Day 61 of the war in Ukraine, the latest news in real time. Russian missile attacks on several Ukrainian cities and violent clashes in Donbass. Sirens at night in many areas. A conversation between Zelensky and US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken in Kyiv to discuss US commitment. Blinkin: “Russia has not achieved the goals it set for itself.” Burnt out fuel depots in Bryansk on the border with Ukraine.
Kuleba: “The struggle of Ukraine is like the Italian resistance. The Ukrainian Mariupol has always been fighters in Azovstal.” Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe: “A number of our observers were arrested.” According to the United Nations, nearly 5.2 million Ukrainians have fled the country since the start of the war and the Russian invasion.
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Russian bombs on Kremenchug, at least one dead
One person was killed and 7 wounded in a Russian bombing of Kremenchug. Poltava Oblast Governor Dmytro Lunin said that nine missiles were fired at Kremenchug on the evening of April 24, the day Ukrainians celebrate Orthodox Easter.
US Defense Secretary: We want to see a weak Russia to avoid more wars
“We want to see Russia too weak to do the things it did with the invasion of Ukraine.” This was stated by the US Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin, upon his return from Kyiv. And the Pentagon chief asserts that Moscow “has already lost a lot of military capabilities and a lot of troops, to be frank, and we’d like not to be able to quickly renew that capability.”
Kyiv: Moscow bombed 5 stations, and there were wounded
“The Russian invaders bombed 5 railway stations in Central and Western Ukraine, there are wounded,” Oleksandr Kamyshyn, Chairman of the Board of Directors of JSC Ukrzaliznytsia (Ukrainian Railways), Oleksandr Kamyshyn, said on Telegram. “Russian forces continue to systematically destroy the railway infrastructure. This morning, five railway stations in central and western Ukraine were captured.
Target – emphasizes – for an hour. At least 16 passenger trains will be delayed. We are wounded.”
Ukraine, Blinken and Austin’s meeting with Zelensky lasted three hours
Blinken said that the meeting of US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and Defense Minister Lloyd Austin with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and his advisers yesterday in Kyiv lasted about three hours. “We’ve focused on what work needs to be done on the chessboard in the future, and how we’re going along these different lines of effort,” Blinken explained. “We did not see anything along the road and in Kyiv we went directly to the presidential palace. But on the streets of the city we saw people, evidence of victory in the Battle of Kyiv,” he said at the press conference in Kiev. An unnamed place in Poland, right across the border.
Two Ukrainian drones were shot down in the Kursk region
Russian air defense shot down two Ukrainian drones in the area of the village of Borovskoye in the Kursk region near the border with Ukraine, there were no casualties or material damage. This was announced by the governor of the region, Roman Starovit. He added, “There were no casualties, no injuries, and nothing was destroyed. The situation is under
control,” the governor wrote on Telegram.
Ukraine and Zelensky: We discussed tightening sanctions with the United States
“The visit of a delegation of senior US officials to Kyiv at this crucial moment for the Ukrainian state is very valuable and important. We discussed defense assistance, strengthening sanctions against Russia, financial support for Ukraine and security guarantees.” President Zelensky wrote this on his Telegram channel, thanking the United States for the “unprecedented” assistance.
Russia, two fuel depots are burning in Bryansk
Two fuel depots caught fire in the Russian city of Bryansk, 150 kilometers north of the Ukrainian border and 380 kilometers south of Moscow. This was reported by informed sources to Interfax. A 10,000 m3 tank is burning near the Snezhetsky Val Refinery and another is burning in the Fokino district, on Moskovsky Prospekt, near a military facility. The latter is connected to the network of the so-called “friendship pipeline”. It is not known whether the fires were caused by an attack from Ukraine or a third country, nor whether they were in any way connected with the war against Kyiv.
Moscow calls on the United States to stop supplying arms to Ukraine
Moscow calls on the United States to stop supplying Ukraine with weapons. Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov told Rossiya 24 TV channel, announcing the dispatch of a note on the matter. TASS reports. “A total of $800 million, this is the amount of arms funding that the United States is supporting to Kiev. This is a significant number that does not help the diplomatic track. We sent a note – explains Antonov – highlighting that we find it unacceptable that the United States is supplying them with weapons and demanding that they stop. It is An attempt to increase tensions and see more victims.”
