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A woman says goodbye to her husband as she leaves Kramatorsk by bus, the day after a rocket attack at Kramatorsk city train station that killed more than 50 people © AFP / FADEL SENÉ

kyiv (Ukraine) (AFP), April 8 – Here are the latest developments in the war in Ukraine:

– Third prisoner exchange in progress –

According to kyiv, 26 Ukrainians are returning home after a prisoner exchange with Russia.

“By order of President (Volodymyr) Zelensky, the third prisoner exchange took place today. Twelve of our servicemen are returning home, including a female officer,” Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said on Telegram.

Fourteen civilians, including nine women, were also on their way back, she added.

– Johnson offers more arms –

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson makes an unannounced visit to kyiv and promises armored vehicles and anti-ship missiles to Ukraine.

“It is because of the resolute leadership of President Zelensky and the invincible heroism and courage of the Ukrainian people that the monstrous aims of (Russian President Vladimir) Putin are thwarted,” Johnson said after meeting Zelensky, according to a report. Downing Street press release.

Zelensky in turn calls on the West to “follow the UK” in providing military aid to Ukraine and imposing sanctions on Russia.

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– Ukraine ‘must win’ in east ahead of talks –

Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhaylo Podolyak said Ukraine needed to secure a victory in the Donbass region before any potential meeting between Zelensky and Putin.

“Ukraine is ready for big battles. Ukraine must win them, including in the Donbass. And once that happens, Ukraine will have a more powerful negotiating position, which will allow it to dictate certain conditions,” he said on national television, as quoted by Interfax-Ukraine.

“After that, the presidents will meet. It could take two weeks, three,” he added.

– Five killed in Russian shelling –

Russian shelling killed five civilians and injured five others on Saturday in two towns in eastern Ukraine, the governor of Donetsk said.

Four of them died in the town of Vugledar and one in the town of Novomikhaylovka, Pavlo Kyrylenko said in a Telegram article.

– Global event raises 10.1 billion euros –

A global engagement event for Ukrainian refugees called “Stand Up for Ukraine” has raised 10.1 billion euros ($11 billion), European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen said in Warsaw.

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“The ‘Stand Up For Ukraine’ campaign has raised €9.1 billion for people fleeing the bombs inside and outside Ukraine, with an additional €1 billion pledged by the EBRD ( European Bank for Reconstruction and Development),” she says.

– Ukraine “always ready” for talks –

Ukraine is “always ready” to continue negotiations with Moscow, which have stalled since the discovery of atrocities in Bucha and other areas near kyiv, President Zelensky said.

“We are ready to fight and seek in parallel to end this war through diplomacy,” he said during a press conference with Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer, who was visiting the capital. and Bucha.

– 4.4 million flee the war in Ukraine –

More than 4.4 million Ukrainian refugees have fled their country since Putin ordered an invasion on February 24, according to the UN refugee agency.

Ninety percent of those who fled are women and children, as Ukrainian authorities do not allow men of military age to leave.

– Kramatorsk evacuations resume –

Evacuations resume from the eastern Ukrainian town where a missile strike killed 52 people at a train station as civilians fled a feared Russian offensive.

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Zelensky describes Russia as “unbounded evil” after the attack and calls for a “strong global response”.

US President Joe Biden accuses Russia of being behind the attack, calling it a “horrible atrocity”, while French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian calls it a “crime against the humanity”.

The Russian Defense Ministry accuses kyiv of carrying out the attack, saying it wanted to use the fleeing residents “as a ‘human shield’ to defend the positions of the Ukrainian armed forces”.

– Russia warns of YouTube retaliation –

Russian officials are warning of retaliation after video hosting service YouTube blocked the channel from the lower house of parliament due to US sanctions.

Vyacheslav Volodin, speaker of the lower house of parliament, the State Duma, said Washington was violating the rights of Russians.

– EU in talks with ICC prosecutor –

The European Union is due to discuss its support for war crimes investigations in Ukraine in meetings over the next two days with the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, the European Commission said.

The Hague tribunal’s Karim Khan is due to meet EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell in Luxembourg on Sunday, then take part in a meeting of EU foreign ministers in the city on Monday.

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– Curfew in Odessa –

A curfew begins in the southern Ukrainian city of Odessa from Saturday night to Monday night due to a ‘missile threat’ from Russia and after the Kramatorsk train station was bombed .

– Germany reaches arms ‘limit’ against Ukraine –

Germany has almost exhausted its capacity to supply Ukraine with weapons from its military reserves, but is working on direct deliveries from the arms industry, German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht said.

“For deliveries from Bundeswehr stocks, I must honestly say that we have reached a limit,” she told the German daily Augsburger Allgemeine.

– Berlusconi “disappointed” by his friend Putin –

Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi told a public meeting of his right-wing Forza Italia party that he was “deeply disappointed and saddened” by the behavior of his old friend Putin during the invasion of Ukraine .

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