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KYIV, Ukraine — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has traveled to Ukraine to meet President Volodymyr Zelensky in a show of solidarity.

The two leaders meeting on Saturday will discuss “long-term UK support for Ukraine”, including a new package of financial and military aid, the Prime Minister’s Office said. The visit comes a day after Johnson pledged an additional 100 million pounds ($130 million) in high-quality military equipment to Ukraine, saying Britain wants to help Ukraine defend against continued assault of Russia.

Deputy head of Ukraine’s presidential office Andrij Sybiha said the two leaders were meeting in Kyiv.

Speaking at a press conference with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on Friday, Johnson said he would give Ukraine’s military more Starstreak anti-aircraft missiles, another 800 anti-tank missiles and precision munitions capable of lingering in the sky until they are aimed at their target.

He also promised more helmets, night vision and body armor. The items were in addition to some 200,000 pieces of UK non-lethal military equipment that had already been pledged.



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WARSAW, Poland – The head of the European Union’s executive branch is organizing a fundraiser in Warsaw for Ukraine and people who have fled the country.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen was joined at the event by Polish President Andrzej Duda and – remotely – by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

Saturday’s donation event is being held in Warsaw as more than 2.5 million of the 4.4 million people who have fled Ukraine since the start of the Russian invasion have entered Poland. Many stayed, but some moved to other countries.

Co-hosted by von der Leyen and Trudeau, it aims to inspire political leaders and global celebrities to provide funds and other donations to the people of Ukraine.


MOSCOW — YouTube has banned the channel of Russia’s lower house of parliament, the State Duma, prompting government officials to renew longstanding threats against the platform.

The Duma TV channel reported the banning of the Telegram messaging app, noting that it has 145,000 subscribers and more than 100,000 million total views. In comments to Russia’s Interfax news agency, Google didn’t give an exact reason for the move, but said the company was following “all applicable sanctions and trade compliance laws.”

Russia’s communications watchdog, Roskomnadzor, demanded that YouTube unblock the channel. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Saturday that the service “has sentenced itself” and urged its users to “upload content, upload it to Russian platforms”. And quick.”

State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin called the decision against the parliament’s YouTube channel “further evidence of violations of citizens’ rights and freedoms by Washington.”


MILAN — Italy’s foreign minister reportedly told staff Italy would reopen its embassy in the Ukrainian capital after Easter.

The ANSA news agency quoted Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio as telling his ministry’s crisis unit on Saturday that Italy “will be among the first to return” to kyiv.

He called it “another gesture to show support for the Ukrainian people, a concrete way of saying that diplomacy must prevail.”

Di Maio said the return would be coordinated with other European Union countries.

The EU itself announced the return of its ambassador on Friday. On Saturday, EU Ambassador Matti Maasikas tweeted a photo of an EU flag atop a flagpole with the words “First of all”.


KYIV, Ukraine — The Austrian leader says he expects more European Union sanctions against Russia, but defends his country’s opposition so far to stopping Russian gas supplies.

Chancellor Karl Nehammer spoke on Saturday after becoming the latest of several European leaders to meet Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kyiv.

Nehammer told a press conference that “we will continue to tighten sanctions inside the European Union until the end of the war” and that a set of sanctions imposed this week “will not be the last”. He acknowledged that “as long as people are dying, every punishment is still insufficient”.

Austria, which gets most of its gas from Russia, is one of the countries resisting stopping deliveries. Asked about this Saturday, Nehammer said EU sanctions were becoming more and more “precise” but that “sanctions are effective when they hit those against whom they are directed, and do not weaken those who impose sanctions. sanctions against those who wage war”.

Austria is militarily neutral and is not a member of NATO.


LONDON — The British Ministry of Defense said Russian naval forces were launching cruise missiles into Ukraine to support military operations in the eastern Donbass region and around the cities of Mariupol and Mykolaiv.

In its Saturday morning briefing, the ministry said Russian air forces should increase their activities in southern and eastern Ukraine to further support these operations.

The ministry said the actions come as attempts to establish a land corridor between Crimea, which Russia annexed in 2014, and Russian-controlled parts of the Donbas region “continue to be thwarted by resistance.” Ukrainian”.

British officials also said Russia continued to attack non-combatants, such as those killed at Kramatorsk train station in a rocket strike on Friday.


KYIV, Ukraine — Ukraine’s train operator said operations were halted at Kramatorsk station, which was damaged in a missile strike on Friday, but evacuations of civilians will continue via other stations in the city. eastern Ukraine.

The company said on Saturday evacuations would continue from Sloviansk and Pokrovsk train stations in the Donetsk region and Novozolotarivka in the Lugansk region.

The statement on messaging app Telegram said “the railways are not stopping the task of getting everyone to safety”.


KYIV, Ukraine – Ten humanitarian corridors for civilian evacuations are due to open in eastern Ukraine on Saturday, according to Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk. The corridors will allow residents to leave a number of cities in Donetsk, Lugansk and Zaporizhzhia regions.

Those from Mariupol, Enerhodar, Tokmak, Berdiansk and Melitopol will be able to evacuate to the city of Zaporizhzhia, while those from Severodonetsk, Lysychansk, Popasna, Girske and Rubizhne will be able to evacuate to the city of Bakhmut in the Donetsk region.


WASHINGTON — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said his country’s security services intercepted communications from Russian troops that provide evidence of war crimes.

“There are soldiers talking with their parents about what they stole and who they kidnapped. There are tapes of POWs who admitted to killing people,” Zelenskyy said in an excerpt from an interview with CBS’s “60 Minutes” that aired Friday.

“There are pilots in prison who had maps with civilian targets to bomb. Investigations are also being conducted based on the remains of the dead,” he said in a translation provided by CBS.

Zelenskyy said “whoever made a decision, who gave an order, who carried out an order” is guilty of a war crime. When asked if he held Russian President Vladimir Putin responsible, he replied: “I believe he is one of them”.


LVIV, Ukraine — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has denounced the missile strike on an eastern train station as another Russian war crime and said Ukraine expects a tough global response.

“Like the Bucha massacres, like many other Russian war crimes, the missile attack on Kramatorsk should be one of the charges in court that must be upheld,” he said during his video address. night at the nation on Friday.

The president told Ukrainians that great efforts would be made “to establish at every minute who did what”, so that those behind the attack are held accountable.

Zelenskyy said he spoke with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Friday and urged the EU to impose a full embargo on Russian oil and gas.

“It is energy exports that provide the lion’s share of Russia’s revenue and allow Russian leaders to believe in their impunity,” Zelenskyy said.


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