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War Day at a glance: Russia attacks Odessa and Azovstal – US ministers travel to Kiev

War Day in brief Russia attacks Odessa and Azovstal – US ministers travel to Kiev

4/23/2022, 9:56 PM

Russian attacks are concentrated in eastern and southern Ukraine. Several Ukrainian places report deaths and injuries. Another port city is once again the destination with Odessa. At the same time, Kyiv hopes for more support from the United States, which is sending a high-level delegation to Kiev. Day 59 of the war in brief:

The missiles hit the port city of Odessa

At least eight people, including a three-month-old child, were killed in a Russian rocket attack in the southern Ukrainian port city of Odessa. At least 18 people were injured, said Andriy Yermak, president of the presidency, through the Telegram intelligence service. At the same time, the Ukrainian air defense announced that it had shot down two missiles and two reconnaissance drones. The missiles were fired from a Tu-95 long-range bomber over the Caspian Sea. Despite the downing, a military building and two residential buildings in Odessa were damaged, she said.

A few hours later, the shelling was confirmed by Russia. As a result, the logistics terminal at the military airport was hit. A “large shipment” of weapons from the United States and European countries was reportedly stored there, according to Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenko, according to the Interfax agency in Moscow.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky condemned the attack as strongly as possible. At a press conference at Kiev’s metro station, he called Russia “bastards”, “Nazis” and “Russians” (a neologism for “Russian fascists”). Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba wrote on Twitter that the only target of the rocket attacks on Odessa was “terror”.

Renewed attacks on steelworks in Mariupol

According to Ukrainian sources, the Azovstal steel plant in the port city of Mariupol has once again become the target of Russian attacks. “The enemy is trying to stifle the last resistance of Mariupol’s defenders,” the president’s adviser, Oleksiy Arestovych, said in a video message. Artillery and air force would be used. However, Ukrainian troops would hold their ground and “even counterattack.” The information cannot be verified.

At 12 o’clock, an armistice was to begin to evacuate the remaining civilians from the once-devastated city of 440,000 people. However, according to Ukrainian sources, the attempt failed. Therefore, the people gathered for transport were “scattered” by Russian soldiers.

Battles of the Donbas

In addition to the fighting in southern Ukraine, fierce fighting is also continuing in the eastern regions of Donbas and Luhansk. Several people were again killed or wounded in Russia by Russian artillery and missile attacks. In the eastern Ukrainian region of Luhansk, two people were killed and two others injured in the settlement of Zolote, said Governor Serhiy Hajday through the Telegram intelligence service. The fighting cities of Popazna, Rubishna and Sieverodonetsk were heavily shelled by artillery and bombed from the air, sources said.

According to the regional administration, three people were killed and seven were injured in the neighboring Donetsk region. Governor Oleh Synyehubov in the Kharkov area reported 2 dead and 19 injured as a result of 56 attacks in the last 24 hours. According to the authorities, eight people were injured by shelling in the southern Ukrainian region of Mykolaiv.

The US delegation is traveling to Kiev

Exactly two months after Russia’s offensive war against Ukraine began, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin are expected to visit Kyiv on Sunday. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has announced that he will receive both US ministers in the capital. This is the first official visit of American officials to Ukraine since the start of the Russian invasion on February 24.

President Selensky hopes the US will support arms supplies from Germany. “So that (Germany) can start supplying what it has and what it does not currently use,” Zelenskyj told a news conference at the metro station. He recalls this in every conversation with German officials. The war is in Ukraine and “you have what you don’t need right now and we need a lot,” the head of state emphasized. “You can’t come to us empty-handed today. We’re not just expecting presents or cakes. We’re expecting specific things and specific weapons.”

Schröder offers mediation

Meanwhile, former Chancellor Gerhard Schröder wants to continue to mediate in the war in Ukraine. “I have always represented German interests. I do what I can. At least one party trusts me,” the former SPD chief and current lobbyist for Russian energy companies told the New York Times. A peaceful solution must now be reached as soon as possible. “I think this war was a mistake and I always said it.” Schröder traveled to Moscow in March to speak with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

After talks with Putin, there was another meeting with Ukrainian MP Umerov. Then the contact was broken. But Schröder is ready to talk to both sides again, he told the newspaper. He advocated maintaining relations with Russia despite the offensive war against Ukraine. “You can’t isolate a country like Russia in the long run, either politically or economically,” he said. “German industry needs the raw materials that Russia has. It’s not just oil and gas, but also rare earths. And these are raw materials that can’t be easily replaced.”

The FDP demands heavy weapons for Ukraine

By decision of their federal party congress, the FDP demands the supply of heavy weapons from Germany to Ukraine. According to the proposal of the Federal Executive Committee, which was adopted by an “overwhelming majority” according to the presidium of the party congress, the country must be quickly and effectively supported in repelling the Russian offensive war. “This also includes the supply of heavy weapons and the rapid provision of armaments by German industry, for which Germany has been reported to provide funding,” the decision said. The whole congress of the party was dominated by the war in Ukraine.

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