Military assistance to Ukraine and sanctions pressure on Russia. The Main News on April 20

The village near the city of Sviatohirsk in the Donetsk Oblast, destroyed by Russian Forces. By Laurence Geai

TOP NEWS: UN chief urges 4-day Easter “pause” in fighting in Ukraine. Russian Forces deported more than 500,000 Ukrainians to Russia. 205 Ukrainian children have been killed since the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Western allies continue to provide weapons to Ukraine.

PHOTO OF THE DAY: President of the European Council Charles Michel visited Borodyanka, which was destroyed by Russian Forces 

President of the European Council Charles Michel hugs woman from destroyed by Russian Forces Borodyanka

VIDEO OF THE DAY: Ukrainian convoy of buses and ambulances waiting for permission from Russian Forces to evacuate Mariupol residents

MAIN NEWS

UN chief urges 4-day Easter “pause” in fighting in Ukraine

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appealed on Tuesday for a halt in fighting in Ukraine during Orthodox Christians’ Holy Week, invoking Easter to plead for a four-day “pause” to allow humanitarian aid and evacuations.

The Wall Street Journal showed a map of destroyed houses in Mariupol

The Wall Street Journal showed a map of Mariupol with destroyed buildings.

Russian Forces deported more than 500,000 Ukrainians to Russia

More than 500,000 Ukrainians, including 121,000 children, were forced to go to Russia and to leave their home on the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine. 

205 Ukrainian children have been killed since the Russian invasion of Ukraine

205 children have already been killed due to a full-scale Russian aggression against Ukraine. More than 373 children have been injured. 

Russian Forces plan the pseudo-referendum in captured Ukrainian cities

In the temporarily occupied territories of the Zaporizhzhia and Kherson Oblasts, Russian Forces plan to hold pseudo-referendums. The goal of Russian Forces is forcing Ukrainians from those territories to send to fight the war on Russia’s side.

An American private company will provide drones to Ukraine

AeroVironment donates over 100 Quantix Recon Unmanned Aircraft Systems to the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine and Territorial Forces.

Allies will provide weapons to Ukraine

Seven flights with military assistance to Ukraine will arrive in Europe from the United States. Canada and Great Britain will provide artillery to Ukraine. Finland also announced additional military assistance.

Norway sends 100 Mistral anti-aircraft missile systems to Ukraine

Norway has decided to donate 100 Mistral air defense missiles to Ukraine, which are used against aircraft and helicopters.

A 250-kilogram air bomb was neutralized in Irpin

Ukrainian team won gold and bronze at the Invictus Games

Ukrainian Ivan Lepekha won the bronze medal in the 50-meter freestyle. Andriy Badarak won a gold medal in the 50-meter backstroke and a bronze medal in the 50-meter breaststroke.

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