France wants to be “as close as possible” to Ukraine’s needs, says ambassador

The main information at noon.

  • Pope Francis called this Sunday “those who have the responsibility of the Nations” to “listen to the cry of the people for peace” in this “Easter of war”, in reference to the “martyr” Ukraine.
  • Moscow claims to control Mariupol and the Russian Defense Ministry has asked the last Ukrainian fighters entrenched in the city’s Azovstal metallurgical complex to stop fighting.
  • The Ukrainian authorities have announced the suspension of humanitarian corridors for the evacuation of civilians from eastern Ukraine, in the absence of an agreement with the Russian army on the cessation of shooting.
  • The Russian strikes were seen near kyiv on Sunday, where a military factory was bombed as the Russians said they would intensify their attacks on the capital.

14:26: France wants to be “as close as possible” to the needs of Ukraine, according to the ambassador

The reopening of the French embassy in kyiv on Friday is “a very strong political symbol” for Paris, which wants to be as close as possible to Ukraine’s military, defensive and logistical needs, the French ambassador said in an interview with AFP. France in Ukraine.

For Etienne de Poncins, this decision “appreciated by the Ukrainians (…) responds to a request from President Zelensky, who rightly said that kyiv would never be a provincial capital of imperial Russia, but the capital of a sovereign state of Ukraine. “.

With our return to kyiv, we are closer to this chain of solidarity with the Ukrainians, more effective in responding to their requests, ”he believes.

12:13 p.m.: The Pope calls to “hear the cry of peace” in this “Easter of war”

Pope Francis called this Sunday “those who have the responsibility of the Nations” to “listen to the cry of peace of the peoples” in this “Easter of war”, evoking the “martyr” Ukraine.

“We have seen too much blood, too much violence (…) Let’s stop showing our muscles while people suffer,” the sovereign pontiff launched during his traditional “Urbi et Orbi” blessing, before some 50,000 faithful in Saint Peter’s Basilica. Saint Peter’s Square in Rome.

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10:40: Draghi regrets the ineffectiveness of the dialogue with Putin

The head of the Italian government, Mario Draghi, regrets the apparent ineffectiveness of the “dialogue” with Vladimir Putin, pointing out that these contacts did not prevent the “horror” from continuing in Ukraine. “I am beginning to think that those who say: ‘it is useless for you to talk to him, you are wasting your time’ are right,” Mario Draghi said in an interview with Il Corriere della Sera newspaper published on Sunday.

“I have always defended (Emmanuel) Macron and I continue to say that, as the current president of the EU, he is right to try all possible avenues of dialogue. But I have the impression that the horror of the war with the slaughter of him, with what they did to children and women, is completely independent of statements and phone calls” between the Kremlin and foreign powers, he said, he added.

10:32 am: Russia claims to have “destroyed” a military factory near Kyiv

The Russian Defense Ministry announced on Sunday that it had bombed a military factory on the outskirts of kyiv, as Moscow intensifies its attacks on the Ukrainian capital. “Overnight, high-precision aircraft-launched missiles destroyed an ammunition factory near Brovary in the kyiv region,” the ministry said in a statement on its Telegram channel.

9:57 am: No humanitarian corridor this Sunday due to lack of agreement with the Russians

Ukrainian authorities announced on Sunday the suspension of humanitarian corridors for the evacuation of civilians from eastern Ukraine, due to lack of agreement with the Russian army on the cessation of shooting. “This morning we failed to negotiate a ceasefire on the evacuation routes with the occupants. That is why, unfortunately, we are not going to open humanitarian corridors today,” Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said on Telegram.

9:35 am: A shelling occurred in Brovary, near kyiv.

Explosions were heard in the early hours of Sunday in the kyiv region. A missile attack would have hit the infrastructure in the city of Brovary, near the Ukrainian capital, the mayor of Brovary said in a message posted on the Internet. This bombardment is said to have damaged a facility and a power station.

9:34 am: Gazprom says it will continue its gas exports to Europe via Ukraine

Russian gas producer Gazprom announced in a press release that it has continued to supply natural gas to Europe through Ukraine in accordance with the demands of its European customers. These requirements for April 17 amounted to 57 million cubic meters, Gazprom added.

8:19 am: Russia claims to control Mariupol

Moscow claimed to control almost the entire city of Mariupol and issued a new call to its last defenders to lay down their arms. The Russian Defense Ministry has asked the last Ukrainian fighters entrenched in the Azovstal metallurgical complex to stop fighting this Sunday and evacuate the compound. “All those who have surrendered their weapons will be guaranteed the salvation of their lives,” the ministry said on Telegram. “It’s your only chance.” Apart from this pocket of resistance, “the entire territory of the city of Mariupol has been cleared of militants from the Nazi Azov formation, foreign mercenaries and Ukrainian soldiers,” he said.

