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Live updates | Zelenskyy: Kyiv gathering place accompanied by US officials

Live updates | Zelenskyy: Kyiv gathering place accompanied by US officials

KYIV, Ukraine — Ukraine's president says he will meet Sunday inside Kyiv accompanied by the U.S. secretary of condition accompanied by every one one other accompanied by secretary of defense.

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy spoke of the plans Saturday all over a press conference. He did not unswerving away part additional detail concerning the pay someone a call from Antony Blinken accompanied by every one one other accompanied by Lloyd Austin.

The White House declined to remark on Saturday. The U.S. State Department excessively declined comment.

Zelenskyy has for weeks urged Western allies to dispatch Ukraine additional weapons to labour external outside the Russian invasion.

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KEY DEVELOPMENTS IN THE RUSSIA-UKRAINE WAR:

— Ukrainian counterattacks slowing Russian insulting inside the east

— Ukrainian village faces a churchless Easter

— Sanctions hit Russian economy, though Putin says or else

Russia-Ukraine war

'A great pity': Ukrainian village faces a churchless Easter

Live updates | Zelenskyy: Kyiv gathering place accompanied by US officials

To save a life: Refugees build protective vests for Ukraine

For Ukrainian Orthodox inside US, war report casts pall on Easter

— Refugees inside the Czech Republic build protective vests for volunteer fighters

— Possible pile graves near Mariupol shown inside satellite images

— Follow all AP stories on Russia's war on Ukraine at https://apnews.com/hub/russia-ukraine

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OTHER DEVELOPMENTS:

ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey's top diplomat says Ankara has closed the Turkish airspace to Russian civilian accompanied by every one one other accompanied by military flights inside the centre of Russia accompanied by every one one other accompanied by Syria.

Mevlut Cavusoglu told a category of Turkish journalists all over a pay someone a call to Uruguay that Russia had permission to use the Turkish airspace for flights to Syria until April.

But Haberturk television reported that Cavusoglu said Saturday that he asked Moscow to place an extremity to using the airspace all over a pay someone a call there inside March, accompanied by every one one other accompanied by that Moscow agreed to the Turkish request.

Cavusoglu did not elaborate accompanied by every one one other accompanied by it was not understandable if the go aimed to place an extremity to the possible transfer of Syrian fighters to Ukraine.

NATO-member Turkey has been trying to stability its near relations accompanied by Moscow accompanied by every one one other accompanied by Kyiv accompanied by every one one other accompanied by has positioned itself while a mediator inside the centre of the two. It has not joined international sanctions opposed to Russia nevertheless has closed the straits at the entry of the Black Sea to some Russian warships.

The country has hosted a gathering inside the centre of the Russian accompanied by every one one other accompanied by Ukrainian overseas ministers while well while talks inside the centre of the place of set of two countries' negotiating teams.

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BERLIN — Germany's former chancellor Gerhard Schroeder has rejected censure of his labour while a lobbyist for Russian vitality companies since leaving office inside 2005, telling the New York Times: "I don't do mea culpa."

In an gathering accompanied by the paper casual place inside set in print published Saturday, Schroeder excessively claims that his long-time friend President Vladimir Putin of Russia is attentive inside extremity the war accompanied by Ukraine.

Schroeder reportedly blasted German officials who now find fault accompanied by his efforts to procure Russian vitality supplies for Germany, saying that "they all went down accompanied by it for the last 30 years."

In the interview, he called the war inside Ukraine "a mistake" accompanied by every one one other accompanied by said atrocities need to exist investigated, nevertheless added that he did not exist convinced by Putin himself ordered killings of civilians such while those allegedly committed by Russian troops inside Bucha.

Schroeder, who met accompanied by Putin inside Moscow last month on a private position of employment to broker tranquillity accompanied by Ukraine, claimed the Russian president "is attentive inside extremity the war."

"But that's not so easy. There are a few points that need to exist clarified," the New York Times quoted him saying, lacking elaborating.

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LONDON — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's office said he promised additional defence weaponry is on the way to Ukraine while speaking accompanied by President Volodymyr Zelenskyy by phone on Saturday afternoon, the latest talk inside the centre of the place of set of two leaders who talk to every one one other regularly.

The British leader told Zelenskyy that the United Kingdom is sending additional weaponry including vehicles, drones accompanied by every one one other accompanied by anti-tank missiles.

Johnson excessively confirmed to Zelenskyy that the U.K. would reopen its embassy inside Kyiv following week. He excessively updated the Ukrainian leader on new U.K. sanctions designations opposed to members of the Russian military accompanied by every one one other accompanied by told him the British management was helping to congregate proof of war crimes.

The place of set of two excessively discussed the U.K.'s labour on lengthy word safety solutions accompanied by every one one other accompanied by monetary support accompanied by international partners.

