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21:57 – About 1,000 civilians can be buried in a mass grave on the outskirts of Mariupol in the village of Vinohradny. This was stated by the press service of the Mariupol City Council on Telegram, Ukrinform reports. “Satellite images taken by Planet on April 20 show a mass grave 45 meters long and 25 meters wide. At least 1,000 residents of Mariupol who were killed by Russian fascists can be buried here,” the statement said.

21:25 – One crew member killed, 27 missing, 396 rescued from the Moskva, the battleship of the Russian Black Sea Fleet that was hit by Ukrainian missiles on April 13 off the coast of Odessa and sank. This is the budget presented by the Russian Defense Ministry, according to Interfax.

– The European Commission, with the publication of questions and answers dedicated to European companies, indicated that payments for Russian gas can continue in euros or dollars despite the decree issued by the Kremlin on March 31, according to which contracts are honored only after the amounts due are converted into rubles. “EU companies can require ‘Russia’ to fulfill its contractual obligations as expected prior to the adoption of the decree, or to deposit the amount owed in euros or dollars,” the statement read.

AT 20:57 –
“Obviously there have been difficulties for our country’s economy, as well as for the countries that have imposed sanctions. We said it’s a double-edged sword. But I’m sure we’ll stay standing.” This was stated by Russian Ambassador to Italy Sergey Razov on Tonight in Italy on Rete 4.

8:54 p.m. – “I must say with regret that the state of bilateral relations is in serious deterioration and does not depend on us. We regret the expulsion of 30 of our diplomats and soon there will be an appropriate response, as required by the diplomats. Practice.” Russian Ambassador to Italy Sergey Razov said this on the night in Italy on Rete 4. “For me, it is a strange logic that to achieve peace you have to send heavy weapons. I can only say to the Italian authorities that with these weapons civilians and soldiers will kill the Russians, and this will not help our relations. But not all Italians support these measures,” the ambassador added.

7:17 p.m. – The European Union, according to what several European sources have learned, is preparing to implement the sixth package of sanctions against Moscow next week. It is still known that the new measures could contain a moratorium on oil imports, even if work is underway on the measures. The EU could change the “phasing out” period for oil exit, as it did with coal. It is also planned to expand the list of Russian banks excluded from the Swift system. The timing should include an initial horizon between the Commission and Member States at the beginning of the week and approved in the following days.

6:45 p.m. – Moldova summoned the Russian ambassador in Chisinau, following statements by military leaders in Moscow about its desire to occupy all of southern Ukraine in order to also have a “gateway” to the breakaway pro-Russian region of Transnistria. . This was reported by the Moldovan Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

17:31 – “The impression is that the attacks in the east and south of the country will intensify. The next two weeks will be decisive.” This was clarified by a senior EU official after the phone call that took place this morning between EU Council President Charles Michel and Vladimir Putin. “It is essential that Ukraine gets help,” the source added, while stressing the importance of an open channel with the Kremlin. Also because, as he explained, during the phone call Putin was “reluctant” to make direct contact with Volodymyr Zelensky. The phone call between Michel and Putin lasted about an hour and a half.

5:30 pm — The meeting, called by the United States, will be held on Tuesday, April 26 at the US Air Force Base Ramstein in Germany. The date of the meeting was announced by US Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin, who called on his colleagues and military leaders of allied countries around the world to discuss the developments of the crisis in Ukraine and associated security issues.

Hours 17:26 – A visit to Kyiv, for a face-to-face meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky: As confirmed by Palazzo Chigi, Mario Draghi – who is currently still positive for Covid and in isolation in Citta della Bev – is considering the premise of a trip to Ukraine, similar to European leaders Others who have visited the country in recent weeks. At the moment, nothing is planned, but it is assumed that the visit will be organized in close proximity, before the trip to the United States scheduled for mid-May.

It’s 15:30 – In the phone call with Charles Michel, Vladimir Putin accused “the leadership of most member states of the European Union of encouraging blatant Russophobia, which manifests itself in particular in the cultural, humanitarian and sports fields.” This was reported by the Kremlin, citing TASS.

14:47 The Russians opened fire on a bus evacuating civilians from the city of Popasna, located in the Lugansk region. Ukrinform reports that.

14:40 – In the phone call with Charles Michel, Vladimir Putin denounced the “irresponsible statements of representatives of the European Council on the need for a military solution to the conflict in Ukraine.” This was reported by the Kremlin, citing TASS.

