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in kyiv, Volodymyr Zelensky meets Antony Blinken and Lloyd Austin for talks

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  • Anthony Blinken and Austin Lloyd, the heads of diplomacy and defense of the United States, are expected Sunday, April 24, 2022 in kyiv, the first American visit to Ukraine after exactly two months of a war which is still raging in the East and the South . According to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, the discussions will focus on US arms deliveries to Ukraine.
  • Despite numerous calls for a truce for the Easter weekend of Orthodox Christians, fighting and shelling continued.
  • At least eight people were killed, including a baby, on Saturday in Russian strikes on the port city ofOdessa, according to a report provided by the Ukrainian presidency. The Russian army claimed, for its part, to have aimed with “high precision missiles” a logistics terminal at the military airfield near Odessa housing weapons delivered to Ukrainian forces by the United States and European countries.
  • In the region of Luhanskin eastern Ukraine, six civilians were killed, victims of Russian strikes near the village of Girské.
  • HAS Mariupol, a strategic port in southeastern Ukraine devastated by weeks of bombardment, a new attempt to evacuate civilians to the city of Zaporizhia failed on Saturday. Moscow and kyiv blamed each other for these failures.
  • Volodymyr Zelensky again called for a meeting with the Russian President, Vladimir Poutine, “to end the war”. But he warned that kyiv will abandon negotiations with Moscow if its soldiers, entrenched in the vast metallurgical complex of Azovstal in Mariupol, are killed by the Russian army.
  • The general secretary of United NationsAntonio Guterres, will go on Monday to Turkey, an important mediator in the conflict in Ukraine, before going to Moscow and kyiv, the UN said in a statement.
  • Number of refugees fleeing the Russian invasion is close to 5.2 million, according to the United Nations. More than 7.7 million people have left their homes but are still in Ukraine.

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