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Russia-Ukraine: Zelenskyy slams UN chief’s Russia visit

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Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy criticises a decision by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to visit Moscow on Tuesday before heading to Kyiv.
Zelenskyy says Ukraine hopes to secure heavy weapons at talks with the US secretaries of state and defence in Kyiv on Sunday, but reiterated calls for a meeting with Putin to “end the war”.
The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe says it is working to secure the release of a number of Special Monitoring Mission members detained in eastern Ukraine.
A series of cruise missile attacks killed at least eight people in Ukraine’s Odesa region, including a three-month-old baby.
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki says his country has supplied Ukraine with more than $1.6bn worth of weapons since the Russian invasion began.
Ukrainians “are fighting for us, for Europe, for freedom, for peace in Europe. And let everyone be aware of that,” he told reporters.

Polish media reports say the package includes 40 tanks and around 60 armoured cars.
Ukrainian forces have shot down two Russian cruise missiles that were flying in the direction of a port near the southern city of Odesa, according to officials.

In a Telegram post, the Odesa city council said that the missiles were “launched from the Black Sea area by a Russian ship and were flying towards the port of Pivdennyi”.
The secretary-general of the UN will visit Turkey, an important mediator seeking an end to Russia’s war against Ukraine, before heading to Moscow and Kyiv, according to his office.
Guterres “will visit Ankara, Turkey, where, on 25 April, he will be received by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan,” the statement said.
Ukraine’s president has said Kyiv will withdraw from negotiations if Russian troops kill Ukrainians holed up in a steel plant in Mariupol or conduct referendums for independence in other occupied territories.
“If our men in Mariupol are killed, and if these pseudo-referendums are organised in the south, then Ukraine will withdraw from all negotiations,” Zelenskyy said during a news briefing.

“I believe that this will not facilitate diplomatic settlement of the situation. This will definitely hinder the end of the war. This will be definitely a wrong step taken by Russia.”


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