Moscow says more than a million people have been transferred from Ukraine to Russia
More than one million people, including nearly 200,000 children, have been transferred from Ukraine to Russia since the invasion began, the Russian news agency TASS quoted the Russian Defense Ministry as saying.
In the past 24 hours, 11,550 people, including 1,847 children, were relocated “from dangerous areas in Donetsk, Luhansk and other parts of Ukraine,” General Mikhail Mezintsev, head of the Russian National Defense Management Center, said.
During his interview with BFMTV on April 20, Volodymyr Zelensky accused the Russians of placing Ukrainian refugees who arrived on Russian soil in “camps”.
Mariupol mayor accuses Russian forces of “limiting advance” of Azovstal survivors to Zaporizhia
BFMTV guest On Tuesday, Mariupol Mayor Vadim Boychenko accused Russian forces of limiting the advance towards Zaporizhia for the first survivors of the Azovstal plant in Mariupol.
He estimated their arrival in Zaporizhia within “two to four hours”, explaining that “everything will depend on the Russian armed forces limiting the progress of this column. They are moving very slowly, but they are advancing,” he said.
Emmanuel Macron will meet with Vladimir Putin at noon
Emmanuel Macron will meet with Vladimir Putin at noon, a source at the Elysee told BFMTV.
The French head of state has not spoken with his Russian counterpart since March 29, before the violations committed in Bucha, on the outskirts of Kyiv, were discovered.
This call was made on the initiative of the French President, after the conversation he had with Volodymyr Zelensky this weekend.
The mayor of Mariupol said that “more than 200 civilians” are still at the Azovstal plant
BFMTV guest, Mariupol Mayor Vadim Boychenko noted on Tuesday that “200 civilians” remain at the Azovstal plant site, while the first evacuations began this weekend.
“There are still more than 200 civilians in the Masnaa area, including more than 20 children. We are united today to save civilian lives,” he said.
The mayor of Mariupol also returned to the extremely harsh material conditions in which these refugees found themselves.
“Their condition is very difficult, they have spent two months in shelters, without food, water or medicine. They are almost wiped out. It is very difficult to look at those people who have eyes in which there is almost no hope of survival,” he added.
“We were 40 and had 6 cans a day”: the first survivors of the Azovstal plant testify
With the beginning of the evacuation of the Azovstal plant located in Mariupol, the first survivors, who spent more than two months in the labyrinth of the plant, began to narrate the difficulties they encountered during their underground life.
Yelena, who left her home to take cover in the factory in the early days of the war, recounted the difficulties of supply: “We thought we’d be there for a day or two, and eventually we’d been there since the 24th. February. Last month we were 40 and had 6 cans a day. to eat. Thus we prepared buckets of soup.”
For Natalia, the fear of living under the constant fire of Russian troops was especially difficult.
“The bombardment was very strong, breathing was difficult, and I was afraid to go out. (…) When I got out, I told my husband: We will no longer have to go to the toilet with a torch and a seal.”
But the most surprising testimony remains the one given by Olga, this grandmother, crying alone on the bus. “I don’t have a home anymore, all that’s left of me is in these bags.”
The Russian Foreign Ministry accuses Israel of supporting the ‘neo-Nazi regime in Kyiv’
On Tuesday, the Russian Foreign Ministry accused Israel of supporting the “neo-Nazi regime in Kyiv” in a tweet accompanied by a link that redirects to a text written in the Russian language titled “Anti-Semitism”. The text defends the idea of Jews collaborating with the Nazis before the Holocaust.
This post represents a new stage in the diplomatic row between Russia and the Jewish state. On Sunday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that “Hitler also has Jewish origins,” rejecting the argument that Volodymyr Zelensky cannot be a “Nazi” as Moscow claims because he is Jewish.
220 Ukrainian children have been killed since the conflict began
The Ukrainian authorities announced, on Tuesday, that “more than 626 children have been affected in Ukraine since February 24.”
According to Kyiv data, 220 children were killed and 460 wounded.
