British Prime Minister Boris Johnson (left) and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky (right) with two Vasylkiv ceramic roosters @Wikimedia Commons
A new wave of refugees, 10 billion euros in aidmore weapons for Ukraine: here are the highlights of the most important events related to Ukraine for the past day.
Third prisoner exchange
Twelve Ukrainian soldiers and 14 civilian civilians have returned home in the third exchange of prisoners of war between Russia and Ukraine. It is not known how many people from Russia were exchanged. “By order of President Volodymyr Zelensky, the third prisoner exchange took place today. Twelve of our soldiers are returning home, including a female officer,” said Deputy Prime Minister Irina Vereshchuk.
Johnson pledged additional military aid
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson made a surprise visit to kyiv and promised to deliver armored vehicles and anti-ship missiles to Ukraine. “It is thanks to the determined leadership of President Zelensky and the invincible heroism and courage of the Ukrainian people that Putin’s monstrous aims were thwarted,” he added. Johnson said after meeting Zelensky. For his part, the President called on the West to “follow the example of the United Kingdom” in the provision of military assistance to Ukraine and impose sanctions on Russia.
Global aid from 10.1 billion euros to Ukraine
The world has raised more than 10 billion euros for Ukrainian refugees at a high-profile event called “Stand with Ukrainesaid European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in Warsaw. The amount also includes one billion aid EBRD (European Bank for Reconstruction and Development).
Ukraine “always ready” for negotiations
Ukraine is “always ready” to resume talks with Moscow, which have stalled following revelations of atrocities in Bucha and other areas near kyiv. “We are ready to fight, but at the same time to negotiate the end of this war through diplomacy,” Zelenski said during a press conference with Austrian Chancellor Karl Nechamer, who was visiting the capital and Bucha.
4.4 million are now refugees from Ukraine
More than 4.4 million Ukrainian refugees have fled their homeland since the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Ninety percent of those who flee Ukraine are women and children, as the Ukrainian authorities do not allow adult men under the age of 65 to leave the country.
Resumption of evacuations from Kramatorsk
The evacuation of citizens from the East Ukraine resumed after a rocket attack on Kramatorsk station, which killed 52 people. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called Russia a “evil without borders” after the attack and called for a “firm overall response”. US President Joe Biden has accused Russia of being behind the attack, calling it a “awful atrocity” and French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian calling it a “crime against humanity”.
The Russian Defense Ministry accused kyiv of carrying out the attack, saying it wanted to use the fleeing population as a “human shield to defend the positions of Ukrainearmed forces.
Russia warns YouTube against crackdowns
US video hosting service YouTube blocks Russian government channel as part of US sanctions against Russia.
Vyacheslav Volodin, spokesman for the Russian parliament, said Washington was violating the rights of Russians.
EU negotiates with ICC prosecutor
The EU will discuss its support for war criminal investigations in Ukraine in meetings over the next two days with the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, the European Commission said. The Hague tribunal’s Karim Khan will meet EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell in Luxembourg on Sunday, followed by a meeting of EU foreign ministers on Monday.
Curfew in Odessa
A curfew began on Saturday evening in the city of Odessa in southern Ukraine. It will continue until Monday evening due to a “threat of a missile launch” of Russia and after the bombing of the Kramatorsk station.
Germany: We no longer have weapons
Germany has almost exhausted its supply capacity Ukraine with weapons of its military reserves. The country is working for direct supplies from the arms industry, German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht said. “For supplies from Bundeswehr stocks, I honestly have to say that we have reached the limit,” she told German daily Augsburger Allgemeine.
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