[EN DIRECT] 61st day of the war in Ukraine: here are the latest developments

Fighting and shelling continued for 61and day in Ukraine. On Monday, Russia reported a fire at a large fuel depot in a town 150 km from the border.

Here are the latest developments, minute by minute

2:51 p.m. | Warsaw confirms sending tanks to Ukraine

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki acknowledged on Monday that his country had sent tanks to Ukraine, but did not specify the number.

“Yes, Poland sent tanks to Ukraine, but for security reasons we will not tell their number,” the Polish prime minister said on the government’s Twitter account.

According to Polish media, forty T-72 tanks are among the equipment provided by Poland to Kyiv. The government has not confirmed this information.

2:22 p.m. | Watch Félix Séguin’s report live from the Polish-Ukrainian border

11:53 am | London supplies anti-aircraft missiles to Ukraine

Britain will supply Ukraine with a “small number” of Stormer armored anti-aircraft missile launchers, British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace announced on Monday.

10:53 am | “The war will end, I wished for something”: words of children in Kharkiv

Alina, Alex, Daniel, Kiril and Lilia are between 8 and 14 years old. Since the beginning of the war in Ukraine two months ago, they have been sleeping with their families in a bomb-proof underground car park in Kharkiv, in the east of the country.

10:11 am | Moscow’s expulsion of 40 German diplomats “unjustified”

Russia’s expulsion of 40 German diplomats in retaliation for a similar measure recently taken by Berlin was “unjustified”, the German Foreign Minister reacted on Monday.

10:06 am | Five dead in strikes at railway facilities in central-western Ukraine

At least five people were killed and 18 injured in Russian attacks on railway facilities in the Vinnytsia region of central-western Ukraine on Monday, local prosecutors said.

9:07 a.m. | War crimes in Ukraine: Brussels wants to strengthen the role of Eurojust

The European Commission proposed on Monday to strengthen the mandate of the judicial cooperation agency Eurojust so that it can store evidence of war crimes in Ukraine and in particular make it available to the International Criminal Court.

9:00 a.m. | The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court will take part in the European investigation into crimes in Ukraine

The prosecuting authority of the International Criminal Court (ICC) will participate for the first time in the European investigation into the main alleged crimes in Ukraine, the judicial cooperation agency Eurojust announced on Monday.

8:27 am | Biden to appoint new ambassador to Ukraine

US President Joe Biden on Monday announced his intention to appoint a new US ambassador to Ukraine, a day after Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced a phased return of US diplomats to Ukraine during a visit to Kyiv.

7:46 am | Mariupol: according to Kyiv “no agreement” for a humanitarian corridor from Azovstal

7:31 am | Sanctions: Russian airline Aeroflot lost 20% of passengers in March

Russia’s first airline group, Aeroflot, on Monday announced a 20.4% drop in the number of passengers carried in March compared to the same period in 2021, a drop largely attributed to Western sanctions related to Ukraine is.

6:54 am | More than 5.2 million Ukrainian refugees

The number of Ukrainian refugees who have fled their country from an attack by Russian troops since February 24 has surpassed 5.2 million, according to figures released on Monday by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.

5:49 | Mariupol: Moscow announces a ceasefire on Monday to allow civilians to leave Azovstal

Russia on Monday announced its intention to cease hostilities to allow the evacuation of civilians holed up with Ukrainian militants in the besieged Azovstal metallurgical complex in Mariupol, southeastern Ukraine.

WAR NOTEBOOK | Putin’s sad goal

“Putin’s goal remains the destruction of Ukraine as a state. Make Ukraine economically unviable. In the east of the country, Russia wants to conquer its industrial heart. In the south, Moscow wants to cut off its access to the Black Sea, thereby depriving Ukraine of the ability to export its agricultural production, an important source of income for Kyiv.

– Read Normand Lester’s column

3h55 | Ukraine can win the war, says Washington

Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin said Monday that Ukraine could win the war, striking a decidedly offensive tone the day after American leaders visited Kyiv for the first time since the Russian invasion.

3h50 | Russia says it shot down two Ukrainian drones near border

Russia on Monday shot down two Ukrainian drones near the border with Ukraine, where Moscow has been waging a military offensive for more than two months, local authorities said.

3h40 | Russia: A burning tank farm near the Ukrainian border

A large fuel depot caught fire in a Russian town near the Ukrainian border on Monday, Russian authorities said, without specifying the reasons for the fire..

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