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10:21 p.m. : I don’t have all the pieces of the puzzle yet, but we learn this evening via the newspaper The evening that Belgium contributes 800 million euros to the 10.1 billion euros collected for Ukraine this afternoon. We do not yet know how much France has put on the table.

10:14 p.m. : Five people were killed and five others injured in Russian shelling near Donetsk, in eastern Ukraine, the governor of the region announced on Telegram. The region expects a major Russian offensive in this territory in the coming days.

10:13 p.m. : Towards a new horror scene like in Boutcha? The Italian news agency Ansa describes similar scenes in Makariv, a town west of kyiv, where their special correspondent counted 133 bodies, found with their hands tied behind their backs.

9:54 p.m. : Look no further for the story of the week. This is the story of the official lookalike of Volodymyr Zelensky who managed to flee Ukraine thanks to the help of the lookalike (Polish) of Vladimir Putin and that (Singaporean) of Kim Jong-Un. The story of his exfiltration in Poland is told by the washington post and for that alone, it’s worth speaking the language of Shakespeare.

9:08 p.m. : War in #Ukraine🎙️ @MartineAubry: “#Lille has always been alongside its sister cities when a painful event occurs. We wanted to show our support and our unconditional solidarity with #Kharkiv by granting it honorary citizenship” #cmlille

9:08 p.m. : The city of Lille has just granted its honorary citizenship to Kharkhiv, a Ukrainian city with which it has been twinned for 45 years, underlines France 3 Hauts-de-France.

8:59 p.m. : @citizen This is a questionable interview, we do not know if the young woman speaks under duress.

France 2 journalist Luc Lacroix was there, precisely, in Mariupol. He went to the other maternity ward in Mariupol, and he testified to the fact that because of the tank fire, the floors, which had become too dangerous, were deserted. It is in the basement that, for more than a month, children have been born in the middle of the war. Since the beginning of the conflict, there have been 26 births and one child has not survived. The first one was indeed bombed, and there is not much left of it.

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8:47 p.m. : #VRAIOUFAKE Bsr Pierre. I am wary of all information that comes from Ukraine, whether from Ukrainian or Russian sources. A few days ago the French media relayed an information reporting the bombardment of a maternity hospital in Mariupol by the Russian army. Today I see a video showing the testimony of a pregnant woman present in this maternity ward at the time of the events, explaining that it was not a bombardment but a small explosion without gravity. Here is a tiktok bfm link with the video. Do you confirm that in the end there was no bombardment of a maternity ward in Mariupol by the Russians? Thank you.

9:11 p.m. : Ukraine announces that it has carried out a new exchange of prisoners with Russia since the start of the Russian invasion, allowing the release of 12 Ukrainian soldiers and 14 civilians. Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk, the source of the information, did not specify on her Telegraph account how many Russians were exchanged to obtain these releases.

8:16 p.m. : The governor of Russia’s Kursk region, Roman Storovoit, claims on Telegram that Ukraine fired mortars at a border post near the village of Elizavetovka in Glushkovsky district. There is, according to him, neither damage nor injury.

8:04 p.m. : 20 hours ! We take stock of the guaranteed 0% political news.

• Voting has started in America and in several overseas territories, such as Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon and Guyana, where turnout at midday is lower than in 2017. this first round (and we remind you that we are in a reserve period until tomorrow evening, 8 p.m.). Besides, beware of estimates relayed before 8 p.m. tomorrow.

• An international campaign raised more than 10 billion euros for Ukraine, as Boris Johnson made a surprise visit to the Ukrainian capital. The latest information on the conflict can be found in our live.

Several tens of thousands of people took part this afternoon in marches for the climate, in several major cities in France.

Rennes returns to PSG’s runner-up after its snatch victory at Reims (3-2) and relegates OM to the third step of the podium.

7:44 p.m. : Volodymyr Zelensky calls on other countries to follow the British example by stepping up their arms deliveries. “Other western democratic states must follow the example of the United Kingdom”he said alongside British Prime Minister Boris Johnson who has pledged to supply kyiv with armored vehicles and anti-ship missiles. “It is time to impose a total embargo on Russian hydrocarbons, to increase arms deliveries to us.”

7:06 p.m. : Quite different atmosphere in Germany, where the government recognized that it had hardly any more weapons to deliver to Ukraine. Germany has almost exhausted its possibilities of supplying Ukraine with material from its army reserves, German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht conceded in the Augsburger Allgemeine newspaper.. A plan B is on the way: have the arms industry deliver directly to the forces of Volodymyr Zelensky.

7:03 p.m. : Boris Johnson did not come to kyiv empty-handed: the British Prime Minister has pledged to provide Ukraine with armored vehicles and anti-ship missiles, to strengthen the Ukrainian army which, according to him, has achieved “the greatest feat of arms of the 21st century”.

6:32 p.m. : Today I met my friend President @ZelenskyyUa in Kyiv as a show of our unwavering support for the people of Ukraine.We’re setting out a new package of financial & military aid which is a testament of our commitment to his country’s struggle against Russia’s barbaric campaign.

