Ukraine to call for heavy arms when top US officials visit Kyiv | Malay Mail

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Ukraine to call for heavy arms when top US officials visit Kyiv | Malay Mail

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Ukraine to call for heavy arms when top US officials visit Kyiv | Malay Mail

KYIV, April 25 — Ukraine will ask US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin for more powerful weapons during an expected visit by the officials to Kyiv yesterday as the Russian invasion enters its third month. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said his country...

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said his country would overcome “dark times,” in an emotional address at Kyiv’s 1,000-year-old Saint Sophia Cathedral to mark Orthodox Easter as fighting in the east overshadowed the religious celebrations.“We are inspired by the resilience of Orthodox Christians in Ukraine in the face of President Putin’s brutal war of aggression,” Blinken said earlier on Twitter.

Moscow, which describes its actions in Ukraine as a “special military operation”, denies targeting civilians and rejects what Ukraine says is evidence of atrocities, saying Kyiv staged them to undermine peace talks.“I pray that this horror in Ukraine ends soon and we can return home,” said Nataliya Krasnopolskaia, who fled to Prague from Odesa last month, one of the more than 5 million Ukrainians estimated to have escaped the country.

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KYIV, April 25 — Ukraine will ask US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin for more powerful weapons during an expected visit by the officials to Kyiv yesterday as the Russian invasion enters its third month. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said his country would overcome “dark times,” in an emotional address at Kyiv’s 1,000-year-old Saint Sophia Cathedral to mark Orthodox Easter as fighting in the east overshadowed the religious celebrations. The Sunday visit by Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin will come at a symbolic moment -- on the day the war enters its third month -- and with fierce battles continuing in the country's east. The trip by Blinken and Austin, announced earlier by Zelensky, would be the highest-level visit to Ukraine by US officials since Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the invasion of the country on February 24. "As soon as we have (more weapons), as soon as there are enough of them, believe me, we will immediately retake this or that territory, which is temporarily occupied," Zelenskiy told a Saturday evening news conference. The White House has not confirmed any visit, and the State Department and Pentagon declined to comment. The latest of many attempts to evacuate civilians failed Saturday, and the situation facing an embattled unit of Ukrainian fighters sheltering in tunnels under a sprawling steel mill there appeared increasingly desperate. But Oleksiy Arestovych, an adviser to Zelensky, said late yesterday in a social media video that Blinken and Austin had arrived in Kyiv and were holding talks with the Ukrainian president.S.

“We are inspired by the resilience of Orthodox Christians in Ukraine in the face of President Putin’s brutal war of aggression,” Blinken said earlier on Twitter. Asked by AFP to comment on the highly sensitive trip by two of President Joe Biden's top cabinet members, the State Department declined. The attack on Mariupol, the biggest battle of the conflict, has raged for weeks. Zelensky on Twitter thanked US President Joe Biden and the United States for leadership in supporting Ukraine. After Ukrainian fighters forced a Russian retreat from around Kyiv, Moscow’s assault is now focused on the eastern Donbas region and the south of the country." "I think that whoever started this war will be able to end it," Zelensky said, adding he was"not afraid" to meet the Russian leader. With a semblance of normal life returning to the capital, several countries have reopened embassies in recent days and some residents who fled the fighting returned for Easter. Ukraine estimates tens of thousands of civilians have been killed in Mariupol and says 100,000 civilians are still there. Moscow, which describes its actions in Ukraine as a “special military operation”, denies targeting civilians and rejects what Ukraine says is evidence of atrocities, saying Kyiv staged them to undermine peace talks. Zelensky also criticized a decision by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to visit Moscow on Tuesday, before heading to Kyiv..

Pope Francis called for an Easter truce: “Stop the attacks in order to help the exhausted population. Stop,” he said. Around 200 residents gathered at a designated evacuation point in Mariupol on Saturday but were"dispersed" by Russian forces, city official Petro Andryushchenko said on Telegram, adding:"The evacuation was thwarted. In the Black Sea port of Odesa, at least eight people were killed, Zelenskiy said. Ukrainian refugees filled churches across central Europe. “I pray that this horror in Ukraine ends soon and we can return home,” said Nataliya Krasnopolskaia, who fled to Prague from Odesa last month, one of the more than 5 million Ukrainians estimated to have escaped the country. Mariupol, which the Kremlin claims to have"liberated", is pivotal to Russia's war plans to forge a land bridge to Russian-occupied Crimea -- and possibly beyond as far as Moldova. More equipment Ukrainian officials plan to tell Blinken and Austin of the immediate need for more weapons, including anti-missile systems, anti-aircraft systems, armoured vehicles and tanks, Zelensky aide Igor Zhovkva told NBC News yesterday. The last big strike on or near Odesa was in early April. Ukrainian forces are holed up at a steel works in the city of Mariupol.

