War in Ukraine. Ultimatum for Mariupol, Pope Francis condemns… The point of the night

Cash Ukrainian are still present in Mariupol expect hard times and an onslaught “no thanks” troops of Kremlin This Sunday April 17. The last pockets of endurance in the heart of the besieged city would be ” exhausted “ according President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky.

In this strategic port area in southeastern Ukraine, almost completely destroyed by shelling, “There is no food, water or medicine”the Ukrainian head of state got carried away in an interview with Western media, accusing the Russians of ” to reject “ the establishment of humanitarian corridors.

An ultimatum to the last defenders of Mariupol

“The situation is inhuman”Volodymyr Zelensky said on Saturday night, calling on Westerners to provide ” immediately “ the heavy weapons that it has been claiming for several weeks, while Russia intends to control almost the entire city and launches a new appeal to its last defenders to end the fighting.

In fact, the Russian Ministry of Defense has stated that if Ukrainian soldiers still fighting in Mariupol laid down their arms at 6 a.m. (3 am GMT) Moscow time on Sunday, their lives would be saved, the Russian news agency Tass reported late on Saturday.

Russia has said the remaining soldiers, which it says include Ukrainian and foreign fighters, including Chechens, are trapped in the Azovstal steelworks.

According to Colonel General Mikhail Mizintsev, an official with the Russian Defense Ministry, the situation at the steel plant is “catastrophic”. “We guarantee that the lives of those who lay down their arms will be saved”.

Under the terms of Russia’s proposed deal, fighters present at the steelworks must leave it between 6 am and 1 pm Moscow time (noon Paris time), without weapons or ammunition.

The start of the surrender will be indicated by a flag raising, the ministry said: “Red from the Russian side, white from the Ukrainian side, all around the Azovstal perimeter”.

A few hours earlier, Volodymyr Zelensky had warned that “elimination” of the last Ukrainian soldiers present in the port city of Mariupol besieged by Kremlin forces “I would put an end to all peace negotiations” with Russia

Pope condemns cruelty in Ukraine war

You Pope Francisco condemned cruelty in Ukraine’s war on Saturday at the Easter Vigil, which he attended but did not preside over, likely due to leg pain that forced him to curtail his activities.

Ivan Fedorov, the mayor of the Ukrainian city of Melitopol, arrested last month by Russian forces and later released in a prisoner exchange, he was present at the service.

The 85-year-old Pope delivered his homily from a large white chair where he remained seated, before turning away from the text he had prepared to mention the presence of Fedorov, his family and three Ukrainian parliamentarians in the audience, and to speak about “the darkness of war, of cruelty. »

“We are all praying for you and with you. We pray because there is so much suffering. we can only give you […] our prayers and tell you ‘courage, we accompany you'”he has said.

The Vatican added that Pope Francis met privately with the Ukrainian delegation before the mass.

Explosions are heard in kyiv

Explosions were heard in the early hours of Sunday in the Ukrainian capital, kyiv, local media reported.

Warning sirens sounded throughout the morning in all regions of Ukraine.

No official explanation for the explosions was given and Reuters could not immediately verify the reports.

EU sanctions against Russia and Sberbank

The next sanctions that theEuropean Union (EU) will impose on Russia will target the banks, in particular Sberbank, as well as oil, the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen. “We are looking more at the banking sector, especially Sberbank, which represents 37% of the Russian banking sector. There are also power issues.declared Ursula von der Leyen in the Sunday magazine Bild am Sonntag.

For now, the EU has spared Russia’s largest bank because it represents, along with Gazprombank, one of the main payment channels for Russian oil and gas, which the bloc’s countries buy despite the conflict in Ukraine.

The President of the European Commission added that the EU was developing “intelligent mechanisms” so oil is also included in the new sanctions.

“(Russian President Vladimir) Putin should not be able to charge even higher prices in other markets for supplies that would normally go to the EU”said Ursula von der Leyen. “The priority is to reduce Putin’s income”she added.

War in Ukraine. Ultimatum for Mariupol, Pope Francis condemns… The point of the night

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