As Ukraine enters its 46th day of fighting this Sunday, April 10, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was on a surprise visit to the country this Saturday where he met Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Follow the latest information live.
Ten civilians were killed and at least 11 injured in strikes on Saturday around and southeast of Kharkiv in eastern Ukraine, the region’s governor announced on Sunday evening.
“During the day, the occupiers shelled civilian infrastructure in Balaklya, Pesotchin, Zolochiv and Dergachi. At present, we are aware of ten people killed, including a child, and 11 injured,” Oleg Synegoubov said on Telegram.
Mr. Synegoubov gave no further details on these “heavy bombardments” by the Russian army.
Second largest city in Ukraine with nearly 1.5 million inhabitants before the war, Kharkiv is located about forty kilometers from the Russian border.
It has been the scene of intense fighting between the Ukrainian and Russian armies since the start of the invasion on February 24, without falling into the hands of Moscow forces.
Russian troops have withdrawn in recent days from the Kharkiv region to retreat towards eastern and southern Ukraine.
Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer will become the first European leader to meet President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Monday since the start of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24, the chancellery told AFP on Sunday.
“He is going there having informed Berlin, Brussels and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky” to encourage dialogue, said a spokesman for the Chancellor who was in Ukraine on Saturday.
More than 1,200 bodies have been discovered so far in the kyiv region, partly occupied for several weeks by Russian forces, Ukrainian Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova announced on Sunday on the British channel Sky News.
“To date, we have 1,222 people killed just for the kyiv region,” said Iryna Venediktova, who spoke in English in this interview where she also reported 5,600 investigations opened for alleged war crimes since the beginning of the Russian invasion on February 24.
She did not specify on Sunday whether the bodies discovered were exclusively those of civilians. A week ago, Ms. Venediktova reported 410 dead civilians found in the liberated territories of the kyiv region.
More than 4.5 million Ukrainian refugees have fled their country since the invasion ordered by Russian President Vladimir Putin on February 24, according to figures from the High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
UNHCR counted exactly 4,503,954 Ukrainian refugees on Sunday. These are 62.291 more than during the previous score on Saturday. Europe has not seen such an influx of refugees since the Second World War. Some 90% of those who have fled Ukraine are women and children, with the Ukrainian authorities not allowing the departure of men of military age.
According to the UN’s International Organization for Migration (IOM), around 210,000 non-Ukrainians have also fled the country, sometimes encountering difficulties in returning to their country of origin. The UN also estimates the number of internally displaced people at 7.1 million, according to IOM figures released on 5 April.
In total, therefore, more than 11 million people, more than a quarter of the population, have had to leave their homes either by crossing the border to reach neighboring countries, or by finding refuge elsewhere in Ukraine.
The airport of Dnipro, a large city in eastern Ukraine, was bombed again on Sunday by the Russians and “completely destroyed”, announced the regional governor.
“New attack on Dnipro airport. Nothing remains of it. The airport itself and nearby infrastructure have been destroyed. And the missiles continue to fly,” Governor Valentin Reznichenko wrote on Telegram. regional. “We are in the process of determining the number of victims”.
Two bodies were discovered Sunday in a manhole of a service station on a highway outside kyiv, near the locality of Bouzova which has been under Russian occupation, noted an AFP journalist. AFP saw police and military at the site, using a tanker truck to suck up water from inside.
The victims appeared to be dressed as civilians, but according to the inhabitants they could be part of the territorial defense. A woman approached the crime scene, looked inside before collapsing having recognized the body by the shoes: “My son, my son”, she cried.
Police sealed off the scene with tape and were waiting for deminers before recovering the bodies. Tank tracks are visible on the road and there are two destroyed tanks near the gas station.
EU foreign ministers will discuss a 6th sanctions package against Moscow in Luxembourg on Monday, but halting oil and gas purchases to stop funding the Russian war effort divides the 27.” We have just imposed heavy sanctions on Russia and we are preparing for a sixth wave,” European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced on Friday during her visit to kyiv with the head of diplomacy. Joseph Borrell.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky continues to ask all his European interlocutors “for the adoption of powerful sanctions”. He is calling for a halt to oil and gas purchases and the supply of heavy weapons to resist the announced offensive in the Donbass region (east).
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in a video released on Sunday, the day after his surprise visit to kyiv, that he had traveled on a train from Poland to the Ukrainian capital, paying tribute to the “iron people”. . “Hello, I’m Boris Johnson, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, traveling on a fantastic Ukrainian Railways train from Poland to Kyiv,” he announces in the video, where he appears standing at aboard a train, wearing a white shirt and a navy blue sweater.
“We call you ‘iron people’ here. It’s related to your job, but it reflects your mentality, a real mentality that Ukrainians show in resisting the terrible Russian aggression,” he continued.
He also offered his condolences to the railway workers, victims of the strike of a missile on Friday against a station in Kramatorsk, in eastern Ukraine, which left a total of 52 dead, including five children, who were preparing to flee.
Seven missiles fell overnight from Saturday to Sunday in the Mykolayiv region, about 100 kilometers northeast of Odessa, the country’s third largest city and major strategic port on the Black Sea, according to the local military command. Threatened in turn with strikes, Odessa, decreed a curfew from Saturday evening to Monday morning.
“Ukraine is ready for the big battles. Ukraine must win them, including in the Donbass”, the eastern region of the country, said Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhaïlo Podoliak, quoted by the Interfax-Ukraine press agency. “When that happens, Ukraine will have a stronger position in the negotiations, which will allow it to dictate certain conditions,” he added.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson paid a surprise visit to kyiv on Saturday and promised armored vehicles to Ukraine. He paid tribute to the Ukrainian army for “the greatest feat of arms of the 21st century” which made it possible to defend kyiv and to defeat “Putin’s monstrous designs”, according to a statement from Downing Street.
Russian President Vladimir Putin “has suffered a setback. (…) He will step up the pressure now in the Donbass and the East”, warned Mr. Johnson.