direct | Day 53 of the war in Ukraine

Days passed and the Russian army continued its relentless bombardment of Orkin.

Russia also issued an ultimatum to the last Ukrainian defenders of Mariupol, asking them to lay down their arms and evacuate this strategic port in the southeast of the country, the capture of which would be an important victory for Moscow.

All the news of the day

11:43 AM | From a happy little girl to a Russian propaganda tool

Before the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Kira Obdinsky was a cheerful and lovable 12-year-old girl. Now an orphan, injured and alone in a Russian-controlled hospital in eastern Ukraine, she has become a pawn in spite of herself.

Kira Obedinsky’s mother died when she was a child. His father Yevvin Obedinsky, a former captain of Ukraine’s national water polo team, was shot dead when Russian forces entered Mariupol in the southeast of the country on March 17.

10:20 AM | Mariupol defenders ‘will fight to the end’

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Ukrainian Prime Minister Denis Chemygal announced, in an interview broadcast by the American channel ABC, Sunday, that the last Ukrainian defenders of Mariupol still control sections of the city and “will fight to the end.”

“No, the city has not fallen. Our military and our soldiers are still there. They will fight to the end. As I speak to you, they are still in Mariupol,” emphasized Mr. Shmygal.

The Ukrainian soldiers trapped in Mariupol seem to have ignored the Russian ultimatum to lay down their arms and evacuate this strategic port in southeastern Ukraine, the capture of which would be a great victory for Moscow.

10 am | Zelensky says he invited Macron to go to Ukraine to see “genocide”

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has claimed that he invited Emmanuel Macron to visit Ukraine to see with his own eyes that Russian forces are committing “genocide,” a term his French counterpart has so far refused to use.

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8:55 am | Five dead in a series of strikes on Kharkiv, Ukraine

At least five people were killed and 13 injured, Sunday, in a series of strikes on the main city of Kharkiv in northeastern Ukraine, which caused fires, emergency services told AFP.

AFP journalists heard two minutes of gunfire and saw five fires spreading in residential areas in the center of Kharkiv. Fire trucks were crossing the city in all directions to reach the burning apartments.

8:16 am | Pope calls for ‘hear the cry of peace’ on ‘Easter of War’

Pope Francis on Sunday called on leaders to “listen to the people’s cry for peace” on “Easter War”, again invoking the “martyr’s” case of Ukraine.

8:06 am | shell fell. I lost my arm

On March 21, I left my house to smoke. shell fell. I lost my arm.” 71-year-old Vladimir Lenov, in spite of himself, embodies the tragic fate of the elderly in Ukraine, the invisible victims of the war that devastated their country.

5:56 | Russia issues an ultimatum to the rest of Mariupol’s defenders

Russia issued an ultimatum to the last Ukrainian defenders of Mariupol, telling them to lay down their arms and evacuate this strategic port in southeastern Ukraine on Sunday, and capturing it would be an important victory for Moscow.

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5:41 | Without an agreement with the Russians, there is no humanitarian corridor today

On Sunday, the Ukrainian authorities announced the suspension of humanitarian corridors to evacuate civilians from eastern Ukraine, due to the lack of an agreement with the Russian army on a ceasefire.

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