Russo-Ukrainian war: more than 900 civilian bodies found in the Kyiv region

Mariupol warns that Russia is preparing to lock down the city in order to “liquidate” all men for forced service and labor

An advisor to the mayor of Mariupol warned on Saturday that Russian forces were preparing to close the city by April 18 and would “liquidate” all men for forced service, work or “isolation”.

“The occupiers stated that they will not only permanently close all entrances and exits of the city to everyone on Monday, but also impose a ban on movement in all neighborhoods for a week. During this time, 100% of the male population remaining in the city will be 100% of the male population remaining in the city,” said Petro Andryushenko in a Telegram post translated by the agency Ukrainian News Ukrayinska Pravda: “Liquidated”.

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Russia inflicted significant damage to roads and bridges during the withdrawal

Russian forces have taken care to inflict permanent damage to key infrastructure around Kyiv as they withdraw from the region, according to the latest British intelligence report.

Troops left landmines and vehicles along major roads across northern Ukraine, and destroyed many river crossings in and around Chernihiv.

Britain’s Ministry of Defense said the damaged infrastructure is now making it difficult to deliver humanitarian aid to most of the region.

Russia Bans Boris Johnson and Other British Officials Over Ukraine War Sanctions

On Saturday, the Russian Foreign Ministry announced that British political figures, including Prime Minister Boris Johnson, were banned from entering the country due to “hostile acts” against Russia.

The Russian Foreign Ministry accused Britain of “deliberately aggravating” the situation in Ukraine, including “pumping” lethal weapons into the country and coordinating similar efforts with NATO allies.

“The anti-Rossophobia course of the British authorities, the main task of which is to provoke a negative attitude towards our country, limits bilateral relations in almost all areas and harms the well-being and interests of the population of Britain itself,” the ministry wrote, describing Britain’s actions as “unacceptable.”

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Russia has banned more than a dozen British officials, including Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab, Defense Secretary Ben Wallace, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and former Prime Minister Theresa May.

Report air strikes in the Lviv region of western Ukraine: Governor

Ukrainian officials said that air strikes were reported in the Lviv region of western Ukraine on Saturday morning.

The missile strikes were carried out by Russian Su-35 planes taking off from an airport in Belarus, according to Maxim Kozytsky, the governor of the Lviv region, who spoke on the messaging app Telegram.

Kozetsky did not go into detail about potential deaths or damage from the strikes. Kozytsky noted that Ukrainian air defenses shot down four cruise missiles.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

The besieged Ukrainian city of Mariupol is steadfast against the Russian invasion

The besieged Ukrainian port city of Mariupol withstands constant bombardment by Russian forces.

Ukrainian forces are fiercely fighting the superior firepower of the Russians in the once-crowded city where about a quarter of its pre-war population remains.

Fighting and resistance from Ukraine helped constrain Russian forces and delay a planned offensive in eastern Ukraine.

“As long as street fighting continues, Russia cannot drive troops out of Mariupol and spread them to other regions, including Donbass,” independent military expert Ole Zhdanov told The Associated Press.

The Russians see Mariupol as a major target since the start of the invasion on February 24, because capturing it could help Russia establish a land corridor to Ukraine’s Crimea.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

Zelensky on repeated arms requests: ‘It’s Groundhog Day’

Representative Michael Waltz discusses Zelensky’s frustrated comments about the many weapons requests he made from the West on “Fox News @ Night.”

Zelensky says that between 2,500 to 3,000 Ukrainian soldiers were killed in the war with Russia

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President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Friday that between 2,500 to 3,000 Ukrainian soldiers have been killed in the war with Russia so far.

He made the remarks on CNN on Friday, noting that 10,000 people had been infected.

Zelensky added that between 19,000 and 20,000 Russian soldiers were killed in the war, which lasted into the eighth week.

His comments come as Russian forces continue preparations for a renewed offensive in eastern Ukraine.

Reuters contributed to this report

Ukrainian marries Russian in Mexico after war disrupts wedding plans

A Ukrainian woman married a Russian man in the Mexican border city of Tijuana this week.

After the war disrupted their plan to marry in Kyiv, they hoped to travel to the United States to marry.

While the bride, Daria Skhniuk, was allowed to enter the United States as a Ukrainian refugee, her partner, Semen Bobrovsky, a Russian national, was unable to travel due to restrictions imposed by the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Bobrovsky told El Sol de Tijuana that he felt marriage could help his chances of entering the United States with his wife – because only Russian citizens with family members were allowed to enter the country.

“Without it, we wouldn’t be able to cross because we, to the official US government, are strangers to each other,” Bobrovsky said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

Zelensky urges ‘democratic world’ to ban Russian oil, says sanctions ‘painful’ but not enough

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Friday called on the “democratic world” to ban Russian oil.

“In general, the democratic world must accept that Russia’s money for energy resources is really money for the destruction of democracy,” Zelensky said in a nightly speech to Ukraine.

He said sanctions on Russia are “painful” but not enough because Europe is more dependent on Russian energy supplies.

“The sooner the democratic world realizes that the oil embargo against Russia and the complete blockade of its banking sector are necessary steps towards peace, the sooner the war ends,” he added.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report

Moscow warns US not to arm Ukraine after Russian warship sinks

National Security Correspondent Jennifer Griffin got the latest news from Kyiv, Ukraine, about America Reports.

Ukraine: Police said more than 900 civilian bodies were found in the Kyiv region

Police said on Friday that the bodies of more than 900 civilians were found in the area around the Ukrainian capital after Russia pulled out – most of them shot, indicating that many people were “simply executed”.

The contradictory figure emerged shortly after the Russian Defense Ministry promised to intensify missile attacks on Kyiv in response to alleged Ukrainian attacks on Russian soil.

Around Kyiv, Andrei Nebitov, the head of the capital’s regional police force, said bodies were left on the streets or temporarily buried. He cited police data indicating that 95% died from gunshot wounds.

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Ukraine’s prime minister and finance officials will visit Washington next week

Ukraine is sending its prime minister and financial officials to next week’s International Monetary Fund and World Bank Spring Meetings, where discussion will focus on the Russian invasion and its impact on the global economy.

Among those arriving at the gathering were Ukrainian Prime Minister Denis Shmyhal, Finance Minister Serhiy Marchenko and Central Bank Governor Kirillo Shevchenko, a World Bank official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

This will be the first opportunity for key Ukrainian officials to meet with a group of financial officials in person after the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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