Photos: Ukrainians Celebrate Religious Holidays

Photos: Ukrainians Celebrate Religious Holidays

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10 hr 10 min agoPhotos: Ukrainians celebrate religious holidaysOrthodox worshippers attend Palm Sunday mass at St. Volodymyr’s Cathedral in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Sunday, April 17. Ukrainian Orthodox worshippers celebrated Palm Sunday and other Christian denominations celebrated Easter, amid the ongoing war. (Metin Aktas/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)Children light candles during mass at a church in Lviv, Ukraine, on Sunday. (Ozge Elif Kizil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)A child decorates an Easter egg in Lviv, Ukraine, on Sunday. The Easter egg decorating project was put on by the Plast National Scout Organization of Ukraine for children who had fled from their hometowns. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)An Orthodox priest sprays holy water on worshippers after a Palm Sunday service in Bucha, Ukraine. (Zohra Bensemra/Reuters)Soldiers attend mass in Lviv, Ukraine, on Sunday. (Ozge Elif Kizil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)A woman lights a candle during Palm Sunday mass at a church in Bucha, Ukraine. (Zohra Bensemra/Reuters)12 hr 35 min agoRussian forces “gradually withdrawing” from captured Borivs’kyi district, local council says From CNN’s Katharina Krebs in London 

While Russian forces are still in complete control of the Borivs’kyi district in Ukraine’s Kharkiv region, Moscow’s troops are “gradually withdrawing” from the area in the direction of Donetsk region, the Borova village council said in a statement on Telegram on Sunday.   

“There is no mobile connection and no Internet, which are impossible to restore as the territory is occupied by the Russians,” it said, adding that “some places are left without electricity and gas.”  

According to the statement, Russian troops are housed in the buildings of the village council, the Palace of Culture, hospitals, in the homes of some civilians. “Occupying authorities” in the area have been appointed from among local collaborators, who are now going to coordinate administrative activities in the community. 

The council said some parts of the community suffered significant damage and that it hasn’t been able to get in touch with the psychoneurological boarding school in the area, which housed about 200 patients. 

Due to the lack of communication, the council has not been able to identify the people who were taken to the hospital from the bus that came under attack by Russian forces on Friday. 

The issue of delivery of medicines to a hospital in Borova village, including anesthesia, and humanitarian aid to the population in the form of food, hygiene products and basic necessities is acute, the council said.  

Appeals have been sent to the Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk, who is also Minister for Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories of Ukraine, and the head of the Kharkiv Regional Military Administration, Oleh Synegubov, to organize humanitarian corridors for evacuation and delivery of aid in the area, according to the statement.  

12 hr 2 min agoRegional military administrator: Russian shelling hits church in LuhanskFrom CNN’s Kostan Nechyporenko in Vasylkiv

Photos shared by Serhii Haidai, the head of the Luhansk region military administration, show a damaged church in the eastern Ukrainian city of Severodonetsk. (Serhii Haidai/Facebook)Serhii Haidai, the head of the Luhansk region military administration, said Russian shelling hit a church in the eastern Ukrainian city of Severodonetsk. 

“The orcs [derogatory Ukrainian term for Russian troops] shelled the church in Severodonetsk on Palm Sunday,” Haidai said. 

Many Ukrainians observed Palm Sunday on April 17 in accordance with the Julian calendar.  

Photos shared by Serhii Haidai, the head of the Luhansk region military administration, show a damaged church in the eastern Ukrainian city of Severodonetsk. (Serhii Haidai/Facebook)12 hr 12 min agoMariupol “may be a red line” in negotiations with Russia, Ukraine’s foreign minister saysFrom CNN’s Cece Armstrong

The gutted remains of vehicles are seen at the Illich Iron & Steel Works Metallurgical Plant in Mariupol, Ukraine on April 16. (Alexei Alexandrov/AP)Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said on Sunday that the “situation” in Mariupol “may be a red line” in negotiations with Russia.  

“The situation in Mariupol is both dire — militarily — and heartbreaking,” Kuleba said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”

“The city doesn’t exist anymore. The remaining of the Ukrainian army and a large group of civilians are basically encircled by the Russian forces. They continue their struggle, but it seems from the way the Russian army behaves in Mariupol, they decided to raze the city to the ground at any cost,” he added.   Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky previously said any further Russian war crimes would make negotiations with Russia impossible. 

The foreign minister said he is anticipating the intensification of heavy fighting in eastern Ukraine in the coming weeks.

He also said he expects “desperate attempts of the Russia forces to finish with Mariupol at any cost,” adding that he anticipates missile attacks on Kyiv and other cities across Ukraine to continue. 

Responding to a question about how important it is to him for a high-level US official to visit Ukraine, Kuleba said he would be happy to see US President Joe Biden travel to the country.  

“It would be an important message of support to us and of course, a personal meeting between two presidents could also pave the way for new supplies of weapons, of American weapons to Ukraine, and also for discussions on the possible political settlement of this conflict,” he said.  

Kuleba echoed a line Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky told CNN’s Jake Tapper in an interview that aired earlier Sunday.

12 hr 4 min agoPutin believes he’s winning the war, Austrian chancellor saysFrom CNN’s Jennifer Deaton

Austria’s Chancellor Karl Nehammer speaks during a news conference after his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, Russia on April 11. (Natalia Kolesnikova/AFP/Getty Images)Austria’s chancellor said Sunday that Russian President Vladimir Putin believes he’s winning the war.

Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer told NBC’s “Meet the Press” that he couldn’t fully explain Putin’s rationale, but did say Putin had his “own war logic,” adding the Russian leader “sent me clear messages about his concerns,” and that he seemed to have a full grasp of what was unfolding on the ground.

“I think he is now in his own war logic. He thinks the war is necessary for security guarantees for the Russian Federation. He doesn’t trust the international community. He blames the Ukrainians for genocide in the Donbas region. So, um, well, he is now in his world, but I think he knows what is going on now in Ukraine,” Nehammer said.Nehammer said that Putin switched to German in their face-to-face meeting to warn that it would be better for the war to end sooner rather than later.

12 hr 39 min agoFive killed in renewed rocket attacks against Kharkiv, Ukrainian official says From CNN’s Tim Lister, Kostan Nechyporenko and Olga Voitovych

Firefighters work to extinguish fire at an apartment building after a Russian attack in Kharkiv, Ukraine on April 17. (Andrew Marienko/AP)Ukrainian officials have reported more civilian casualties Sunday amid rocket and artillery attacks in the Kharkiv and Luhansk regions.

Anton Gerashchenko, an adviser to the Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine said five people had died and 13 were wounded during renewed rocket attacks against Kh

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