War in Ukraine, 53rd day. Russia’s final warning to Ukrainians in Mariupol. Zhelensky continues his efforts to strengthen relations with Western countries. Guleba said Mariupol’s situation could be “a red line”. The Russians are preparing for a decisive battle with the Donbass.

Updated 23:45 Zhelensky launches new call for support for Ukraine in its fight against Russia

Zhelensky: Delays in the supply of arms and any political delay are the license for Russia to take the lives of Ukrainians. The Russian Federation explains it this way. Cargo’s continued bombardment continues. This is nothing but conscious terrorism against civilians.

The BBC reports that the monument to Marshal George Djukovic, a Soviet commander and a World War II veteran, has been demolished in the Ukrainian city of Kharkov.

Update 22:00 The Russians are preparing for a decisive battle with the Donbass, wanting at least some sort of victory by Easter, on April 24, says Grill Budanov, head of the state defense department of the Ministry of Defense:

“They are in a hurry because they have little time. They can say that they want time to gain a tactical advantage and real tactical achievement, which, to a certain extent, can be presented as Russia’s advantage in this special operation. They are in a hurry for Easter.

He said that despite the “tactical victories”, when the villages change their hands several times a day, the invaders will not win, “they will not go anywhere in time” and Ukraine will oppose.

Update 21:00 Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba announced the situation on Sunday Like Mariupol In negotiations with Russia “it could be a red line”, which “decided to destroy the city at any cost.” He expects fighting to intensify in eastern Ukraine in the coming weeks.

Update 20:00 Gelensky will not give up territories in the east to end the war with Russia

President of Ukraine Volodymyr ZhelenskyHe told CNN that Ukraine did not want to give up its eastern territories to end the war with Russia, and that the Ukrainian military was ready to fight Moscow in the Donbass region.

Update 19:00 Five people were killed and 13 were injured in the attack Missiles against cargoI, and in the neighboring Luhansk region, the head of the military administration Serhii Haidai said that people had been expelled from the cities of Lysychansk and Severodonetsk.

Update 18:00 The rest of the Ukrainian forces Mariupol port city Fighting continues in the south of the country, Ukrainian Prime Minister Denis Schmidt said on Sunday. Russia has issued a final warning to surrender to the besieged city.

Update 17:00 Ursula von der Leyen, head of the European Commission, told the German newspaper Bild that Ukraine had reason to expect a victory and that its definitions should be set by itself.

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“Ukraine can win the war. Ukraine’s courage and resilience are impressive,” a journalist asked, adding that there was hope for victory.

Update 16:00 Five were killed and at least 13 were injured in what became known as the BBC’s mass broadcast in Ukraine on Sunday.

UPDATE Mariupol officials reject Russian final warning. Ukrainian forces will defend the city

Mariupol Meyer’s adviser responded to a request from the Russian Defense Ministry for more Ukrainian troops to surrender, and CNN reported that Ukrainian forces were still fighting.

“In the evening (Saturday), the invaders announced that they would surrender to the remaining troops, but as of today, our guards are still guarding,” Pedro Andrushchenko told the Telegram.

Andrushchenko said protests against the Russians continue beyond the Azovstal steel plant, a stronghold of Ukrainian forces fighting in Mariupol.

“Despite the occupiers’ desire to show that the location of the enemy is limited to Azovstal steelworks, this does not correspond to reality. The fighting took place last night on Daganrock Street, about five kilometers from Azovstal,” he said.

“During the fighting, the invaders again attacked private residential houses with heavy artillery. Bombings continued in the port area,” Pedro Andrishchenko added.

The media could not confirm the information provided by Mariupol Meyer’s adviser.

Update 10:20 A rocket attack early Sunday morning damaged infrastructure in the city of Brovari near the Ukrainian capital Kyiv, Brewery mayor Igor Saboshko said in an online post.

Update Russia’s final warning to Ukrainians in Mariupol

On Sunday morning Russia called on Ukrainian forces fighting in Mariupol to lay down their lives to lay down their lives, but there were no immediate reports of action two hours after the final alert went into effect at 6:00 a.m. Roman time in the southeastern strategic port. Ukraine.

Russia’s Defense Ministry says its troops have evacuated the city of Mariupol and that only a small group of Ukrainian militants were staying at a large steel plant on Saturday.