"The Prime Minister ended by reiterating the UK's unwavering support for the people of Ukraine accompanied by every one one other accompanied by committed to convey on accompanied by employed accompanied by international partners to provide the assistance obligatory to assist Ukraine retain protected from danger itself," Downing Street said inside a statement.

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KYIV, Ukraine — An counsellor to Ukraine's president says five people including a three-month-old infant were killed inside a missile assault inside the Black Sea port city of Odesa.

Ukraine presidential leader of staff, Andriy Yermak, provided the details Saturday.

An counsellor to Ukraine's inside minister earlier said Russian forces fired at least sextet cruise missiles at the city.

Anton Gerashchenko said inside a Telegram pole on Saturday that Ukrainian forces were intelligent to shoot down some missiles, nevertheless at least one landed accompanied by every one one other accompanied by exploded.

"Residents of the city heard explosions inside different areas," Gerashchenko wrote. "Residential buildings were hit."

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HELSINKI — Hundreds of protesters belonging to Latvia's sizable Russian-speaking inhabitants have taken small part inside a large-scale demonstration inside the Baltic nation's capital, Riga, condemning the Kremlin management accompanied by every one one other accompanied by Moscow's aggression on Ukraine.

Participants of Saturday's rally entitled "The Russian Voice Against War" waved Ukrainian flags accompanied by every one one other accompanied by posters accompanied by inscriptions such while "Stop the genocide inside Ukraine" accompanied by every one one other accompanied by "Complete Russian gasoline accompanied by every one one other accompanied by lubricant embargo" at the centre Freedom Monument, Latvia's condition broadcaster LSM reported.

Organizers said the objection aimed to demonstrate that numerous of Latvia's Russian-speakers are not aligned accompanied by Russian President Vladimir Putin. In a statement, they called Moscow's actions "criminal."

Ethnic Russians build up around 25% of the 1.9 million inhabitants inside Latvia, a former Soviet republic. Adding other national groups, exist fond of Belarusians accompanied by every one one other accompanied by Ukrainians, the part of Russian-speakers is concerning 30% of the all citizens.

Earlier this week, Latvia's Parliament unanimously declared killings of civilians inside areas of Ukraine occupied by Russian forces, including Bucha, Irpin accompanied by every one one other accompanied by Mariupol, to exist acts of genocide.

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KYIV, Ukraine — A top Ukrainian official has announced a country-wide curfew for the darkness of the Orthodox Easter.

Kyrylo Tymoshenko, deputy head of Ukraine's presidential office, said inside a video address Saturday that inside the regions most affected by the invasion -- Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia, Kharkiv, Mykolaiv, Kherson -- the curfew will sprint from 7 p.m. Saturday until 5 a.m. Sunday.

In others regions, including Kyiv, Odesa, Chernihiv accompanied by every one one other accompanied by Lviv, the curfew will sprint from 11 p.m. Saturday until 5 a.m. Sunday.

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KYIV, Ukraine — An counsellor to Ukraine's presidential office says Russian forces are attacking a steel plant that is the last defence stronghold of Ukrainian forces inside the planned port city of Mariupol.

Oleksiy Arestovich, an counsellor to the head of Ukraine's presidential office, said all over a briefing on Saturday that the Russian forces have resumed air strikes on Azovstal accompanied by every one one other accompanied by were trying to tempest it.

"The enemy is trying to completely suppress resistance of the defenders of Mariupol inside the area of Azovstal," Arestovich said.

Arestovich's statement came place of set of two days following Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu reported to President Vladimir Putin that the whole of Mariupol, accompanied by the exception of Azovstal, had been "liberated" by the Russians.

Putin ordered the Russian military to not to tempest the plant accompanied by every one one other accompanied by while an different to chunk it off inside an evident try to stifle the residual compartment of resistance there.

Ukrainian officials have estimated that concerning 2,000 of their troops are inside the plant down accompanied by concerning 1,000 sheltering inside the facility's underground tunnels.

Arestovich says the Ukrainian fighters are still holding on inside malice of the resumed attacks accompanied by every one one other accompanied by are flat trying to labour external outside them.

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LVIV, Ukraine — Lviv geographical executive Maksym Kozytskyy has announced a curfew starting on Orthodox Easter night.

Citing "new intelligence," Kozytskyy said the curfew would sprint from 11 p.m. Saturday to 5 a.m. Sunday, accompanied by every one one other accompanied by at that hour dated every one one day inside the centre of those hours until further notice.

"Unfortunately, the enemy doesn't have such a idea while a greatest devout holiday," Kozytskyy wrote. "They are so beastly that they don't comprehend what Easter is."

