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LIVE – Ukraine: Blinken is expected in Kiev this Sunday, two months after the start of the war


According to Ukrainian authorities, Russian fire in Ocheretyn killed two children

Donetsk Governor Pavlo Kyrylenko announced on Twitter the death of two children in Ocheretyn in the Donetsk region on Sunday. According to him, they are two girls aged 5 and 14. “Their family house was destroyed” by Russian fire, he wrote.


The mobilization of support continues in Lyon

Demonstrations of support for the Ukrainian people continue in Lyon (Rhône), two months after the start of the conflict. A new rally took place on Saturday’s Place Bellecour.


Is it missing in the hands of the Russians?

Those who have fled war zones in Ukraine tell of the abductions of some Ukrainians by Russian soldiers. “I know people in my village in Chernihiv who have been locked in a basement for 24 hours, beaten, let out in the bathroom,” said Inna, who helps refugees in Zaporozhye.


Decades of demining in Ukraine

It will undoubtedly take decades to neutralize the thousands of still-active explosive devices that have been dropped on almost half of Ukraine’s territory, specialists warn two months after the start of the Russian invasion. More than 300,000 km² of Ukraine, almost half of the country’s territory, is contaminated with explosive devices, says Oleh Bondar, head of demining services for Ukrainian civil security.

“It will take 50 years for us to clear everything,” said Perrine Benoist, director of armed violence reduction for the NGO Handicap International, recalling that “50 to 60 years later, we are still demining in Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam.”


No armistice for Orthodox Easter

No truce was negotiated between Russia and Ukraine on Easter weekend. Russia’s Orthodox Patriarch Kirill, an ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, called for prayer for “lasting peace” on Saturday, without mentioning the idea of ​​an armistice for Orthodox Christians’ Easter weekend.


Fighting in the Kharkiv region, shelling in Odessa

On Saturday morning, the Russian army said it had carried out 1,098 artillery and missile strikes in the last 24 hours. “They are literally bombing everything (…) H24,” the governor of the Lugano region (east), Serguiï Gaidai, wrote on his Telegram channel, calling on the population to evacuate. In Zolote, he reported two dead and two injured.

On the other hand, at least six people, including a baby, are killed in Russia’s Russian air raids on the port city of Odessa in southern Ukraine, according to Kiev. The Russian military also claimed to have struck with a high-precision projectile a large stockpile of weapons supplied to Ukrainian forces by the United States and European countries near Odessa.


Zelensky calls for a meeting with Putin

On Saturday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky again called for a meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to “end the war” and reiterated that he was “not afraid to meet” with the Russian president if a peace agreement was reached.

He also warned that Kyiv would leave negotiations with Moscow if its troops, anchored in the large Azovstal metallurgical complex in Mariupol (southeast), a strategic Ukrainian port in the Sea of ​​Azov, were killed by the Russian army.


Blinken on Sunday in Kiev

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and US Secretary of Defense Llyod Austin will travel to Kiev on Sunday, two months after the start of the Russian invasion, to discuss arms supplies to Ukraine. The president would like them “even harder and stronger” against the Russian army, he told a news conference at a metro station in central Kiev.