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On Tuesday, Russia carried out a dozen air and missile strikes in eastern Ukraine.

A “new phase of the war” according to the head of Russian diplomacy, Sergei Lavrov.


In Mariupol still in the grip of bombardments, the last Ukrainian fighters, still entrenched in the vast steel complex of Azovstal, continue to call for help from the international community to be extracted from the besieged city.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky will address the Portuguese Parliament on Thursday at 4 p.m. (GMT)

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7:40 a.m.: “It’s hell”

The fighting "is incessant" in several cities of Donbass, "it's hell", declared the Ukrainian governor of the Lugansk region, Serguiï Gaïdaï, calling on the inhabitants to flee.

Russia announced on Tuesday that it had carried out a dozen airstrikes and missiles in eastern Ukraine.

According to Moscow, "high-precision missiles" "neutralized 13 strongholds" as well as "concentrations" of troops near the key city of Sloviansk, in the Donetsk region.

7:35 a.m.: Air reinforcements have arrived in Ukraine

kyiv has received fighter jets and spare parts to strengthen its air force, the Pentagon spokesman said on Tuesday.

These are probably Russian-made Mig-29s, which kyiv has been asking for since the start of the conflict and which a handful of Eastern European countries have.

7:30 a.m.: “We may be living our last days, even our last hours”

In a message posted on Facebook on Wednesday, a commander of the 36th brigade of the national navy, entrenched in the vast steel complex of Azovstal in Mariupol called on the international community to carry out their "extraction".

"The enemy is ten times more numerous than us", "we call and beg all the leaders of the world to help us".

Hello and welcome to everyone in this live.

This Wednesday, April 20, it will soon be two months since Russia invaded Ukraine.

In the east of the country, the fighting started again with renewed vigor as Russia seems to be beginning the second phase of its offensive: the capture of Donbass.

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