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‘Elimination’ of Ukrainian soldiers in Mariupol would end negotiations, Zelensky threatens

Russia, which had warned it could attack kyiv again, bombed a second weapons factory near the Ukrainian capital on Saturday. For his part, President Volodymyr Zelensky has threatened to end peace negotiations with Moscow if the last Ukrainian soldiers in the besieged city of Mariupol are “eliminated.” Here is the thread for April 16.

  • 10:30 p.m.: Pope condemns cruelty in Ukraine war on Easter Vigil

Pope Francis condemned the cruelty of the war in Ukraine during the Easter Vigil, which he attended but did not preside over, possibly due to leg pain.

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

“We are all praying for you and with you. We are praying because there is so much suffering. We can only give them (…) our prayers and tell them ‘courage, we accompany you,'” Pope Francis said.

  • 21:15: Zelensky calls the world to “prepare” for a possible Russian nuclear attack

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called on the world to “prepare” for Russia’s possible use of its nuclear weapons, in an interview with several Ukrainian media.

“We should not wait for the moment when Russia decides to use its nuclear weapons. We have to prepare for that,” he said in the interview broadcast by six Ukrainian news sites, as well as by the Ukrainian presidency on Telegram.

We need “(radiation) drugs, bomb shelters,” he said. “You have to talk to them, sign treaties, toughen up economically. (The Russians) can use any weapon, I’m convinced of that.”

  • 8:30 p.m.: in Irpin, the difficult return of the inhabitants

“In the city center of Irpin, on the outskirts of kyiv, there is hardly a building that has not been destroyed by Russian bombs or artillery,” testifies Sylvain Rousseau, special envoy to Ukraine. “But since the departure of the Russian troops, some residents are still trying to return.”

  • 8:10 pm: Russia publishes a video that it presents as showing the survivors of the Moskva cruiser

The Russian Defense Ministry released a video 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 its sinking 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.

  • 17:10: Zelensky threatens to stop negotiations with Moscow if Mariupol’s “last Ukrainian soldiers” die

“The elimination of our soldiers, of our men in Mariupol will put an end to any negotiations” for peace between Russia and Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky declared in an interview with the Ukraïnska Pravda news website, warning that the two sides would then find themselves in “a dead end”.

  • 16:50: 40,200 more people have fled Ukraine in the last 24 hours

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) now lists exactly 4,836,445 Ukrainians who have fled their country since the Russian invasion on February 24, or 40,200 more than on Friday.

According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), around 215,000 third-country nationals, mainly students and migrant workers, have also fled to neighboring countries, meaning that more than 5 million people in total have fled Ukraine since the beginning of the war. .

  • 4:00 p.m.: special flight to Roissy to bring back Russians expelled by France

A special plane, chartered by Moscow, has landed at Roissy airport to bring back to Russia almost 140 Russian citizens expelled by France, AFP has learned from an airport source.

One hundred and thirty-seven passengers, “persona non grata” with their families and loved ones, boarded the plane in mid-afternoon, which was supposed to take off calmly, this source reported.

France announced, at the beginning of the month, the expulsion of 41 Russian diplomats who, according to her, carried out espionage activities under the protection of its embassy, ​​specifying that the sanction was part of “a European approach”.

  • 11:24 am: Boris Johnson non grata in Russia

Russia has announced that Prime Minister Boris Johnson and several other top British officials are banned from entering the country.

“This measure was taken in response to the unrestrained political and media campaign aimed at isolating Russia internationally and creating conditions for… strangling the national economy,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

  • 10:22 am .: a military factory in kyiv targeted by bombing, according to Moscow

A military equipment factory was attacked in the suburbs of kyiv. This bombing, claimed by Moscow, occurs the day after a warning from Russian forces.

“High-precision, long-range air-to-ground weapons destroyed the production buildings of an arms factory in kyiv,” the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement on Telegram. A large number of military and police officers were at the scene, preventing access to the complex from which smoke was coming out. The mayor of kyiv, Vitali Klitschko, indicated on Facebook that he had no information about the possible victims at this time.

  • 10:15: The difficult search for evidence of the crimes committed in Ukraine

After the discovery, on Friday, in kyiv, of the bodies of more than 900 murdered civilians, Sylvain Rousseau, France 24’s special envoy in the Ukrainian capital, explains that the remains are taken to a forensic institute for autopsy. In the country, the police and NGOs seek to collect testimonies and evidence of the crimes committed since the beginning of the invasion. But many victims do not want to remember what they have experienced.

  • 7:10 am: Uncertainty about the fate of the Moskva crew

The 186-meter-long missile launcher, the flagship of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, was sunk on Thursday, the Kremlin confirmed. But the versions from Russia on the one hand, and Ukraine and the United States on the other, diverge.

Moscow says the Moskva was “severely damaged” by fire and explosion from its own ordnance before it sank while being towed. According to the Pentagon, it was two Ukrainian missiles that caused her to fall.

In addition, Russia maintains that the Moskva’s crew, some 500 men, was evacuated, while the United States and Ukraine indicate that they could not be saved.

  • 6:50 am: Between 2,500 and 3,000 Ukrainian soldiers have died, according to Volodymyr Zelensky

The Ukrainian president spoke into the microphone of the American television channel CNN. According to Volodymyr Zelensky, between 2,500 and 3,000 Ukrainian soldiers have been killed since the beginning of the Russian army’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24. In addition, another 10,000 Ukrainian soldiers were injured.

  • 2:52 am: Volodymyr Zelensky highlights Russian nuclear risk

The Ukrainian president said on Friday that “the whole world” should be “concerned” about the risk that Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, decides to resort to nuclear weapons in the face of military setbacks in his army and in the face of its isolation. Earlier, CIA Director William Burns said the threat posed by the Russian leader’s potential use of “tactical nuclear weapons” should not be taken lightly.

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