Ukraine was preparing on Sunday to fight a “big battle” in the east of its territory, a priority target for Moscow, where the evacuation of civilians continues in fear of an imminent offensive.
Here are the latest developments, minute by minute
OUTLOOK | A secret Putin family in Switzerland?
“A thick veil envelops his family ties and his love affairs,” writes Normand Lester.
12:15 | Ukraine on the menu of a virtual meeting between Biden and Modi on Monday
The conflict in Ukraine will be on the menu for a virtual exchange on Monday between Joe Biden and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the White House announced on Sunday.
12:05 | Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer will meet Putin in Moscow on Monday
Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer will become the first European leader to meet President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Monday since the start of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24, the chancellery told AFP on Sunday.
11:04 am | Germany fears an importation of the Ukrainian conflict on its territory
From Russian stores smeared with paint to insults in the street, attacks on the Russian community in Germany have multiplied since the invasion of Ukraine, making the authorities fear that the conflict will be imported into their territory.
11:01 am | Controversial pro-Russian protests in Germany
Several controversial pro-Russian rallies were held this weekend in Germany at the initiative of the country’s large Russian-speaking community, which considers itself to be the victim of discrimination since the outbreak of war in Ukraine.
READ | The White Helmets in Syria come to the aid of their Ukrainian colleagues
In a room destroyed by bombing in Syria and facing a camera, two White Helmets first aiders explain to a mannequin lying on the ground how to treat a war wounded, for a tutorial intended for their colleagues in Ukraine.
9:40 a.m. | More than 1,200 bodies have been discovered in the Kyiv region
More than 1,200 bodies have been discovered so far in the Kyiv region, partly occupied for several weeks by Russian forces, Ukrainian Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova announced on the British channel Sky News on Sunday.
READ | After Afghanistan, an ex-soldier helps citizens flee Ukraine
A former Quebec soldier, who has evacuated dozens of Afghans since the Taliban returned to power, is now helping Ukrainians stuck in at-risk areas.
8:22 am | New bombardment of Dnipro airport, “completely destroyed”
The airport of Dnipro, a large city in eastern Ukraine, was again bombed by the Russians on Sunday and “completely destroyed”, announced the regional governor.
8:11 am | More than 4.5 million refugees
More than 4.5 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 (UNHCR).
8:02 | Ukraine has opened 5600 investigations for war crimes committed by Russia
Ukraine has opened 5,600 investigations for alleged war crimes on its territory since the start of the Russian invasion, Ukrainian Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova told British channel Sky News on Sunday.
7:59 am | The Russian patriarch calls for “uniting” around power
The Orthodox Patriarch Kirill, one of the pillars of Vladimir Putin’s regime, called on Sunday to rally around power to fight the “external and internal enemies” of Russia, in the midst of the conflict in Ukraine.
7:49 | Russian propaganda led to Butcha atrocities, Kyiv says
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba called on scientists to study the effects of Russian propaganda which he said prepared the ground for atrocities in Bucha, a town near Kyiv that has been under Russian occupation.
7:45 am | Two bodies found in manhole near Kyiv
Two bodies were discovered Sunday in a manhole of a service station on a highway outside Kyiv, near the locality of Bouzova which was under Russian occupation, noted an AFP journalist.
7:30 am | Pope calls for ‘Easter truce’ to ‘achieve peace’
Pope Francis on Sunday called for an “Easter truce” in Ukraine “to achieve peace through genuine negotiations.”
7:28 | The European Union will discuss new sanctions against Moscow on Monday
EU foreign ministers will discuss a 6th sanctions package against Moscow on Monday in Luxembourg, but the halt in oil and gas purchases to stop financing the Russian war effort divides the 27.
5:22 | Boris Johnson celebrates ‘Iron People’ after traveling to Ukraine by train
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in a video released on Sunday, the day after his surprise visit to Kyiv, that he had traveled on a train from Poland to the Ukrainian capital, paying tribute to the “iron people”. .
READ | Speed skating: a significant presence for Ukrainians
Photo QMI Agency, Joël Lemay
Ukraine has three skaters and a coach in the world championship, including Olympian Oleh Handei, who received a huge ovation on Saturday before taking the start of the quarter-final heat in the 500m.
WAR NOTEBOOK | Towards a massive Russian strike
Computer graphics: Julie Verville and Étienne Desforges. source for number of refugees; unhcr.org (data as of 7 and 8 April 2022)
Russian troops are making major changes in preparation for what appears to be a massive attack on Kharkiv and on the territories of Donbass, which are still held by Ukraine.
READ | Not the war, but not far
“Violence, we are already in full view every day with the atrocities that Russian soldiers commit in Ukraine. Don’t really want to give it back. Yet, even here in the United States, we continue to kill each other at a rate that even the Russians cannot follow,” writes Richard Latendresse.
OPEN LETTER | Putin does not represent what Russia really is.
“During my years studying arts and literature at university, I had a theater class in which we followed the Stanislavski method. It was a body theater based on the emotions buried in us. Konstantin Stanislavski was a great Russian theater man who influenced the renowned Actors Studio in New York. Al Pacino and Robert De Niro notably claimed the Stanislavski method. That’s saying something.”