The latest information on the crisis in Russia and Ukraine, April 20. Click here for the latest information from April 19th.
Mariupol’s new surrender deadline, where the West promises more weapons to Ukraine
When midnight approaches after the ultimatum before surrender has passed, RussiaThe Ministry of Defense updated the proposal, stating that none of the Ukrainian soldiers had weapons. The Ukrainian commander vowed not to surrender.
“”RussiaThe army, based purely on humanitarian principles, has again proposed that nationalist battalions and foreign mercenary fighters stop military operations from 1400 Moscow time on April 20 and put down their weapons. Russian The Ministry of Defense said.
The United States, Canada and the United Kingdom have said they will send more artillery.
White House spokesman Jen Psaki said, “We will continue to provide them with more ammunition as we provide them with more military aid,” and new sanctions were being prepared. Added.
US President Joe Biden will announce a new military aid package that is about the same size as last week’s $ 800 million, sources told Reuters.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for a four-day humanitarian suspension to allow civilians to flee and provide humanitarian aid during this weekend’s battle of Orthodox Christians celebrating Easter.
Russia pours more military and press attacks in the east
Russia storms cities and towns along hundreds of miles long boomerang-shaped facades and is potentially crucial for controlling coal mines and factories in the eastern industrial center of the country on Tuesday. In a great battle, more troops were poured into Ukraine.
If successful, the Russian attack on what is known as Donbus essentially slices Ukraine in two. Ukrainian troops say in Mariupol, the now devastated port city of Donbus, Russian troops dropped heavy bombs to flatten the remains of a vast steelworks and attacked a hospital where hundreds of people were staying. rice field.
Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov, a spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry, said Moscow troops attacked many Ukrainian military facilities, including troop concentration and missile warhead depots, in or near several cities and villages. Stated.
These claims could not be verified independently.
Russia’s attack began on Monday along a front that stretched more than 300 miles (480 kilometers) southeast of the country, as both sides described it as a new stage in the war.
US, UK and Canada pledge cannon to Ukraine
Leaders from the United States, Britain and Canada promised to send more artillery to Ukraine on Tuesday in the face of a full-scale Russian assault in the eastern part of Ukraine.
US President Joe Biden, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau make secure video calls with them and other Allied leaders when Russia’s invasion reaches a new stage. I acted after I participated.
Biden replied when a reporter asked during his visit to New Hampshire if the United States would send more cannons to Ukraine.
In London, Johnson told lawmakers: “This will be a cannon dispute. They need more cannon support.
Trudeau said Canada would send heavy artillery and promised to provide more details.
White House spokesman Jen Psaki told Air Force 1 reporters that leaders reaffirmed their commitment to provide Ukraine’s security, economic and humanitarian assistance.
“We will provide them with more military aid, so we will continue to provide them with more ammunition,” Pusaki said. She said the United States is preparing another round of sanctions to impose on Moscow.
The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report.