Difficult evacuation of civilians from Mariupol
BFMTV has set out for Kryvyi Rih in Ukraine, a city that welcomes refugees leaving Mariupol, where there are still 100,000 people. According to the testimony of people on the spot, the Russians are blocking the establishment of safe humanitarian corridors.
Current information about the situation at 8 o’clock.
· Moscow announced on Friday that it was seeking full control over southern Ukraine and the Donbas region in order to “secure a land corridor in Crimea”.
· The strategic port of Mariupol, which Moscow claims to have “liberated” it, still resists Russian forces, says Kyiv, according to which Ukrainian fighters continue to fiercely defend the huge Azovstal metallurgical complex, where civilians are rooted.
· Russia’s foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, announced talks on a settlement between the Moscow-Kiev conflict on Friday.
· UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will travel to Russia on Tuesday to receive him, Vladimir Putin, and then travel to Ukraine two days later to meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenysky.
A sailor died last week after the sinking of the Moscow cruiser, and 27 others are still missing, the Russian Ministry of Defense said on Friday and admitted the victims for the first time.
The UN chief will visit Russia and Ukraine next week
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will travel to Russia next week to receive him, and Vladimir Putin will leave for Ukraine two days later to meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenysky.
“UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will come to Moscow on Tuesday, April 26, to meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. He will also be received by President Vladimir Putin,” a government spokesman said on Friday. Kremlin Dmitry Peskov.
The UN chief will then visit Ukraine, where he “will meet with Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba and be received on April 28 by President Volodymyr Zelensky,” the organization said in a statement.
The situation in Ukraine on the 58th day of the war
The fate of Mariupol has not yet been determined on Friday evening, while Russia claims full control of the area. In the Boutcha, the UN identified dozens of illegal killings of civilians, which further adds credibility to war crimes allegations against Moscow.
BFMTV story about this 58th day of war in Ukraine.
On the eve of Orthodox Easter, no truce is in sight
Calls for a ceasefire in Ukraine on Easter weekend in an Orthodox country seem to remain a dead letter, especially in Mariupol, due to the ongoing dialogue of the deaf between Kiev and Moscow.
The war will enter its third month on Sunday, but the “second phase of the special operation” launched by Moscow has just begun this week. “One of the goals of the Russian army is to establish full control over Donbass and southern Ukraine,” the high representative of the Russian army said on Friday.