Ukraine news – live: Russia renews attack on Mariupol ahead of Blinken’s Kyiv visit



Missiles hit apartment block in Ukraine port city of Odessa

Russian forces renewed their attack in Mariupol as they tried to storm a steel plant housing Ukrainian soldiers and civilians in an attempt to crush the last pocket of resistance in the port city, Ukrainian officials said.

It comes as Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelensky announced he would meet Sunday in his nation’s capital with the US secretary of state Antony Blinken, and the US secretary of defense Lloyd Austin.

Speaking in a news conference, Mr Zelensky gave little detail about the logistics of the encounter 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 sea port city of Odessa.

“The war started when this baby was one month old. Can you imagine what is happening? Mr Zelensky said. “They are just b*******. … I don’t have any other words for it, just b*******.”

1650772823

Pictured: Ukrainians mark Easter holiday as two months of war looms

Russia Ukraine War Orthodox Easter

(Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

(REUTERS)

Russia Ukraine War Orthodox Easter

(Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

Thomas Kingsley24 April 2022 05:00

1650769223

Blinken to visit Kyiv in highest level US official visit since war began, Zelensky says

Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin will travel to Kyiv on Sunday, Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelensky announced.

Mr Blinken and Mr Austin will discuss the kinds of weapons that Ukraine needs to battle Russia’s renewed aggression in the east and south of the country, Mr Zelensky said at a news conference Saturday.

The visit will mark the highest level United States officials to visit since the Russian invasion began on 24 February.

Read the full story here.

(AP)

Thomas Kingsley24 April 2022 04:00

1650765623

President Zelensky thanks UK for training Ukrainian military on home soil

Volodymyr Zelensky has thanked the Prime Minister for currently training members of the Ukrainian military on UK soil.

Boris Johnson spoke to the Ukrainian president on Saturday afternoon for an update on Kyiv’s conflict with Russia, according to Downing Street.

Offering a readout of the phone call, a No 10 spokesman said: “President Zelensky thanked the Prime Minister for the training of Ukrainian military personnel currently taking place in the UK.”

Read the full story below:

Thomas Kingsley24 April 2022 03:00

1650762023

Pictured: Odesa missile strike aftermath

(via REUTERS)

(via REUTERS)

(AP)

(via REUTERS)

Thomas Kingsley24 April 2022 02:00

1650758423

Russia warns it will deploy ‘Satan 2’ nuclear missiles ‘capable of hitting UK’ by the autumn

Russia has announced it will deploy its recently tested “Satan II” missile by the autumn, as tensions between Moscow and the west mount amid the Ukraine war.

The Kremlin announced the first test launch of its new, nuclear-capable Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) system on Wednesday, with experts warning the warhead could target the UK as well as Europe and the US.

The Sarmat is capable of carrying 10 or more nuclear warheads and decoys, and of striking targets thousands of thousands away in the United States or Europe.

Read the full story here.

Thomas Kingsley24 April 2022 01:00

1650754963

Mother killed with her baby in Odesa attack had posted about ‘new level of happiness’ after birth

The mother, named in local reports as Valerie Glodan, had posted on social media just a few weeks ago saying she had experienced a “new level of happiness” since the birth.

“These were the best 40 weeks ever. Our girl is 1 month old now. Daddy got her from her her from her first flowers from her. It’s a whole new level of happiness,” she wrote on Instagram.

Emergency service workers extinguish fire after a missile strike in Odessa

(via REUTERS)

Sam Rkaina24 April 2022 00:02

1650753900

Zelensky thanks Johnson for help with training troops

Volodymyr Zelensky has thanked the Prime Minister for currently training members of the Ukrainian military on UK soil.

Boris Johnson spoke to the Ukrainian president on Saturday afternoon for an update on Kyiv’s conflict with Russia, according to Downing Street.

Offering a readout of the phone call, a No 10 spokesman said: “President Zelensky thanked the Prime Minister for the training of Ukrainian military personnel currently taking place in the UK.”

It comes after Mr Johnson confirmed for the first time during his trade trip to India this week that Ukrainian forces were in the UK.

More than 20 soldiers arrived last week for training on the 120 armored vehicles that are being supplied to the resistance against Moscow, the Government has said.

The talks came as Ukrainian officials said Russian forces had started attacking a steel plant in the battered city of Mariupol in an apparent bid to eliminate the last stand by Kyiv’s defenders.

Sam Rkaina23 April 2022 23:45

1650751844

Russia warns it will deploy ‘Satan 2’ nuclear missiles ‘capable of hitting UK’ by autumn

Russia has announced it will deploy its recently tested “Satan II” missile by the autumn, as tensions between Moscow and the west mount amid the Ukraine war.

The Sarmat is capable of carrying 10 or more nuclear warheads and decoys, and of striking targets thousands of thousands away in the United States or Europe.

A Satan missile at the former Soviet base in Pervomaysk

(Washington Post)

Sam Rkaina23 April 2022 23:10

1650751716

UK warning about Russian plans ‘to conscript Ukraine civilians’

Ukraine has accused Putin’s forces of planning to conscript civilians from the Russian-occupied Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions, the UK’s Ministry of Defense has said.

An MoD intelligence update on Twitter tonight said: “This would follow similar prior conscription practices in the Russian-occupied Donbas and Crimea.

“Article 51 of the Fourth Geneva Convention states “the Occupying Power may not compel protected persons to serve in its armed or auxiliary forces”, and “no pressure or propaganda which aims at securing voluntary enlistment is permitted”.

“Protected persons in this context includes civilians within occupied territories.

“Any enlistment of Ukrainian civilians into the Russian armed forces, even if presented by Russia as being voluntary or military service in accordance with Russian law, would constitute a violation of Article 51 of the Fourth Geneva Convention.”

Sam Rkaina23 April 2022 23:08

1650746459

US Secretary of State Blinken to visit Kyiv on Sunday

Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin will travel to Kyiv on Sunday, Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelensky announced.

Mr Blinken and Mr Austin will discuss the kinds of weapons that Ukraine needs to battle Russia’s renewed aggression in the east and south of the country, Mr Zelensky said at a news conference Saturday.

The visit will mark the highest level United States officials to visit since the Russian invasion began on 24 February.

Antony Blinken is due to meet with President Zelensky

(AP)

Sam Rkaina23 April 2022 21:40


www.independent.co.uk

Related Posts

George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *