Status: 04/19/2022 02:11 AM
According to the mayor of Kyiv Klitschko, the city is still threatened by Russian attacks. The commissioner for human rights in the federal government warns against boycotting Russian culture. All developments in the live blog.
Ukraine: Explosions along the Eastern Front
Ukraine has reported explosions along the Eastern Front and further attacks in other parts of the country. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a video message that Russia had “mobilized a very large part of the entire Russian army” for the offensive. The Battle of Donbass has begun.
Ukrainian Defenders: Mariupol Steelworks Under Heavy Fire
According to Ukrainian sources, Russian forces began to bombard the last major stronghold of the defensive units in Mariupol with fortification-busting weapons. The commander of the ultra-nationalist Azov battalion of the National Guard, Denis Prokopenko, said in a video message that the Russians used heavy weapons, despite knowing that many civilians had also taken refuge in the vast complex of the Azov Steel Plant. . Russia estimates that 2,500 Ukrainian soldiers and about 400 foreign mercenaries are holed up in the factory buildings. The defenders let the deadline for Russia’s surrender expire. According to Ukrainian sources, many civilians also took refuge in the factory’s tunnels, as large parts of Mariupol became destroyed after a siege that lasted nearly seven weeks.
Conflicting parties as a source
Information on the course of the war, bombing and casualties provided by the official bodies of the Russian and Ukrainian parties to the conflict cannot be directly verified by an independent body in the current situation.
Biden talks with allies about Ukraine war on Tuesday
US President Joe Biden plans to speak to allies about the war in Ukraine on Tuesday. “The president will hold a video call with allies and partners to discuss our continued support for Ukraine and our efforts to hold Russia accountable as part of our close coordination,” the statement said.
Human Rights Commissioner warns against boycotting Russian culture
The Federal Government’s Commissioner for Human Rights, Louise Amtsberg, has warned against a boycott of Russian culture in Germany. “The wrong outcome of Putin’s war would be not to go to Russian restaurants or boycott Russian art and culture,” the green politician told Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung. “Talk to each other, also in the field of arts and culture, and make sure that there is no common relationship between all Russians in this war of aggression.” On the rejection of Russian literature in some stores, Amtsberg said: “I find it quite wrong that stores seem to take the works of writers Dostoevsky and Tolstoy off the shelves. Putin alone is not Russia, and he is certainly not a Russian symbol of Russian culture.” It is also “simply wrong to be hostile to the Russians in any way or to blame them for the war.”
Mayor Klitschko: Kyiv is still threatened by Russian attacks
According to Mayor Vitali Klitschko, the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, is still threatened by Russian attacks. “Kyiv was and remains the target of the aggressor,” Klitschko said in a telegram this evening. He urged residents of the capital who fled to stay in a safer place. “Based on military data and recent developments, we cannot exclude that Kyiv is still threatened by missile attacks,” Klitschko said. Recently, rockets were fired at some neighborhoods. “So we cannot guarantee safety in the city.” There are still many checkpoints in Kyiv as well as a night curfew.
All developments in the live blog