Moscow’s claim that Mariupol had almost taken control of the scene of the worst fighting and the worst humanitarian catastrophe during the war has not been independently verified. It was the first major city to fall into the hands of Russian forces since the February 24 invasion.

“Given the catastrophic situation at the Azovstal metallurgical plant and being guided entirely by humanitarian policies, the Russian Armed Forces is offering nationalist battalions fighters and foreign mercenaries access from 06:00 to 17 April 2022. Stop all hostility and lay down your weapons,” the defense ministry said in a statement.

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“Everyone who puts down their weapons is guaranteed their lives will be saved,” he said, adding that guards could leave the plant at 10 a.m. without weapons or ammunition.

There was no immediate response from Kiev.

Update 8:20 In eastern Ukraine, 1.4 million people are without access to safe drinking water, and 4.6 million have limited access. UNICEF says this could trigger an outbreak of infectious diseases.

Former Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev’s daughter – in – law warns Putin could use nuclear weapons

Nina Khrushchev, a professor of international affairs in the United States, told the BBC she hoped Russian President Vladimir Putin would do whatever it takes to finally win the war.

“I think Putin really wants to win this war and at all costs. If he wants to declare victory, tactical nuclear weapons may be one of the options the Russians are willing to take. Use them,” she said.

Tactical nuclear weapons have less power than the long-range missiles that flew during the Cold War, when Nikita Khrushchev led the Soviet Union.

But Khrushchev’s great-granddaughter – a Russian researcher at the New School in New York and a longtime critic of Putin – fears that Moscow could use them with catastrophic consequences on Ukrainian territory.

In March, just days after Russia invaded Ukraine, Nina Khrushchev said she was ashamed of the development and considered her grandfather’s attack “bad.”

Update 06:30 Areas threatened by airstrikes

16 areas are threatened by airstrikes.

Update 06:23

The United Nations warns that the siege of Ukrainian ports in the Black Sea by Russian troops could lead to a global food catastrophe, leading to global famine, mass migration and political instability.

Update 05:00

On Sunday, April 17, the Belgian ports will suspend the operation of merchant ships under the Russian flag, subject to certain exceptions granted by the end of the European Union.

Update 04:25 Sberbank and Russian oil to be included in the Sixth EU sanctions package against Russia

This was stated by the President of the European Commission Ursula van der Leyen.

The new package includes specific sanctions against Russia’s energy sector, including oil exports.

Update 03:34 Unprecedented protest at Russian embassies in Lithuania and Estonia

In Vilnius, war crimes by the Ukrainian occupiers: an operation was organized in front of the Russian embassy to draw attention to the rape and child abuse of women.

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A similar event took place in Tallinn a few days ago.

Update 02:19 The Russian Defense Ministry has called on Ukrainian soldiers fighting in Mariupol to lay down their arms.

Russia’s Defense Ministry says Russia’s Toss News Agency says Ukrainian soldiers still fighting in Mariupol will lay down their arms at 6am (Moscow time).

The rest of the soldiers – Russia says it is mobilizing Ukrainian and foreign fighters – are being held at the Azovstal steel plant. The DOS news agency quoted Colonel General Mikhail Mishindev, an official with the Russian Defense Ministry, as saying that the condition of the steel plant was “catastrophic”.

Update 01:22 Ukrainian President Zhelensky takes pride in his military achievements on Instagram

President Zhelensky presents a photograph of the family, a ceramic rooster that has become a symbol of the invincibility of his army on the Porodianka and Ukrainian flags.

“We work. We like it. Thank you. We are proud. We will all win,” Zhelensky said.

Summary of the day

  • Ukraine is trying to change the scale of the war in its favor in the negotiation process
  • Ukrainian ambassador says Ankara-Moscow relations undermine current efforts and favor talks
  • Russia’s Foreign Ministry has banned British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Secretary of State Lisztruz, Secretary of Defense Ben Wallace and 10 other members of the British government and politicians from entering the country.
  • The rich Ukraine has promised to help rebuild the besieged city of Mariupol.
  • Russia has warned that the West could face unpredictable consequences if it continues its reckless militarization of Ukraine.
  • Ukraine’s GDP is expected to fall by 30% to 50% this year, Finance Minister Serhiy Marchenko has said.
  • Ukrainian Prime Minister Denis Schmidt and senior finance officials are due to attend the IMF and World Bank meetings in Washington next week.

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