[EN DIRECT] 44th day of war in Ukraine: here are all the latest developments

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Shelling continues in Ukraine at 44and day of the Russian offensive.

Here are the latest developments, minute by minute

3:53 p.m. | Russia: the Central Bank reauthorizes the sale of foreign currencies from April 18

The Central Bank of Russia announced Friday to reauthorize from April 18 the sale of foreign currencies, suspended in early March in the country hit by unprecedented Western sanctions due to the conflict in Ukraine.

3:03 p.m. | Putin’s two daughters sanctioned by the European Union

The Europeans sanctioned the two daughters of Vladimir Putin, now on the EU blacklist, on Friday, along with more than 200 other people, including several oligarchs close to the Russian president and pro-Kremlin press bosses.

1:45 p.m. | The insolent strength of the ruble despite the rain of sanctions

After a historic collapse in the wake of the offensive in Ukraine, the ruble has regained its colours, a success, fueled by the energy windfall, in the face of Western sanctions, but which does not reflect the real health of the economy.

1:18 p.m. | Celine Dion calls on world leaders to help Ukraine

Singer Celine Dion joins her voice to all those calling for greater support for the Ukrainian people.

12:32 | Biden accuses Russia of committing ‘horrific atrocity’ in Kramatorsk

US President Joe Biden on Friday accused Russia of committing a ‘horrible atrocity’ after at least 50 people, including five children, were killed in a bombardment on the Kramatorsk train station in eastern Israel on Friday. Ukraine.

“The attack on a Ukrainian train station is another horrific atrocity committed by Russia, beating civilians trying to evacuate and get to safety,” Joe Biden said in a tweet.

11:46 am | A curfew from Saturday evening to Monday morning in Odessa

A curfew will be in effect from Saturday evening to Monday morning in Odessa, the major Ukrainian port on the Black Sea, in the face of the “threat” of missile strikes, local authorities announced.

10:55 a.m. | ‘For our children’: Missile hits crowded Kramatorsk station

The missile fell around 10:30 a.m., at a time when candidates for evacuation have been gathering for days by the hundreds: at least 50 people were killed on Friday, chopped by grapeshot, in a bombardment on the Kramatorsk station , in eastern Ukraine.

10:01 am | Attack on Kramatorsk train station in Ukraine: death toll rises to 50, including five children

9:46 am | Russia expels 45 Polish diplomats in retaliation

Russia announced on Friday the expulsion of 45 Polish diplomats in retaliation for an equivalent measure decided at the end of March by Warsaw.

“Due to the principle of reciprocity, 45 employees of the Polish embassy and its general consulates in Irkutsk, Kaliningrad and Saint Petersburg have been declared ‘persona non grata’,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement. .

8:28 | Russia and Ukraine ‘eager’ to hold new talks despite Boucha

Russia and Ukraine are still “agreeing” to meet for talks in Turkey despite recent abuses on the ground, a senior Turkish official said on Friday.

“Russia and Ukraine agree to hold talks in Turkey, but they remain far from agreeing on a common text,” the senior official told reporters, declining to be named.

8:28 | Nearly 700 people killed in Cherniguiv since the start of the Russian invasion

Nearly 700 people have been killed in bombings in Cherniguiv, a regional center in northern Ukraine, near the Belarusian border which has been shelled for weeks by Russian troops, its mayor said on Friday.

8:04 am | More than 4.38 million Ukrainian refugees

More than 4.38 million Ukrainian refugees have fled their country since the invasion ordered by Russian President Vladimir Putin on February 24, according to figures from the High Commissioner for Refugees.

7:58 am | Moscow accuses Ukraine of deliberately shooting at Kramatorsk station

Russia on Friday accused Ukrainian armed forces of deliberately firing a missile at the crowded train station in Kramatorsk in the east of the country, killing at least 39 people.

“The aim of the strike orchestrated by the kyiv regime on the Kramatorsk railway station was to prevent the departure of the population of the city in order to be able to use it as a human shield”, accused the Russian Ministry of Defense, accusing the Russian Ministry of Defense, ensuring that the missile had been fired from the locality of Dobropillia.

7:39 | Ukraine cannot wait for Western weapons and sanctions, argues Zelensky

Ukraine cannot wait for more new Western weapons and needs “powerful” sanctions against Russia worthy of the “Molotov cocktails” popularized by the Finnish resistance in 1939-40, its President Volodymyr Zelensky pleaded before the Finnish Parliament on Friday. .

7:18 am | Attack on Kramatorsk station: 39 dead, including four children

At least 39 people including four children were killed in Friday’s missile attack on Kramatorsk railway station in eastern Ukraine, the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) said, revising a previous toll upwards. .

6:34 | The EU has already frozen at least 29.5 billion euros of Russian assets

EU countries have already frozen at least 29.5 billion euros of Russian and Belarusian assets as part of the sanctions adopted against the war in Ukraine, according to a still partial count announced Friday by the European Commission.

6:21 am | EU denounces ‘horrible’ Russian attack in Kramatorsk

European officials have accused Russia of having carried out a “horrible” attack, which killed several dozen people, on Friday against the Kramatorsk station in eastern Ukraine, Moscow denying being the author.

6:12 am | Russian army denies hitting Kramatorsk, denounces Ukrainian “provocation”

The Russian army on Friday denied any missile fire on Kramatorsk station in eastern Ukraine, denouncing a “provocation” by Kyiv forces, while this strike killed at least 35 people.

5:58 | London sanctions Putin and Lavrov’s daughters

The United Kingdom on Friday sanctioned the two daughters of Russian President Vladimir Putin and that of the head of diplomacy Sergei Lavrov because of the invasion of Ukraine, saying it wants to attack the “luxury lifestyle of the inner circle of the Kremlin”.

5:45 am | Global food prices hit record high

World food prices hit their “highest levels on record” in March as war in Ukraine disrupts grain and vegetable oil markets, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations said on Friday. farming.

5:13 am | At least 35 dead in attack on Kramatorsk station

At least 35 people were killed and 100 injured Friday after two rockets fell on Kramatorsk station in eastern Ukraine, through which thousands of people have been evacuating for several days.

5:00 am | Japan expels eight Russian diplomats and officials

Japan on Friday announced the expulsion of eight Russian diplomats and officials to express its outrage at the deaths of many civilians in Ukraine, calling Moscow’s actions “absolutely unacceptable.”

4h50 | The Sumy region, bordering Russia, is “liberated” from Russian forces

The region of Sumy, bordering Russia in northeastern Ukraine, has been completely “liberated” from Russian forces, the head of the regional administration Dmytro Jivitsky announced on Friday.

3h20 | Putin targets Donbass for ‘May 9 victory’, Macron says

Russian President Vladimir Putin will focus his attacks in Ukraine on the separatist areas of Donbass to seek a “victory” for May 9, the anniversary of the capitulation of Nazi Germany in 1945, worried Friday his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron.

WAR NOTEBOOK | The armies reposition themselves

“The Russians, who continue to redeploy in eastern Ukraine, have made no significant territorial gains. Ukrainian military intelligence believes their units will not regain combat effectiveness for some time.”

– Read the chronicle of Normand Lester

war diary | 44and day

READ | Russia is more abandoned than ever

Afflicted by new sanctions and suspended from the United Nations Human Rights Council yesterday, Russia finds itself more isolated than ever. However, even more drastic punishments will be needed to stop it, experts believe.

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