Ukrainian news live: Latest war updates in Russia condemned as ‘despicable’ Bucha killings

Thick clouds of smoke after the rocket attacks on Odessa

Volodymyr Zelensky made a surprise appearance at the 2022 Grammy Awards late Sunday, asking attendees to “fill the silence” in war-torn Ukraine with their music and “tell our story.”

The President said in his pre-recorded video address that Ukrainian musicians wear “body armor instead of tuxedos” and sing to the wounded in hospitals.

“The war. What is the opposite of music? The silence of destroyed cities and killed people,” he said.

“Our loved ones don’t know if we’ll be together again. The war doesn’t let us decide who survives and who stays in eternal silence,” the President said.

Meanwhile, Russia has refused to accept responsibility for the atrocities in Bucha after journalists visiting the city documented bodies on the streets and in mass graves, calling them “false allegations”.

Prosecutors in Ukraine investigating possible Russian war crimes have discovered 410 bodies in towns near Kyiv, Attorney General Iryna Venedyktova said on Sunday, adding that 140 of them had been investigated.

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Volodymyr Zelensky’s Speech at Grammys: Full Text

Wartime President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy made a special cameo appearance at the 64th Grammy Awards, where he called on the world’s musicians to “tell our story” in a powerful speech.

In a message recorded 48 hours before the awards ceremony, Mr Zelensky said Ukrainian musicians are wearing “body armor instead of tuxedos” and singing to the wounded in hospitals.

Read his full speech here:

Arpan RaiApril 4, 2022 5:35 am

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Black smoke rises after Russian missiles hit fuel depots in Odessa – watch

Black smoke rises after Russian missiles hit fuel depots in Odessa

Emily AtkinsonApril 4, 2022 4:15 am

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Ukraine gains access to parts of Chernihiv region

Ukrainian troops have regained control of some towns in the Chernihiv region, enabling the delivery of humanitarian aid, officials in the country’s military said on Sunday.

The road between Chernihiv and the capital Kyiv has partially reopened to traffic from today, news agency RBK Ukraina reported.

The city was cut off from receiving food supplies and essential supplies for weeks after Russian troops attacked.

The relentless shelling destroyed 70 percent of the city, the mayor said.

Arpan RaiApril 4, 2022 3:42 am

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Reports of barbarism from Bucha are “false allegations,” says Russia

Reports of Russian atrocities in Bucha are “false allegations,” Russia’s Ambassador to the US Anatoly Antonov said a day after images from the Ukrainian city in Kyiv Oblast showed bodies on the street.

Mr Antonov said Ukraine had launched artillery fire on Bucha in recent days after Russian forces withdrew, Russia’s state news agency TASS reported.

Journalists who have visited Bucha since the Russian pullout questioned this account, saying the bodies appeared to have been there for some time.

Arpan RaiApril 4, 2022 3:23 am

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Selenskyj at the Grammy Awards: “Our musicians wear body armor instead of tuxedos”

In a surprise guest appearance at the 2022 Grammy Awards, Volodymyr Zelensky asked Grammy attendees to “fill the silence” with their music and “tell our story.”

“The war. What is more in contrast to music. The silence of destroyed cities and killed people,” he said in a virtual message.

“Our loved ones don’t know if we’ll be together again. War doesn’t let us choose who survives and who remains in perpetual silence.

“Our musicians wear protective vests instead of tuxedos. They sing for the wounded. In hospitals. Even for those who can’t hear it, but the music will break through anyway.”

Mr. Zelensky’s speech was recorded in a bunker in Kyiv 48 hours before the event and served as an introduction to John Legend’s live performance.

Roisin O’Connor writes about it here:

Arpan RaiApril 4, 2022 3:18 am

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Polish Prime Minister calls for a tough response to the deaths of civilians in Ukraine

The European Union must impose tougher sanctions on Russia and provide Ukraine with more weapons, Poland’s prime minister said on Sunday, as he called for an international tribunal to be set up to investigate the killings in the city of Bucha.

Ukraine on Sunday accused Russian forces of carrying out a “massacre” in Bucha, and Western leaders reacted with outrage to images of bodies strewn about the city’s streets. Russia denies Ukraine’s accusation.

“The crimes committed by Russia against nearly 300 residents of Bucha and other towns outside of Kyiv must be labeled genocide and treated as such,” Mateusz Morawiecki wrote on Facebook.

“Anyone responsible – directly or indirectly – must be severely punished by an international court.”

Emily AtkinsonApril 4, 2022 3:15 am

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Pope commemorates journalists killed in Ukraine: “Killed in the service of the common good”

Pope Francis expressed his condolences and paid tribute to the journalists killed in the Ukraine war, saying he hopes God will reward them for serving the common good “from whatever side they are”.

“I would like to offer my condolences to your fallen colleagues, whatever side they belonged to,” the pope said.

“Your job is a job for the common good. They have placed themselves at the service of the common good of information. Let’s not forget that they were brave. I pray for them, I pray that the Lord will reward their work,” he said.

So far, six journalists have been killed in the war in Ukraine after Russian troops invaded the European country at the end of February.

Arpan RaiApril 4, 2022 3:10 am

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Two Russian soldiers killed and 28 seriously ill ‘after receiving poisoned food from Ukrainian civilians’

Two Russian soldiers have died and 28 are seriously ill after receiving poisoned pastries from Ukrainian civilians, Ukrainian intelligence has claimed.

Troops of Russia’s 3rd Motor Rifle Division died immediately after eating the meal in Izium, Kharkiv, the country’s main intelligence directorate said in a Facebook post on Saturday.

Another 28 soldiers are in intensive care following the poisoning, while about 500 others are hospitalized suffering from severe alcohol poisoning, according to the Post.

Emily AtkinsonApril 4, 2022 2:15 am

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Trump: ‘I knew Putin very well – that’s a good thing, not a bad thing’ – AM

Trump: “I knew Putin very well – that’s a good thing, not a bad thing”

Emily AtkinsonApril 4, 2022 1:15 am

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Pope pays tribute to journalists killed in Ukraine conflict

Pope Francis on Sunday paid tribute to journalists killed during the Ukraine war and said he hopes God will reward them for serving the common good, whichever side they are on.

Speaking to journalists on board the plane returning from Malta, Francis also reiterated that he was ready to make a trip to Ukraine’s capital, Kyiv, but added that he had yet to decide if it was feasible.

“I want to offer my condolences to your fallen colleagues, whatever side they belonged to,” he said.

“Your job is a job for the common good. They have placed themselves at the service of the common good of information. Let’s not forget that they were brave. I pray for them, I pray that the Lord will reward their work.”

At least six journalists have died since Russian troops invaded Ukraine in late February.

Emily AtkinsonApril 4, 2022 00:16

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