War in Ukraine live: almost 5 million Ukrainian children have fled their country, according to Unicef

The essential

  • The leader of the pro-Russian separatists in Donetsk claimed that his forces had completely conquered the port area of marioupolin southeastern Ukraine, which has been under siege for more than a month.
  • EU foreign ministers have begun discussing a sixth package of sanctions against Russia, but consensus is becoming increasingly difficult to find.
  • austrian chancellor Karl Newhammerthe first European leader to be received by Vladimir Putin since the beginning of the intervention in Ukraine, was “pessimistic” about the “logic of war” of the Russian president.
  • France has decided the expulsion of six Russian spies who operated under the cover of his embassy in Paris and “whose activities turned out to be contrary to (his) national interests”.


The Red Cross continues with its collection in situ


More than a hundred children killed in Ukraine

Ukraine’s Prosecutor General’s Office says Russian forces were injured 342 children and killed 183 minors in Ukraine since the start of Russian military operations in the country, according to the daily The kyiv Independent.


Nokia withdraws from the Russian market

Under pressure for weeksTelecom equipment maker Nokia is finally pulling out of the Russian market, Chief Executive Pekka Lundmark told Reuters. “We just don’t see any chance of continuing in the country under the current circumstances,” he said, adding that Nokia would continue to support customers through the operator’s exit process.


Nine humanitarian corridors open in Ukraine

Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said that nine humanitarian corridors were agreed on Tuesday to evacuate civilians, according to Reuters. One of them includes the besieged city of Mariupol. According to a government statement, five of the nine corridors have been opened in Ukraine’s Lugansk region in the east of the country, which is under heavy shelling.


In Boutcha, “the Russians opened fire on the hungry residents”

When Russian tanks invade the town of Boutcha at the end of February, Maria, a Ukrainian university student, secretly films. With her grandmother Olena, 94, and her teenage son, she hides to survive. Maria and Olena testify today with the Parisian Russian abuses committed during the occupation of the city, liberated on April 2.


World trade threatened by war

The war in Ukraine could cut global trade growth in half, according to an analysis by the World Trade Organization (WTO) secretariat. According to this analysis, the crisis is expected to reduce global GDP growth to between 3.1 and 3.7% this year, while world trade growth is expected to be between 2.4% and 3%. In October, the WTO expected an increase of 4.7%.


4.8 million Ukrainian children have fled their country, according to Unicef

Nearly 5 million children have fled their homes in the six weeks since the Russian invasion, says Unicef. The displacement of 4.8 million Ukrainian children out of the country’s 7.5 million in such a short time is “quite unbelievable”, says Manuel Fontaine, UNICEF’s director of emergency programmes. “They were forced to leave everything behind: their homes, their schools and often their families,” he told the UN Security Council. The agency says it has also counted 142 children who have died since the start of the war, although the number is certainly much higher.


Europe redoubles efforts to emancipate itself from Russian gas

From LNG terminal projects in northern Germany, Finland or France, to potential new routes through Spain or the eastern Mediterranean, Europe is working hard to emancipate from Russian gas, although the task will take years, according to experts. Before the abandonment of the gas pipeline north stream 2 Coming from Russia, Germany has urgently relaunched three LNG terminal installation projects, hitherto considered non-priority. One could be ready by the winter of 2023, the other two not before 2026.


Repeated meetings in the UN Security Council

After Monday’s session of UN Security Council on women and children in Ukraine, the body blocked by Russia’s veto power will hold a meeting on the humanitarian aspect on April 19. The new meeting “will focus on refugees, third-country nationals and human trafficking,” a diplomat said on condition of anonymity. In the morning, the Albanian ambassador Ferit Hoxha stressed that he himself and his partners in the UN would not stop denouncing the invasion of Ukraine even if Moscow, “with its veto, took this Council hostage, preventing it from guaranteeing Ukraine’s security. ”. .


India and the United States struggle to reconcile their positions

Joe Biden and Narendra Modi had a “frank” virtual exchange on Monday, but one that did not seem to have brought the positions closer to the war in Ukraine. “It is important that all countries, especially those that have influence” on the Russian president, “urge him to end the war”, declares the head of US diplomacy, Antony Blinken. “And it is also important that democracies … speak with one voice to defend the values ​​we share,” he added.


A chemical attack in Mariupol?

The UK is trying to verify information about the possible use of chemical weapons by Russian forces in marioupol, announces the British Foreign Secretary. “Reports indicate that Russian forces may have used chemical agents in an attack against the population of Mariupol. We are urgently working with our partners to verify the information,” said Liz Truss. Any use of such weapons “would constitute a brutal escalation in this conflict and we will hold them accountable,” she added.


French gendarmes are investigating the “war crimes”

The French team, which is also made up of two forensic doctors, arrived in Lviv on Monday. It will support the Ukrainian authorities “in the investigations of war crimes committed around kyiv,” announced the French ambassador to Ukraine.


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Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov



Ukraine prepares for a Russian assault in the East

“According to our information, the enemy has almost completed its preparation for an attack in the east. The attack will take place very soon,” warned Ukrainian Defense Ministry spokesman Oleksandre Motouzianik. In Washington, a senior Pentagon official confirmed that Russian forces are building up around the Donbass and, in particular, near the strategic city of Izium. “We have seen efforts by the Russians to resupply and strengthen in Donbass,” the official said.

The pressure of the Russian army on Donbass will increase. AFP


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