More than 1,200 bodies have been discovered in the Kyiv region so far, says Ukraine’s Prosecutor General

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6:34 p.m : Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer will become the first European leader to meet President Vladimir Putin in Moscow tomorrow since the Russian invasion of Ukraine began on February 24, the chancellery told AFP. “He goes there after informing Berlin, Brussels and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.”

6:03 p.m : Here’s a new point on the essential news to start election night:

• The decline is confirmed. Turnout in the first round of the presidential election was 65% as of 5 p.m., according to the Interior Ministry. Participation has dropped by 4.4 points compared to the same point in 2017 when it reached 69.42%.

More than 1,200 bodies have been discovered in the Kyiv region, some of which has been occupied by Russian forces for several weeks, Ukraine’s Attorney General Iryna Venediktova said on British broadcaster Sky News.

• A Passenger plane crashed After taking off from Saint-Brieuc airport, three were killed – the pilot and two passengers.

The 31st day of Ligue 1 meeting between Brest and Nantes (1-1) was suspended for ten minutes after attempts to force in spectators on the ground, another example of a season marred by crowded stands.

6:01 p.m : Amid the conflict in Ukraine, Orthodox Patriarch Kirill, one of the pillars of Vladimir Putin’s regime, called for a rally for power to fight the war “Enemies Without and Within” from Russia.

4:15 p.m : It is 4 p.m. Here are the major news headlines:

• Turnout in the first round of presidential elections was 25.48% at midday, down three points from 2017 (28.54%) at the same time.

• Around 48.7 million voters are called to the first round of the presidential elections. The 12 candidates have already put their ballots in the ballot box.

Ukraine has launched 5,600 investigations into alleged war crimes on its territory since the start of the Russian invasion, Ukraine’s Attorney General Iryna Venediktova told UK broadcaster Sky News.

• A Passenger plane crashed after take-off from Saint-Brieuc airport (Côtes-d’Armor), killing three people – the pilot and two passengers.

Bordeaux beat Metz (3-1) and lost last place in the table to their opponent of the day. At half-time, Nantes leads Brest (1-0), Monaco and Troyes are tied (1-1) and Angers and Lille (1-1).

3:46 p.m : Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Irina Venediktova tells Skynews that at least 1,222 people have died in the Kyiv region since the start of the war. “What we have seen on the ground in all regions of Ukraine are war crimes, crimes against humanity and we are doing everything we can to stop them.”

3:15 p.m : Several pro-Russian rallies took place in Germany this weekend at the initiative of the country’s large Russian-speaking community. Around 600 people gathered in downtown Frankfurt under the motto “Against Hatred and Harassment”. Just as many people were gathered in Hanover. Yesterday there were demonstrations in Lübeck with 150 participants and in Stuttgart.

(YANN SCHREIBER / AFP)

2:35 p.m : The airport of Dnipro, a large city in eastern Ukraine, was again bombed by the Russians and is “completely destroyed”announced the regional governor. “There’s nothing left of him. The airport itself and the surrounding infrastructure were destroyed. And the missiles keep flying.”wrote on Telegram Valentin Reznichenko, the regional governor. “We are in the process of determining the number of victims.”

2:15 p.m : In Ukraine, war damage will amount to at least $1 trillion, according to Deputy Economy Minister Oleksandr Hryban, speaking at the wartime TV marathon. He talks about the loss of “infrastructures” of the country on several levels: “state, municipal and private”. The count is still ongoing. At the end of March, that estimate was $500 billion.

2:10 p.m : Ukraine has launched 5,600 investigations into alleged war crimes on its territory since the start of the Russian invasion, Ukraine’s Attorney General Iryna Venediktova told UK broadcaster Sky News (in English). Appeal by Russian President Vladimir Putin a “Major War Criminals of the 21st Century”she adds that she has identified 500 Russian war criminals.

14:00 clock : Bucha didn’t happen in one day. For many years, Russian political elites and propaganda have been inciting hatred, dehumanizing Ukrainians, promoting Russian superiority and preparing these atrocities. I encourage scholars around the world to research what led to Bucha.

2:01 p.m : “For many years, Russian political elites and propaganda have fomented hatred, dehumanized Ukrainians, nurtured Russian supremacy and prepared the ground for these atrocities.”

Dmytro Kouleba, Ukraine’s foreign minister, urges scientists to study the impact of Russian propaganda. According to him, the anti-Ukrainian ideological framework prepared people’s minds for the abuses of the Russian army. “Boutha didn’t happen in one day”he wrote.

