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Ukraine war news live: Russia ‘isolates Mariupol to filter out male population’, while 100 ‘are expelled from Izium’

Russian state TV presenter says war in Ukraine ‘has already turned into World War III’

Russian troops in Mariupol, southern Ukraine, are preparing to close all entrances and exits soon in order to “filter” the male population.

All movement in the beleaguered Black Sea port city will also be banned for a week from Monday (April 18) to complete the screening process already underway – Petro Andriushchenko, adviser to the mayor of Mariupol, said on Telegram .

He said: “During this period, 100% of the city’s remaining male population will be ‘filtered’. To this end, they will all be transferred to Novoazovsk [a town closer to the border with Russia]. Some people will be mobilized into the Russian occupation corps, others will be forcibly deployed to clear the rubble, and those classified as unreliable will be isolated.

Meanwhile, Moscow announced that nearly 100 Ukrainian citizens from Izium in the Kharkiv region have been deported to Russian territory. “Their destination is the Belgorod region,” Russian news agency RIA Novosti reported, according to the Russian Defense Ministry.

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Russia to ‘add more UK politicians to blacklist’

The Kremlin is reportedly extending restrictions against British politicians over what Russia calls a “surge of anti-Russian hysteria”.

We reported earlier that a blacklist already contains the names of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, Defense Secretary Ben Wallace and 10 other politicians – based on a report by Russian news agency Tas citing the Russian Foreign Ministry.

Boris Johnson, pictured with Volodymyr Zelensky in Kyiv

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Now more names could be added, according to the report.

The department said in a statement: “This list will soon be expanded to include more British politicians and members of parliament, who continue to stoke anti-Russian hysteria, push the collective West towards the use of threatening language with Moscow and are engaged in dishonest encouragement of the neo-Nazi regime in kyiv.

Lamiat SabinApril 16, 2022 12:30 p.m.

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Russia ‘killed 200 Ukrainian children’ during invasion

Some 200 Ukrainian children have died since Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine on February 24.

This figure was reported by the Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine.

Another 360 children were injured, he added.

Ukrainian soldiers next to a missile fragment that says ‘for children’

(Andriy Andriyenko/AP)

The highest number of affected children was in Donetsk region – 117, Kyiv region – 105, Kharkiv region – 88, Chernihiv region – 54, Kherson region – 41, Mykolaiv region – 40, Luhansk region – 36, Zaporizhzhia region – 23, capital city – 16, Sumy region – 16, Zhytomyr region – 15.

Yesterday, two children – including a seven-month-old baby – were killed and three were injured when Russian troops fired on a neighborhood in Kharkiv.

Shelling and shelling by the Russian Armed Forces damaged 1,018 educational institutions, of which 95 were completely destroyed.

Lamiat SabinApril 16, 2022 12:00

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Russia bans Boris Johnson and senior ministers over sanctions

Russia had banned Boris Johnson, Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, Defense Secretary Ben Wallace and 10 other British government officials and politicians from entering the country.

The decision was taken “in view of the unprecedented hostile action by the British government, in particular the imposition of sanctions against senior Russian officials”, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement, adding that it would expand the list soon.

Read the full story here by Ashley Cowburn

Lamiat SabinApril 16, 2022 11:30 am

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Watch: Harry and Meghan meet Ukrainian army personnel

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle met members of the Ukrainian military during the Invictus Games hosted by the Netherlands.

Artem Lukashuk, a contestant at the event, revealed the Duke of Sussex gave him words of support and told him Ukraine would win their fight against Russia.

Harry and Meghan meet the Ukrainian army at the Invictus Games

Oksana Horbach, the country’s team manager, said of Meghan: “She totally understood [the importance] to be heard, to be welcomed and to have a voice to speak your own truths.

Lamiat SabinApril 16, 2022 11:00 a.m.

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Russia hits military installations in Kyiv and Mykolaiv with missiles

Russia has admitted destroying the buildings of an armored vehicle factory in kyiv and a military repair facility in the southern city of Mykolaiv.

