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What has happened in the last hours in Ukraine
On the 62nd day of the war initiated by Russia against Ukraine, these are the key data at 8:00 a.m. on this Tuesday, April 26:
The United States and 40 allied countries are discussing Ukraine today in Germany. The United States will host a meeting of more than 40 allied countries in Germany on Tuesday, a day after Secretaries of State and Defense Antony Blinken and Lloyd Austin met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in kyiv. In that meeting, the Ukrainian president asked the US for more weapons to defend himself against Russian aggression. The request received a positive response from the two highest-ranking envoys of the US Administration to the Ukrainian capital since the beginning of the invasion. “The first step to winning is believing you can win. They believe they can win. We think so too. If they have the right material and support. We’ll do what it takes to get them,” Austin said.
UK says Russia wants to encircle Ukrainian forces in the east. The UK Ministry of Defense warned on Tuesday that Russia was trying to encircle heavily fortified Ukrainian forces in positions in the east of the country. “The city of Kreminna has fallen and heavy fighting is reported south of Izium, as Russian forces advance towards the cities of Sloviansk and Kramatorsk from the north and east. Ukrainian forces have prepared defenses in Zapoiriya, against a potential attack Russian from the south,” says the UK.
Lavrov asserts that there is a “real danger” of a third world war. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said last night on television that there is a “real danger” of a third world war. “The danger is serious, it is real, it cannot be underestimated,” the politician said. Interfax reports that Lavrov compared the current international situation with that experienced during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962, one of the most tense moments between the USSR and the US during the Cold War. “At that time there were few de facto rules, written rules,” he said, “but the rules of conduct were quite clear: it was clear in Moscow how Washington was behaving, and Washington was clear how Moscow was behaving. And now, In general, there are few rules left.”
Poland confirms that it has sent tanks to Ukraine. The Polish government confirmed on Monday that it has sent tanks to Ukraine, but “for the safety of our Ukrainian friends, we are not going to reveal their number”, citing Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, who, minutes earlier, when asked by journalists from if Warsaw had sent or was planning to send tanks, he had tersely answered “yes.”
Four dead and nine wounded in the Russian attack on Kharkov, according to the governor. Four people were killed and nine wounded in Monday’s shelling of Kharkov by Russian forces. So said the governor of that region, Oleh Synegubov, on a public station. Fighting also continues in the Kharkov region in the northeast of the country, with a “partial encirclement” of Ukraine’s second largest city, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry said. Daily shelling has forced civilians in targeted neighborhoods to sleep for weeks in underground passages. “It was scary the first week, after we got used to it,” says 14-year-old Alex, who sleeps with his family in an underground car park.
PHOTO: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at a recent press conference in Moscow. (EFE)