Ukrainian authorities condemned Russian artillery attacks on cities in the northeast and the persevering with siege of the southern port city of Mariupol, of which Moscow said it had taken almost beefy retain a watch on, following almost two months of bloody combating.

After failing to beat Ukrainian resistance in the north, the Russian military has refocused its ground offensive on Donbas, while launching long-distance strikes at targets in other places, in conjunction with the capital, Kyiv.

Eighteen other folks were killed and higher than 100 wounded in shelling in the previous four days in the northeastern city of Kharkiv, Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said.

“Here is nothing however deliberate terror: mortars, artillery in opposition to strange residential quarters, in opposition to strange civilians,” he said uninteresting on Sunday.

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Russia denies targeting civilians and has rejected what Ukraine says is evidence of atrocities as staged to undermine peace talks. It calls its motion a assorted military operation to demilitarize Ukraine and eradicate what it calls bad nationalists.

The West and Kyiv accuse Russian President Vladimir Putin of unprovoked aggression.

Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said troops in the pulverized port of Mariupol were quiet combating on Sunday, with out reference to a Russian ask to resign by atomize of day.

“Town quiet has no longer fallen,” he told ABC’s “This Week” program, adding that Ukrainian troopers persisted to manipulate some substances of the southeastern city.

On Saturday, Russia said it had retain a watch on of city areas, with some Ukrainian warring parties final in the Azovstal steelworks overlooking the Sea of Azov.

Shooting Mariupol, basically the most valuable port in the Donbas predicament, would possibly seemingly perhaps well be a strategic prize for Russia, connecting territory held by pro-Russian separatists in the east with the Crimea predicament that Moscow annexed in 2014.

On the streets of Mariupol, tiny groups of our bodies were lined up beneath colourful blankets, surrounded by destroyed bushes and scorched structures.

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Residents, some pushing bicycles, picked their manner round destroyed tanks and civilian vehicles while Russian troopers checked the documents of motorists.

Amongst them was Irina, who was evacuating with a niece wounded in the shelling.

“I in truth delight in a daughter in DNR,” she said, relating to the self-proclaimed Donetsk Folks’s Republic. “Maybe we are going to strive and transfer there for the time being.

“I hope they’ll re-develop (Mariupol). The largest thing is utility programs. Summer will pass speedily and in iciness this also can additionally be exhausting.”

About four million Ukrainians delight in fled the country, cities were shattered and hundreds delight in died since the originate up of the invasion on Feb. 24.

The industrial damage is very well-known. Shmyhal said Ukraine’s budget deficit was about $5 billion a month and entreated Western governments for extra monetary relief.

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On Twitter, Zelenskiy said he had talked about ensuring Ukraine’s monetary stability and preparations for submit-war reconstruction with World Financial Fund Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva, quoting her as having said enhance was valuable to lay the foundations for rebuilding.

A Russian military convoy moves on a freeway in an dwelling managed by Russian-backed separatist forces advance Mariupol, Ukraine, Saturday, April 16, 2022. Mariupol, a strategic port on the Sea of Azov, has been besieged by Russian troops and forces from self-proclaimed separatist areas in eastern Ukraine for higher than six weeks. AP Photo/Alexei Alexandrov

Ukraine pressed on with efforts to hastily join the European Union, as officers carried out a questionnaire that will seemingly be a starting level for the EU to spend on its membership. On Easter Sunday, Pope Francis implicitly criticized Russia, pleading for an pause to the bloodshed and lamenting the “Easter of war” in a speech in St. Peter’s Square after Mass.

“Would possibly possibly seemingly there be peace for war-torn Ukraine, so sorely tried by the violence and destruction of the merciless and senseless war into which it was dragged,” he said.

(Reporting by Reuters journalists in Kyiv and Lviv; Extra reporting by Reuters bureaus worldwide; Writing by Lincoln Feast; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)


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