As the Russo-Ukrainian War enters its 62nd day, we take a look at the major developments.
Here are the key events so far on Tuesday, April 26.
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- The British Ministry of Defense said Russian forces were likely trying to encircle heavily fortified Ukrainian positions in eastern Ukraine.
- Oleh Synehubov, governor of Ukraine’s Kharkiv region, told the country’s public broadcaster that four people were killed and nine injured in Russian shelling in the Kharkiv region.
- Two villages in Russia’s Belgorod region came under Ukrainian fire and at least two people were injured, the region’s governor said. In recent weeks, officials have reported cross-border bombings.
- Russian forces carried out air raids on Ukrainian positions in the Azovstal steelworks, the main remaining Ukrainian stronghold in Mariupol where more than 1,000 civilians are also sheltering, according to Ukrainian officials.
Diplomacy, sanctions, aid
- UN chief Antonio Guterres travels to Russia for talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
- Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba has urged the UN chief to pressure Russia for an evacuation from the beleaguered port of Mariupol, calling it something the world body is capable of achieving.
- At the invitation of the United States, 40 countries will hold a security summit in Germany to discuss further arms deliveries to Ukraine as well as to ensure the country’s longer-term security once the war is over.
- Lavrov told the world not to underestimate the high risks of nuclear war and said he saw NATO as being “in essence” engaged in a proxy war with Russia by supplying kyiv with weapons.
- He also said peace talks with Ukraine would continue, but criticized kyiv’s approach to negotiations and accused President Volodymyr Zelensky of “pretending” to negotiate.
- Putin is due to meet his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, on Tuesday, his spokesman told RIA Novosti.
- The UK says it has removed all tariffs on goods from Ukraine while banning some technology exports to Moscow to help kyiv in its fight against the Russian invasion.
- Moscow said it was expelling 40 German diplomats after Berlin sent 40 Russian diplomats earlier this month.
War Crimes Investigation
- The International Criminal Court will participate in a joint team to investigate alleged war crimes in Ukraine, the European Union’s agency for cooperation in criminal justice has announced.
- About 5.2 million Ukrainians have fled the country since Russia launched its invasion on February 24, according to the UN, noting that the exodus has slowed since the start of the war.
- The UK estimates that 15,000 Russian soldiers have been killed since the start of the war, Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said.