War unfolds in Ukraine: ‘last chance’ for evacuation of civilians to the East, warns authorities

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  • Kyiv has urged residents of the east to “immediately” evacuate the area, fearing that the Russian army will launch a massive and deadly attack on the Donbass, which is now the Kremlin’s primary target.
  • The United States on Wednesday announced a new volley of economic and financial sanctions against Russia, which it describes as “destructive”, targeting big banks and Vladimir Putin’s children. The EU, on the other hand, is preparing a new sanctions package that may concern coal, oil and banks.
  • Joe Biden denounced “major war crimes” in Ukraine, referring to “corpses left on the streets after the Russians withdrew” and “cold-blooded executions of civilians” in Boutcha, near Kyiv.
  • NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that Putin has not given up on his desire to take over all of Ukraine and that the war will continue for “months, even years”.

11:58

Another 100,000 people to be evacuated in Mariupol

As Reuters reports, the mayor of Mariupol still says 100,000 civilians must be evacuated from the city. He had announced the day before that more than 5,000 people had died in Mariupol since the beginning of the Russian occupation.

11:50

Macron’s diplomacy questioned abroad

11:25 am

“Last chance” for evacuation

This is the “last chance” for civilians to evacuate eastern Ukraine, warning local officials who fear a critical escalation in war and bombardment. The governor of the Luhansk region, Serguiï Gaïdaï, announced on Facebook on Thursday that “corridors” have been set up to evacuate residents of the seven districts.

11:24

Russia is ashamed of Google

Russian telecommunications police announced that Google has banned Google from advertising in Russia, accusing the YouTube platform of spreading false information about Russian forces operating in Ukraine. Roskomnadzor also accuses Google of censoring Russian state media, whose YouTube channels have been shut down. “YouTube has become an important platform for publishing fake About the special military operation on the territory of Ukraine, it discredits the Russian armed forces”, points out the telecommunications gendarme.

11:07

Greece seeks investigation for Mariupol

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias, who is in Brussels for the NATO meeting, said that Athens will ask the International Court of Justice to open an investigation into the war crimes committed in Mariupol.

10:51

Engie warns of embargo effects

Jean-Pierre Clamadieu, head of French energy giant Engie, told Radio Classique that an embargo on Russian gas imports would have a “huge” impact on the European economy, and particularly on industry. “What must be weighed today, of course, is all the moral and political reasons that would push for new sanctions against Russia, and then the huge impact on the economy for the European Union to stop importing Russian gas,” he said. insists.

If the Russian gas embargo has long been ignored, the issue has been re-discussed since the discovery of the Boucha massacre, and Westerners are looking for new ways to impose sanctions on Russia.

10:24

Russian ambassador summoned

10:16 am

Kyiv is angry with Hungary

Kyiv accuses Hungary of “aiding Putin” in the war against Ukraine, especially since the country agreed to pay for Russian gas in rubles, as Moscow had requested. Ukrainian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Oleg Nikolenko said in a statement that “Budapest has taken the next step: to help Putin continue his aggression against Ukraine”, criticizing, and said that Hungary “destroyed the unity of the EU” with this stance.

10:09

Austria expels diplomats

Austria announced the expulsion of four Russian diplomats, following similar decisions in recent days in other countries, including France, Germany, Italy, Spain or Slovenia. “These people took actions incompatible with their diplomatic status and were invited to leave the region by April 12,” Vienna said.

09:56

German ambulances in Kiev

The mayor of Kyiv, Vitali Klitschko, announced on Telegram that the first seven ambulances (out of 12) donated by the city of Munich have arrived in the twin city, the capital of Ukraine.

09:45

An expensive retreat

British oil giant Shell warns that withdrawing from operations in Russia following the invasion of Ukraine will result in $4 to $5 billion in losses and costs in first-quarter results.

09:13

Russian runners deprived of marathon in Boston

The organizers announced that runners from Russia or Belarus will not be allowed to participate in the Boston Marathon on April 18 due to the occupation of Ukraine.

09:08

A little tension on the shelves in France

According to NielsenIQ, a reference panelist on sales in large areas, since the start of the war in Ukraine, oil, flour or pasta shelves in stores have been under supply tensions. These supply problems are not linked to scarcity, but precisely to the prudent purchases of consumers who fear that scarcity will come.

08:55

“The collapse of the Russian economy”

“There is a collapse in the Russian economy,” with a “10% recession” and a “weak Russian power”, Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire told Franceinfo. “Is that enough? Absolutely not, because the war continues,” he continues, believing that there is a possibility of sanctions by banning the import of Russian oil. If Judge Bruno Le Maire is in favor of France, we must “convince other countries” to the European Union.

08:44

Zelensky in front of the Greek Parliament

The Ukrainian president will address the Greek Parliament on Thursday. Since the beginning of the conflict, Volodymyr Zelensky has spoken in numerous European parliaments, including French lawmakers.

08:22

The gun issue on the agenda of the discussions

“Ukraine has the right to defend itself. “We will listen to the needs that Dmytro Kouleba will present to us and discuss how to respond,” said NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

07:42

Ukraine wants more weapons

In Brussels, where NATO’s diplomatic representatives met, the Ukrainian Foreign Minister demands more weapons from the alliance countries. “For me, the plan is simple and includes only three months: guns, guns, guns,” he told the press. “I urge NATO countries to put aside their hesitations. (…) Today, guns serve peace,” he reassures us.

07:32

Russia determined its fate at the UN

07:14

How are sanctions toughened?

Since the discovery of the Boutcha massacre – and other towns around Kyiv – the international community has been wondering about new sanctions against Russia to turn Moscow back. It’s hard to find a deal at the moment. You can read all the details about the subject in our article.

06:52

Difficult evacuations

As eastern Ukraine, which has become Moscow’s primary target, prepares for the worst, Ukrainian authorities are encouraging the evacuation of civilians. But without a ceasefire and under heavy bombardment, conditions are difficult. In some towns, such as Popasne (100 km west of Luhansk), civilians have not yet been able to get out because of the lack of calm.

06:36

Foreign Ministers in Brussels

Diplomatic representatives of NATO countries are in Brussels, where many meetings will be held, especially with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.

06:16

New deviation from the Russian Embassy in France

06:03

“Total Offensive” in the East

Russian forces on Wednesday bombed several places in the east of the country, including Severodonetsk or Rubizhne, killing at least one person, denouncing Serguiï Gaïdaï, the governor of the Lugansk region still under Ukrainian control, on Wednesday evening. “I want people to evacuate because we clearly see that the enemy will completely destroy all these places before they can launch an all-out attack,” he said when asked by a Ukrainian television channel. “Please go,” she insisted while there was still time.

06:02

“Worse than a horror movie,” says Boutcha, mayor of Kyiv

Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko testified about Boutcha’s visit to BFMTV. “Worse than a horror movie. It’s a terrible tragedy,” complained the Ukrainian elected official, referring to “the killing of women, the cars being riddled with bullets with the words written on them.” childknotted civilian hands…” “It is devastating to see such desolation in my country,” he said Wednesday evening.

06:01

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