« The free world will never surrender », proclaims Alexander De Croo in front of the allied soldiers

Volodymyr Zelensky addresses his Western alliesVolodymyr Zelensky posted a video in English on his Twitter account for officials from Western countries. « We need heavy artillery, armed vehicles, fighter planes to repel the Russian forces, » said the Ukrainian president. « Freedom must be better armed than tyranny, Western countries have the ability to help us and our victory, like the thousands of lives that will be saved, depends on them »he added.

US and NATO weapons transport vehicles as potential targets Russia will consider US and NATO vehicles carrying weapons to Ukraine as legitimate targets, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said in an interview with TASS news agency. TAny attempt by the West to inflict significant damage on the Russian military or its separatist allies in Ukraine will be ‘severely suppressed’he added.

Switzerland and the United Kingdom sanction Russia – The Swiss Federal Council decided to resume the new sanctions adopted by the EU against Russia and Belarus, with the exception of transport, taking into account « Switzerland’s geographical situation. » For its part, the United Kingdom has announced that it will expand, also in coordination with the EU, the list of people sanctioned to include 178 pro-Russian separatists, but also new oligarchs and their relatives.

The Kremlin rejects the idea of ​​ »exchanging » Viktor Medvedchuk The Kremlin on Wednesday dodged the idea of ​​exchanging Ukrainian deputy and businessman Viktor Medvedchuk, a close associate of Vladimir Putin arrested in Ukraine on Tuesday, and whom kyiv offers to hand over to Moscow in exchange for the release of prisoners held in Russia.

• Ukraine “is a crime scene”, according to the International Criminal Court – The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), the British Karim Khan, described Wednesday Ukraine as a « crime scene », during a visit to Boutcha, near kyiv.

Russia deems Biden’s comments ‘unacceptable’ « Your family’s budget, your ability to fill up on gas, none of that should depend on a dictator declaring war and committing a genocide on the other side of the world, » said the President of the United States during a speech devoted to the fight against inflation. This is the first time that the leader has used this term. Comments deemed « unacceptable » by the Kremlin a few hours later.

Possible surrender of more than a thousand Ukrainian soldiers in Mariupol – More than a thousand Ukrainian soldiers have surrendered to Russian forces in the city of Mariupol, which has been besieged for weeks, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Wednesday, although this has not yet been independently verified.. 21,000 civilians have been killed in the port city since the start of the Russian offensive, according to the mayor of Mariupol.

Use of chemical weapons? – The UK is trying to verify reports of possible use of chemical weapons by Russian forces in Mariupol, after the Ukrainian regiment Azov claimed that a Russian drone had dropped a « toxic substance » there on soldiers and civilians.

Ukrainian refugees should be able to convert their banknotes into euros- As of 19 April, EU Member States should make it easier for people who have fled the war in Ukraine to exchange their national banknotes (denominated in hryvnias) up to the equivalent of 310 eurosaccording to a recommendation approved on Wednesday by the ambassadors of the 27 to the EU.

Beijing’s stance on Russia threatens its ‘integration’ into the global economy « The world’s attitude toward China, and its willingness to embrace deeper economic integration, may well be affected by China’s reaction to our call for resolute action against Russia, » he warned. the Minister of Economy and Finance of Joe Biden, in a speech at theAtlantic Council, an American think tank.

EU provides additional support of €500 million to Ukraine- The 27 Member States validated on Wednesday the mobilization of an additional half a billion euros to support the Ukrainian armed forces against the Russian invasion, announces the Council of the EU.

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