War in Ukraine: what to remember from the day of April 21 – franceinfo

Ukraine needs $7 billion a month to compensate for economic losses caused by Russia’s war, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Thursday (April 21st). “And we will need hundreds of billions of dollars for reconstruction,” he added at a meeting of the IMF and the World Bank in Washington. Franceinfo takes stock of what to remember from this day of war in Ukraine. >> Follow live the latest information on the situation in Ukraine Vladimir Putin says that “the end of the work of liberation of Mariupol” is “a success”. Russian President Vladimir Putin ruled on Thursday that his forces had taken control of the besieged Ukrainian city. He informed his Defense Minister, Sergei Shoigu, that an assault on the Azovstal site, the last pocket of resistance, was “not appropriate” and that it was necessary to besiege “the area in such a way that not a single fly passes”. A claim disputed by US President Joe Biden who considered that “there is still no proof that Mariupol is completely lost”. According to Volodymyr Zelensky, in addition to some 2,000 Ukrainian soldiers, “about a thousand civilians, women and children” and “hundreds of wounded” have also taken refuge in the Azovstal steelworks. Evacuations have resumed in Mariupol Four evacuation buses managed to leave the port of Mariupol on Thursday, announced Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk. On Wednesday, a humanitarian corridor in principle negotiated to allow the evacuation of civilians from Mariupol had “not worked”, according to the same source. She had accused the Russians of having violated the ceasefire and blocked the buses, while Moscow had accused “the kyiv authorities of having cynically scuttled this humanitarian operation”. No evacuation corridor had been set up in Ukraine since Saturday. New aid of 800 million dollars for Ukraine US President Joe Biden announced on Thursday that Washington would release an envelope of 800 million dollars to support the Ukrainian army. “Heavy artillery weapons, dozens of Howitzer (guns), 144,000 munitions as well as drones” will be sent, he detailed. The United States also intends to provide additional economic aid of $500 million to keep the Ukrainian government functioning, according to a Treasury official. American and Canadian personalities sanctioned by Moscow The Kremlin on Thursday prohibited the entry into its territory of 29 American personalities, including the leader of Meta, Mark Zuckerberg, and the American Vice-President, Kamala Harris. In addition, 61 Canadian personalities, mostly government or military officials, are also targeted by this measure. These American and Canadian citizens “are banned from entering Russia for an indefinite period”, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in two statements. Spain sends 200 tons of equipment Spain will deliver 200 tons of military equipment to Ukraine, a shipment that is double the military aid sent so far from Madrid to kyiv, the Spanish Prime Minister announced on Thursday Pedro Sánchez who was visiting the Ukrainian capital, together with his Danish counterpart Mette Frederiksen. They met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.