Ukrainian war Blinkin: “Russia has not achieved the goals it set for itself”
“We see that Russia has not achieved the goals it set for itself.” This was stated by US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken at a press conference in Poland, returning from Kyiv. “The strategy is enormous pressure on Russia and great support for Ukraine,” he added, repeating the US position.
Ukraine, anti-aircraft sirens in many regions
Anti-aircraft sirens sounded in many Ukrainian regions, including Cherkasy, Chernihiv, Kyiv, Kirovohrad, Vinnytsia, Zhytomyr, Sumy, Kharkiv, Odessa, Mykolaiv, Zaporizhia, Poltava, Dnipropetrovsk and Donetsk regions. Kyiv Independent reports.
Kyiv on Guterres’ trip: “Going to Moscow is not a good idea”
Kyiv appears to be blowing up the peace initiative of the UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, who will fly to Russia tomorrow before landing two days later in Ukraine in Kyiv. Igor Zhovka, Volodymyr Zelensky’s deputy chief of staff, told NBC, warning that Guterres was “not allowed” to speak on behalf of the Ukrainian government in its peace efforts which should focus on humanitarian assistance instead. He added, “Any good peace talks if they end with results. I really doubt that those talks organized by the Secretary-General of the United Nations will end with any results.” Even Ukrainian Prime Minister Denis Shmyal said he was skeptical in an interview with CBS: “Many leaders of civilized countries and international organizations have tried to conduct these negotiations but it seems that the Russian Federation and Putin are not interested. They are interested in other things, for the genocide of Ukrainians.”
Fire at a fuel depot in Bryansk, Russia
A fire broke out at a fuel depot in the Russian town of Bryansk, close to the border with Ukraine. This was announced by local authorities, citing the Russian news agency TASS.
Oseh: “Our detained observers urge the Russians to release them immediately.”
The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) has called for the “immediate release” of four of its Ukrainian monitors, who were kidnapped by pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau, who currently holds the presidency of the international organization, described their detention, “while exercising their official duties as OSCE personnel,” as “unacceptable”. He stressed that “they have been held without charge for some time and the OSCE and their families have not been adequately informed of the situation.”
Kyiv calls on the European Union to impose a ban on Russian gas, but Germany refuses
“Europe changed after February 24, because it realized that Putin’s war is a war against all of Europe. What we ask is that we have what we need for our fight. We will win and stop.” Russia “is here in Ukraine. But it must impose all the most severe sanctions, including those on gas and oil, because with these resources we “continue to finance this lethal machine.” This was stated by Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba in Che tempo che fa on Rai 3. However, Germany refused to ban Russian gas.According to the Executive Director of the Federation of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Dihk), Martin Wansleben, a comprehensive ban on gas imports from Russia will be Disastrous for Germany.
Zelensky meets with US Secretary of State Blinkin in Kyiv to order new weapons
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin arrived in Kyiv and met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to discuss new developments in US military support for Ukraine. According to UNIAN, Zelensky at the meeting requested new supplies of heavy weapons to Ukraine to counter the Russian advance. On his arrival in Ukraine, Blinkin said: “We were inspired by the resilience of Orthodox Christians in Ukraine in the face of President Putin’s brutal war of aggression. We continue to support them, and today we wish them and everyone else to celebrate Easter with the hope of a speedy return to peace.”
Russia deploys high-precision Iskander missiles to strike Ukraine
There appears to be a new strategy for Moscow on the horizon that wants to focus more on air strikes from above and long-range missile attacks before infantry and tanks are launched. Guide Installing Iskander-M . mobile rocket launchers 60 kilometers from the Ukrainian border, east of Kharkiv but also new maneuvers at sea with the repositioning of missile submarines in the Black Sea that continue to transit with more than twenty Russian ships off the Ukrainian coast. This was announced by the Kyiv authorities themselves.
Russia and Ukraine, today’s news of the 25th of April about the war
Russian missile attacks on several Ukrainian cities and violent clashes in Donbass. A conversation between Zelensky and US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken in Kyiv to discuss US commitment. Kuleba: “The struggle of Ukraine is like the Italian resistance. The Ukrainian Mariupol has always been fighters in Azovstal.” Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe: “A number of our observers were arrested.” According to the United Nations, nearly 5.2 million Ukrainians have fled the country since the start of the Russian war of conquest.
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