In the early hours of Sunday, the Ukrainian General Staff, for its part, indicated that the Russians from the Donetsk and Tavriya regions had carried out air strikes on the city. “They also carried out assault operations near the port,” it said in a statement, without mentioning, however, the call to lay down arms or the Russian claim to take most of the city.

7:53 am: Russia releases video showing survivors of Moskva cruiser

The Russian Defense Ministry on Saturday released a video presented as showing a meeting between the navy chief and survivors of the Moskva cruiser that sank in the Black Sea. In this thirty-second video, we see a few dozen men in sailor uniforms standing at attention in front of Navy Chief Nikolaï Yévmenov. These are the first images in which we can see suspected members of the crew of the Moskva since the sinking of her on Thursday.

Russia claims that this flagship of the Russian Black Sea Fleet sank after a fire caused by exploding ammunition. Ukraine claims to have sunk it with missiles.

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7:08 am: An “inhumane” situation in Mariupol

The situation in the strategic port of Mariupol is “inhumane”, declared the Ukrainian president on Saturday night, calling on the West to provide “immediately” the heavy weapons it has been demanding for several weeks, while Russia claims to control almost all of the territory. city ​​and launches a new appeal to its last defenders to lay down their arms.

The situation in Mariupol remains as serious as it can be

7 a.m.: Funeral of a Russian general in St. Petersburg

General Vladimir Frolov, deputy commander of the Russian 8th Army, was buried in St. Petersburg on Saturday, Russian sites Fontanka and Kommersant report. His funeral took place at the Serafimovsky cemetery in the presence of Alexander Beglov, the governor of St. Petersburg.

A special flight to Roissy to repatriate 137 Russians expelled by France

A special flight chartered by Russia took off from Roissy airport on Saturday to repatriate 137 passengers expelled by France, a sanction that is part of a European approach. Some are accused of espionage.

All the details read here in our article.

6:48 am: Ovation for the Ukrainian team during the Invictus Games, in the presence of Prince Harry

Britain’s Prince Harry opened the Invictus Games, games created for wounded soldiers, in a moving ceremony on Saturday, praising the courage of the Ukrainian team present in the Netherlands.

“Your courage and your choice to come and be here cannot be overstated,” the prince told the Ukrainian team from a boomerang-shaped stage. The team told the prince the day before that they had come “on this world stage, not just to show our strength but to speak our truth,” Harry said.

Present on stage, Meghan also expressed her support for the Ukrainian team. “Ukrainian Slav! (Glory to the Ukraine!), she said.

Suspension of negotiations if Russia “eliminates” the last Ukrainian soldiers in Mariupol, threatens Zelensky

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky threatened on Saturday to end peace talks with Russia if the Russian military launched the “elimination” of the last Ukrainian soldiers present in the besieged port city of Mariupol.

6:47 am: Zelensky calls on the world to “prepare” for a possible nuclear attack

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Saturday called on the world to “prepare” for the possible use of nuclear weapons by Russia, during an interview with various Ukrainian media.

“We must not wait for Russia to decide to use its nuclear weapons. We have to prepare for this,” she said in the interview broadcast by six Ukrainian news sites, as well as the Ukrainian presidency on Telegram.

We need “(radiation) drugs, bomb shelters,” he said. “We have to talk to them, sign treaties, crack down economically. (The Russians) can use any weapon, I’m sure. »

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What to remember from Saturday

• A military equipment factory making tanks in particular was bombed in Darnytsky, on the outskirts of kyiv.
• Russian forces attack an oil refinery in Lysychansk, a city near the front lines in eastern Ukraine. A long column of black smoke was visible.
A special plane chartered by Moscow took off from Roissy airport to bring back to Russia almost 140 Russian citizens expelled by France.
• Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has warned that the “elimination” of the last Ukrainian soldiers present in the port city of Mariupol besieged by Russian forces “ would end all peace negotiations with Moscow.
• Russia sent a formal complaint to the United States warning the US government of “unforeseen consequences” following its sharp increase in military aid to Ukraine.
• British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and several other top British officials are banned from entering Russia in retaliation for the sanctions imposed.
• The Ukrainian president has estimated the number of Ukrainian soldiers who died during the war between 2,500 and 3,000, while Russia, according to him, deplores between 19,000 and 20,000 victims.

6:45 am: Hello everyone, welcome to this live where we will follow the situation surrounding the conflict in Ukraine, this Sunday, April 17, on the 53rd day of the Russian invasion.

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