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Ukraine: explosions heard in Kyiv, Mykolaiv, Odessa and a raid on Dnipro. Azovstal Steel Works withstands Russian attack – World

Explosions were heard in Kyiv, Mykolaiv and Odessa. This was reported by Okarina 24. Meanwhile, the mayor of Dnipro, Boris Filatov, reported on Telegram that the city center was hit by Russian missiles. In the evening, strong explosions were also felt in other central regions of Ukraine, such as Cerkasy and Zaporizhzhia, UNIAN reported.

Azovstal Steel Plant, the last Ukrainian stronghold in Mariupol, Continue to resist the Russian attack. Kyiv Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said in a speech on Twitter. In the evening, Moscow announced a Three-day ceasefire to allow civilians to be evacuated from the steel factory. This was announced by the Russian military leadership, adding that the humanitarian corridor will remain open from Thursday to Saturday and civilians will be able to choose whether to go to the territory controlled by Ukraine or Russia. Interfax reports.

Mariupol Mayor Vadim Boychenko reported heavy fighting at the steel plant. The Kremlin: There is no agreement on a meeting between the Pope and Putin. Ukrainian President calls for restoration of territorial integrity, including Crimea. Putin told Macron that Kyiv is not ready for serious negotiations. Biden said that Moscow committed numerous war crimes in Ukraine.

“Putin’s method of declaring victory from the beginning of the war was to invade Ukraine, march to victorious Kyiv and deprive the country of its sovereignty. Obviously, this did not happen. The United States will do everything to help the Ukrainians at that time. They will determine what they consider successful and will define the terms.” White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said this at a press conference. What is now clear is that Russia has already lostThe spokeswoman said again.

Fighting in AZOVSTAL
The events of “Field fighting” take place at the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol. This was confirmed on Ukrainian television by the mayor of Mariupol, Vadim Boychenko, citing the Guardian newspaper. Boichenko, on Ukrainian television that contacts with Kyiv fighters at the Azvostal steel plant in Mariupol have been lost. Meanwhile, the Kremlin denied that Russian forces had launched an attack on the facility. “The order was publicly issued by the Commander in Chief (Putin) to call off any attack. There is no attack,” said Peskov, a Kremlin spokesman, noting that Moscow’s forces are surrounding the site and only intervening to “quickly stop the attack.” fire “. Ukrainian MP Kira Ruddik said that there are still 30 children at the Azovstal steel plant in the besieged city of Mariupol in the south of the country. The Guardian writes it. Roddick said at least 20 failed attempts to evacuate people from the steel plant. “You can imagine our tears when the first group of ‘people’ was rescued. According to the parliamentarian from Kyiv, now the ‘main goal’ is to make an assessment of all the children still at the plant, along with the women, the elderly, and the wounded soldiers: the most complicated step concerns With wounded soldiers because Russia is not allowed to go out.Roddick finally determined that yesterday 156 people managed to leave the city to reach Zaporozhye.

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Ukraine, Mayor of Mariupol: ‘Loss of contact with the fighters in Azovstal’


The Russian Church: Wrong Tones About the Interview with Kirill
Moscow points out that there is no agreement on a possible meeting between Pope Francis and Russian President Vladimir Putin. This was announced by the Kremlin. “We do not see any progress in talks with Ukraine,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was quoted by TASS news agency as saying. Meanwhile, the Russian Orthodox Church maintains that Pope Francis, in an interview with Corriere della Sera, “misrepresented his conversation with Patriarch Kirill”. TASS reports. “I think that at this point there are no further steps to be taken, the Holy Father has offered himself a willingness to go to Moscow, to meet President Putin in person, and we are waiting for their reaction, to tell us what they want. More than that I do not think that any other initiative can be taken from by the Holy Father.” This was stated by the Vatican’s Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, in response to journalists on the sidelines of the event. Meanwhile, Kremlin spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said that Russia had no intention of officially declaring war on Ukraine and thus of general mobilization on the occasion of May 9, the anniversary of the victory over the Nazis in World War II. According to reports from TASS, Moscow does not see “any progress in talks with Ukraine”. The Russians will consider NATO vehicles entering Ukraine to deliver weapons to Kyiv’s forces as “legitimate military targets.” Moscow Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said today after Russia said it bombed six railway yards in Ukraine yesterday evening through which Western weapons were passing. “It is unfortunate that after a month and a half of conversation with Patriarch Kirill, Pope Francis chose the wrong language to convey the content of this conversation,” the Russian Patriarchate’s Department of Foreign Relations said in a statement. “It is unlikely that such statements will contribute to a constructive dialogue between the Roman Catholic Church and the Russian Orthodox Church, which is especially necessary at this time.” The talks by the leaders of the two churches took place on March 16 via video link.

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Violation of Finnish airspace
A Russian military helicopter penetrated Finnish airspace this morning, which is considering its entry into NATO. This was reported by the Helsinki Ministry of Defense. “The plane was a Mi-17, and the depth of the alleged violation was between four and five kilometres,” a ministry spokesman told AFP. It is the second violation reported by Finland this year, after the incursion last month of a transport plane belonging to the armed forces of Moscow.

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Moscow does not see any progress in talks with Ukraine. The Russians will consider NATO vehicles entering Ukraine to deliver weapons to Kyiv’s forces as “legitimate military targets.” Moscow Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said today after Russia said it bombed six railway yards in Ukraine yesterday evening through which Western weapons were passing. “It is unfortunate that after a month and a half of conversation with Patriarch Kirill, Pope Francis chose the wrong language to convey the content of this conversation,” the Russian Patriarchate’s Department of Foreign Relations said in a statement. “It is unlikely that such statements will contribute to a constructive dialogue between the Roman Catholic Church and the Russian Orthodox Church, which is especially necessary at this time.” The talks by the leaders of the two churches took place on March 16 via video link.

The situation in the field
And in the Kyiv region, 20 more bodies were found in the villages liberated from the occupation of the Russian army: This brings the number of corpses recovered from civilians to 1235. Which yesterday was 1,202. This was stated by the chief of police of the Kyiv region, Andrei Nepetov, citing UNIAN. “Twenty more bodies were found yesterday alone. Most of the people were from Borodinka, neighboring villages and settlements in Vyshhorod. Most of them died from small arms fire. We can talk about large-scale crimes committed by the Russian army in the Kyiv region,” he said. To get our people out of Mariupol and Azovstal, civilian and military. It is difficult, but we need them all. They are there. There is not a single day that we did not deal with and did not try to solve the issue. ” The Ukrainian president said that Volodymyr Zelensky In a video message transmitted by Interfax-Ukraine. “We were able to resolve the issue of a ceasefire for about three days so that the humanitarian corridor could function. Now the Russian forces are not sticking to the agreements. Intensive attacks on Azovstal continue,” he added. Yesterday, the Russian army launched 34 missile attacks on the cities of the Lugansk region, killing at least two people and wounding two civilians. This was announced by the head of the Ukrainian Regional Military Administration in Lugansk, Sergey Gaidai, on Telegram citing Ukrinform. “The Russians do not just destroy Pupasna, they remove him from the map. Two people died – a woman from Lyschansk and a man from Pupasna,” he wrote. In Lysychansk, a center for serious infectious diseases and a school burned down. Sirotene’s only school was destroyed. Russian forces launched several raids on some villages in the Dnipro region of central eastern Ukraine. The head of the Regional Military Administration, Valentin Reznichenko, reported via Telegram that dozens of apartment buildings with multiple rocket launchers were targeted, but that they were not harmed because “most” of the residents had been evacuated earlier.