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Russo-Ukrainian War: what we know 59th day of the invasion | Ukraine

  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky warned that Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine was “just the beginning” and that Moscow had plans to conquer more countries after the Russian general said it wanted full control of southern Ukraine. “All nations that, like us, believe in the victory of life over death, must fight with us. They have to help us because we are first in line. And who will come next? “Zelensky said this in a video speech late Friday.

  • Rustam Minnekaev, the deputy commander of Russia’s central military district, quoted by Russian state intelligence agencies, said full control of southern Ukraine would give her access to Transnistria, a breakaway part of Moldova’s occupied Moldova in the west.

  • Moldova’s foreign ministry said it had summoned Moscow’s ambassador on Friday to express “deep concern” over the general’s comments. Moldova was neutral, he said. Moldova formally applied to join the European Union last month, signaling a pro-Western course accelerated by Russia’s invasion.

  • Concerns are still growing about the hundreds of civilians hidden in the Azovstal steel plant in the besieged port city of Mariupol, with the last remaining contingent of Ukrainian fighters. Russia’s Defense Ministry has said it is ready to allow civilians to leave the steelworks if Ukrainian forces surrender. But according to Petr Andryushchenko, an adviser to the mayor of Mariupol, Russian forces continue to drop bombs on the power plant.

  • Another mass grave was found outside Mariupol, the AP agency reported, referring to the city council and the mayor’s adviser. The city council has published a satellite photo provided by Planet Labs, which says there is a mass grave measuring 45 x 25 meters, which can hold the bodies of at least 1,000 inhabitants of Mariupol outside the village of Vynohradné.

  • Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said that “there is a possibility” that a humanitarian corridor could be opened from Mariupol on Saturday. She spoke online to people waiting to be evacuated.

  • Russia’s Defense Secretary Sergei Shoigu’s declared intention to “introduce ‘new methods of warfare’ is a tacit admission that Russia’s progress is not going as intended,” the UK Department of Defense said in its latest intelligence report. The Defense Ministry said Russia would take some time to change tactics and improve operations, and in the meantime is “likely to continue to rely on bombing as a means of trying to suppress the Ukrainian opposition.”

  • US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has called for the release of prominent Russian opposition activist Vladimir Kara-Murza, who was detained in front of his home in Moscow on April 11, a few hours after CNN aired an interview criticizing Russian actions in Ukraine. .

  • UN chief António Guterres will meet with Putin in Moscow next week to work to end the bloodshed. Guterres could also visit Zelensky in Kiev, the UN said. Talks between Russia and Ukraine have stopped again, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday.

  • The U.S. military expects more than 20 countries to take part in defense talks aimed at Ukraine next week, which will focus in part on Kiev’s long-term defense needs, the Pentagon said on Friday.

  • The Western Allies are preparing to offer Ukraine a number of “security guarantees” that should make the country “inaccessible” to the future Russian invasion, said British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, according to the press association.

  • Zelensky said he was “grateful” to Britain after Johnson announced the reopening of the British embassy in Kiev.

  • Russia’s Defense Ministry has said one sailor has died and 27 others remain missing after one of its leading warships, the Moscow missile cruiser, sank last week in the Black Sea south of the endangered Ukrainian port of Odessa.

  • Russia is hiding evidence of its “barbaric” war crimes in Mariupol by burying the bodies of civilians killed by shelling in a new mass grave that could hold up to 9,000 dead, local officials said. It happened after the American satellite photography company published photos that seemed to match the site.

  • The UN Human Rights Office said it saw growing evidence of war crimes in Ukraine and described the war as a “horror story about civilian violations.” UN Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said that “almost every resident” of Bucha City had a story about the death of a relative, neighbor or even a foreigner.