DIRECT. War in Ukraine: the United States releases new military aid to kyiv, including heavy equipment

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12:24 p.m. : These are extremely rare testimonies, collected by a journalist from the RTS. Perhaps the first to define to such an extent the horror that women and minors experienced in Boutcha. A mother and her daughter have agreed to testify about the continuous rapes they endured during the Russian occupation. Please note, this article contains testimonies that may offend the sensibilities, but which we believe are important to understand the situation in Ukraine.

12:18 p.m. : It’s time to take stock of the news:

The terms are now known. The traditional debate between the two rounds of the presidential election will be held on Wednesday April 20 from 9 p.m. The debate, scheduled to last just over two hours, will be moderated by journalists Gilles Bouleau and Léa Salamé.

The campaign between the two towers continues. Marine Le Pen answered Caroline Roux’s questions, on the “4 Truths” set, defending the trivialization of the referendum, without excluding engaging her responsibility with a referendum question “at some point” of his mandate. Emmanuel Macron is expected in the stronghold of his former Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, in Le Havre (Seine-Maritime), this afternoon. He will go in particular to the port of the city, the first in France. Follow our live.

• The cruiser Moskva, flagship of the Russian Black Sea Fleet damaged during the offensive against Ukraine, has not sunk and the explosions on board have ceased, the Russian Defense Ministry said. Ukraine has also announced a resumption of evacuations of civilians via nine humanitarian corridors, in particular from the besieged city of Mariupol in the south-east of the country. Follow our live.

• Alerted in mid-December to the presence of salmonella in its Kinder factory in Belgium, Ferrero denies having been slow to react, as accused by the NGO Foodwatch, while 150 cases of contamination have been declared in Europe. Since the end of March, the number of patients affected by salmonellosis, whose symptoms resemble those of gastroenteritis, has continued to swell with cases detected in nine European countries.

A national tribute will be paid to actor Michel Bouquet on April 27 at the Invalides. Emmanuel Macron, who will still be in office whether or not he is re-elected on April 24, will preside over the ceremony.

11:04 am : In Drôme, a merchant who donated 600 euros to support Ukrainians has filed a complaint for fraud. He says he responded to a call from a Frenchman who explained that he was doing humanitarian work and wanted to support the local population by buying equipment. He never received the accounting documents he requested. Worse, he was the victim of telephone threats to calm his disturbing curiosity.

09:44 : The head of Irish diplomacy, Simon Coveney, is in Kyiv today. This is the first visit by a foreign minister from a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council since the start of the conflict. He will meet his two counterparts, the Ukrainian Foreign Minister and the Defense Minister, and will visit areas directly affected by the Russian invasion.

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09:27 : Let’s take a look at the news:

A trip dedicated to ecology for Emmanuel Macron in Le Havre, the first big meeting of the between-two-towers in Avignon for Marine Le Pen: the two presidential finalists go back to the front in a campaign waged at full speed. “We have never had a president who has shown as much authoritarianism as Emmanuel Macron”, denounced the candidate of the RN, invited on France 2 this morning. Follow our live.

• Ukraine announced a resumption of evacuations of civilians via nine humanitarian corridors, including from the besieged city of Mariupol, in the south-east of the country, after a day of suspension. Russia also suffered a major material setback: the cruiser Moskvaflagship of the Black Sea Fleet, having been “severely damaged” by an explosion of munitions according to Moscow, and by missile strikes according to Ukrainian officials. Follow our live.

• The 75th Cannes Film Festival unveils its official selection at 11 am. More than 2,000 films have been submitted, twenty of which will be able to run for the Palme d’Or, after the coronation, as breathtaking as it is divisive, of the Frenchwoman Julia Ducournau, in 2021. Thierry Frémaux’s press conference can be followed in this live broadcast.

• At the trial of the November 13 attacks, Salah Abdeslam declared for the first time that his “goal” was to blow himself up in a café in the 18th arrondissement of Paris, but that he had given up on doing so after looking at the people around him. His questioning will continue this afternoon.

Two Palestinians were killed this morning in a new operation by Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank, a week after deadly attacks in the heart of the Tel Aviv metropolis, the Palestinian Ministry of Health said.

08:20 : “The fighting is fierce, it’s urban guerrilla warfare. It’s street fighting, but there isn’t really a front line.”

Some 3,000 Ukrainian soldiers are still inside Mariupol, besieged for more than a month by the Russian army. A Ukrainian officer from the Azov regiment recounts the hell on the spot.

Civilians walk in the devastated center of Mariupol on April 12, 2022. (ALEXANDER NEMENOV / AFP)(ALEXANDER NEMENOV / AFP)

07:44 : Marine Le Pen talks about “war crimes” in Ukraine. I had immediately requested a UN investigation into those responsible for these horrors”adds the RN presidential candidate.

07:18 : “What I remember from the war are people’s dilemmas. Should we leave? Should we stay?

Agnès Vahramian, senior reporter for France Télévisions, came to testify this morning about her weeks spent in Ukraine on the franceinfo set. In particular, she drew the parallel between this conflict and the war in Yugoslavia, which she had covered 31 years ago. “Every day I thought about it in Ukraine”explained the journalist.

08:00 : The Moskva was commissioned from the time of the Soviet Union in 1983 and took part in the Russian intervention in Syria from 2015. In the early days of the invasion of Ukraine, it took part in an attack on Serpents’ Island, near the Romanian border, during which 19 Ukrainian sailors were captured to be later exchanged for Russian prisoners.

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07:59 : The Russian cruiser Moskva been “severely damaged” by an explosion of ammunition caused by a fire, Russian state agencies reported this night, citing the Ministry of Defense. The Ukrainian authorities, for their part, affirmed that the Moskva had been hit by missiles. “Neptune missiles protecting the Black Sea caused major damage to this Russian ship”welcomed the Ukrainian governor of the Odessa region (south).

07:59 : Let’s take a look at the news:

• At the trial of the November 13 attacks, Salah Abdeslam declared for the first time that his “goal” was to blow himself up on the evening of the attacks in a café in the 18th arrondissement of Paris, but that he had given up on doing so after looking at the people around him. “I didn’t give up out of fear, I gave up out of humanity”, he assured. The second part of his interrogation will take place this afternoon.

#PRESIDENTIALA trip dedicated to ecology, to Le Havre (Seine-Maritime), for Emmanuel Macron, the first big meeting of the between-two-rounds in the south for Marine le Pen: the two presidential finalists go back to the front today today, in a vigorous campaign. The RN candidate will be Caroline Roux’s guest on the “4 Truths” set of France 2, at 7:30 a.m. Follow his interview in our live.

• Russia suffered one of its biggest material setbacks since the start of the invasion of Ukraine: its cruiser Moskva, flagship of the Black Sea Fleet, was “severely damaged” by an explosion of ammunition according to Moscow, and by missile strikes according to kyiv. In Washington, Joe Biden promised Volodymyr Zelensky massive new military aid of $800 million, including heavy equipment that the United States has so far been reluctant to deliver to kyiv for fear of further escalating tensions with Moscow and to be considered a party to the war. Follow our live.

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DIRECT. War in Ukraine: the United States releases new military aid to kyiv, including heavy equipment