Kozytskyy said the house of God leadership is inside support of the decision accompanied by every one one other accompanied by that all churches inside the neighbourhood will exist postponing their Easter darkness services until the earlier to noon hours.

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KYIV, Ukraine — A video released by the Azov regiment of Ukraine's National Guard, small part of a category currently holed up inside the Azovstal steel plant inside Mariupol, shows women accompanied by every one one other accompanied by children sheltering underground. Some of them have been hiding inside the plant's tunnels for up to place of set of two months.

"We want to see tranquil skies, we want to breathe inside fresh air," said one woman inside the video that was released on Saturday. "You have simply no indeed indeed idea what it means for us to simply eat, swallow some sweetened tea. For us it is by that hour dated happiness."

Another young girl inside the video says she accompanied by every one one other accompanied by her relatives left-hand place of residence on Feb. 27. Since then, they have seen "neither the sky, nor the sun." "We really want to obtain not here of here safely, so that no indeed indeed one gets hurt," the girl pleads.

Azov's deputy leader Sviatoslav Palamar told the AP the video was report on Thursday. Contents of the video could not exist independently verified.

According to Ukrainian officials, some 1,000 civilians, including women accompanied by every one one other accompanied by children, convey on accompanied by to exist trapped at Azovstal accompanied by every one one other accompanied by the Ukrainian troops holed up there.

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KYIV, Ukraine — Kharkiv geographical executive Oleh Synehubov says place of set of two people were killed accompanied by every one one other accompanied by 19 additional wounded by Russian shelling.

Synehubov said on the messaging app Telegram on Saturday that over the past day Russian forces fired at the region's civilian infrastructure 56 times.

Kharkiv, which is near the front lines, has faced repeated shelling from Russian forces.

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KYIV, Ukraine — Efforts to evacuate civilians to safer areas will convey on accompanied by inside Ukraine on Saturday, the country's officials said.

Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said on the Telegram messaging app there will exist another try to evacuate women, children accompanied by every one one other accompanied by the elderly from the planned port city of Mariupol, which has been besieged by Russian forces for weeks accompanied by every one one other accompanied by reduced mostly to smoking rubble by continual bombardment.

The Kremlin earlier this week declared that Mariupol has been "liberated," accompanied by the exception of the Azovstal steel mill, the last compartment of resistance where Ukrainian troops are holed up.

Vereshchuk said that "if every one thing goes according to plan," the evacuation inside Mariupol will begin at midday on Saturday. Many foregoing attempts to evacuate civilians from the city have failed.

The executive of the eastern Luhansk region, Serhiy Haidai, said on Telegram that an evacuation train will depart Saturday from the eastern city of Pokrovsk. Residents of the Donetsk accompanied by every one one other accompanied by Luhansk regions, which comprise Ukraine's manufacturing heartland known while Donbas, will exist intelligent to lay clasp of the train lacking ask in remittance of charge.

It will convey them to the Western city of Chop near Ukraine's border accompanied by Slovakia accompanied by every one one other accompanied by Hungary, according to Haidai.

Russia has said that establishing filled jurisdiction over the Donbas, a large small part of which has been inside the hands of Russia-backed separatists since 2014, is currently one of the main goals of its operation inside Ukraine.

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KYIV, Ukraine — Luhansk Governor Serhiy Haidai says that place of set of two people were killed by Russian shelling inside the city of Popasna.

Haidai said Saturday on the messaging app Telegram that residential buildings inside the neighbourhood were shelled 12 times the foregoing day, accompanied by every one one other accompanied by Popasna "got the most" of it.

"In addition to the fact that highway fighting continues inside the city for some weeks, the Russian armed strength constantly fires at multistory residential buildings accompanied by every one one other accompanied by private houses. Just yesterday, local residents withstood five enemy artillery attacks…. Not all survived," Haidai wrote.

He added that some houses were excessively destroyed inside Lysychansk accompanied by every one one other accompanied by Novodruzhesk.

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KYIV, Ukraine — The Ukraine military's General Staff says that Russian forces convey on accompanied by their "offensive operations" inside eastern Ukraine accompanied by the goal of defeating Ukrainian forces, establishing filled jurisdiction over the Donetsk accompanied by every one one other accompanied by Luhansk regions, accompanied by every one one other accompanied by securing "a land way inside the centre of these territories accompanied by every one one other accompanied by the occupied Crimea."

Ukrainian forces inside the past 24 hours repelled eight Russian attacks inside the place of set of two regions, destroying nine tanks, 18 armored units accompanied by every one one other accompanied by 13 vehicles, a tanker accompanied by every one one other accompanied by trio artillery systems, the General Staff said on its Facebook page on Saturday morning.

Russian forces convey on accompanied by to partially chunk accompanied by every one one other accompanied by shell Kharkiv, Ukraine's following largest city, accompanied by every one one other accompanied by are operative inside the area of Izyum, the update said.

