The 58th day of the war was marked by the possible existence of more than 200 mass graves in Mariupol. The martyred city remains at the center of the war and is getting closer and closer to the overthrow of the Russians. António Guterres announced today that he will meet with Putin in Moscow next Tuesday “to bring peace to Ukraine”. Here are the highlights of this Friday.
– Satellite images suggest the possible existence of more than 200 mass graves near Mariupol, with Ukraine accusing Russia of burying 9,000 civilians there to hide the massacre. The photos released on Thursday came hours after Russian President Vladimir Putin won the battle for Mariupol, even though some 2,000 Ukrainian fighters are still barricaded at the steel plant.
– UN Secretary-General António Guterres will visit Moscow on 26 April, where he will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin. According to a note sent by the UN, Guterres will hold a working meeting and lunch in Moscow with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, and Putin will receive him.
– Russia reassured its readiness to “at any time” a ceasefire in the Azovstal steel complex, the last stronghold of the resistance in Ukraine’s Mariupol forces, to allow civilians to leave and the fighters to surrender. “This humanitarian initiative of the Russian Federation is valid 24 hours a day,” the country’s defense ministry said. The pro-Russian forces in the region were seen today circulating the destruction currently characteristic of the city of southern Ukraine.
– Negotiations between Russia and Ukraine to find a solution to the war are “slipping”, but so far they have not produced visible progress, according to Sergei Lavrov, Russia’s head of diplomacy. “They are slipping because the proposal we presented to the Ukrainian negotiators five days ago, based on their comments, will go unanswered,” Lavrov said at a news conference in Moscow. Zelensky, for his part, denied having received Russian documents.
– The Pope refused to travel to Kiev today so as not to jeopardize the end of the war, and he will not meet with Russian Orthodox Patriarch Cyril, despite their good relations, the newspaper “La Nación” reported. Franciscus expresses his deep concern on a daily basis about the war triggered by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, for which he has already proposed Vatican mediation.
– A Ukrainian plane crashed during a “technical flight” in southern Ukraine. According to local authorities, there are victims. A military transport device used by the Ukrainian armed forces crashed this Friday morning in the Vilnius region of Zaporizhia. The reasons are being investigated.
– Thousands of tons of Ukrainian munitions are now in Russia’s hands after Russia claimed to take over arms stockpiles in the Kharkiv region. The TASS news agency reported the country’s defense ministry’s allegation and described the deposit as large.
– Ukrainian soldiers are being trained in the UK to use the armored vehicles that London will supply to Ukraine, the British prime minister revealed. “I can say that we are currently training Ukrainians in Poland to use air defense and vehicles armored in that country (the UK),” Boris Johnson revealed at a news conference in New Delhi. The British Prime Minister acknowledged that it was “realistic” that the war in Ukraine would continue until the end of 2023, the same day he announced the reopening of the British Embassy in Kiev.
– The UN has documented the “killings, including executions” of 50 civilians in Bucha, a suburb of Kiev, stressing that Russia’s actions in Ukraine could be “war crimes,” said Ravina Shamdasani, a spokeswoman for the High Commissioner for Human Rights. at a press conference in Geneva.
– More than 5.1 million Ukrainians have fled the country since the Russian invasion on February 24, but the daily number is declining, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said today.