The United States and Nato allies have shown growing readiness to supply heavier equipment and more advanced weapons systems. Kyiv has repeatedly called for a ceasefire to allow civilians -- many barely surviving with little or no access to food or water -- to exit safely. Britain has promised to send military vehicles and is considering supplying British tanks to Poland to free up Warsaw’s Russian-designed T-72s for Ukraine. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said after talks by phone with Zelensky that Ankara was ready to assist in negotiations with Russia. "Our defenders hold on regardless of the very difficult situation and even carry out counter-raids," he said."Of course, they still have missiles left. Zelensky said he discussed with Erdogan the need for the immediate evacuation of civilians from the southern city of Mariupol, the site of the biggest battle of the conflict. Russian forces attempted again to storm the Azovstal steel plant that is the main remaining Ukrainian stronghold in Mariupol yesterday, Ukrainian officials said, adding that more than 1,000 civilians are also sheltering there. And Russia's defence ministry also said it had targeted a major depot stocking foreign weapons near Odessa, attacks that upended the relative calm the city has enjoyed since the beginning of the war.

Ukraine yesterday proposed a “special” round of negotiations with Russia to discuss the fate of the civilians and Ukrainian troops still trapped in the city, though Moscow has yet to respond publicly." Russia has denied targeting civilians in its"special military operation" that began on Feb 24. The aim of the talks would be to establish an immediate ceasefire in Mariupol, “multi-day” humanitarian corridors, and the freeing or swapping of Ukrainian fighters trapped in the plant, Ukraine’s Arestovych said. Western powers have accused Russia in the past of making such accusations as a cover or diversion for attacks its own forces are planning. Serhiy Volyna, commander of Ukraine’s 36th Marine brigade forces in Mariupol, said Russia was hitting the plant with air and artillery bombardments. “We are taking casualties, the situation is critical. "It was a terrifying night," said Yelena, with black bags under tear-reddened eyes. Russian General Rustam Minnekayev said on Friday Moscow wanted control of the whole of southern Ukraine, comments Ukraine said indicated Russia had wider goals than its declared aim of demilitarising and"denazifying" the country..

. "Everything shook," she recalled. we have very many wounded men, (some) are dying . On Thursday, President Vladimir Putin had declared the city"liberated," declaring that troops would not storm Azovstal.." The governor of the Kharkiv region, Oleg Sinegubov, said on Telegram that Ukrainian forces had retaken three villages near the Russian border after"fierce battles" in which two people had been killed.. the situation is rapidly worsening,” Volyna said. The latest fighting comes a day after a senior Russian military officer announced the beginning of"the second phase of the special operation. 'I want to see the sun' The Azov battalion, a militia prominent in the defence of Mariupol, released a video it said showed women and children sheltering in the complex.

Moscow has previously declared victory in the city and said it did not need to take the plant. Capturing Mariupol would link pro-Russian separatists who control parts of the regions of Donetsk and Luhansk that make up the Donbas with the southern Black Sea peninsula of Crimea, which Moscow seized in 2014. Russian forces, which withdrew from around Kyiv and the north of Ukraine after being frustrated in their attempts to take the capital, already occupy much of the eastern Donbas region and the south. Ukraine estimates tens of thousands of civilians have been killed in Mariupol and says 100,000 civilians are still in the city. "I want to see the sun because in here it's dim, not like outside. The United Nations and Red Cross say the civilian toll is at least in the thousands. 'What could be worse' After changing their strategic focus to southern and eastern Ukraine, Russian forces left behind a trail of indiscriminate destruction around Kyiv, including in the commuter town of Bucha. ‘Human tragedy’ Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, the spiritual head of Eastern Orthodox Christians worldwide, called for humanitarian corridors in Mariupol and other areas of Ukraine, where he said “an indescribable human tragedy is unfolding”.

The governor of Donetsk, Pavlo Kyrylenko, said five people, including at least two children, were killed by Russian shelling in the area yesterday. Russian forces had"indiscriminately shelled and bombed populated areas, killing civilians and wrecking hospitals, schools and other civilian infrastructure, actions that may amount to war crimes". Russia's current offensive is focussed on the Donbas, which includes the Donetsk and Luhansk regions. Kharkiv region officials said three people were killed and 14 injured in shelling throughout the day, and that Ukrainian forces there had launched counter-offensives that brought three villages back under Ukrainian control. Arestovych said Russia was attempting to concentrate forces near the southeastern town of Hulyaipole in the Zaporizhzhia region and had moved forward 10 km (6. "The most terrible thing in my life is that my husband, my loved one, is gone," she told AFP.21 miles)in the last 24 hours, but that Ukrainian forces had now slowed that advance. Reuters could not independently verify that statement. Ukraine’s armed forces operations command said in the past week its forces in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions had repulsed 63 Russian attacks and destroyed 55 tanks and dozens more vehicles, including 13 tanks over the last 24 hours." Also Saturday, Roman Starovoit, the governor of Russia's region of Kursk, which borders Ukraine, said on Telegram that a Russian border post had been hit by Ukrainian mortar fire, although there were no casualties.

Russia said yesterday its missiles hit eight military targets overnight, including four arms depots in the Kharkiv region and one facility in the Dnipropetrovsk region producing explosives for the Ukrainian army. Russian state news agency TASS quoted a local official as saying yesterday a village in Russia’s Belgorod region bordering Ukraine was shelled from across the frontier, but that there were no casualties or damage. Reuters could not independently confirm the reports from either side. British military intelligence said Ukrainian resistance had been strong, especially in the Donbas, despite some Russian gains. “Poor Russian morale and limited time to reconstitute, re-equip and reorganise forces from prior offensives are likely hindering Russian combat effectiveness,” it said.

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