1:23 p.m : Kharkiv Mayor Igor Terekhov accuses Russian army of dropping parachute bombs on his city. Several images on social media show an explosive device connected to a white fabric, but these allegations have not been confirmed by an independent source. In his video, the elected official adds that 1,716 homes have been destroyed in the city since the war began.

1:16 p.m : Are the economic sanctions against Russia really the strongest that have ever been imposed on a state? In fact, no G20 country has ever suffered retaliation on such a scale. But some countries, like Iran or North Korea, have had much tougher sanctions. However, this did not change the policies of the leaders concerned. explanations in this article.

1:11 p.m : The German banking regulator has withdrawn control of its European subsidiary from the Russian bank VTB. The Russian group has no more “more control” on the German-based subsidiary VTB Bank SE, explains the financial market authority BaFin. VTB “can no longer dispose of the financial assets” its European subsidiary which is with it “fully isolated” of the Russian group, according to the regulator.

12:43 p.m : Despite the March 9 bombing of a Mariupol maternity hospital, children are still being born in the Ukrainian city. A team from France Télévisions went to a makeshift underground maternity hospital where a hundred people are now crammed.

(FRANCE TELEVISION)

12:23 p.m : Pope Francis has called for one “Easter Peace” in Ukraine “Achieving Peace Through Real Negotiations”. He publicly celebrated Palm Sunday Mass in the Place Saint-Pierre.

(VINCENZO PINTO / AFP)

12:21 p.m : Here are the main headlines:

• Turnout in the first round of presidential elections was 25.48% at midday, down three points from 2017 (28.54%) at the same time.

• Around 48.7 million voters are called to the first round of the presidential elections. Eleven of the 12 candidates have already put their ballots in the ballot box.

Ukraine has expressed its willingness to: a “big fight” to the east of its territory, a priority target for Moscow, where the evacuation of civilians continues for fear of an impending offensive.

The EU foreign ministers will be discussing a sixth package of sanctions against Moscow tomorrow in Luxembourg.

Monegasque Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) won the Australian Grand Prix, in the third round of the Formula One World Championship.

11:54 : The EU foreign ministers will discuss a sixth package of sanctions against Moscow tomorrow in Luxembourg. The head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, announced his intention to start discussions on an oil embargo, “But a formal proposal is not on the table”according to a senior European official interviewed by AFP.

11:26 : A Russian frigate sailing in the Black Sea has fired four Kalibr cruise missiles at Ukrainian targets, the Russian Defense Ministry said, quoted by state agency Ria Novosti. In particular, yesterday British Prime Minister Boris Johnson promised to supply Kyiv with anti-ship missiles.

(RUSSIAN DEFENSE MINISTRY / RIA NOVOSTI)

11:18 am : The day after his surprise trip to Kyiv, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he arrived on a train from Poland. “I’m traveling on an amazing train of Ukrainian Railways”, he says in a video released today. He praised the courage of the railroad workers: “We call you ‘iron people’ around here. It’s related to your job, but it reflects your mentality.”.

10:23 : Fertilizer manufacturers are highly dependent on gas, which is used in the manufacture of many nitrogenous fertilizers. With the war in Ukraine, prices skyrocketed. Example with the fertilizer wholesaler Amaltis, notably based in Parthenay (Deux-Sèvres). A tonne of fertilizer that sold for €380 last year is now worth more than €1,400, reports France Bleu Poitou.

09:19 : Lucien D’Agostino climbed into his van in Gironde at the end of March before embarking on a long journey to Ukraine. After a three-day journey, he finally reached the border with humanitarian aid, including medicine. These were distributed to several hospitals in Kyiv.

The medicines stored in Dimtri Basilaya's restaurant will be distributed to six or seven hospitals in Kyiv.  (BENJAMIN THUAU / RADIO FRANCE)

(BENJAMIN THUAU / RADIO FRANCE)

08:27 : The Russian army carried out fresh attacks on the Dnepropetrovsk region last night, according to the regional governor. Among the goals: infrastructure near Dnipro – which at least did “a victim” –, industrial area in Pavlohrad and an agricultural building in Dniprovsk, specifies Valentyn Reznichenko on Facebook.

10:53 : It is 8 o’clock. Here are the major news headlines:

• The polling stations in France opened just after the start of the elections abroad and for French expatriates. Around 48.7 million voters are called to the first round of the presidential election.

Ukraine has expressed its willingness to: a “big fight” to the east of its territory, a priority target for Moscow, where the evacuation of civilians continues for fear of an impending offensive.

Tens of thousands of people took part in pro-climate demonstrations in several major French cities yesterday afternoon.

Rennes returns to PSG in second place after finishing runners-up in Reims (3-2), relegating OM to the third step of the podium. At the capital club he made short work of Clermont (6: 1) in the evening.

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