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aboard a train from Poland to Kiev, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson greets the “iron people”

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13:23 o’clock : The mayor of Kharkiv, Igor Terekhov, accuses the Russian army of dropping parachute bombs on his city. On social networks, several images show an explosive connected to a white matter, but these allegations have not been confirmed by an independent source. In his videothe elected official adds that 1,716 houses in the city have been destroyed since the start of the war.

13:16 o’clock : Are the economic sanctions against Russia really the strongest ever taken against a state? Never before has a G20 country faced retaliation of such magnitude. But several countries, such as Iran or North Korea, are much more severely sanctioned. However, this did not affect the policies of the concerned leaders. Explanation in this article

13:11 o’clock : The German banking regulator says it has withdrawn control of its European subsidiary of the Russian bank VTB. The Russian group no longer has “more control” about VTB Bank SE, a subsidiary in Germany, explains the financial market authority BaFin. VTB “can no longer dispose of the financial assets” of its European subsidiary, which “completely isolated” of the Russian group, according to the regulator.

12:43 pm : Despite the bombing of a maternity hospital in Mariupol on March 9, children are still being born in the Ukrainian city. A team of France Télévisions went to a makeshift maternity hospitalunderground, where a hundred people now live crammed together.

(FRANCE TELEVISION)

12:23 pm : Pope Francis has called for a “Easter File” in Ukraine “to achieve peace through genuine negotiations”† He celebrated Palm Sunday mass in public, in the Place Saint-Pierre.

(VINCENZO PINTO / AFP)

12:21 pm : Here are the main news headlines

• Participation in the first round of the presidential election was 25.48% at noon, three points less than in 2017 (28.54%) at the same time.

• About 48.7 million voters are called up for the first round of presidential elections. Eleven of the 12 candidates have already put their ballot in the ballot box.

Ukraine has expressed its willingness to “great battle” in the east of its territory, a priority target for Moscow, where the evacuation of civilians continues for fear of an imminent offensive.

EU foreign ministers will discuss a sixth package of sanctions against Moscow tomorrow in Luxembourg.

Monegasque Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) has won the Australian Grand Prix, in the third round of the Formula 1 World Championship.

11:54 : EU foreign ministers will discuss a sixth package of sanctions against Moscow in Luxembourg tomorrow. The head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, announced his intention to launch the discussion on an oil embargo. “but no formal proposal is on the table”according to a senior European official interviewed by AFP.

11:26 : A Russian frigate sailing in the Black Sea fired four Kalibr-type cruise missiles at Ukrainian targets, Russia’s defense ministry said, quoted by state agency Ria Novosti. In particular, yesterday, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson promised to provide Kiev with anti-ship missiles.

(RUSSIAN MINISTRY OF DEFENSE / RIA NOVOSTI)

11:18 am : The day after his surprise trip to Kiev, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson explains that he traveled from Poland by train. “I am traveling on a fantastic train of the Ukrainian Railways”, he says in a video released today. He praised the courage of the railway workers: “We call you ‘iron people’ here. It has to do with your profession, but it reflects your mentality”

10:23 : Fertilizer manufacturers rely heavily on gas, which is used in the production of many nitrogen fertilizers. Prices skyrocketed due to the war in Ukraine. Example with the fertilizer wholesaler Amaltis, mainly located in Parthenay (Deux-Sèvres). A ton of fertilizer, sold for 380 euros last year, is now worth more than 1400, reports France Bleu Poitou

09:19 : Lucien D’Agostino got into his van in the Gironde at the end of March, before embarking on a long journey to Ukraine. After three days of travel, he finally reached the border with humanitarian aid, including medicines. These were handed out to different hospitals in Kiev

The medicines stored in Dimtri Basilaya's restaurant are distributed among six or seven hospitals in Kiev.  (BENJAMIN THUAU / RADIO FRANCE)

(BENJAMIN THUAU / RADIO FRANCE)

08:27 : The Russian army carried out new attacks on the Dnipropetrovsk region last night, the regional governor said. One of the goals: infrastructure at Dnipro – which in any case has done “a victim” –, industrial estates in Pavlohrad and an agricultural building in Dniprovsk, specifies Valentyn Reznichenko on Facebook

10:53 : It’s 8 o’clock. here are the main news headlines

• Polling stations have just opened in France, shortly after the start of voting in Overseas France and for French people living abroad. About 48.7 million voters are called up for the first round of the presidential election.

Ukraine has expressed its willingness to “great battle” in the east of its territory, a priority target for Moscow, where the evacuation of civilians continues for fear of an imminent offensive.

Several tens of thousands of people participated yesterday afternoon in marches for the climate, in several major cities in France.

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