Russian forces shift focus east, away from Kyiv: LIVE UPDATES

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy gave a virtual speech Saturday during Qatar’s Doha Forum, where he criticized Russia’s ongoing aggression and called on the international community to do more to help.

Zelenskyy also compared the Russian attack on the port city of Mariupol to the Russian bombing of Aleppo during the Syrian War, where over 400 people died.

“They are destroying our ports,” Zelenskyy said. “The absence of exports from Ukraine will deal a blow to countries worldwide.”

US and EU announce task force to cut Russian gas

Ukraine claims another Russian general scalp, second lieutenant-general killed at same base

Ukraine’s defense ministry said Saturday that its forces had killed another Russian general during a strike near the city of Kherson.

Lt. Gen. Yakov Rezantsev would be the seventh general killed in Ukraine and the second-lieutenant general – the highest rank officer reportedly killed, according to the BBC.

Low morale among Russian troops may have forced senior officers closer to the front lines, leading to several high-profile deaths among their ranks.

Andrei Mordvichev, the other lieutenant-general reportedly killed, was at the same base when he died.

Kyiv 35-hour curfew announced

Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko announced a curfew will remain in effect from 8 pm local time Saturday to 7 am Monday.

Local residents can leave their homes only to move to bomb shelters. Shops, pharmacies, gas stations and even public transit will not operate during this time.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Russian losses continue to pile: report

Biden to meet Ukrainian foreign, defense ministers in Warsaw: report

President Biden will meet with Ukrainian foreign, defense ministers during his visit to Warsaw, Poland on Saturday, the AFP News Agency reports.

The White House previously announced Biden planned to meet with Ukrainian refugees who fled since the start of the Russian War before he gives a speech.

More than 300,000 refugees fled Ukraine in the last 30 days.

Zelenskyy calls on the United Nations to do more

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy gave a speech Saturday during Qatar’s Doha Forum, where he criticized Russia’s ongoing aggression.

“They are destroying our ports,” Zelenskyy said. “The absence of exports from Ukraine will deal a blow to countries worldwide.”

Zelenskyy also called on the United Nations to do more to intervene in the conflict and aid Ukrainians.

“The future of Europe rests with your efforts,” he said. “We have to ensure this sacred month of Ramadan is not overshadowed by the misery of people in Ukraine.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Ukrainian Kindergarten after Russian Armed Forces attack: photo

Humanitarian aid arrives in Ukraine: photos

Translation: “Trains with thirty tons of humanitarian cargo arrived in Dnipropetrovsk region and Zaporizhia.”

“The cargo was sent within the framework of joint humanitarian initiatives of the Joint Forces Command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.”

Zelenskyy: ‘16,000 Russian servicemen have already died. For what?’

Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy gave an address on the 30th anniversary of the founding the country’s Security Service.

“I want to begin this address with words of congratulations. On my own behalf and on your behalf, on behalf of all our citizens of Ukraine to the employees of the Security Service of Ukraine. Today is their day,” he said.

“We will always remember all the employees of the Service who died for Ukraine while performing tasks to counter Russian aggression,” Zelenskyy added.

“During this month of hostilities, 77 employees of the Security Service were awarded state awards. Two of them were posthumously awarded the title of Hero of Ukraine. Both distinguished themselves in the battles near Makariv, Kyiv region. Thanks to their courageous actions, the enemy headquarters and more than 20 occupiers were destroyed.”

“By restraining Russia’s actions, our defenders are leading the Russian leadership to a simple and logical idea: talk is necessary. Meaningful. Urgent. Fair. For the sake of the result, not for the sake of the delay.”

“16,000 Russian servicemen have already died. For what?”

Czech Minister refuses meeting in Budapest amid Hungary’s support for Russia

Translation: The Czech Minister of Defense refused a meeting in Budapest, Hungary’s capital, because of the country’s support for Russia.

“I am very sorry that cheap Russian oil is more important to Hungarian politicians than Ukrainian blood,” she wrote.

Ukrainian Armed Forces destroyed three more Russian planes: report

The Ukrainian Armed Forces destroyed 12 Russian air targets, including three planes, on March 25, according to a report.

The targets also included three drones, a helicopter and five cruise missiles.

On the ground, Ukrainian forces reportedly destroyed eight tanks and 17 armored units that same day in the Donetsk and Luhansk areas.

Germany has sent Ukraine 1,500 anti-aircraft missiles: report

Germany has sent 1,500 “Strela” anti-aircraft missiles and 100 MG3 machine guns to Ukraine this week, according to the Kyiv Independent.

The shipment included 350,000 food packs, 50 medical transport vehicles, and medical supplies.

Minnesota man freed after being detained in Russia: Sen Klobuchar

Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar released a statement Friday announcing the release of Tyler Jacob, a Minnesota man who had been detained in Russia.

“I am relieved that Tyler is safely reunited with his wife and daughter,” Klobuchar said in the statement. “Over the last two weeks, my team and I have been in close contact with his family, the State Department, and the US embassy in Moscow working towards this outcome, and I am grateful that we were able to help bring him to safety.”

Klobuchar added, “While this is good news, my heart remains with all those separated from their loved ones or in danger. As Vladimir Putin continues his senseless war, our commitment to supporting the people of Ukraine is steadfast.”

Jacob was taken by Russian soldiers as he tried to flee Ukraine for his own safety at the approximately two weeks ago. He was detained in Russia for ten days as his family tried to work with the US State Department and US embassy in Moscow to locate him and bring him home.

“I am so ecstatic that Tyler is safe,” Tina Hauser, Jacobs’ mother, said in the statement. “This has been a harrowing experience, and I am so grateful to the officials in the State Department and embassy who helped us locate Tyler and get him out of Russia. I am especially grateful to Senator Klobuchar for her steadfast support through this whole process. This was a parent’s worst nightmare, but I can rest easy tonight knowing my son has made it to safety.”

Zelenskyy shouldn’t be pressured to ‘cave in’: China expert

Russia calls in reinforcements from Georgia signaling shift in strategy

Senior foreign affairs correspondent Greg Palkot has the latest from Lviv, Ukraine, on ‘Special Report.’

Zelenskyy announces a temporary housing construction plan for displaced persons

President Zelenskyy announced a plan to build temporary housing for people displaced by the Russia War.

“Once we achieve peace, we will begin immediate large-scale reconstruction of our country. But now people need a temporary home,” Zelensky said.

Click here for Friday’s live coverage.

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