A new evacuation of civilians trapped in the last resistance bag in Mariupol is expected this Saturday

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  • A senior Russian official, General Rustam Minnekayev, stated this “One of the goals of the Russian army isestablish full control over Donbass and southern Ukraine “, allow“Guarantee a land corridor to the Crimea”so “a corridor to Transnistria”, a pro-Russian separatist region in Moldova. Several experts analyze this statement as “fun” to divert attention from the Donbass to the south, Russia does not currently have the military capabilities to achieve this goal.
  • Al Donbass, “Bombings and fighting continue as Russia tries to advance to places like Lyman, Buhaivka, Barvinkove and Popasna as part of its plan for the region.”the British Ministry of Defense reported on Friday morning.
  • The strategic port of Mariupolwhich Moscow claims to have “released”, still resists Russian forces, says Kyiv, according to which Ukrainian fighters continue to fiercely defend the huge Azovstal metallurgical complex, where civilians are also entrenched. Vladimir Putin accuses Kyiv of preventing the surrender of Ukrainian fighters.
  • European Council President Charles Michel, representing EU member states, asked Vladimir Putin in a telephone interview on Friday to guarantee humanitarian corridors in Mariupol on the occasion of Orthodox Easter. For its part, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church under the Moscow Patriarchate has proposed organizing an Easter procession in the besieged city of Mariupol in order to evacuate wounded civilians and soldiers. Several humanitarian corridors in this city were canceled at the last minute.
  • Satellite images, released on Thursday by the American company Maxar Technologies, show this “existence mass graves northwest of Manhouch », a village 20 kilometers from Mariupol. According to Maxar, the images reveal long rows of graves, more than two hundred, near an existing cemetery.
  • Negotiations between Russia and Ukraine have made no apparent progress i “skate”, said the head of Russian diplomacy, Sergey Lavrov. The British Prime Minister Boris Johnson previously called it “realistic” the possibility that the war in Ukraine will last until the end of 2023, due to Russia’s determination to continue its offensive.
  • The Secretary-General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres will travel to Russia on Tuesday, where he will meet with Vladimir Putin for the first time since February 24, before leaving two days later for Ukraine, where he will be received by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. The UN accused the Russian army of actions on Friday “possibly a war crime” in Ukraine since the February 24 invasion.
  • One sailor died and 27 more are still missing after the sinking last week of the cruise “Moskva”the Russian Defense Ministry said on Friday, acknowledging the losses for the first time.
  • The Russian opponent Vladimir Kara-Mourza, a fierce detractor of the Kremlin, was detained Friday through June as part of an investigation into “false information” about the army’s activities in Ukraine, according to his lawyer.

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