Russo-Ukrainian War: What We Know About Day 115 of the Invasion | Ukraine

  • Ukrainian paramedic released from Russian captivityUkrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy announced on Saturday. He said Ukraine succeeded in securing the release of Yulia Payevska, a civilian paramedic captured by Russian forces in Mariupol on March 16.

  • ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy tweeted that the bravery of Ukrainians had created the opportunity for Europe to “create a new history of freedom, and finally remove the gray area in Eastern Europe between the EU and Russia”. In his nocturnal video addresses, Zelensky hailed Brussels’ support for Ukraine’s candidacy for membership of the European Union as a “historic achievement”. “Ukrainian institutions retain their resilience even under war conditions. Ukrainian democratic habits have not lost their power even now.

  • russian president Vladimir Putin says Moscow has ‘nothing against’ Ukraine’s EU membership. He made the comments on Friday after the European Commission recommended granting Kyiv candidate status from the 27-member bloc. “We have nothing against it,” Putin told Russia’s annual economic forum in St. Petersburg. “It is their sovereign decision whether or not to join economic unions… It is their business, the business of the Ukrainian people.”

  • German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said it was “absolutely necessary” for leaders to speak directly with Putin to try to end the war. Speaking to German news agency DPA on Friday, Scholz said: “It is absolutely necessary to speak to Putin, and I will continue to do so, just like the French president.”

  • Four civilians died and six were injured friday in the russian bombings Donetsk region of Donbass, Governor Pavlo Kyrylenko said on Telegram.

  • Dozens of Ukrainian civilians carried out military exercises on Friday in fortified positions left by Russian troops in Buchaa city synonymous with war crimes attributed to the forces of Moscow. A sergeant known as Ticha said: ‘Most of those here are not soldiers, they are just civilians who want to defend their country – 50% of them have never carried a weapon. till today.

  • Lithuania announced to the Russian region of Kaliningrad that it would block the import and export of a large number of goods by rail because of Western sanctions, the regional governor said on Friday. The region is home to Russia’s Baltic Fleet and a deployment site for nuclear-capable Iskander missiles. Governor Anton Alikhanov said the crackdown was “a most serious violation” of free transit and would affect 40-50% of products imported and exported from Russia via Lithuania.

  • Ukraine received a $733 million loan from Canada. In a statement Released on Friday, Ukraine’s finance ministry said the funds, which were “raised in accordance with the loan agreement between Ukraine and Canada,” would be “directed to the state budget to fund priority spending – in particular, to ensure priority social and humanitarian expenditure”.

  • The Biden administration’s plan to sell four large armable drones to Ukraine has been put on hold out of fear that its sophisticated surveillance equipment could fall into enemy hands, Reuters reported, citing two people familiar with the matter. Objection to the export of drones arose out of fears that drone radar and surveillance equipment could create a security risk to the United States if they fell into Russian hands.

  • Russian media reportedly showed footage of two American citizens captured in Ukraine. On Friday, the Izvestia newspaper showed footage of what it said was an interview with 27-year-old Andy Huynh. Russian channel RT also posted a photo of a man it identified as 39-year-old Alexander Drueke. Drueke’s mother, Lois Drueke, told the Guardian she believed the clip was genuine and it gave her “great hope”.

  • On Friday, Republican U.S. senators questioned TikTok chief executive Shou Zi Chew over reports that the social media site allowed Russian state-approved media content. but banned other videos. The senators said they were “deeply concerned” that TikTok was “allowing the spread of pro-war propaganda to the Russian public”. TikTok said in a statement that the company looks forward to continuing to engage with members on these issues and answering their questions.

  • A group of international investigators and experts visited war-torn areas near Kyiv, including a burned down school, as part of Ukraine’s ongoing investigation into alleged war crimes. An expert told Reuters: “The scale of these crimes, their systematic nature, it very clearly appears to be crimes against humanity… It runs the gamut of violations of international humanitarian law.”

  • Viktoria Apanasenko, a civic volunteer from Chernihiv, Ukraine, has been chosen to represent the country in the Miss Universe 2022 pageant. “Victoria Helps the Naíve Capital [a Kyiv-based restaurant] cooking for armed forces battalions and the elderly,” said one statement by the Ukrainian organization Miss Universe. “She and her friend are taking care of food, medicine and hygiene products for children, the elderly and the internally displaced.”

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