14:37 – “The humanitarian truce will begin when the Ukrainian forces, entrenched at the Azovstal plant in Mariupol, closed by the Russian army, raise the white flag.” This was stated by Russian General Mikhail Mezintsev, citing TASS. “The armistice will begin when the Ukrainian forces raise white flags along the entire perimeter or some roads leading to Azovstal,” he said. “As soon as they meet, the Russian army and the forces of the Donetsk People’s Republic will stop fighting and ensure a safe exit to the meeting places of humanitarian convoys,” he added.

13.36 – Moscow, ready for a truce for civilians in Azovstal at any time – Russia is ready for a ceasefire for a humanitarian truce at the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol “at any time”. This was stated by the Moscow Defense Ministry.

12.41 – Moscow in Biden, false that Mariupol did not fall – Moscow rejects the statements of the US Ministry of the fact that the Ukrainian army still maintains positions in the port of Mariupol: this is how Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov called on reporters to “rely” on information from the Russian Ministry of Defense. Intertass reports that.

12.18 p.m. – The arrest of the commander of the Russian fleet in the Black Sea
The commander of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, Admiral Igor Osipov, was removed from his post and arrested after the sinking of the Moskva. This was reported by the Polish media Onet, citing the portal “Defense Express”, which writes about the pursuit of those responsible for the defeat of the cruiser.

11.47 – Telephone conversation between Moscow and Putin Michel today –
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Putin will hold a telephone conversation today with the President of the European Council Charles Michel. TASS and Interfax reported this.

11.06 – The United Nations documented the summary execution of 50 civilians in Bucha
The United Nations has documented the summary execution of at least 50 civilians in the town of Bucha, near Kyiv. This was stated by the spokesperson for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva.

10.34 am – at night, populated areas were bombed in the east
Heavy night bombardment in eastern Ukraine. This was stated by the BBC’s Jonathan Bell from Slovenia. “During the night, there was more heavy bombardment. We spent the night in Sloviansk, more than 20 kilometers from the front line. We thought we would be relatively safe in a residential area. But a little after one in the morning we were suddenly awakened and Russian bombardments erupted.”

10.02 am – Azov, no surrender in Mariupol, we can repel the attacks – Ukrainian forces still in Mariupol “enough to repel the attacks” of the Russians. This was stated by Captain Svyatoslav Palamar of the controversial Azov Battalion, who claims to be trapped in the basement of the Azovstal steel plant, quoted by the BBC. Palamar said the Ukrainian defenders would also be willing to secure an escape route, even if surrender was “out of the question”.

9.58 a.m.: Mayor Mariupol appeals, 100,000 civilians here, to evacuate everyone
– “We only need one thing, the complete evacuation of the population. There are still about 100 thousand people in Mariupol.” This is the new appeal of the mayor of the southern Ukrainian city Vadim Boychenko on Ukrainian television, according to international media.

9.30 am – in Azovstal anti-fortification bombs, civilians under the rubble – “Practically all the buildings in the Azovstal district were destroyed. They threw heavy bombs and anti-fortification bombs caused massive destruction. We have people wounded and killed inside the shelters. Some civilians are trapped under the collapsed buildings ” . This was stated by Svyatoslav Palamar of the Azov Battalion, speaking to the BBC from inside the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol.

8.25 am – Kyiv, today there are no humanitarian corridors, dangerous roads – “because of the danger on the roads”, today in Ukraine “there will be no humanitarian corridors”. This was announced by Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Irina Vereshuk on Telegram, who also made an appeal to “All who are waiting for the evacuation: be patient, please wait!”.

7.47 a.m. – “Moscow admits the loss of 20,000 Russian soldiers” The pro-Kremlin “Redovka” news website published an announcement, issued by the Ministry of Defense in Moscow, that 13,414 Russian soldiers were killed and another 7,000 missing in Ukraine: information that after a short time it was deleted and removed from web. This is what the Belarusian opposition website, which broadcasts from abroad, said. Nexta publishes a screenshot of the (alleged) Readovka post that shows a picture of Russian Defense Spokesman Igor Konechnikov.

1.47 a.m. – Zelensky, Russia rejects armistice for Orthodox Easter – “Unfortunately, Russia rejected the Easter armistice proposal (Orthodox, editor).” Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky, writes on Telegram, posting a new video targeting his people.

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