The strikes were carried out by long-range, high-precision weapons, Interfax news agency quoted the Russian Defense Ministry as saying.

Footage shared on social media this morning shows plumes of smoke rising from the factory in Kyiv’s Darnytsky district.

Russia also shot down a Ukrainian SU-25 plane near Izium in the Kharkiv region of eastern Ukraine, Interfax added citing the ministry.

Lamiat SabinApril 16, 2022 10:30 am

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Mariupol “will be isolated to allow screening of the population by Russia”

Russian troops in Mariupol are preparing to close all entrances and exits to the Black Sea port city on April 18.

Any movement in the besieged city will be banned to carry out a process of “filtration” among the male population of the city that is already underway – Petro Andriushchenko, adviser to the mayor of Mariupol, said on Telegram.

Pro-Russian troops in the southern port city of Mariupol

(Alexander Ermoshenko/Reuters)

Mr Andriushchenko said: “Occupiers report that on Monday they will not only permanently close all entrances and exits to the city for everyone, but will institute a traffic ban in all neighborhoods for a week.

“During this time, 100% of the city’s remaining male population will be ‘filtered’. To this end, they will all be transferred to Novoazovsk [a town closer to the border with Russia].

“Some of the people will be mobilized into the Russian occupation corps, some will be forcibly deployed to clear the rubble, and those classified as unreliable will be isolated.”

Russian troops plan to allow only women and men who will meet basic needs to stay in the city, Andriushchenko said.

Lamiat SabinApril 16, 2022 10:00 a.m.

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Nearly 100 deported from Izium in Ukraine to Russia

Moscow announced that Ukrainian citizens from Izium in the Kharkiv region were deported to Russian territory.

Izium in the Kharkiv region

(Google Maps)

Russian news agency RIA Novosti reported: “The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation expelled the first group of refugees, almost 100 people, from Izium in the Kharkiv region. Their destination is the Belgorod region.

Ukraine has repeatedly accused Russia of forcibly evicting Ukrainian civilians from besieged and humanitarian crisis areas, including the besieged city of Mariupol.

Lamiat SabinApril 16, 2022 9:30 a.m.

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More than 20 tactical groups of Russian battalions transferred to Izium

Russian forces have assembled up to 22 battalion tactical groups near Izium in the Kharkiv region.

This is according to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, which said that Russia’s main military efforts are focused on maintaining previously occupied positions and fronts.

Lamiat SabinApril 16, 2022 09:00

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Two people die in attacks that leave towns without gas or water

At least two civilians were killed and four injured in Russian attacks across Ukraine, local officials said.

Earlier, we reported that a man was killed following the shelling by Russian troops of the town of Kreminna in the Luhansk region of eastern Ukraine.

This was announced by regional governor Serhiy Gaidai, who also said three people were injured in the attack.

In addition, a gas pipeline was damaged in Lysychansk and Severodonetsk, which were without gas or water, Gaidai said in a message on the Telegram messaging app.

“Evacuate, while still possible,” he said in a later message, adding that buses were ready for those who wanted to be evacuated from the area.

Civilians leaving Severodonetsk earlier this week

(Vadim Ghirda/AP)

One person died and another was injured in an overnight attack on a small village near Poltava, the capital of Ukraine’s central Poltava region, the region’s governor, Dmytro Lunin, said in an article by Telegram.

Explosions were heard this morning in kyiv and the western city of Lviv, but there was no information on casualties or damage. Russia has denied targeting civilians since it invaded Ukraine on February 24.

Lamiat SabinApril 16, 2022 08:30

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A man dies during the Russian bombardment of the Kreminna

One person was killed by the Russian shelling of the town of Kreminna in the separatist-controlled Luhansk region.

Serhiy Haidai, head of the Lugansk regional military administration, said: “The Russian army opened fire on Sievierodonetsk, Lysychansk and Kreminna.

“Late in the evening, firefighters found the body of a man under the rubble of a building of one of the Kreminna vocational schools with no signs of life.”

Kreminna in Eastern Ukraine

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Lamiat SabinApril 16, 2022 08:00


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