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Missiles hit a building in the Ukrainian port city of Odessa

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has threatened to abandon peace talks in the face of attempts by Moscow to crush the last pocket of resistance in Mariupol.

The Russian attack on the Azovstal steelworks comes just days after Vladimir Putin said his troops would not storm the site, where hundreds of Ukrainian soldiers and civilians are holed up.

“If our men are killed in Mariupol, Ukraine will withdraw from any negotiation process,” Zelensky said, ahead of a meeting with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin in kyiv. .

Speaking at a press conference, Mr Zelensky gave few details of the meeting, but said he expected concrete results – ‘not just gifts or some kind of cake, we are expecting specific things and specific weapons”.

Earlier, Russia pounded several towns in southern and eastern Ukraine, killing a three-month-old baby and eight others in the black port city of Odessa.

“The war started when this baby was a month old. Can you imagine what is happening? said Mr. Zelensky.

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Russian shelling kills two children in Donetsk, governor says

Two Ukrainian children were killed by Russian shelling in Donetsk, the region’s governor has said.

Pavlo Kyrylenko said a 5-year-old child and a 14-year-old girl died in Ocheretynsk when their house was destroyed on Sunday.

He urged civilians to flee the fighting.

RorySullivanApril 24, 2022 10:48 a.m.

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Russia says it hit Ukrainian arms depots overnight

Russian troops targeted nine Ukrainian military targets overnight, including four arms depots in the Kharkiv region, the Kremlin said.

He also claimed to have hit an explosives manufacturing plant in the Dnipropetrovsk region.

RorySullivanApril 24, 2022 10:29 a.m.

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Total 21,800 Russian soldiers dead, says Ukraine

The Ukrainian army claimed that 21,800 Russian soldiers died in the first eight weeks of the conflict.

If accurate, the Russian death toll is far higher than it was during the decade-long Soviet-Afghan War.

RorySullivanApril 24, 2022 10:05 a.m.

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Russia must agree to a ‘real Easter truce’, says Ukraine

Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak urged Russia to agree to a “real Easter truce” and an immediate humanitarian corridor from Mariupol.

“Russia continuously attacks Mariupol Azovstal. The place where our civilians and military are is being bombarded with heavy air bombs and artillery,” he tweeted.

Mr Podolyak added that the Kremlin needed to reflect on “the remnants of its reputation”.

RorySullivanApril 24, 2022 9:45 a.m.

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Ukrainians celebrate Easter amid war

Across Ukraine, thousands of people are celebrating Orthodox Easter today.

“We will celebrate Easter no matter what, no matter how horrible,” said Kateryna Lazarenko, 68, who lives in a village near the northern city of Chernihiv.

A priest blesses people during an Easter service in Lviv on April 24

(Getty Pictures)

RorySullivanApril 24, 2022 9:22 a.m.

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Russia deploys missile launchers to battlefield near Ukrainian border, Ukrainian military says

Russia has deployed battlefield missile launches within 40 miles of the Ukrainian border and increased the number of troops in the Belgorod border region, the Ukrainian military said.

“According to available information, Iskander-M launchers were deployed 60 km from the border with Ukraine,” he said on Sunday.

“Then the enemy increased the number of troops in the Belgorod region by transferring and concentrating additional units,” the army added.

The report has not yet been independently verified.

RorySullivanApril 24, 2022 9:00 a.m.

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Ukraine shoots down three Russian planes, Air Force says

The Ukrainian Air Force claimed to have shot down three Russian planes in the past 24 hours.

Spokesman Yuriy Ignat said he destroyed 17 Russian air targets in total.

RorySullivanApril 24, 2022 8:38 a.m.

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Destruction, desolation and retreat: Ukraine’s challenge to Russia will forever shape modern history

Bucha’s Vokzalnaya Street was a landscape of desolation and carnage, filled with burned tanks and the charred bodies of soldiers.

The scenes reminded Kim Sengupta of others he had witnessed in Iraq and Libya.

Read his special report here:

RorySullivanApril 24, 2022 8:16 a.m.

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Switzerland blocks German arms shipment to Ukraine, report says

According to local media, Switzerland is blocking a shipment of German arms to Ukraine.

Swiss newspaper SonntagsZeitung reported that the country was blocking the export of ammunition made in Switzerland by German arms manufacturer Rheinmetall.

Germany, which has come under growing criticism for delivering heavy weapons to Ukraine, is believed to have investigated the situation.

“The two requests from Germany received a negative response with reference to Swiss neutrality,” said a spokesperson for the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO).

Switzerland has declared that its neutrality does not allow it to send arms to conflict zones.

RorySullivanApril 24, 2022 7:54 a.m.

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Siberian wildfires are burning out of control because the Russian military units that usually fight them are at war

Wildfires have not been brought under control in Siberia because Russian soldiers who usually tackle fires are fighting in Ukraine.

Large fires have become more frequent in the region from spring to fall.

RorySullivanApril 24, 2022 07:32