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  • German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said NATO must avoid a direct military confrontation with Russia that could lead to World War III.
  • UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday in a bid to stop the fighting in Ukraine.
  • President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Ukraine’s allies are delivering the weapons it has requested in response to the Russian invasion.
  • The Pentagon expects more than 20 countries to attend the Ukraine talks it is hosting in Germany next week.
(Al Jazeera)

Here are all the latest updates:

Ukrainian Prime Minister soon sees war victory

Ukraine will be victorious very soon, the country’s prime minister has said after Britain’s Boris Johnson said there remained a realistic possibility that Russia could still win.

“We are absolutely sure that Ukraine will win in this war and the victory will be in [a] very short period,” Denys Shmyhal told CNN when asked about Johnson’s comment.

Zelenskyy warns residents against giving information to Russian forces

Zelenskyy warned residents of southern Ukraine to “be very careful” as Russian forces may attempt to register them to stage and tamper with a “so-called referendum” on the region’s status.

“I urge residents of the southern regions of Ukraine – the Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions – to be very careful about the information you give to the invaders. If they ask you to fill out questionnaires, put the details of your passport somewhere, know that it’s not to help you,” Zelenskyy said.

“It is in fact to falsify a so-called ‘referendum’ on your land, if Moscow gives the order to organize such a spectacle. It’s possible. Be careful,” he said.

‘We hope for a resurrection’: Zelenskyy

During his daily address, Zelenskyy reflected on the upcoming Orthodox Easter holiday, as well as its symbolism of life and death.

“The 58th day of our defense is coming to an end. It ends on Good Friday, one of the most painful days of the year for Christians. The day when death seems to have won. But…we are hoping for a resurrection,” he said.

“We believe in the victory of life over death.”

Canada claims to have provided heavy artillery to Ukrainian forces

Canada says it has provided heavy artillery to Ukrainian security forces, following Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s pledge earlier this week to send more artillery to Ukraine in the face of a Russian attack on eastern country.

Canada has now delivered a number of M777 howitzers and associated ammunition to Ukrainian forces, the defense ministry said.

He added that he was finalizing contracts for commercial model armored vehicles which he would send to Ukraine as soon as possible.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
Justin Trudeau pledged earlier to send more heavy weapons to Ukraine [Carlos Osorio/Reuters]

Humanitarian corridor out of Mariupol could be opened on Saturday: official

Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said “there is a possibility” that a humanitarian corridor out of the beleaguered port city of Mariupol will open on Saturday.

“Watch for official announcements tomorrow morning. If all goes well, I will confirm,” she said in an online address to people waiting to be evacuated.

Ukrainian children love to paint Easter eggs

Children in kyiv, including evacuees from other parts of the country, decorate traditional Ukrainian Easter eggs – but this year they have taken on a more patriotic tone.

“A lot of people deviate a bit from tradition, not drawing the usual pictures like stars, flowers,” said Mariya Poshyvailo, who works at the National Center for Folk Culture at the Ivan Honchar Museum.

“Instead, they want to draw something current, like the trident symbol of Ukraine, or write slogans like ‘Glory to Ukraine’, ‘Glory to the heroes’. What is close to them.

Zelensky says allies finally deliver weapons requested by kyiv

Zelenskyy said Ukraine’s allies were finally delivering the weapons that kyiv had requested, adding that these weapons would help save the lives of thousands of people.

Zelenskyy also said a Russian commander’s comments about the need to tie up with Moldova showed that Moscow wanted to invade other countries.

Zelenskyy called on Ukraine’s allies to provide the country with more heavy weapons to defend against Russian attacks [File: Efrem Lukatsky/AP Photo]

Blinken and the Ukrainian Prime Minister discussed other ways the United States can help Ukraine

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken discussed with Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal other ways the United States can help Ukraine, State Department spokesman Ned Price said in a statement.

“The Secretary expressed the United States’ unwavering support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and reinforced our resolve to help Ukraine successfully defend itself against the brutal and unwarranted war of aggression of Russia,” the statement said.

Pentagon requests information from US industry on Ukraine-ready systems

The Pentagon is looking for new avenues for U.S. industry to accelerate production and build capacity for proven, effective weapons that require minimal training and can be quickly exported to Ukraine, according to a government website.

The Department of Defense posted a request for information on with an initial response deadline of May 6.

He was looking for information on weapons or commercial capabilities related to air defense, anti-armour, anti-personnel, coastal defense, counter-battery, unmanned aerial systems and communications such as radios or the Internet. by satellite.

Russia confirms 1 dead, 27 missing in sinking missile cruiser: RIA

The Russian Defense Ministry has confirmed for the first time that the crew of the guided-missile cruiser Moskva suffered casualties when it sank last week, state news agency RIA reported.

“A soldier was killed, 27 other crew members disappeared,” the ministry said, adding that “the remaining 396 members” had been evacuated.

Moscow said the Moskva, the flagship of its Black Sea Fleet, sank after a fire triggered an explosion of munitions, while Ukraine said it hit the vessel with an anti-aircraft missile. -ship.

Russia opens criminal case against activist for ‘false’ information about Ukraine

Russia has opened a criminal investigation against a prominent opposition activist for spreading false information about Moscow’s military campaign, his lawyer has said.

Vladimir Kara-Murza was arrested outside his home in Moscow on April 11, hours after CNN aired an interview in which he criticized Russia’s actions in Ukraine.

“Vladimir Kara-Murza is now in the main investigative department of the Russian Investigative Committee,” Prokhorov wrote on Facebook. “A criminal case has been opened… for ‘public dissemination of deliberately false information about the Russian armed forces’”. Prokhorov did not say exactly when the case was opened.

Pentagon says more than 20 nations are taking part in Ukrainian talks in Germany

The United States has said it expects more than 20 countries to participate in the Ukraine-focused defense talks it is hosting next week in Germany, which will focus on the long-term needs of kyiv.

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby appeared to play down expectations of long-term aid announcements during the April 26 talks, saying, “We’re not going to approach this with a set of precooked endings here. “

He added that about 40 nations were invited to attend the talks, which were not organized under the NATO umbrella and would include non-NATO nation states.

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