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Ukraine news – live: ‘Elimination’ of Mariupol defenders ‘would end talks,’ as billionaire vows to rebuild

Russian state TV presenter says war in Ukraine ‘has already escalated into World War 3’

Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelensky has said that talks with Russia could break down if the defenders of Mariupol are ‘eliminated’, local media has reported.

Speaking to Ukrainian media, Mr Zelensky said: “I want to say that the elimination of our army, our guys, will put an end to all negotiations.”

His comments come as Rinat Akhmetov, Ukraine’s richest man, has pledged to help rebuild the besieged city of Mariupol.

The billionaire tycoon said the war-torn city on the coast of the Black Sea is important to him as it is where his company Metinvest owns two steelworks that he says will once again compete globally.

Conflict in Ukraine has seen his wealth reduce from £19 billion ($25bn) in 2011 to £6.5bn ($8.5bn) last year.

On Friday, Metinvest said it would never operate under Russian occupation and that the Mariupol siege had disabled more than a third of Ukraine’s metallurgy production capacity.

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Boris Johnson will travel to India next week to meet prime minister Modi

UK prime minister Boris Johnson will head to India this week on a trip to strengthen links between the two countries which have not seen eye to eye over the response to the Ukraine crisis.

In details released on Saturday by No 10, officials said that Mr Johnson would use the trip to India to deepen relations, including in-depth talks with Indian prime minister Narendra Modi on the two nations’ “strategic defence, diplomatic and economic partnership.”

He will also push for progress in talks on a free trade deal.

Holly Bancroft17 April 2022 00:27

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Fundraiser, 102, holds silence in support of Ukrainian refugees

A 102-year-old man who raised thousands of pounds for Covid-19 relief during the pandemic has held a minute’s silence at his home alongside refugees from Ukraine.

Dabirul Islam Choudhury, who was made an OBE for raising £420,000 after Captain Sir Tom Moore inspired him to walk lapse of his garden in Bow, east London while fasting for Ramadan, welcomed Ukrainian refugees to his home on Saturday.

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Holly Bancroft16 April 2022 23:48

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Ukrainian mayor and lawmakers attend Vatican Easter vigil

Pope Francis on Saturday invoked “gestures of peace in these days marked by the horror of war” in an Easter vigil homily in St. Peter’s Basilica attended by the mayor of the occupied Ukrainian city of Melitopol and three Ukrainian lawmakers.

The Pope noted that while “many writers have evoked the beautify of starlit nights, the nights of war, however, are riven by streams of light that bear end death.”

Ukrainian mayor and lawmakers attend Vatican Easter vigil

Pope Francis invoked “gestures of peace in these days marked by the horror of war” in an Easter vigil homily in St. Peter’s Basilica attended by the mayor of the occupied Ukrainian city of Melitopol and three Ukrainian lawmakers

Holly Bancroft16 April 2022 23:21

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World must prepare for Putin using nuclear weapons in Ukraine, warns Zelensky

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky has warned “all of the countries of the world” need to be ready for Vladimir Putin using nuclear weapons.

Speaking from the country’s capital Kyiv, Mr Zelensky told CNN that the Russian president could also be prepared to use chemical weapons against Ukraine.

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Holly Bancroft16 April 2022 22:59

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Zelensky: We have to prepare for a Russian nuclear attack

Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelensky said that the world should prepare for Russia’s possible use of nuclear weapons in an interview with Ukrainian media on Saturday.

“We shouldn’t wait for the moment when Russia decides to use its nuclear weapons. We have to prepare for that,” he said.

He added that Ukraine needed “drugs [against radiation], air-raid shelters.” “You have to talk to them, sign treaties, get touch economically,” he added.

“[The Russians] can use any weapon, I’m convinced of that,” Zelensky said.

Holly Bancroft16 April 2022 22:38

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The Independent’s campaign to support Ukrainians fleeing war reaches 250,000 signatures

More than 250,000 people have signed The Independent‘s petition urging the UK government to step up support for Ukrainian refugees.

The milestone reached by the Refugees Welcome appeal has fueled calls for Boris Johnson to listen to the public and open up Britain to those fleeing conflict.

Read more about the campaign and this important milestone here:

Holly Bancroft16 April 2022 22:11

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Zelensky discusses defense support with Swedism PM

Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelensky has discussed the “critical situation in Mariupol” with the Swedism prime minister.

“We discussed defense support,” Zelensky said on Twitter, “and strengthening anti-Russian sanctions.”

Magdalena Andersson, Sweden’s prime minister, said that “Sweden and the EU will work relentlessly to support Ukraine.”

Holly Bancroft16 April 2022 21:53

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Around 1,500 citizens evacuated from areas of fighting, Ukraine’s deputy PM says

Ukraine’s deputy prime minister Iryna Vereshchuk has said that 1,449 people were evacuated from areas affected by fighting on Saturday.

Vereshchuk said that only 170 people had managed to escape from Mariupol by their own means of transport today.

Another 1,211 people from Polohy, Vasylivka, Berdiansk and Melitopol made safe passage to Zaporizhzhia, according to the deputy PM.

Holly Bancroft16 April 2022 21:45

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Russia claims all urban areas in Mariupol cleared of Ukrainian forces

The Russian defense ministry has claimed that their army has cleared the entire urban area of ​​Mariupol of Ukrainian forces.

In an online post, Russia also claimed that 1,464 Ukrainian servicemen had surrendered so far.

“The entire urban area of ​​Mariupol has been completely cleared.. remnants of the Ukrainian group are currently completely blockaded on the territory of the Azovstal metallurgical plant,” the ministry said.

“Their only chance to save their lives is to voluntarily lay down their arms and surrender.”

Holly Bancroft16 April 2022 21:21

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Harry and Meghan praise bravery of Ukraine team at Invictus games

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have paid tribute to the bravery of the Ukraine team at the opening ceremony of the Invictus Games, with Meghan exclaiming: “Slava Ukraini! (Glory to Ukraine!)”

Harry said he hopes the games, which are taking place in The Hague in the Netherlands, will create the opportunity for the world to “better show up” for the country of Ukraine.

Harry founded the Invictus Games to aid the rehabilitation of injured or sick military personnel and veterans from across the globe, by giving them the challenge of competing in sporting events similar to the Paralympics.

The Ukraine team received a standing ovation and extended round of applause when they arrived for the ceremony at The Hague’s Zuiderpark on Saturday night.

Meghan, who was invited on stage to speak, said everyone is “standing with” the Ukraine team.

She said: “Good evening everyone. We are so grateful to the Netherlands for welcoming us and for hosting the Invictus Games.

“For each team, my husband and I both recognize it’s been a lot to get here, both physically and emotionally. Not least of which for the Ukraine team, who we are all standing with.”

To huge applause, she added: “Slava Ukraini!”

Harry echoed his wife’s sentiment, saying: “Your bravery in choosing to come and for being here tonight cannot be overstated.

“You told me yesterday when you decided to join us despite all odds, you said you came to be on this global stage, not simply to show your strength but to tell your truth, the truth, of what is happening in your country.

“You know we stand with you. The world is united with you and still you deserve more.

“And my hope is that these events, this event, creates the opportunity in how we as a global community can better show up for you.”

(ANP/AFP via Getty Images)

Press Association16 April 2022 20:58

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