women and children, and the Ukrainian authorities do not allow men of military age to leave.
According to the UN’s International Organization for Migration (IOM), around 210,000 non-Ukrainians have also fled the country, sometimes finding it difficult to return to their country of origin. The UN also estimates the number of internally displaced people at 7.1 million, according to IOM figures released on April 5.
In total, therefore, more than 11 million people, more than a quarter of the population, have had to leave their homes either by crossing the border to reach neighboring countries, or by seeking refuge elsewhere in Ukraine.
The airport of Dnipro, a large city in eastern Ukraine, was bombed again on Sunday by the Russians and “completely destroyed”, the regional governor announced.
“New attack on Dnipro airport. There is nothing left of it. The airport itself and nearby infrastructure have been destroyed. And the missiles are still flying,” Governor Valentin Reznichenko wrote on the regional Telegram. “We are in the process of determining the number of victims.”
Two bodies were discovered on Sunday in a culvert of a gas station on a highway outside kyiv, near the town of Bouzova that has been under Russian occupation, an AFP journalist said. AFP saw police and soldiers at the scene, using a tanker truck to extract water from the interior.
The victims appeared to be dressed as civilians, but according to the inhabitants they could be part of the territorial defense. A woman approached the scene of the crime, she looked inside before collapsing when she recognized her body by her shoes: “My son, my son,” she shouted.
Police sealed the scene with duct tape and waited for deminers before recovering the bodies. Tank tracks are visible on the road and there are two destroyed tanks near the gas station.
EU foreign ministers will discuss a sixth package of sanctions against Moscow in Luxembourg on Monday, but halting oil and gas purchases to stop funding the Russian war effort divides the 27″. We just imposed heavy sanctions on Russia and we are preparing for a sixth wave, announced this Friday the president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, during her visit to kyiv together with the head of diplomacy, Joseph Borrell.
The Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky, continues to ask all his European interlocutors “to adopt strong sanctions”. He calls for the cessation of oil and gas purchases and the supply of heavy weapons to resist the announced offensive in the Donbass region (east).
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in a video released on Sunday, the day after his surprise visit to kyiv, that he had traveled by train from Poland to the Ukrainian capital, paying tribute to the “iron people”. “Hello, I’m Boris Johnson, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, I’m traveling on a fantastic Ukrainian Railways train from Poland to kyiv,” he announces in the video, where he appears standing on board a train, dressed in a white T-shirt and a navy blue sweater
“We call them here + iron people +. It is related to their work, but it reflects their mentality, a real mentality that the Ukrainians show in resisting the terrible Russian aggression,” he continued.
He also offered his condolences to the railway workers, victims of the impact of a missile on Friday against a station in Kramatorsk, in eastern Ukraine, which left a total of 52 dead, including five children, who were preparing to flee.
Seven missiles fell overnight from Saturday to Sunday in the Mykolayiv region, about 100 kilometers northeast of Odessa, the country’s third largest city and the main strategic port on the Black Sea, according to the local military command. Threatened in turn with strikes, Odessa decreed a curfew from Saturday night to Monday morning.
“Ukraine is ready for the big battles. Ukraine must win them, including in Donbass”, the eastern region of the country, Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhaïlo Podoliak was quoted as saying by the Interfax-Ukraine news agency. “When that happens, Ukraine will have a stronger position in the negotiations, which will allow it to dictate certain conditions,” he added.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson paid a surprise visit to kyiv on Saturday and promised Ukraine armored vehicles. He paid tribute to the Ukrainian army for “the greatest feat of arms of the 21st century” that made it possible to defend kyiv and defeat “Putin’s monstrous designs”, according to a Downing Street statement.
Russian President Vladimir Putin “has suffered a setback. … Pressure will increase now in the Donbass and the East,” Mr Johnson warned.