Live Updates | War in Ukraine inspires protest in Chile

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Dozens of protesters have gathered in front of the Russian embassy in Chile’s capital of Santiago to denounce the Russian invasion of Ukraine

April 10, 2022, 3: 45 AM

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SANTIAGO, Chile — Dozens of protesters gathered in front of the Russian embassy in Chile’s capital of Santiago on Saturday to denounce the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Protesters unfurled a large banner featuring the colors of the Ukrainian flag. The group also included Ukrainians living in Chile.

Some protesters laid down on the ground, clutching stuffed animals in honor of child war victims. A large banner read, “Stand with Ukraine.”

“We want to be united at this time with our children, with our families,” said Alina Prus, a Ukrainian living in Chile. “Several of us have our families who are now living the horror of what war means.”

Another protester, Daria Gryshko, said many Ukrainians living in Chile have family or friends living both there and in Russia. It is difficult to see how families are broken up, how relationships are fractured, and when opinions are divided within a household,” she said. “Because the people who live in Russia are exposed to a lot of propaganda, even when you show them video of what is happening now, they don’t believe, because they don’t come out from their TV.”

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KEY DEVELOPMENTS IN THE RUSSIA-UKRAINE WAR:

— Zelenskyy, in AP interview, says he seeks peace despite atrocities

— War Crimes Watch: A devastating walk through Bucha’s horror

— S&P downgrade indicates Russia headed for historic default

— Civilian evacuations continue in battle-scarred eastern Ukraine

— Intel: Putin may cite Ukraine war to meddle in US politics

— Go to https://apnews.com/hub/russia-ukraine for more coverage

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OTHER DEVELOPMENTS:

BORODIANKA, Ukraine — Firefighters continued searching Saturday for survivors or the dead in the debris of destroyed buildings in a northern Ukrainian town that was occupied for weeks by Russian forces.

Residents of Borodianka expect to find dozens of victims under the rubble of the several buildings destroyed during fighting between Russian forces and Ukrainian troops. The town is about 75 kilometers (47 miles) northwest of the capital of Kyiv and had more than 12,000 residents. Borodianka was occupied by

Russian soldiers as they advanced towards Kyiv to try to encircle it. After intense fighting, they were forced to retreat in the last days March. The town is without electricity or natural gas and other services.

A 77-year-old resident, Maria Vaselenko, said her daughter and son-in-law’s bodies have been under rubble for 36 days because Russian soldiers would not allow residents to search for loved ones or their bodies. She claimed that her two teenage grandchildren fled to Poland, but they are now orphans.

” The Russians were shooting. She said that some people wanted to help but that the Russians were shooting them. “They were putting explosives under dead people.”

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MARIUPOL, Ukraine — Shelling by Russian forces of Ukraine’s key port of Mariupol on the Sea of Azov has collapsed several humanitarian corridors and made conditions seldom right for people to leave.

It was not clear Saturday how many people remained trapped in the city, which had a prewar population of 430,000. Ukrainian officials have put the number at about 100,000, but earlier this week, British defense officials said 160,000 people remained trapped in the city.

Ukrainian troops have refused to surrender the city, though much of it has been razed.

Resident Sergey Petrov said Saturday that recently two shells struck around him in quick succession, but neither exploded upon landing. He was in his garage at the time and said his mother later told him, “I was born again.”

“A shell flew in and broke up into two parts but it did not explode, looks like it did not land on the detonator but on its side,” he said.

He said that he was in shock when another shell flew into his garage. I don’t know what’s going on. My garage is filled with smoke. I run away, leaving everything behind. I come back in several hours and find another shell lying there, also unexploded.”

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ATHENS, Greece — A Ukrainian soccer club on Saturday opened a series of charity games on a government-backed “Global Tour for Peace” wearing the names of heavily bombarded cities on its jerseys. The Shakhtar Donetsk Club’s tour aims to raise money and help the refugees from the war in Ukraine.

