Zelenskyy asks for aid for civilians, military defenders in Mariupol: Live Ukraine updates

Written by on April 17, 2022

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky stated Saturday the state of affairs within the besieged metropolis of Mariupol is “inhuman,” after six weeks of holding out towards relentless Russian forces. 

Ukrainians defending the port metropolis at the moment are dealing with a scarcity of weapons and provides, and the state of affairs for civilians nonetheless remaining has lengthy since turn into dire. Zelenskyy stated Russia “is intentionally making an attempt to destroy everybody who’s there,” and stated the destiny of town might be key in whether or not negotiations can finish the combating.

Zelenskyy stated he spoke with leaders of Britain and Sweden on Saturday to debate methods to assist forces defending Mariupol.

“Both our companions give Ukraine all the essential heavy weapons, the planes, and with out exaggeration instantly, so we are able to cut back the stress of the occupiers on Mariupol and break the blockade,” he stated in his nightly video handle to the nation. “Or we achieve this via negotiations, during which the position of our companions must be decisive.”

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►Italy is barring all Russian ships from its ports beginning Sunday, as a part of expanded EU sanctions introduced earlier this month. Ships already in Italian ports should depart instantly “after finishing their business exercise,″ based on a discover despatched to port authorities all through the nation.

►Russian forces shelled an oil refinery within the Ukrainian metropolis of Lysychansk on Saturday, and a big hearth erupted, a regional governor reported.

► U.Okay. Prime Minister Boris Johnson and 12 different British officers are banned from getting into Russia, Russia’s Ministry of International Affairs introduced Saturday, citing “unprecedented hostile actions” by Britain’s authorities.

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Austrian chief: Putin ‘thinks he’s successful the conflict’

Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer met with Russian President Vladimir Putin final week, the primary EU chief to take action for the reason that Feb. 24 invasion of Ukraine.

Nehammer, who visited Ukraine and President Volodymyr Zelenskyy forward of the Moscow journey, told NBC News’ “Meet the Press” in an interview broadcast on Sunday that it was a “frank and hard” dialog together with dialogue of “conflict crimes” Nehammer stated he witnessed in Bucha, Ukraine.

The Austrian chief associated that Putin stated he “would cooperate with a world investigation, on one hand, and alternatively, he advised me that he does not belief the western world.”

“So it was a tricky dialogue between one another. However I attempted to persuade him that, for instance, the previous Yugoslavian conflict confirmed us that worldwide investigation is helpful to prosecute the conflict criminals,” Nehammer stated.

Nehammer, who stated his nation is now house to 58,000 Ukrainian refugees, stated Putin makes use of “his personal conflict logic” however understands “what’s going on in Ukraine” and “believes he’s successful the conflict.”

– Katie Wadington

Ukrainians try and evacuate amid continued Russian shelling

Russian shelling made it tough for Ukrainians to evacuate alongside humanitarian corridors Saturday, based on Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk.

Vereshchuk stated 1,449 Ukrainians had been capable of evacuate Saturday. She stated 1,381 folks made it to the Zaporizhzhia area utilizing their very own transport, together with 170 folks from the besieged metropolis of Mariupol. Nevertheless it was unimaginable for folks to evacuate from Lysychansk in jap Ukraine as a consequence of “dense and mass shelling,” Vereshchuk stated.

Russian forces continued assaults throughout quite a few areas of Ukraine over the weekend, elevating the toll of lifeless and injured.

For Ukrainians, agreed-upon humanitarian corridors could be a lifeline out of hazard zones. They’re particular routes the place combating is agreed to be halted to permit for support to come back in and civilian evacuees to exit, however Ukrainian officers have stated Russian forces have continued there on quite a few events for the reason that corridors had been established.

– Jeanine Santucci

A mother hugs her daughter as they wait for a bus to flee from Sloviansk city, in Donetsk district, to travel to Rivne , western Ukraine, on Saturday, April 16, 2022. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris) ORG XMIT: XPG101

Russia continued to batter Kyiv, different Ukrainian areas over the weekend

Russia pledged to resume its assaults on army targets within the capital of Kyiv, however Ukrainian officers stated assaults had been seen in a number of areas Friday and Saturday, killing no less than a half dozen and wounding dozens extra. 

Russia’s bombardment of cities round Ukraine on Saturday included an explosion in Kharkiv that destroyed a group kitchen arrange by superstar chef José Andrés’ World Central Kitchen. Related Press journalists on the scene noticed the fast aftermath of the obvious missile assault. Kharkiv Mayor Ihor Terekhov stated three folks had been killed and 34 wounded by missile strikes Saturday in that metropolis alone.

One particular person was killed and a number of other wounded in a missile strike that hit Ukraine’s capital, Kyiv, early Saturday. The southern Mykolaiv area was battered Friday and Saturday. In accordance with the presidential workplace, airstrikes Friday killed 5 and wounded 15. The top of regional legislature, Hanna Zamazeyeva, stated Saturday that 39 folks have been wounded previously 24 hours.

Ukraine’s presidential workplace reported Saturday that missile strikes and shelling occurred in eight areas: Donetsk, Luhansk and Kharkiv within the east, Dnipropetrovsk, Poltava and Kirovohrad in central Ukraine and Mykolaiv and Kherson within the south.

– Jeanine Santucci

Ukraine: Greater than 700 troops, 1K civilians held captive by Russia

Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk stated in televised remarks on Saturday that 700 Ukrainian troops and greater than 1,000 civilians — greater than half ladies — are at the moment being held captive by the Russians.

Vereshchuk stated Kyiv intends to swap the captive troopers, since Ukraine holds about the identical variety of Russian troops however calls for to launch the civilians “with none circumstances.”  

– The Related Press

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