kyiv prepares for the fall of Mariupol and a Russian assault in the East

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3:37 p.m. : The meeting between Vladimir Putin and Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer, started. The latter is the first European leader to visit Moscow since the start of the invasion of Ukraine. This trip it is “a risky mission”the Chancellor acknowledged, but a “dialog window” went up, he said.

(Mikhail KLIMENTYEV, Stefanie LOOS / POOL / SPUTNIK / AFP)

3:05 p.m. : According to our information, the enemy has almost completed its preparation for an attack in the east. The attack will take place very soon.”

Ukrainian army says to expect Russian offensive “Coming soon” in the Eastwhich became the priority objective of the Kremlin, after the withdrawal of Russian troops from the northern regions of the country and around kyiv.

1:47 p.m. : Good morning @Raftindeed, the devastated port of Mariupolup to 90% destroyed, he seems willing to side with the Russians. “Today will probably be the last battle because we are running out of ammunition. (…) It will be death for some and captivity for others”, said the 36th National Army Brigade, which is part of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. During more than 40 days of intense fighting, “the enemy has gradually pushed us back (…), surrounded us and now tries to destroy us”the brigade explained.

1:52 p.m. : A final battle at Mariupol. Then the city will fall to the Russians, is that how it should be interpreted? Thank you

1:27 p.m. : “It was a city of half a million people. The occupiers besieged it and did not even allow it to take water and food. The Russians completely destroyed Mariupol and destroyed it. They burned it to the ground.”

Addressing the National Assembly of South Korea, Volodymyr Zelensky said that he believed that “Tens of Thousands” people had been killed in the city of Mariupol, while the Ukrainian army says it is preparing to “one last battle”.

(Ilya Pitalev/Sputnik via AFP))

1:07 p.m. : Some 44,000 Ukrainian refugees join the more than 4.5 million who have already fled their country since the invasion ordered by Vladimir Putin on February 24, according to UNHCR figures. Europe has not seen such an influx of refugees since World War II.

12h34 : The Ukrainian military says it is preparing to “one last battle” in the devastated port of marioupolbesieged by the Russian army for more than 40 days.

12h14 : The Ukrainian authorities try to restore the devastated lines of communication. A temporary access road has been built in Romanivka, near kyiv, to restore traffic between Irpin, Boutcha, Gostomel, Vorzel and the capital. Five days of work were necessary to assemble this 245-meter track, says Kirill Tymoshenko, member of the presidential cabinet. This ramp should make it possible to speed up the delivery of humanitarian aid.

(KIRILO TIMOCHENKO / TELEGRAM)

12:00 : Here’s a new point in the news:

We take the same thing and start again: the second round of the presidential election will oppose immanuel macron Y Marina LePen. The outgoing president obtained 27.60% of the votes, ahead of the RN candidate, with 23.41%, according to the almost definitive results provided by the Ministry of the Interior. Jean-Luc Mélenchon misses out on qualifying by a sigh (21.95%).

#PRESIDENTIELLEThe defeated candidate of the Republicans, Valérie Pécresse, has launched a national appeal for donations, after her score below 5% puts her campaign in a financial situation “criticism”. “I am personally indebted to the tune of five million”ad.

“Tens of thousands died in Mariupol”Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in front of the South Korean Parliament. In an earlier estimate, the Ukrainian presidency announced that 5,000 people had died in this eastern Ukrainian city. Follow our direct.

The Tarn and Haute-Garonne departments are located on orange alert for strong wind by Météo France, starting at 6 p.m. In these two departments, the authentic wind will gradually strengthen, reaching up to 120 km/h locally.

11h41 : At the end of March, during a previous estimate, the Ukrainian presidency had announced that 5,000 people had died in Mariupol. It is currently impossible to verify these figures independently.

11h43 : “It was a city of half a million inhabitants. The Russian occupiers blocked it and prevented the delivery of water and food.President Volodymyr Zelensky said during his speech, which was also broadcast on Ukrainian television. Mariupol was destroyed, tens of thousands of people died there.”

11:40 a.m. : “Tens of thousands died in Mariupol”Says Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in front of the South Korean Parliament.

11h06 : Proud to welcome in #Lviv the detachment of technical and scientific gendarmes who came to help their comrades 🇺🇦 in the investigations of war crimes committed around #Kiev. The 🇬🇧 first to provide such help. They will be at work tomorrow. Solidarity 🇫🇷🇺🇦 https://t.co/3pX9LkPzeq

11:05 a.m. : AN “detachment of technical and scientific gendarmes” The French arrived in Lviv, Ukraine, to “to help their Ukrainian comrades in the investigation of war crimes committed in kyiv”announced on Twitter the French ambassador to Ukraine, Etienne de Poncins.

10:17 a.m. : We take stock of this morning’s news, strongly marked by the results of the first round of the presidential elections:

We take the same thing and start again: the second round of the presidential election will oppose immanuel macron Y Marina LePen. The outgoing president obtained 27.60% of the votes, ahead of the RN candidate, with 23.41%, according to the almost definitive results provided by the Ministry of the Interior. Jean-Luc Mélenchon misses out on qualifying by a sigh (21.95%).

The election was marked by the “useful” vote, preventing a number of candidates from exceeding the 5% mark, which ensures reimbursement of campaign expenses. EELV is in a “critical situation”, assures its national secretary Julien Bayou in franceinfo. Follow the reactions on our life.

french bank societe générale ad “to cease operations” in Russia and will sell its entire stake in Rosbank, a Russian banking heavyweight, as well as its insurance subsidiaries in the country, according to a press release.

The Tarn and Haute-Garonne departments are located on orange alert for strong wind by Météo France, starting at 6 p.m. In these two departments, the authentic wind will gradually strengthen, reaching up to 120 km/h locally.

10h04 : EU foreign ministers are discussing a sixth package of sanctions against Moscow in Luxembourg. But the cessation of oil and gas purchases to stop financing the Russian war effort still divides the Twenty-Seven, so a new decision is not expected today.

10:45 a.m. : Several controversial pro-Russian rallies have been held in Germany this weekend at the initiative of the country’s large Russian-speaking community, which considers itself a victim of discrimination since the invasion of Ukraine by troops from Moscow.

09h11 : Later the bombing of KramatorskOn Friday, many residents refuse to flee despite fear, according to our on-site reporter. Sometimes they prefer to stay than see their families separated. Others make it a matter of patriotism and believe in the victory of the Ukrainian forces. Alexandre Goncharenko, mayor of Kramatorsk, in Donbass (Ukraine), April 10, 2022. (GILLES GALLINARO / RADIO FRANCE)(GILLES GALLINARO / RADIO FRANCE)

09h51 : Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer is the first European leader to travel to Moscow since the beginning of the invasion of Ukraine to meet with Vladimir Putin. AN “mission at risk” as kyiv prepares for a massive Russian offensive in the east.

08h58 : This decision by Société Générale should have a negative impact on its accounts of 3,100 million euros, specifies the bank. Despite criticism, he had continued his activities in Russia until then, despite the invasion of Ukraine that began on February 24.

08h58 : French bank Societe Generale announces “to cease operations” in Russia, and will sell its entire stake in Rosbank, a Russian banking heavyweight, as well as its insurance subsidiaries in the country, according to a press release.

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