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What has happened in the last hours in Ukraine

On the 54th day of the war initiated by Russia against Ukraine, these are the key data at 8 am this Monday, April 18:

The Russian army forcibly removes 150 children from Mariupol. The troops led by Vladimir Putin transferred 150 children out of Ukraine from the city of Mariupol, a hundred of them were wounded and sick in hospital, according to the Crimean Human Rights Group. “The minors were transferred to occupied Donetsk and Russian Taganrog,” said Olha Skrypnyk, director of the group. According to Petro Andriushchenko, adviser to the mayor of Mariupol, most of the children were taken from hospitals without their parents. Some 120,000 civilians are still trapped in the city without water, electricity or heating

Zelensky assures that the Russian troops want to destroy Donbas. President Volodímir Zelenski has assured this Sunday that Russian troops are preparing an offensive operation in eastern Ukraine. “They literally want to finish and destroy Donbas,” he said. “Just as the Russian troops are destroying Mariupol, they want to destroy other cities and communities in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions.” “Each delay in weapons, each political delay is a license for Russia to take the lives of Ukrainians,” Zelensky denounced.

Von der Leyen asks to accelerate the delivery of weapons to Ukraine. The president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, called this Sunday to accelerate the delivery of weapons to Ukraine to strengthen the military capacity of the Ukrainian Army. “For all the member states that can, they should hand them over quickly because only then can Ukraine survive in its defensive fight against Russia,” Von der Leyen told the German newspaper. Bild am Sonntag. “There is no difference between heavy and light weapons. Ukraine must receive everything it needs to defend itself,” he added after noting that “we have to do everything we can to prepare for the fact that the war can last for months and even years.” in the worst case”.

The Islamic State calls to attack Europe taking advantage of the war in Ukraine. The Islamic State terrorist group (ISIS for its acronym in English) has called on its followers this Sunday to carry out attacks in Europe, taking advantage of Russia’s war in Ukraine. “Now you have the opportunity. Europe is burning and the crusaders are killing each other,” said the organization’s new spokesman, Abu Omar al Muhager, in a 33-minute audio message broadcast through his audiovisual production company, Al Furqan. .

In the image, bodies of dead civilians in the streets of Mariupol. (Alexander Ermochenko /Reuters)

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