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Russo-Ukrainian War: what we know 60th day of the Russian invasion | Russia

  • US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin will travel to Kiev on Sunday to meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenysky. It will be the first American trip to the city at a high level since the beginning of the war on February 24.

  • At a press conference on Saturday at an underground metro station, Zelensky said Ukraine would ask the US for more heavy weapons to defeat Russia. “As soon as we have.” [more weapons]”As soon as there are enough of them, believe me, we will immediately occupy this or that territory that is temporarily occupied,” Zelensky said.

  • The Ukrainian president also spoke at length about possible peace talks with Russia, saying that if Moscow killed any Mariupol defenders – or advanced in a referendum on independence in the partially occupied southern Kherson and Zaporozhye regions – Ukraine would cut off peace talks with Moscow.

  • During the attacks on the eve of Orthodox Easter, Russian forces pounded on cities and towns in southern and eastern Ukraine. Among the eight people killed when Russia fired guided missiles at the Black Sea port city of Odessa was a three-month-old child, according to authorities. Another eighteen were injured.

  • Separate attacks in Girska, a village in the eastern Lugano region, have killed six civilians, said region governor Sergey Gayday.

  • Two Russian generals were killed near Kherson, the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense said in a statement. Another is in critical condition. The Ukrainian army struck the command post of the 49th Russian army near the occupied regional metropolis on Friday, the ministry said.

  • The fate of the Ukrainians in the large and besieged steel plant in Mariupol was not immediately clear. Earlier on Saturday, a Ukrainian military unit released a video allegedly taken two days earlier, in which women and children hidden underground, some for up to two months, said they wanted to see the sun.

  • Another attempt to evacuate women, children and older adults from Mariupol failed on Saturday. Petro Andryushchenko, an adviser to the mayor of Mariupol, said Russian forces had not allowed Ukrainian buses to take residents to Zaporozhye, a city 227 km (141 miles) to the northwest.

  • The US-based War Studies Institute has published its latest analysis, warning that Russian forces are likely to increase the scale of ground offensive operations in the coming days. He predicts that Russia is likely to continue attacks southeast of Izyum, west of Kreminna and Popasny, and north of Donetsk via Avdiivka or another axis. Russian forces will try to starve the remaining defenders of the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol and will not allow the imprisoned civilians to evacuate, he adds.

  • Satellite images released this week showed what looked like two recently excavated mass grave sites next to cemeteries in two towns near Mariupol, and local officials accused Russia of burying thousands of civilians to conceal the killings. The Kremlin did not comment on the images.

  • Russia said it had taken control of several villages elsewhere in the eastern Donbas region and destroyed 11 Ukrainian military targets on Saturday, including three artillery depots. Russian attacks also affected populated areas.

  • The UK Department of Defense has issued an intelligence update detailing allegations that Russia plans to divert Ukrainian civilians in the Kherson and Zaporozhye regions.

  • Nearly 5.2 million people have fled Ukraine due to the war. The number of Ukrainians who have left the country since the Russian invasion is now 5,163,686, according to the UN refugee agency.

  • A third of Russia’s gas exported to the European Union could be affected by the war, says the head of the Ukrainian state gas company Naftogaz.

  • Reuters, Associated Press and Agence France-Presse contributed to the report