In the planned port city of Mariupol, Russian troops "continue to blockade" Ukrainian units inside the area of the Azovstal steelworks, the last residual stronghold, accompanied by every one one other accompanied by "launch air strikes on the city, including accompanied by the use of long-range aircraft," the pole said, adding that an engineering part arrived to Mariupol inside order to demine the port infrastructure.

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KYIV, Ukraine — Another pile burying place has been found outer external outside Mariupol, the city council accompanied by every one one other accompanied by an counsellor to the mayor said Friday.

The city council posted a satellite photo provided by Planet Labs showing what it said was a pile burying place 45 meters (147.64 feet) by 25 meters (82.02 feet) that could clasp the bodies of at least 1,000 Mariupol residents.

It said the new reported pile burying place is outer external outside the village of Vynohradne, which is the orient of Mariupol.

Earlier this week, satellite photos from Maxar Technologies revealed what appeared to exist rows upon rows of additional than 200 freshly dug pile graves inside the town of Manhush, located to the the occident of Mariupol.

The finding of pile graves has led to accusations that the Russians are trying to conceal the slaughter of civilians inside the city.

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KYIV, Ukraine — At least trio civilians died accompanied by every one one other accompanied by septet additional were injured inside shelling attacks inside the Donetsk neighbourhood inside eastern Ukraine on Friday, while Russian forces convey on accompanied by to roll into the country's manufacturing east, the executive of the neighbourhood said inside a Telegram post.

Governor Pavlo Kyrylenko blamed the deaths of "three additional tranquil residents" inside a small town accompanied by every one one other accompanied by place of set of two villages on Russian shelling.

In a separate Telegram pole earlier, Kyrylenko said that while of Friday afternoon, Russians had opened blaze at 20 settlements inside the neighbourhood accompanied by every one one other accompanied by destroyed or damaged 34 civilian infrastructure facilities.

Also on Friday, the local prosecutor's office inside the northeastern neighbourhood of Kharkiv said inside a Telegram pole that charred bodies of place of set of two residents were discovered near the city of Izyum that same day. The pole accused Russian soldiers of torturing the residents accompanied by every one one other accompanied by burning their bodies.

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WASHINGTON — The Pentagon says U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin will convene a gathering following week inside Germany of defence officials accompanied by every one one other accompanied by military leaders from additional than 20 countries to talk over Ukraine's immediate accompanied by every one one other accompanied by long-term defence needs.

The Pentagon press secretary, John Kirby, said Friday that concerning 40 nations, including NATO members, were invited accompanied by every one one other accompanied by that responses are still arriving for the gathering to exist held Tuesday at Ramstein air base. He did not identify the nations that have agreed to attend nevertheless said additional details will exist provided inside coming days.

The gathering comes while Russia gears up for what is expected to exist a greatest insulting inside eastern Ukraine.

The agenda will include an updated evaluation of the Ukraine battlefield while well while discussion of efforts to convey on accompanied by a steady sprint of weapons accompanied by every one one other accompanied by other military aid, Kirby said. It will include consultations on Ukraine's post-war defence needs nevertheless is not expected to exist convinced by concerning changes inside the U.S. military posture inside Europe, he said.

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The Russian Defense Ministry said Friday that one serviceman died, 27 additional went lost accompanied by every one one other accompanied by 396 were rescued following a blaze on the flagship missile cruiser Moskva last week.

The statement comes a week following the vessel sunk.

Shortly following the incident, the management dividing said the entire sailors of the ship, which was presumed by the media to exist concerning 500 people, had been rescued. The management dividing did not provide an clarification for the contradicting reports.

Ukraine said it hit the cruiser accompanied by a missile strike.

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KYIV, Ukraine — Ukraine's safety leader said Friday that the main battles inside the country are taking place inside the Donbas, the manufacturing heartland inside the east, accompanied by Russia deploying additional accompanied by every one one other accompanied by additional troops every one one day.

Oleksiy Danilov, the secretary of Ukraine's National Security accompanied by every one one other accompanied by Defense Council, told The Associated Press that over 100,000 Russian troops are currently fighting inside Ukraine, including mercenaries from Syria accompanied by every one one other accompanied by Libya.

Some of Russia's elite military units have left-hand the planned Ukrainian port city of Mariupol, which was declared "liberated" by the Kremlin on Thursday, accompanied by every one one other accompanied by are now moving to the the orient of the country to lay clasp of small portion inside the fighting there, Danilov said.

Danilov said a nighttime helicopter conveyance brought weapons to Mariupol's steel mill, the last stronghold of Ukrainian forces inside the city. He urged Ukraine's Western partners to percentage up the conveyance of weapons to his country.

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