The first game on Saturday was a 1-0 loss against Olympiakos, the leader of the Greek league.

Soccer clubs from Europe have offered to host youth soccer players and play against Ukrainian teams after the invasion of Russia in February.

Shakhtar already was displaced from its home of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine in 2014.

Shakhtar players changed their names on their jerseys to include the names of cities that were bombarded by Russian forces.

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BUCHA, Ukraine — Civilians remaining in Bucha lined up Saturday for food donated by the local church in the battered Kyiv suburb where Ukrainian forces and journalists reported evidence of war crimes after Russian soldiers withdrew. Many of the civilians who fled Bucha in the wake Russia’s invasion were elderly, poor, or unable leave their loved ones. More than a week ago, the Russian troops left Bucha.

Volunteer Petro Denysyuk told The Associated Press that he and fellow church friends started providing food, with a wide array of basic foodstuffs and hot meals.

” “We have gathered with the youth of our church and prepared food to feed the hungry,” Denysyuk stated. “We prepared pilaf, boiled eggs, prepared meat, sausages, noodles.”

Ukrainian forces and journalists that went into Bucha saw bodies strewn in the streets, evidence of summary executions and the remains of people who could not have threatened soldiers. Russia denied war crimes accusations and accused Kyiv for staging them.

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KYIV, Ukraine — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy thanked the leaders of Britain and Austria for their visits to Kyiv on Saturday and pledges of further support.

In his daily late-night video address to the nation, Zelenskyy also thanked European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for a global fundraising event that raised more than 10 billion euros ($11 billion) for Ukrainians who have had to flee their homes.

Zelenskyy said democratic countries were united in working to stop the war. Boris Johnson, the British Prime Minister, and Karl Nehammer, the Austrian Chancellor, were among several European rulers who met Zelenskky in Kyiv.

“Because Russian aggression was not intended to be limited to Ukraine alone, to the destruction only of our freedom and our life,” he said. “The entire European project is a target for Russia.”

Zelenskyy repeated his call for a complete embargo on Russian oil and gas, calling them the sources of Russia’s “self-confidence and impunity.”

“But Ukraine does not have time to wait. Freedom cannot wait. He stated that if tyranny starts its aggression against all that keeps peace in Europe, it must be dealt with immediately.

He said: “And an oil embargo should be the first step. Furthermore, all democratic countries are responsible for the civilized world. Russia will feel it. Then it will be an argument for them to seek peace, to stop the senseless violence.”

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LVIV, Ukraine — Eyewitness descriptions are coming from Kramatorsk, the town in eastern Ukraine where a missile hit a train station packed with evacuees on Friday.

The Sydorenko family could have been among the 52 dead and more than 100 wounded, but their taxi didn’t show and they had to wait for another one. They finally arrived for the 11 a.m. evacuation train just three minutes after the explosion.

Ivan Sydorenko says there were around 2,000 people inside the station and on the platforms when the missile hit. He claims that they escaped from their taxi amid a scene of burning cars and missile fragments, and people fleeing to their lives.

Ivan was able to escape by bus, train and then bus with his wife and child, finally reaching safety in Lviv, western Ukraine. The Sydorenkos represent just one of thousands of families who are attempting to flee eastern Ukraine in preparation for an imminent Russian invasion.

Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said 10 evacuation corridors were planned for Saturday, and other stations were open for trains full of refugees. Russia has meanwhile denied responsibility and accused Ukraine’s military firing on the station in an attempt to shift blame for the civilian deaths in Moscow.

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KYIV, Ukraine — Panicked residents of eastern Ukraine boarded buses or looked for other ways to leave Saturday, a day after a missile strike killed at least 52 people and wounded more than 100 at a train station. The attack in Kramatorsk caused that there were no trains running in the city and brought thousands of people looking to flee. Ukrainian authorities have urged civilians to flee ahead of a Russian-led offensive in the east.

Residents on Saturday feared the kind of unrelenting assaults and occupations by Russian invaders that brought food shortages, demolished buildings and death to other cities elsewhere in Ukraine.