Pope Francis wants to go to Moscow to meet Vladimir Putin
In an interview with the Italian newspaper Corriere della SeraPope Francis has indicated that he wants to go to Moscow to meet with Vladimir Putin, a request that has yet to receive a response from the Kremlin head.
“I am not going to Kyiv at the moment. I have sent Cardinal Michael Cherny and Cardinal Konrad Kragowski. But I feel that I should not go there. I should go to Moscow first, I should meet Putin first,” he said.
He also said he had spoken with Patriarch Kirill, head of the Russian Orthodox Church. “I spoke to Kirill for forty minutes via Zoom. The first twenty minutes, (…) he read me all the justifications for war [qu’il avait notées sur un carton]. I listened to him and said: I don’t understand any of this. Brother, we are not the clergy of the state, and we cannot use the language of politics, but the language of Jesus.”
Barricaded under the Azovstal plant, a Ukrainian soldier warns that ‘the evacuation is still going on’
Monday evening BFMTV guest, Captain Svyatoslav “Kalina” Palamar, deputy commander of the Azov Regiment who is holed up under the Azovstal plant in Mariupol, noted that the evacuation of civilians present at the site has stopped.
“The evacuation of Azovstal is not going on. It is even impossible because the area is constantly under fire from tanks and missiles from the air force… Today the factory is burnt down. Huge fire,” he said.
He added that “there are always about 200 civilians, including about 20 children.”
US ambassador says Russia plans to annex Donetsk and Luhansk regions
Michael Carpenter, the US ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), said in an interview with CNN that Moscow plans to annex the Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
“According to the latest information, we believe that Russia will try to annex the republics of Donetsk and Luhansk and annex them to Russia. Our information proves that the Russians want to hold a referendum on membership by mid-May,” Michael said. carpenter
He added that a similar process could take place in the Kherson region.
“We give them shelter and a place to sleep …”: On BFMTV, Julius, a Ukrainian volunteer in Zaporizhia, testifies about the reception of refugees from Mariupol
On BFMTV on Tuesday, Julius, a Ukrainian volunteer working in a reception center in Zaporizhia, returned to the conditions of receiving people from Mariupol, while the first civilians are expected to leave the Azovstal plant.
“People who will come from Mariupol, we provide them with shelter and a place to sleep … We feed them, we give them clothes and the possibility to continue their journey,” he explained.
Adding that the road to reach Zaporizhia from Mariupol was very long due to the context.
He said: “From Berdyansk to Zaporizhia, there are 17 checkpoints (…) My parents took three days, while it usually takes only three hours.”
In the wake of the invasion of Ukraine, the Russian army was “significantly weakened”, according to British intelligence
In their daily update, the British Ministry of Defense intelligence confirmed that the Russian invasion of Ukraine had significantly weakened the Russian war machine.
“The Russian military has been significantly weaker both physically and conceptually in the wake of the invasion of Ukraine. Sanctions will make its recovery more difficult. This will have a significant impact on Russia’s ability to deploy conventional military forces,” the statement said.
British intelligence adds that Moscow’s inability to quickly win this war is due to “strategic errors as well as operational errors”, making it “impossible to turn numerical superiority into a decisive advantage”.
‘Other Russian banks are coming out of Swift’ says EU foreign policy chief.
EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell said Monday in Panama that the sixth package of EU sanctions against Russia will include the withdrawal of “other banks” from the SWIFT transaction system.
These sanctions concern “the banking sector, there will be other Russian banks that will exit from Swift,” and “in the energy sector, we are working on preparing proposals that will make it possible to limit energy imports from Russia, in particular oil,” the diplomat said at a press conference.
Boris Johnson addresses the Verkhovna Rada and announces new aid
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will address the Verkhovna Rada by video link, on Tuesday, in the first speech by a Western leader since the start of the Russian invasion, and announce £300 million in additional military aid to Kef.
“This is your hour of glory,” he should tell Ukrainian MPs according to a statement from Downing Street published Monday night.
“When my country was threatened by invasion in the Second World War, our Parliament, like your Parliament, continued to meet during the conflict, and the British people showed such unity and determination that we remember our period of great peril as our hour of glory,” he must say during his scheduled address around the clock. 11 am.
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