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Russia-Ukraine war live updates: Russia resumed its assault on the last Ukrainian defenders holed up in a giant steelworks in Mariupol, days after Moscow declared victory in the southern city and said its forces did not need to take…READ MORE

02:31 (IST) Apr 25

Zelensky meets Blinken, Austin in Kyiv: Ukraine presidency

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky met US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin in Kyiv, his office said Sunday. Presidential advisor Oleksiy Arestovych, speaking during an interview on YouTube earlier Sunday, confirmed that the meeting was going on “right now. Talking to the president. Maybe they can help”.

23:29 (IST) Apr 24

Ukraine proposes talks with Russia near besieged Mariupol plant

23:07 (IST) Apr 24

Ukraine proposes talks with Russia over the fate of civilians, troops in Mariupol

Ukraine proposed on Sunday a “special” round of negotiations with Russia to be held in the shadow of Mariupol’s Azovstal steel plant to discuss the fate of the civilians and Ukrainian troops still trapped in the city, an adviser to Ukraine’s president said. The talks would aim to establish an immediate ceasefire in Mariupol, “multi-day” humanitarian corridors, and the freeing or swapping of Ukrainian fighters trapped in the Azovstal plant, presidential adviser Oleksiy Arestovych said in a video address.

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22:31 (IST) Apr 24

Ukraine President Zelenskyy presses the West for more arms

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy pressed the West for more powerful weapons as he prepared to meet with top U.S. officials in the war-torn country’s capital Sunday, while Russian forces concentrated their attacks on the east, including trying to dislodge the last Ukrainian troops in the battered port of Mariupol.

20:33 (IST) Apr 24

Russia says village in Belgorod region shelled by Ukraine

Russia said on Sunday a village in its Belgorod region bordering Ukraine was shelled from across the frontier, state news agency TASS quoted a local official as saying. Vladimir Pertsev, the official, said there were no casualties or damage after one projectile landed in a field, according to TASS.

20:30 (IST) Apr 24

Blinken, Lloyd is expected in Kyiv early afternoon

US Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III, who was expected to arrive in Kyiv, Ukraine’s capital, in the early afternoon for a brief visit, would be the highest-level U.S. officials to travel to Ukraine since Russia invaded two months ago. The U.S. government, which did not publicly confirm the officials’ visit, has allocated roughly $3.4 billion in military assistance to Ukraine over the course of the war — part of an extraordinary international coalition that now includes more than two dozen nations racing to help expand and resupply the Ukrainian arsenal.

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19:42 (IST) Apr 24

Ukraine blames Russia after Mariupol humanitarian corridor fails on Sunday

No humanitarian routes were established out of the southeastern Ukrainian port city of Mariupol on Sunday, Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said, blaming Russian forces for not holding their fire. Vereshchuk said that the Ukrainian side would try again on Monday to establish a safe passage out of Mariupol. She called for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who is scheduled to travel to Moscow before visiting Kyiv next week, to demand a ceasefire and open up humanitarian corridors from Mariupol.

19:25 (IST) Apr 24

Ukraine’s Deputy PM demands UN step in to agree with Mariupol ceasefire and humanitarian corridor

17:53 (IST) Apr 24

Ukrainian presidential adviser says Russian forces trying to storm Azovstal plant

Russian forces are attempting to storm the Azovstal plant in Mariupol by land, backed up by aerial and artillery bombardment, Ukrainian presidential adviser Oleksiy Arestovych said on Sunday. Arestovych wrote on Facebook that “Russian troops are trying to finish off the defenders of Azovstal and more than 1,000 civilians who are hiding at the plant”.The Azovstal steel factory is the main remaining Ukrainian stronghold in the southeastern port of Mariupol. Russian troops surrounded the plant in early March and have gradually taken control of most of the city.

Russia-Ukraine war highlights: Russia says village in Belgorod region shelled by Ukraine

17:22 (IST) Apr 24

Pope renews call for Easter truce in Ukraine

Pope Francis on Sunday appealed again for a truce in war-torn Ukraine over the Orthodox Easter weekend, “to ease the suffering of exhausted people”.”I renew the appeal for an Easter truce, the smallest tangible sign of a willingness for peace,” he pleaded.”Stop the attacks to ease the suffering of exhausted people,” the pope added, with both Russians and Ukrainians celebrating Orthodox Easter this Sunday. The blue and yellow flag of Ukraine flew among the faithful gathered on St Peter’s Square, where the leader of the Roman Catholic Church recalled that fighting erupted two months ago on February 24.

16:50 (IST) Apr 24

Turkey’s Erdogan speaks by phone with Ukraine’s Zelenskyy

Turkey is ready to give all possible assistance during the negotiation process between Ukraine and Russia, President Tayyip Erdogan told Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky during a telephone call, the Turkish presidency said on Sunday. Erdogan said the evacuation of the wounded and civilians in Ukraine’s Mariupol must be ensured, adding that Turkey viewed the guarantor issue positively in principle. Ukraine has sought security guarantees from various countries during talks.

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16:08 (IST) Apr 24

The trip was announced by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Saturday

The White House has not confirmed any visit by Blinken and Austin. The State Department and Pentagon declined to comment.

16:07 (IST) Apr 24

Lloyd, Blinken to discuss Ukraine’s call for more powerful weapons, two months after Russia’s invasion began

15:58 (IST) Apr 24

UN calls for ‘immediate stop’ to fighting in Ukraine’s Mariupol to allow civilian evacuation

15:50 (IST) Apr 24

Top US officials to meet Zelensky on first wartime visit to Kyiv

The United States’ top diplomat and defense chief were Sunday set to make their first wartime visits to Kyiv since Russia invaded Ukraine two months ago, with fierce fighting casting a long shadow over Orthodox Easter. The trip by Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin comes as the war enters its third month with thousands dead and millions displaced. A series of European leaders have already traveled to Kyiv to meet President Volodymyr Zelensky and underscore their support.

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15:10 (IST) Apr 24

Zelenskyy speaks of hope on Easter Sunday

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has spoken of hope and victory for his nation during an Easter Sunday address. Speaking from the ancient St. Sophia cathedral, Zelenskyy said that “the great holiday today gives us great hope and unwavering faith that light will overcome darkness, good will overcome evil, life will overcome death, and therefore Ukraine will surely win!” (AP)

14:12 (IST) Apr 24

Russia says its missile hit 9 arms depots in Ukraine’s Kharkiv

Russia’s defense ministry said on Sunday its high-precision missiles struck nine Ukrainian military targets overnight, including four arms depots in the Kharkiv region where artillery weapons were stored. (Reuters)

13:46 (IST) Apr 24

‘Ukraine to withdraw from talks with Russia if Mariupol forces killed’

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy revealed the kind of events that might force his country to withdraw from peace negotiations with Russia. During a press conference held at one of Kyiv’s metro stations amid the ongoing Russian war in Ukraine, Zelenskyy was asked how Kyiv would respond to potential independence referendums in the territories controlled by Russian forces, RT reported. The President admitted that it would force him to stop any talks with Moscow. (IANS)

11:31 (IST) Apr 24

Zelenskyy’s address on US officials’ visit

In his daily video address Saturday night, Zelensky said he was preparing for Sunday’s “important talks with American partners”. The State Department declined to comment on the highly sensitive trip by two of President Joe Biden’s top cabinet members. Their visit comes as Russian forces show no sign of easing their attacks and after a missile strike on the southern city of Odesa that Ukraine said killed eight people, including an infant.

10:48 (IST) Apr 24

Eight people died in strikes in Ukraine’s Luhansk region on Saturday: Governor.

 

 

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