Russian forces continued to exert pressure on Ukraine’s eastern and southern regions on Saturday, particularly around Kharkiv in the northeast, where they are trying to increase control at all costs, despite backhanding on the field, according to Kiev.
Here’s all the news about this 66and battle day in Ukraine.
Here are the latest developments, minute by minute
3:25 pm | A Russian reconnaissance plane has violated Swedish airspace
A Russian reconnaissance plane briefly violated Swedish airspace on Friday, the staff of the Scandinavian country announced on Saturday, which is considering possible NATO membership after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
12:33 | Russian attack on Odessa airport, runway destroyed
Odessa airport in southern Ukraine was hit by a Russian missile that destroyed the runway on Saturday, with no casualties, regional governor Maxim Marchenko said.
“Today the enemy has struck from Crimea with a Bastion coastal defense missile system. The runway at Odessa airport was destroyed. Thank God there were no casualties,” the governor said in a video posted to his Telegram account.
11:37 am | 14 Ukrainians, including a pregnant woman, released in new exchange with Russia
Fourteen Ukrainians, including a pregnant woman, have been released in a new prisoner exchange with Russia, Kiev announced on Saturday, without disclosing as usual the number of Russians transferred to Moscow.
“Today we have embarked on a new prisoner exchange. Fourteen of us are going home, seven soldiers and seven civilians. One of the maids is five months pregnant,” Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk told Telegram.
In a BBC interview on Friday, Ms Vereshchuk accused Russia of “deporting” large numbers of citizens across the border and using them as “hostages”.
10:29 am | Dutch dock workers refused to unload a tanker with a cargo of Russian diesel in Amsterdam on Saturday, a day after a similar action prevented the ship from docking in Rotterdam.
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8:01 am | The bodies of three visibly tortured and shot men were found Saturday in a grave near Boutchahands tied and blindfolded, Kiev police said Sunday.
“The victims were tortured for a long time (…) In the end, each of them was shot in the temple,” Kiev police chief Andriy Nebytov said in a statement, adding that they had their hands tied, blindfolded and for some they had a gag in the head. mouth.
07:52 | France will “strengthen” the sending of military equipment to Ukraine and its humanitarian aid to this countryElysée announced on Saturday after a meeting between re-elected President Emmanuel Macron and his counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky.
The United States, France, the Czech Republic and other allies have supplied Kiev with hundreds of long-range artillery pieces to counter Moscow’s offensive in the Donbass. Paris, for its part, sends its state-of-the-art Caesar self-propelled guns.
07:50 | Russian forces continued to exert pressure on Ukraine’s eastern and southern regions on Saturday, particularly around Kharkiv in the northeast, where they are trying at all costs to increase control despite, according to Kiev, a backhand on the field.
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0h28 | Lavrov urges NATO to stop arming Ukraine
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov urged NATO and the United States to stop supplying arms to Kiev if they are “really interested in solving the Ukrainian crisis”.
In an interview published on Saturday by the official New China Agency, Lavrov also said the Russian offensive in Ukraine is “going according to plan”.
“A continuous flow of weapons of all kinds entered Ukraine through Poland and other NATO countries,” Lavrov said.
“If the United States and NATO are really interested in solving the Ukrainian crisis, then first of all they should wake up and stop supplying arms and ammunition to the Kiev regime,” added the head of Russian diplomacy. .