The war continues in Ukraine for a 47th day. Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer is due to meet Vladimir Putin today, becoming the first European leader to do so.
11:15 a.m. | Pro-Russian separatists say they have conquered the port area
The leader of the pro-Russian separatists in Donetsk said on Monday that his forces had completely conquered the port area of the strategic city of Mariupol, in southeastern Ukraine, which has been besieged for more than a month.
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10:55 a.m. | The keys to war will be played out in the Donbass
The conquest by Russia of Eastern Ukraine and in particular of the two provinces of Donbass, announced objectives of Moscow, will go through urban and insurrectional combats that are murderous, long and whose outcome will also depend on Western aid.
10:32 am | Italy seizes €100m villa linked to Russian pilot Mazepin
Italian authorities announced on Monday that they have sequestrated a villa worth more than 100 million euros linked to Russian pilot Nikita Mazepin, as part of economic sanctions imposed on Russia following the invasion of Ukraine.
The receivership order concerns the Rocky Ram villa in Porto Cervo, on the Costa Smeralda in northeastern Sardinia, a government official said.
10:28 am | Warsaw seizes abandoned Russian ‘spy nest’ to offer to Ukraine
The mayor of Warsaw on Monday seized a former Russian diplomatic site, the subject of a legal dispute between the two countries and nicknamed “nest of spies”, to offer it to Ukraine.
Nicknamed “Szpiegowo” (spy’s nest) by Warsaw residents, ten-storey buildings built in the 1970s in the south of the capital were used in the past by Soviet diplomats, then by the Russian embassy.
10:06 am | Beginning of the meeting between Putin and the Austrian Chancellor
The meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer, the first European leader received in the Kremlin since the start of the intervention in Ukraine, has begun, a spokesman for the chancellery said on Monday.
“They are currently together in Mr. Putin’s residence” in Moscow, he told AFP shortly after 1:00 p.m. GMT, while Mr. Nehammer is trying to obtain humanitarian corridors on his own initiative.
Earlier in the day, his Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg had estimated before a meeting with his counterparts from the European Union in Luxembourg that the Europeans should “seize every opportunity to put an end to the humanitarian hell in Ukraine”.
9:53 am | Cluster bombs used by the Russians
Summary executions, sexual violence, indiscriminate air attacks, use of cluster bombs: a Quebecer working for the organization Human Rights Watch (HRH) is documenting the war crimes committed by the Russians in recent weeks in Ukraine.
Thanks to the interviews he conducted with civilians, Jonathan Pedneault found in particular that Putin’s army had used cluster bombs in its attacks on Ukrainian soil.
09:07 | Zelensky fears tens of thousands dead in Mariupol
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Monday he believed “tens of thousands” of people had been killed in the besieged city of Mariupol by the Russian army, and asked South Korea for military assistance.
Addressing South Korea’s National Assembly via video conference, Zelensky said Russia had “completely destroyed” the port in southeastern Ukraine.
8:50 am | Situation in Ukraine: interview with Tetyana Ogarkova, journalist
8:47 | Ukrainian army says expect Russian offensive in east ‘very soon’
The Ukrainian army said Monday to expect a Russian offensive “very soon” in the east, which has become the Kremlin’s priority target, after the withdrawal of Russian troops from the northern regions of the country and around kyiv.
6:52 am | French gendarmes in Ukraine to investigate “war crimes”
French gendarmes have arrived in Lviv, in western Ukraine, to assist their Ukrainian counterparts “in the investigations of war crimes committed around Kyiv”, the French ambassador to Ukraine announced on Monday.
6:52 am | PICTURES | The train that transports the wounded from the East
Speeding towards Lviv, a medical train carries wounded to evacuate them, far from the violent combats of the east of Ukraine.
For Evguen Perepelytsia, an electrician before the war, it is the hope of finally seeing his children again, a few days after having come close to death.
6:48 | Ukraine: more than 44,000 more refugees since Sunday
Some 44,000 Ukrainian refugees joined on Monday the more than 4.5 million who have already fled their country since the invasion ordered by Russian President Vladimir Putin on February 24, according to UNHCR figures.
The High Commissioner for Refugees listed exactly 4,547,735 Ukrainian refugees on Monday. These are 44.781 more than during the previous score on Sunday.
6:39 | Ukrainian army says it is preparing for ‘one last battle’
The Ukrainian army said on Monday it was preparing for “a final battle” in the devastated port of Mariupol, in the south-east of the country, besieged by the Russian army for more than 40 days.
5:59 | The Austrian chancellor will try to obtain humanitarian corridors in Moscow
Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer will try to obtain humanitarian corridors in Ukraine during his talks in Moscow on Monday with President Vladimir Putin, but does not expect “no miracles”, declared his Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg.
“We must seize every opportunity to end the humanitarian hell in Ukraine and that is what the Chancellor will do with very clear messages of a humanitarian nature and political advice,” Schallenberg said. ahead of a meeting with his EU counterparts in Luxembourg.
5:43 | Ukraine and other atrocities
The destruction of Ukraine has marked us for several weeks already. But what repels us first and foremost is the slaughter of innocent humans and the resulting unprecedented humanitarian crisis. Faced with this massacre, many remain speechless, in total incomprehension. Why so many atrocities, inhumanity?
5:35 am | Russian anti-war journalist becomes correspondent for German media
Russian journalist Marina Ovsiannikova, who became an anti-war muse after her appearance in mid-March during a pro-Kremlin television news, has become a correspondent in Ukraine and Russia for the major German daily Die Welt, the media announced on Monday.
She will write for the newspaper and contribute regularly to its television news channel.
5:33 am | Ericsson suspends its activities in Russia for an indefinite period
5:22 | New European sanctions discussed
Pressure continues to mount on Monday on Moscow, which is to welcome a European leader, Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer, for the first time since the invasion of Ukraine, pending new European sanctions and while the French bank Société General has announced that it is ending its activities in Russia.
2h40 | War in Ukraine: Societe Generale will withdraw from Russia
The French bank Societe Generale, which has continued its activities in Russia since the start of the invasion of Ukraine on February 24, announced on Monday that it would end it via the planned sale of its entire stake in Rosbank.
Very involved in Russia, Societe Generale was exposed to the tune of 18.6 billion euros, including 15.4 billion for Rosbank.