3 hr 11 min agoZelensky says everybody involved in Kramatorsk attack will be held accountableFrom CNN’s Hira Humayun
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky speaks during a video broadcast on Friday evening April 8. (Ukrainian Government)Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said everyone behind the Russian attack on the Kramatorsk train station will be held accountable.
“This is another war crime of Russia, for which everyone involved will be held accountable,” he said in his nightly address on Friday, adding that Russian state propaganda tried to blame Ukrainian armed forces for the attack.
“We expect a firm, global response to this war crime,” he said.
Zelensky confirmed previous reports from the head of Donetsk region military administration, that at least 50 people were killed in the attack, including five children.
“Like the massacres in Bucha, as well as many other Russian war crimes, the missile strike on Kramatorsk must be one of the charges at the tribunal, which is bound to happen,” he said.The Ukrainian President said “all the efforts of the world” will be directed to establish minute-by-minute “who did what, who gave orders, where did the rocket come from, who was carrying it, who gave the order and how the strike was coordinated.”
“Responsibility is inevitable,” he said.
3 hr 22 min agoHungary PM’s spokesperson says “we are not going to mingle in this war by means of weapons”From CNN’s Henry Hullah and Emmet Lyons
Zoltan Kovacs, the international spokesperson for Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán speaks with CNN on Friday April 8. (CNN)A spokesperson for Hungary’s Prime Minister told CNN the country will not supply weapons to support Ukraine in the conflict with Russia.
“The Hungarian standpoint is firm … we are not going to mingle in this war by means of weapons and by supplying soldiers,” said Zoltan Kovacs, the international spokesperson for Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, on Friday. In an address last month, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky criticized Orbán, telling Hungary to “decide for yourself who you are with.”
Following a sweeping election victory last Sunday, Orbán hit out at Zelensky, saying his campaign “had to fight against a huge amount of opponents” including the Ukrainian President.
Kovacs told CNN that while Hungary would support Ukraine with humanitarian aid, Prime Minister Orbán rejected Zelensky’s “message.”
“As a sovereign state, don’t message us. We know what to do. We do everything at our disposal, but it’s not going to be by what you are trying to tell us to do. I believe Mr. Zelensky is representing the Ukrainian national interest. We see the disturbing images and the tragedy that is happening in Ukraine,” he said.
“We are going to take care of everyone coming from Ukraine and the best effort is to bring these warring partners into a negotiating table.” Hungary has proposed a peace summit in its capital Budapest — a proposal called “cynical” by Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Oleg Nikolenko.
Some context: Hungary has indicated it would be willing to pay for Russian gas in rubles after Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree demanding that “unfriendly countries” pay for gas in the currency. It’s a move that EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen told CNN would be a breach of EU sanctions.
However, Kovacs said it was “impossible” to stop buying Russian energy.
“There’s no physical alternative to Russian gas and oil … these are very simple facts actually that for us, going for energy and paying for energy, whatever it takes is going to happen,” he said.
3 hr 52 min agoMore than 6,600 people evacuated Ukraine via humanitarian corridors on Friday, official saysFrom CNN Staff
Ukrainian refugees cross the border at Medyka, Poland on Friday April 8. (Sergei Grits/AP)On Friday, 6,665 people were evacuated via humanitarian corridors according to Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk.
Vereshchuk shared the figures in her briefing posted on Telegram.
On Saturday there will be humanitarian corridors from Mariupol and blocked cities in the Zaporizhzhia region, as well as evacuations of the Luhansk region, said Vereshchuk.
She also called out the government officials in charge of cities like Melitopol and Energodar, which are connected to the Ukrainian humanitarian corridor to Mariupol, for violating international law of operation of humanitarian corridors and cooperating with the occupiers.
4 hr 49 min agoRussia aiming to achieve victory over Ukraine by May 9, European officials sayFrom CNN’s Oren Liebermann
The Russians are feeling “self-imposed pressure” to achieve some sort of victory by May 9, according to two European officials. May 9 is the day Russia celebrates Victory Day over Germany in World War 2.
Traditionally Russia marks the holiday with a military victory parade through Red Square and a speech from President Vladimir Putin. With one month to go until the holiday, the officials say Russia is regrouping and shifting its forces to southeastern Ukraine — a far more limited goal than seizing large swaths of the country — with the aim of achieving some sort of regional victory.
“Consolidating and trying to at least have something to talk about is clearly in their interest,” one official said.
The official noted that the time pressure could lead Russian forces to make mistakes, compounded by the logistical issues and the morale problems they already face.
The second European official said that a political timeline for the war could lead to a “military disaster as a consequence.”
But it could also lead Russian forces to commit more atrocities, said the first official.
“The stench of these war crimes is going to hang over these Russian armed forces for many years,” the official said.
5 hr 31 min agoUkrainian defense intelligence official: Russian troops “regrouping” before advancing toward KharkivFrom CNN’s Christiane Amanpour and Jo Shelley in Kyiv
Major-General Kyrylo Budanov, Ukraine’s Chief of Defense Intelligence speaks with CNN on Friday April 8. (CNN)The Russian military is regrouping in the east of Ukraine and plans to advance toward the city of Kharkiv, Ukraine’s Chief of Defense Intelligence told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Friday.
“They are regrouping towards the [Ukrainian] city called Izium via Belgorod. They are moving through Belgorod. They get additional troops in Belgorod in order to compensate their losses in Ukraine,” Major-General Kyrylo Budanov, Ukraine’s Chief of Defense Intelligence, told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour in an interview in Kyiv.
“They plan to advance towards Kharkiv first of all. They will try to finish off the city of Mariupol and only after that, they might try to initiative advances towards Kyiv,” he said.
Budanov called on Ukraine’s allies to provide “really serious” military support to he
Everyone behind Russia’s missile strike in Kramatorsk, in which 50 people died, will be held accountable, Ukraine’s President says
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