” It was terrifying. One resident recalled Friday’s attack at the train station and described the horror, the horror, to Sky. “Heaven forbid that I have to go through this again. No, I don’t want to.”

Western military analysts said an arc of territory in eastern Ukraine was under Russian control. It was located from Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second largest city — in the northern to Kherson in south.

But Russian counterattacks are threatening Kherson’s control, according to Western assessments. Meanwhile, Ukrainian forces are repelling Russian attacks elsewhere in the Donbas area in the southeast.

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WASHINGTON — U.S. intelligence officials predict Russian President Vladimir Putin may use U.S. support for Ukraine as justification for a new campaign to interfere in American politics.

Intelligence officials tell The Associated Press that they have yet to find any evidence that Putin has authorized measures like the ones Russia undertook in the last two elections to support former President Donald Trump. A number of people familiar with the matter spoke under anonymity to discuss sensitive findings. They said that it is still unclear which candidates Russia might be trying to promote next.

Trump repeatedly attacked U.S. intelligence officers and claimed that investigations into Russian influence on Trump’s campaigns were political vendettas. Russia has been accused of spreading disinformation, amplifying pro-Kremlin voices throughout the West, and using cyberattacks in order to disrupt governments. Top U.S. intelligence officers are still working on plans to create a new Foreign Malign Influence Center that will be devoted to foreign influence campaigns by Russia and China, as authorized by Congress.

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KYIV, Ukraine — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy told The Associated Press on Saturday that he is committed to seeking peace despite Russian attacks on civilians that have stunned the world.

He said no one wants to negotiate with people who tortured their nation — “as a man, as a father, I understand this very well.” But he said “we don’t want to lose opportunities, if we have them, for a diplomatic solution.”

Zelenskyy said he’s confident Ukrainians would accept peace despite the horrors they have witnessed in the war. In the meantime, Russian troops are gathering for an expected surge of fighting in eastern Ukraine. This includes the besieged port of Mariupol, which Ukrainian defenders are fighting to keep.

So Zelenskyy reiterated his appeal for more weapons from other countries. He said that they must fight for life, not “for dust when no one is around”. That’s why it is important to stop this war.”

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KYIV, Ukraine — U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kyiv, promising so much support that his nation might never be bullied again.

Johnson’s surprise visit included a pledge of 120 armored vehicles and new anti-ship missile systems, part of another 100 million pounds ($130 million) of high-grade military equipment. Johnson also confirmed an additional $500 million in World Bank lending, taking Britain’s total loan guarantee up to $1 billion.

Johnson said Ukraine defied the odds pushing Russian forces “from the gates of Kyiv, achieving the greatest feat of arms of the 21st century.”

The prime minister credits “Zelenskyy’s resolute leadership and the invincible heroism and courage of the Ukrainian people” for thwarting what he calls the “monstrous aims” of Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

Johnson says Britain and its partners “are going to ratchet up the economic pressure … not just freezing assets in banks and sanctioning oligarchs but moving away from use of Russian hydrocarbons.”

Johnson also described a vision for a future Ukraine so fortified and protected by the equipment, technology and know-how of Britain and its partners that it can never be threatened in the same way again. In the meantime, Johnson said, “there is a huge amount to do to make sure that Ukraine is successful, that Ukraine wins and that Putin must fail.”

MILAN — An Italian government source said Italian Premier Mario Draghi is traveling to Algeria on Monday to sign a deal for more gas.

Italy is urgently searching for alternatives to natural gas coming from Russia since the invasion of Ukraine. Russia is Italy’s biggest supplier, representing 40% of total imports. Italy’s foreign minister traveled to Algeria, Azerbaijan and Qatar to make more deals. Algeria is Italy’s second-largest supplier of natural gas, which is the main source of the nation’s electricity, providing some 21 billion cubic meters of gas via the Trans-Mediterranean pipeline.

