Russia on Tuesday urged the entire Ukrainian army to “put down their arms” and specifically asked the last defenders of the city of Mariupol to stop their “meaningless resistance”. The Russian military also claims to have opened a corridor to allow soldiers from Mariupol to leave the city. According to President Volodymyr Zelensky, this call appears to have launched Moscow’s major offensive into eastern Ukraine. Part of the area is in the hands of pro-Russian separatists, where deadly fighting has raged.
- Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez will travel to Kiev “soon”, government sources said on Tuesday, without specifying the exact date of the trip. The Italian government said on Tuesday evening that the United States and the European Union had “reached broad consensus on the need to increase pressure on the Kremlin, particularly through the adoption of new sanctions”.
- Under massive sanctions since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in late February, its gross domestic product is expected to shrink by 8.5% this year and Ukraine’s GDP is expected to contract by 35%, according to the IMF’s latest economic forecasts released Tuesday.
- In a new video released overnight from Tuesday to Wednesday, the Ukrainian president said his army had the upper hand over the enemy in terms of “tactics and wisdom”.
05:53 – 2,000 foreign doctors offer to help their Ukrainian colleagues
Ukraine’s Minister of Foreign Affairs welcomed the overflow of solidarity among healthcare workers on his Twitter account: “Experienced doctors from abroad volunteered to help #Ukrainian doctors during the war The Ministry of Health of Ukraine received about 2,000 such requests from foreign doctors.”
05:12 – Mariupol: besieged soldiers “may be living their last days,” says one of them
“We may be living our last days, even our last hours,” a besieged Ukrainian military commander in Mariupol said in a Facebook post Wednesday, urging the international community to “eject” them. “The enemy is ten times more than us,” said Serguiy Volyna, of the 36th brigade of the national navy, stationed at the besieged Azovstal plant in Mariupol (southeastern Ukraine). “We call and beg all world leaders to help us. We ask them to use the extraction procedure and take us to the territory of a third country,” he added.
04:42 – Dmytro Kuleba: “Russia must end its war against Ukraine”
In response to an earlier “ceasefire” request by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, the foreign minister urged Russia to take a “humanitarian break”. “Russia should finally listen to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and end its war against Ukraine, or at least allow a humanitarian pause. Let me remind you that there is only one aggressor and occupier in this war: Russia. Ukraine has always been and will be ready. is also ready to seek peace,” Dmytro Kuleba wrote on Twitter.
Russia should finally listen to the UN Secretary General @antonioguterres and end its war in Ukraine, or at least allow a humanitarian pause. Let me remind you that there is only one aggressor and invader in this war: Russia. Ukraine has always been and is ready to seek peace.
— Dmytro Kuleba (@DmytroKuleba) 19 April 2022
04:18 – Russian troops continue to advance in the South
On the ground, Russia has reported dozens of other missile strikes in southern Ukraine, another front line. Natalia Goumeniuk, spokesperson for the forces’ southern command, said on Tuesday that Moscow, which has already occupied the city of Kherson, is “concentrating its forces” to advance further west into the Mykolaiv region, where shelling is concentrated. .
In this area, the southern command of the Ukrainian armed forces reported on Tuesday the bombing of a hospital in Bastanka, where the number of victims is unknown. In Kherson, the population continues to demonstrate against the Russian presence and boycott products “imported by the invaders”, also noted the southern command.
03:40 – Klitschko: “We cannot lose this war”
Boxing champion Vladimir Klitschko, brother of the mayor of Kyiv, warned on Twitter, “We cannot lose this war, or we will lose our sovereignty and our freedom. We will lose everything. To defend Europe too. We will win.”
02:56 – More than 70 Ukrainian prisoners released
Kyiv announced on Tuesday that seventy-six Ukrainians had been released in a new prisoner exchange with Russia, without disclosing the number of Russians released. Moscow did not approve of this change.
02:22 – Ongoing clashes in Azovstal
Near Mariupol, where authorities fear 20,000 to 22,000 civilians will die, clashes are centered around the Azovstal metallurgical complex. The Mariupol city council said on Telegram on Tuesday that Ukrainian fighters are stationed there, while “at least a thousand civilians, mostly women, children and the elderly, are in the factory’s underground bunkers”. Moscow confirms that there are no civilians in Azovstal. “There are ongoing battles, street battles (…), but there are also tank battles,” Donetsk province governor Pavlov Kyrylenko told CNN.
01:51 – A humanitarian corridor opened by Russia, but not used by “no one”
Russia announced on Tuesday that it has opened a corridor that should allow Ukrainian forces that have decided to leave Mariupol, a strategic port in the Sea of Azov that has been besieged by Russian troops since the beginning of March. In the evening, the Russian army regretted that “no one” was using this humanitarian corridor. According to the same source, the latter will reopen from 11:00 GMT on Wednesday.
01:13 Washington to send additional $800 million in aid to Ukraine
The United States is poised to approve a new $800m military aid package for Ukraine less than a week after the same tranche was announced earlier, US media reported on Tuesday. Details of this new package are still being worked out, according to CNN, citing three senior Biden management officials. According to NBC News, as Ukraine faces a series of Russian attacks in the eastern country, this new episode is expected to include more artillery and tens of thousands of shells for Kyiv in its war against Russia.
12:45 – Zelensky: “If we had access to weapons… we would have ended this war”
In a new video shared by the Ukrainian Parliament on Twitter, Volodymyr Zelensky congratulated his country’s army: “The way our armed forces stand, how bravely defended by our entire nation, shows that the Ukrainian army has long deserved to be higher. Russian army in the world ranking.” “If we had access to all the weapons we needed, comparable to the weapons our partners have and used by Russia, we would end this war. We would restore peace and liberate our lands. Because Ukraine’s supremacy The military’s tactics and wisdom are pretty clear,” he said.
‼️Звернення Володимира Зеленського за підсумками 55-го дня війни: «Якби ми отримали доступ до всієї тієї зброї, якої потребуємо, яка є в наших партнерів і яка зіставна зі зброєю, яку використовує Росія, ми б уже завершили цю війну». https://t.co/P2MmXTooov
— Верховна Рада України (@verkhovna_rada) 19 April 2022