Ukraine news – latest: Russia ‘bombs hospital sheltering 300 people’ in Mariupol



‘Bring my mother back home’, says daughter of captured Ukrainian paramedic

Ukrainian troops have accused Russia of bombing a hospital sheltering up to 300 people in the besieged city of Mariupol.

The Russian military dropped heavy bombs on the steel plant and hit an “improvised hospital”, the deputy commander of the Azov regiment said.

The bombing of the hospital was also reported by Serhiy Taruta, the former governor of the Donetsk region. He said that the hospital shelters up to 300 people, including wounded troops, civilians and children.

It comes as Mariupol’s mayor this morning announced that Ukraine hopes to send 90 buses to the besieged southern city today in an attempt to evacuate about 6,000 women, children and elderly people.

Major Vadym Boichenko, who has left Mariupol, said he hoped a preliminary agreement with Moscow on establishing a safe corridor would be signed up and hold.

He said about 100,000 civilians remained in Mariupol and that tens of thousands had been killed in the Russian siege of the city on the Sea of ​​Azov.

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Russia claims to hit more than 1,000 military facilities overnight

The Russian ministry of defense has said its forces hit 1,053 Ukrainian military facilities overnight, destroying 106 firing positions, Reuters reports.

The claims have not been independently verified.

Emily Atkinson20 April 2022 09:30

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Increasing majority of Swedes back joining Nato

An increasing number of Swedish voters are in favor of joining Nato, a new poll by Demoskop has been found.

Commissioned by the Aftonbladet newspaper, the poll showed that 57 per cent of Swedes now favor membership, up from 51 per cent in March.

Those opposed to joining fell to 21 per cent from 24 per cent, while those who were undecided dipped to 22 per cent from 25 per cent.

It comes as policy-makers in both Sweden and Finland weigh up whether Russia’s invasion of Ukraine should hail an end to decades of military neutrality.

Emily Atkinson20 April 2022 09:15

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European Council chief arrives in Kyiv

President of the European Council Charles Michel has arrived in Ukraine’s capital for a surprise visit.

Accompanied by a photo taken at a train station, Michel tweeted: “In Kyiv today. In the heart of a free and democratic Europe.”

Emily Atkinson20 April 2022 08:58

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‘A lot of people’ reportedly under rubble after heavy bombs dropped on steel plant

The deputy commander of Ukraine’s Azov Regiment has said that Mariupol’s Azovstal plant has been bombed out and destroyed almost completely.

Sviatoslav Palamar told Radio Svoboda that “heavy bombs” are being dropped on the plant, and “a lot of people” remain under the rubble.

He later confirmed there was an airstrike on the hospital inside the plant today, which he said left “many people” dead, reports The Economist.

Emily Atkinson20 April 2022 08:54

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Kyiv claims 205 children have been killed in Russian offensive – but true number likely much higher

Vladimir Putin’s war has killed a total of 205 children and wounded 373 others, according to Ukraine’s prosecutor general’s office.

It must be noted, however, that the real numbers are likely significantly higher since counts are being finalized in recently-liberated settlements, while data from occupied territories is unavailable.

Emily Atkinson20 April 2022 08:40

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Finland’s parliament to discuss joining Nato alliance

Finland’s parliament is preparing to hold discussions on the country joining Nato as Russia’s fierce offensive threatens Ukraine’s east.

An overwhelming majority of the Finnish parliament’s 200 members must vote in favor to initiate the process of joining the military alliance.

According to Finnish media, about 100 members are currently ready to vote in favor of joining, while 12 parliamentarians are against it. The remaining members are waiting for the start of the debate to determine a position.

Emily Atkinson20 April 2022 08:31

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As all-important French election approaches, Le Pen’s ties to Putin come under intense scrutiny

She once vowed to re-orient her nation’s foreign policy toward Moscow. She remains at odds with Nato and the European Union, and is viewed as an existential threat to both. But Marine Le Pen could take the helm of one of the world’s most powerful nations, a nuclear power and a permanent veto-wielding member of the United Nations Security Council, in just a matter of days.

Though she has lagged in the latest polls, Ms Le Pen, the progeny of the far-right political dynasty of her father, Jean-Marie Le Pen, remains within striking distance of the French presidency in a closely watched run-off against incumbent president Emmanuel Macron.

The 24 April election comes at a singularly sensitive moment in European affairs with Russia pursuing an unprecedented land war against Ukraine and threatening the west with nuclear threats among others.

Borzou Daragahi reports from Paris:

Emily Atkinson20 April 2022 08:17

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Watch: Smoke rises from airstrike on Mariupol steel plant where 1,000 people reportedly sheltering

Smoke rises from airstrike on Mariupol steel plant where 1,000 people reportedly sheltering

Emily Atkinson20 April 2022 08:07

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Ukraine hopes to send 90 buses to Mariupol to evacuate 6,000 people, says mayor

Mariupol’s mayor this morning announced that Ukraine hopes to send 90 buses to the besieged southern city today in an attempt to evacuate about 6,000 women, children and elderly people.

Major Vadym Boichenko, who has left Mariupol, said he hoped a preliminary agreement with Moscow on establishing a safe corridor would be signed up and hold.

He said about 100,000 civilians remained in Mariupol and that tens of thousands had been killed in the Russian siege of the city on the Sea of ​​Azov.

Emily Atkinson20 April 2022 07:55

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Personal information of FCDO officials appears on Russian social media

UK Foreign Office officials are scrambling to investigate a suspected cyberattack after personal information about its employees emerged on Russian social media pages.

It follows reports from Citizen Lab that several FCDO phones were hacked using the Israeli ‘trojan horse’ spyware, Pegasus.

The latest breach, reported by The Telegraph last night, prompted fears that a hostile state could have been involved.

According to the newspaper, the scale of the data breach and the number of people hit by it was initially unclear.

It is also unclear exactly who or what may have been involved in the information’s release.

A Foreign Office spokesman said: “We do not comment on security matters.”

Emily Atkinson20 April 2022 07:45


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