► The desperate appeal of the Mariupol fighters
“We may be living our last days, even our last hours”said a Ukrainian officer besieged in Mariupol, calling on the international community to carry out their “extract”in a post on Facebook on Wednesday.
→ REREAD. War in Ukraine, day 55: attack in the Donbass, the United States and the EU ready for “new sanctions”
“The enemy is ten times more numerous than us”said Serguiy Volyna, a commander of the 36th brigade of the national navy, entrenched in the vast steel complex of Azovstal in Mariupol (south-eastern Ukraine), besieged by Russian forces.
The Russian Ministry of Defense has called on the entire Ukrainian army resisting the invasion to ” Throw down the weapons “ and the last defenders of Mariupol to cease their “senseless resistance”. The Russian army said it opened a corridor on Tuesday to evacuate Ukrainian soldiers present in the industrial zone of this strategic port in southeastern Ukraine.
In the evening, however, the Russian army lamented that ” nobody “ has taken this humanitarian corridor. The latter will be reopened again on Wednesday from 11:00 GMT, according to the same source.
► Ukraine finally receives fighter jets
Ukraine has received fighter jets and spare parts to strengthen its air force, the Pentagon spokesman said on Tuesday, without specifying their number or the countries that provided the aircraft. These are probably Russian-made Mig-29s, which kyiv has been asking for since the start of the conflict and which a handful of Eastern European countries have.
After the shipment of Howitzer artillery pieces announced last week by Joe Biden, this announcement testifies to a change in attitude of the West, who for more than a month refused to supply Ukraine with heavy armaments, to avoid any escalation of the conflict. According to CNN and NBC News, the United States is set to approve a new military aid package for Ukraine amounting to $800 million, less than a week after a previous announcement of a tranche of the same. amount.
► The war entered a “new phase”
Russia announced on Tuesday that it had carried out a dozen airstrikes and missiles in eastern Ukraine, starting according to kyiv “The Battle for Donbass” fear for weeks. According to the head of Russian diplomacy, Sergey Lavrov, this is a “new stage” of the war.
→ EXPLANATION. Strategy, scenarios, objective… What does the Russian offensive in the Donbass consist of?
According to Moscow, “high precision missiles” have “neutralized 13 strongholds” as well as “concentrations” of troops near the key city of Sloviansk, Donetsk region. The fights “are incessant” in several cities, ” it’s hell “said the Ukrainian governor of the Lugansk region, Serguiï Gaïdaï, calling on the inhabitants to flee.
► Westerners plan new sanctions
The United States and the European Union came together in a videoconference to “a broad consensus on the need to increase pressure on the Kremlin, in particular through the adoption of new sanctions”, the Italian government said on Tuesday evening. The allies also agreed on the need “to increase the international isolation of Moscow”he said in a statement.
At the end of this meeting, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz judged that Russian President Vladimir Putin was responsible for the “war crimes” in Ukraine which caused thousands of civilian deaths.
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday denounced Russia’s offensive in Ukraine and called on both sides to stop fighting for a “humanitarian break” of four days on the occasion of the Orthodox Easter, in order to “allow the opening of a series of humanitarian corridors”.
Russia on Tuesday multiplied announcements of expulsions of diplomats from European countries (15 Dutch, 12 Belgians and 4 Austrians), in retaliation for similar measures recently taken by these countries following the Russian offensive in Ukraine.
► A humanitarian corridor in Mariupol
A humanitarian corridor will be set up to evacuate civilians from Mariupol, according to kyiv. Yesterday, for lack of agreement, no corridor had been set up. It was the third day without an exit door for civilians.