Missiles hit apartment block in Ukraine port city of Odessa
Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky has threatened to abandon peace talks over Moscow’s attempts to crush the last pocket of resistance in Mariupol.
The Russian attack on the Azovstal steel plants comes just days after Vladimir Putin said his troops would not storm the site, where hundreds of Ukrainian soldiers and civilians are holed up.
“If our men are killed in Mariupol, Ukraine will withdraw from any negotiation process,” Mr Zelensky said, ahead of a meeting with US secretary of state Antony Blinken and the US secretary of defense Lloyd Austin in Kyiv.
Speaking in a news conference, Mr Zelensky gave little detail about the meeting but said he expected concrete results — “not just presents or some kind of cakes, we are expecting specific things and specific weapons”.
Earlier Russia pounded several cities in southern and eastern Ukraine, killing a three-month-old baby along with eight others in the Black seaport city of Odessa.
“The war started when this baby was one month old. Can you imagine what is happening? Mr Zelensky said.
Nearly 3 million refugees have left Ukraine to Poland
More than 2.9 million people have fled Ukraine to Poland since the war began, said the Polish Border Guard.
The border force said that 15,100 people were cleared to enter Poland on Saturday, in comparison to 17,700 the previous day.
Yesterday 21,100 people left Poland for Ukraine.
aisha rimi24 April 2022 13:06
How two months of war has transformed Ukraine
“There were bits of corpses all over the ground,” said Ruslan, 39, who escaped the besieged city of Mariupol with his wife and daughter to Zaporizhia.
My colleague Bel Trew takes a look at how Ukraine has been changed forever by the war.
aisha rimi24 April 2022 12:35
Seven churches destroyed by Russia in Luhansk
As Orthodox Christians celebrated Easter, the governor of Ukraine’s Luhansk said seven of the region’s churches had been “mutilated by Russian artillery”.
“Usually we would come to our churches with Easter baskets. But now this is impossible,” Serhiy Gaidai said.
The Independent is unable to independently verify his report.
Rory Sullivan24 April 2022 11:55
Children in UK fear Putin’s deadly war in Ukraine
“Do you think they are going to come and kill me?” a seven-year-old asked his British-Ukrainian father shortly after the war with Russia broke out.
My colleague Maryam Zakir-Hussain takes a look at how children in the UK have reacted to the conflict:
Rory Sullivan24 April 2022 11:32
Ukraine will prevail, says Zelensky on Orthodox Easter
Speaking from the 1,000-year-old Saint Sophia Cathedral in Kyiv on Orthodox Easter, Ukraine’s president Zelenskiy said his country would overcome the Russian invasion.
“Today, we still believe in the new victory of Ukraine and we are all convinced that we will not be destroyed by any horde or wickedness,” he said.
“We are overcoming dark times and on this day I – and most of us – are not in bright clothes, but we are fighting for a luminous idea.”
Rory Sullivan24 April 2022 11:10
Russian shelling kills two children in Donetsk, says governor
Two Ukrainian children have been killed by Russian shelling in Donetsk, the region’s governor has said.
Pavlo Kyrylenko said a 5-year-old and a 14-year-old girl had died in Ocheretynsk when their home was destroyed on Sunday.
He urged civilians to flee the fighting.
Rory Sullivan24 April 2022 10:48
Russia claims to have struck Ukrainian weapons depots overnight
Russian troops targeted nine Ukrainian military targets overnight, including four weapons depots in the Kharkiv region, the Kremlin has said.
It also claimed to have hit an explosives-making facility in the Dnipropetrovsk region.
Rory Sullivan24 April 2022 10:29
Total of 21,800 Russian troops killed, claims Ukraine
The Ukrainian army has claimed that 21,800 Russian soldiers have died in the first eight weeks of the conflict.
If accurate, the Russian death toll is far higher than it was during the decade-long Soviet-Afghan war.
Rory Sullivan24 April 2022 10:05
Russia must agree to ‘real Easter true’, says Ukraine
Ukrainian presidential advisor Mykhailo Podolyak has urged Russia to agree to a “real Easter truce” and an immediate humanitarian corridor from Mariupol.
“Russia is continuously attacking the Mariupol Azovstal. The place where our civilians and military are located, is shelled with heavy air bombs and artillery,” he tweeted.
Mr Podolyak added that the Kremlin needed to think “about the remnants of its reputation”.
Rory Sullivan24 April 2022 09:45
Ukrainians celebrate Easter amid war
Across Ukraine, thousands of people are celebrating Orthodox Easter today.
“We’ll celebrate Easter no matter what, no matter much horror,” said 68-year-old Kateryna Lazarenko, who lives in a village near the northern city of Chernihiv.
Rory Sullivan24 April 2022 09:22