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Russia-Ukraine War Highlights: Mariupol fighters 'will be destroyed', says Moscow

Russia-Ukraine War Highlights: Mariupol fighters 'will be destroyed', says Moscow


Russia-Ukraine War Highlights: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said he spoke on Saturday with the leaders of Britain and Sweden about how best to help those defending Mariupol and the tens of thousands of civilians trapped inside the besieged city.

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And with that, we wrap up today's coverage of the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. Thank you for joining us today, and do not forget to return tomorrow when CNBC-TV18 resumes live coverage of the Russia-Ukraine war. Good night.

Shelling kills five, injures 13 in Kharkiv city centre: Report

Five people were killed in shelling of the city centre of Kharkiv on Sunday, and 13 were injured, the Ukrainian Suspilne public broadcaster reported citing local health authorities. "Rescuers are operating in the sites (affected by shelling)," the report said.

Ukrainian Prime Minister says forces in Mariupol have not surrendered

Remaining Ukrainian forces in the southern port of Mariupol are still fighting and continue to defy a Russian demand that they surrender, Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said on Sunday. "The city still has not fallen," Shmyhal told ABC's "This Week" program, adding that Ukrainian soldiers continue to control some parts of the city. Shmyhal said that he will attend the International Monetary Fund and World Bank meetings in Washington this week and will seek more financial assistance for Ukraine.

Mariupol fighters 'will be destroyed', says Russia

The Russian military has warned that Ukrainian troops refusing to surrender in the besieged port of Mariupol will be destroyed. The Russian Defence Ministry gave the Ukrainians at Mariupol's giant Azovstal steel mill until 1000 GMT to surrender, saying that those who put down their weapons will be guaranteed to keep their lives. Russian Defence Ministry spokesman Maj Gen Igor Konashenkov said the Ukrainian military command had banned its troops from surrendering. He said the Russian military received the information from intercepted communications. Konashenkov warned that all those who will continue resistance will be destroyed.

Russia calls increased NATO military activity in the Arctic worrying, warns of "unintended incidents": TASS

Russia is worried about increased activity of NATO forces in the Arctic and sees risks of "unintended incidents" occurring in the region, TASS news agency cited Russian ambassador-at-large Nikolai Korchunov as saying on Sunday. In March, Finland and Sweden, which are both considering joining the US-led military NATO alliance, conducted combined NATO military drills. The exercise was long planned, but Russia's invasion of Ukraine on February 24 added intensity to the war game. Moscow describes its actions in Ukraine as a "special military operation". "The recent increase in NATO's activity in the Arctic is a cause for concern. Another large-scale military exercise of the alliance was recently held in northern Norway. In our view, this does not contribute to the security of the region," Korchunov said. According to Korchunov, such activity raises the risk of "unintended incidents", which, in addition to security risks, can also cause serious damage to the Arctic ecosystem.

EU commission's President urges member states to "quickly" supply weapon systems to Ukraine

The European Commission's President Ursula von der Leyen urged the member states to "quickly" supply weapons systems to Ukraine and suggested a fresh round of EU sanctions may target Russia’s Sberbank. It could also include an embargo on Russian oil.

On 'Easter of war,' pope implicitly criticises Russia over Ukraine

Pope Francis, marking an "Easter of war," on Sunday urged leaders to hear the people's plea for peace in Ukraine and implicitly criticised Russia for dragging the country into a "cruel and senseless" conflict. Speaking to some 50,000 people in St. Peter's Square for his twice yearly "Urbi et Orbi" (to the city and world) address, Francis said Ukraine was "sorely tried by the violence and destruction of the cruel and senseless war into which it was dragged".

Ukraine has asked G7 for $50 billion to cover budget deficit, says senior official

Ukraine has asked G7 nations for $50 billion in financial support and is also considering issuing 0 percent coupon bonds to help it cover a war-linked budget deficit over the next six months, the President's Economic Adviser Oleh Ustenko said on Sunday. Speaking on national television, Ustenko said these options were being actively discussed.

Ukraine's deputy PM says Ukraine, Russia fail to agree on evacuation convoys

Ukraine and Russia have failed to agree on Sunday about humanitarian convoys for the evacuation of civilians from war-affected areas, Ukraine's deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said on Sunday."We have not been able to agree ... about ceasefires on evacuation routes. That is why, unfortunately, we are not opening humanitarian corridors today," she said on her Telegram account.Vereshchuk also said that the Ukrainian authorities have asked for humanitarian corridors for the evacuation of civilians and wounded Ukrainian troops from the besieged port of Mariupol.

Missile attack damages infrastructure in Brovary, near Kyiv, says mayor

A missile attack in the early hours of Sunday damaged infrastructure in the city of Brovary, near Ukraine's capital of Kyiv, Igor Sapozhko, mayor of Brovary said in an online post. There were no details on the extent of the destruction and potential casualties.

Russia says ammunition factory near Kyiv destroyed by missile strike

Russian armed forces destroyed an ammunition factory near Kyiv, Russian Defence Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said on Sunday. "Overnight, high-precision air-launched missiles destroyed an ammunition factory near the town of Brovary in Kyiv region," Konashenkov said.

Bulgaria bans Russian ships from ports

Bulgaria has banned Russian-flagged ships from entering its Black Sea ports as part of expanded EU sanctions, the country's Maritime Administration announced on its website on Sunday. All vessels registered under Russian flag, as well as all vessels that have switched their Russian flag, or flag or maritime register registration to any other state whatsoever after February 24, are forbidden access to Bulgarian maritime and river ports, the authority said. Exceptions will be made only for ships in distress or seeking humanitarian assistance, or ships transporting energy products, food and pharmaceuticals to EU countries.

Russia tells Ukrainian troops in Mariupol to lay down arms from 0300 GMT

Russia told Ukrainian forces fighting in the besieged southern port of Mariupol to lay down their arms starting 6am Moscow time (0300 GMT) on Sunday to save their lives. Russia's Defence Ministry said its troops had cleared the urban area of Mariupol and only a small contingent of Ukrainian fighters remained inside a steelworks in the city on Saturday. Moscow's claim to have all but taken control of Mariupol, scene of the war's heaviest fighting and worst humanitarian catastrophe, could not be independently verified. It would be the first major city to have fallen to Russian forces since the February 24 invasion.

UK says Russia committed to compelling Ukraine to abandon its Euro-Atlantic orientation

Russia is committed to compelling Ukraine to abandon its Euro-Atlantic orientation and asserting its own regional dominance, even as Moscow’s operational focus has shifted to the east of its neighbouring country, British military intelligence said on Sunday.

Russian forces were continuing to redeploy combat and support equipment from Belarus towards eastern Ukraine, including to locations close to Kharkiv and Severodonetsk, the UK Ministry of Defence tweeted in a regular bulletin.

Mounting attack may end scope for negotiation: Zelenskyy

The continuing siege of the port city of Mariupol, which has come at a horrific cost to trapped and starving civilians, could scuttle attempts to negotiate an end to the war, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy told his country's journalists in an interview.