The face-to-face visit of the Kremlin leader and UN secretary-general to Moscow ended with Putin resorting to talks in the hope of a positive outcome. The guarantee did not prevent tensions from escalating with new threats to Kiev, where, ironically, the Russian statue, a symbol of friendship between peoples since the 1980s, rolls onto the asphalt. These are the highlights of this 62nd war day.
– One third mass grave was found near the city of Mariupol, condemned the mayor of the besieged city in southeastern Ukraine. In addition to the mass graves found in Mangushi and Vynohradne, “we now see that there is another,” Vadym Boichenko was quoted as saying by CNN. New satellite images from Maxar Technologies show what the Ukrainian authorities say is a mass grave in Staryi Crimea. Pictures taken on different days in March and April reveal the growth of the land occupied by the graves of the local cemetery. Read more here
– The UN Secretary-General traveled to Moscow today, where he met with the Russian President and Foreign Minister. In a meeting with Putin, the Kremlin leader accused Ukraine of “genocide” in the east of the country and reiterated the idea that Russia had been “forced” to attack a neighboring country. but realized he was open to negotiations and said he expected positive results. António Guterres confronted Putin by using the term “special military operation” to describe Ukraine’s “attack”, which is contrary to the UN Charter, and focused on the need the creation of a humanitarian corridor in Mariupol. Sergei Lavrov said Russia rejected Ukraine’s proposal to start peace talks in the port city and assured the country of its commitment to a diplomatic solution.
– Russian army authorities warned today that they can to attack the “decision centers” of the Ukrainian capital. and ensured that the possible presence of Western advisers in those facilities did not prevent them. Earlier, the Russian Ministry of Defense warned a “relative response” immediate action if Britain continues to see Kiev as what it sees as a “direct provocation” when the British Armed Forces minister described Ukraine’s attacks on Russian soil as “perfectly legal.”
– Reports from the pro-Russian republic of Transnistria in eastern Moldova three attacks in 24 hours in the separatist region, one targeted a military unit in Parcan, near Tiraspol, the capital of the separatist region. Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Andrei Rudenko responded by saying that Moscow was “concerned” about the recent explosions and that Russia “would like to avoid a scenario in which Transnistria would be in conflict.
– As reported yesterday, Kiev unpack the statue installed in 1982 as a symbol of historical ties between Russia and the countries of the former Soviet Union. ” Friends! The decommissioning began today and we plan to complete it tonight, Kiev Mayor Vitali Klitschko wrote on Facebook. “Russia has shown its attitude towards Ukraine with a barbaric desire to destroy our state and peaceful Ukrainians. We are unloading eight meters of metal from the so-called ‘Friendship of Peoples’ statue,” it reads. The ironic fact: when workers tried to lift the sculpture with a crane, the head of the described Russian man fell to the ground.
The Polish Government has been informed that: Russia’s gas supplies to the country are suspended on Wednesday, after Warsaw refused to pay the supplier Gazprom in rubles. The decision to cut off supplies also followed Poland’s announcement of sanctions against 50 Russian entities and individuals, including Russia’s largest gas company.
– Rafael Grossi, Director of the International Atomic Energy Agency, condemned the occupation of Russia’s Chernobyl nuclear power plant between 24 February and the end of March and described the situation “Completely abnormal and very, very dangerous”visiting the site on the 36th anniversary of the worst nuclear disaster in history in 1986.