Italian energy company ENI has operated in Algeria for 40 years. ENI announced last month a significant oil-and-gas discovery in Algeria and stated that it would work with Sonatrach to accelerate its development for the third quarter. Colleen Barry,

— Italy’s business reporter.

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Julian Lennon has explained why he decided to sing his father’s song “Imagine” for the first time publicly.

He posted on social media that he had always said that he would only sing the song when it was the End of the World. He claims it’s the right song because the War on Ukraine is a terrible tragedy. He felt the need to respond in the best way he could.

John Lennon’s son says that murderous violence in Ukraine has forced millions of families to flee their homes. He says the lyrics reflect our collective desire for peace worldwide, and “within this song, we’re transported to a space, where love and togetherness become our reality, if but for a moment in time.”

Lennon joined celebrities around the world calling on world leaders to do more to support refugees in the Stand Up For Ukraine campaign.

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BOSTON — The International Monetary Fund has created an account to give donor countries a secure way to funnel financial assistance directly to war-ravaged Ukraine.

The multilateral lender stated in a Friday statement that it launched the account at the request a number of member countries. The goal is to assist Ukraine in meeting its payments and stabilize its economy through loans or grants from pooled funds.

The IMF says Canada has proposed routing up to 1 billion Canadian dollars ($795 million) to Ukraine through the new account.

Two weeks after Russia’s Feb. 24 invasion of Ukraine, the IMF approved a $1.4 billion emergency loan to Ukraine.

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BOSTON — S&P Global Ratings has downgraded its assessment of Russia’s ability to repay foreign debt, signaling increased prospects that Moscow will soon default on such loans for the first time in more than a century. The credit rating agency issued the downgrade from “selective default” Friday night after Russia made arrangements to pay foreign bond payments in rubles, despite them being due in dollars. It said it didn’t expect Russia to be able to convert the rubles into dollars within a 30-day grace period.

S&P stated that it believes Russia’s sanctions over its invasion in Ukraine will increase, which could hinder its willingness and ability honor its obligations to foreign debt holders. The Kremlin indicated it is willing to pay its debts, but warned that it would do so in rubles in the event its overseas accounts remain frozen in foreign currencies.

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WARSAW, Poland – The head of the European Union’s executive branch says 10.1 billion euros ($11 billion) have been raised globally in a fundraising event for Ukraine and people who have fled the country invaded by Russia.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen was joined at the event in Warsaw by Polish President Andrzej Duda and — remotely — by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

At the end of the 90-minute event, a smiling von der Leyen said the donations will go to help refugees, both outside and inside Ukraine.

” We will continue to provide support. Von der Leyen stated that once the bombs stop falling, they will continue to support the people of Ukraine in rebuilding their country.

Saturday’s pledging event was held in Warsaw because more than 2.5 million of the 4.4 million people who have fled Ukraine since Russia’s invasion began Feb. 24 have entered Poland. Many have stayed, but some have moved to other countries. The event was intended to encourage political leaders and celebrities around the world to donate money and other donations to Ukraine.

It ended with Julian Lennon singing his father John Lennon’s peace song “Imagine.”

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MOSCOW — YouTube has banned the channel of Russia’s lower house of parliament, the State Duma, prompting government officials to renew longtime threats against the platform.

The Duma TV channel reported the ban on the messaging app Telegram, noting that it had 145,000 subscribers and over 100,000 million total views. In comments to the Russian news agency Interfax, Google didn’t give an exact reason for the move, but said the company follows “all applicable sanction and trade compliance laws.”

Russia’s state communications watchdog Roskomnadzor demanded that YouTube unblock the channel. Maria Zakharova, a spokeswoman for the Foreign Ministry, stated Saturday that the service had “given itself a sentence” in which she urged users to “download content and transfer it onto Russian platforms.” And fast.”

State Duma speaker Vyacheslav Volodin called the move against the parliament’s YouTube channel “another proof of violations of the rights and freedoms of citizens by Washington.”


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