The war in Ukraine has ‘already escalated into World War III’, says a Russian state television presenter
Russia has released the first pictures of sailors escaping from its sunken Black Sea cruise ship Moscow during a meeting with its naval chief in Crimea.
Beginning at 6 a.m. local time on Sunday, Moscow announced a window for surrender in the southern city of Mariupol, saying that any Ukrainian forces surrendering during this period would not be affected.
Earlier, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zhelensky said talks with Russia would be broken if Mariupol’s bodyguards were “destroyed.”
In an interview with the Ukrainian media, Mr Zhelensky said, “I would like to say that the removal of our army will put an end to all negotiations, our comrades.”
His comments came when Ukraine’s rich Rinad Akhmedov promised to help rebuild the besieged city.
The billionaire tycoon says the war-torn city on the Black Sea coast is important to him, where his company Metinvest owns two ironworks that will once again compete globally.
Six hours after the deadline, there was no sign of Ukraine surrendering in Mariupol.
It has been six hours since Russia issued a final warning to Ukrainian troops to lay down their weapons in the southeastern port of Mariupol.
But several hours after the GMT deadline of 3 hours, there was no sign that Ukrainian fighters were lurking in the vast Azov Steel steelwork overlooking the Sea of Azov.
The Russian military, which failed to quell Ukrainian opposition in the north after the February 24 invasion of President Vladimir Putin, has resumed its focus on the eastern Donbass region, the main port of Mariupol.
The Russian Defense Ministry said its troops had evacuated the city of Mariupol, which has seen “heavy fighting” and the scattering of dead bodies on civilian streets and thousands of people lurking underground in horrific conditions.
Steelworks, one of Europe’s largest metallurgical plants with a maze of railroads and blast furnaces, has become the last resort for countless defenders.
“The Russian Armed Forces has been providing fighters and foreign mercenaries of nationalist battalions since 06:00 (Moscow time) on April 17, 2022, to stop any hostilities and lay down their weapons,” the Ministry of Defense said in a statement.
“Everyone who puts down their weapons is assured that their lives will be saved,” it said, providing a “remnant” that would protect the four-hour window from leaving the plant without weapons or ammunition.
The Ukrainian military says Russian airstrikes on Mariupol have continued with offensive operations near the port, but there has been no immediate response from Kiev to the final warning.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Saturday accused Russia of “deliberately trying to destroy everyone” in Mariupol and said his government was in contact with security forces. But he did not address Moscow’s claim that Ukrainian forces were not present in the urban districts.
He said killing his troops would benefit peace efforts.
Sam Rhina17 April 2022 09:59
Ukrainian civilians express terror over Russian torture chamber
The Independent’s international correspondent Bel Drew spoke to the victims and revealed new evidence that war crimes may be taking place in northeastern Ukraine.
A prisoner recalled being beaten to death by a man next to him. Another claims to have been stabbed, stabbed and electrocuted.
Sam Rhina17 April 2022 09:56
The Austrian president has said that Putin hopes to win the war in Ukraine
Austrian President Carl Nehmar – the only EU leader to meet with Vladimir Putin since the invasion of Ukraine – has said he hopes the Russian president will win the war.
In an interview, Mr Nehammer said the conversation with the Russian president in Moscow last week was not friendly, describing it as “open and difficult”.
Moscow said Mr Nehammer had made it clear to the president that “his attitude and his vision were not shared by anyone”.
Austrian President Mr Putin sees this as a kind of defensive move by the Russian Federation. He calls it special military operations. I call it war.
Sam Rhina17 April 2022 09:05
U’Turn closes all stores in Russia after L’Occitane customers threatened to boycott
The French beauty brand L’Occitane has returned to its U-decision to continue trading in Russia in the midst of the Ukraine invasion and will close all stores in the country.
Two days ago, the cosmetics company told the BBC that it was not going to close its stores in Russia and stop selling online because our 700 employees in Russia could not guarantee that they would not be retaliated against.
But on Friday evening, L’Occitane issued a statement confirming its decision to close Russian operations following the approval of its board of directors.
Sam Rhina17 April 2022 08:25
The mayor says the missile attack damaged infrastructure near the city of Kiev
A missile strike early Sunday morning reportedly damaged the infrastructure of a city near Kiev.
The mayor of the city, Igor Saboshko, said in an online post that the attack took place in Proveri, near the Ukrainian capital.
Details of the extent of the devastation and potential casualties are not yet known.
Sam Rhina17 April 2022 07:55
The UK says Russia’s target ‘remains the same’ despite its focus on the East
The UK says Russia’s target in Ukraine remains ‘the same’, even if it shifts to the east of the country.
The Defense Ministry updated on Twitter this morning that Russia “has promised Ukraine to abandon its Euro-Atlantic orientation and reassert its own regional hegemony.”
The update also says that Putin’s artillery is hitting Ukrainian positions throughout the east as part of a plan to ‘renew its offensive action’.
Russian forces are re-deploying war and support equipment from Belarus to eastern Ukraine.
Sam Rhina17 April 2022 07:33
Ukrainian forces in Mariupol were not interested in surrendering
Ukrainian forces in Mariupol have so far shown no interest in surrendering to Russian forces. ABC News Reported.
Earlier, the Russian Defense Ministry said it was ready to “save the lives” of “militants” in surrendered Mariupol.
“The lives of those who lay down their arms will be saved,” the ministry said in a statement.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zhelensky said the destruction of the port city would end the talks. But so far it is not clear whether Ukraine will agree to the deal proposed by the Russian Defense Ministry.
Mr Zelensky also described the Mariupol situation as “very difficult.” More than 20,000 civilians have been killed in Mariupol since the Russian-Ukrainian invasion and 100,000 people are still trapped in the city.
Marusha Muzaffar17 April 2022 07:02
Pictures of the Moscow team released by the Russian Ministry of Defense
Russia’s Defense Ministry has released pictures showing the remaining crew of the country’s first Black Sea missile ship, Moscow.
Photographs show a large procession of sailors marching in Sevastopol and meeting Admiral Nicole Yevmeno, Commander of the Navy.
Marusha Muzaffar17 April 2022 07:02
The EU leader says the next round of sanctions against Russia will affect the banking sector
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has said the next round of sanctions against Russia will target the country’s banking sector, especially Sberbank.
In an interview with the German newspaper Bild am Sonntag, he said: “We look at the banking sector, especially Sberbank, which has 37 percent of the Russian banking sector. And, of course, there are energy issues.
He added: “What should not happen (Russian President Vladimir Putin) is that Putin is collecting even higher prices for goods going to the EU in other markets.”
“The main thing is to reduce Putin’s revenue,” he said.
Marusha Muzaffar17 April 2022 06:15
Military exports from the Biden administration begin to arrive in Ukraine
The White House on Saturday confirmed that exports to Ukraine have begun to arrive from the Joe Biden administration’s latest security package.
President Joe Biden has approved an additional $ 800 million worth of weapons and ammunition for Ukraine.
The aid package includes 11 Mi-17 helicopters, 18 155 mm howitzer cannons and 300 more switchblade drones, the Kiev Independent reported.
An additional $ 800m in exports brings the total amount of military aid from the United States to Ukraine to more than $ 3bn.
Marusha Muzaffar17 April 2022 05:45