6:35 p.m. : “Today I met my friend President Zelensky in kyiv to show our unwavering support for the Ukrainian people. (…) We are putting in place new financial and military aid which demonstrates our commitment to the fight for their country against Russia’s barbaric campaign.”

Boris Johnson summed up the purpose of his surprise trip to Kyiv on Twitter.

6:11 p.m. : 18 hours ! Let’s take stock of the news for this Saturday evening.

• An international campaign raised more than 10 billion euros for Ukraine, as Boris Johnson made a surprise visit to the Ukrainian capital. The latest information on the conflict can be found in our live.

• Voting has started in America and in several overseas territories, such as Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon and Guyana, where turnout at midday is lower than in 2017. this first round (and we remind you that we are in a reserve period until tomorrow evening, 8 p.m.).

Several tens of thousands of people took part this afternoon in marches for the climate, in several major cities in France.

The former mayor of Dunkirk and Minister of Transport Michel Delebarre died at 75.

5:59 p.m. : “When Jean-Yves Le Drian [parle de crime contre l’humanité pour qualifier le bombardement de la gare de Kramatorsk] said, there are no legal consequences. It is not the word of the politician that will prevail. It is the courts of justice that are empowered to rule on this qualifier. They have the power to assess whether a crime against humanity has been committed.”

Our journalist Violaine Jaussent interviewed lawyer Clémence Bectarte, who represents the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the French coalition at the International Criminal Court (ICC) after the Minister of Foreign Affairs said: “It is not the word of politics that will prevail. It is the courts of justice that are empowered to rule on this qualifier. They have the power to assess whether a crime against humanity has been committed. The full interview can be found here.

(FADEL SENNA / AFP)

5:02 p.m. : Today we raised 9.1 billion euros for the people fleeing the invasion, inside Ukraine and abroad. And more will come! We will continue providing support. And once the bombs have stopped falling, we will help the people of Ukraine rebuild their country. #StandUpForUkraine

5:10 p.m. : To your good heart ladies and gentlemen. An international collection has raised 10.1 billion euros to support Ukraine invaded by the Russian army, announces the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, from Warsaw. 9.1 billion were collected, and the European Commission added a billion.

4:49 p.m. : Boris Johnson visited Ukraine “to meet President Zelensky in person, in a gesture of solidarity with the Ukrainian people” and must there “present a new package of financial and military aid”said a spokesperson for the British Prime Minister’s Office.

4:27 p.m. : Boris Johnson is the first G7 leader to visit Ukraine since the start of the Russian invasion on February 24.

4:28 p.m. : British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has started a surprise visit to kyiv with a face-to-face meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, announces Andriï Sybyga, deputy head of the Ukrainian presidency, who adds on his Facebook page: “Britain is the leader in military support for Ukraine, leader of the anti-war coalition, leader of sanctions against the Russian aggressor.”

4:15 p.m. : Boris Johnson, the British Prime Minister, is in kyiv where he meets Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

3:21 p.m. : Several hundred residents of Sarajevo sent a message of support to the “brave people of Ukraine” at a rally coinciding with the 30th anniversary of the start of the siege of the Bosnian capital. “We know very well from our experience that appeals do not stop the killing, but we come together to tell Ukrainians that they are not alone. They are fighting for all of us who know the importance of the struggle against fascism”launched the Bosnian director Dino Mustafic to the demonstrators.

3:11 p.m. : “We are ready to fight and at the same time seek diplomatic ways to stop this war. For the moment, we are considering a dialogue at the same time.”

The Ukrainian leader made this statement during a press conference with Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer.

2:52 p.m. : Ukraine is “always ready” talks with Russia, says Volodymyr Zelensky.

3:00 p.m. : A missile strike took place yesterday in Kramatorsk, when civilians were gathered to flee this region in the east of the country for fear of a Russian offensive. A massacre that aroused the indignation of Westerners. Franceinfo returns to the bombing of Kramatorsk, which killed more than 50 people.

A corpse carried in a bag near Kramatorsk station, in Donbass (Ukraine), bombed on April 8, 2022. (ANDREA CARRUBBA / ANADOLU AGENCY / AFP)

(ANDREA CARRUBBA / ANADOLU AGENCY / AFP)

2:13 p.m. : It is 2 p.m., here is the point on the news:

• The reserve period began at midnight in France and in Corsica as the first round of the presidential election approaches. Candidates for the Elysée are therefore prohibited from disseminating any electoral propaganda, poll or results relating to the election, so as not to influence the vote. This rule also applies to the media.

• Can I vote without a voter’s card? How do I know if I am registered? Do we have to wear a mask to vote? On the eve of the first round, franceinfo answers eight questions on how to use this ballot.

• Russia is getting a little closer to default. Financial rating agency S&P Global Ratings on Saturday lowered Russia’s rating for foreign currency payments to the level of “selective default”after Moscow settled a dollar debt in rubles earlier this week.

• The former mayor of Dunkirk and Minister of Transport, Michel Delebarre, died at the age of 75.

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