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Firefighters continued throughout Saturday in search of survivors or dead in the rubble buildings destroyed in a town in northern Ukraine occupied for weeks by Russian forces.

The inhabitants of Borodianka fears finding dozens of victims in the ruins left by the fighting between Russian forces and Ukrainian troops. The city is located about 75 kilometers northwest of the capital, kyiv, and had a population of over 12,000.

Russian forces occupied Borodyanka en route to kyiv in an attempt to encircle the capital and withdrew in late March after heavy fighting. The city lacks electricity, natural gas and other services.

Borodianka northwest of kyiv. (Photo by Genya SAVILOV / AFP)GENIA SAVILOV – AFP

Resident Maria Vaselenko, 77, said the bodies of her daughter and son-in-law had been under the rubble for 36 days because the Russian soldiers did not allow residents to search for their relatives or their bodies. He said his two teenage grandchildren fled to Poland but were orphaned.

“The Russians were shooting. Those who wanted to come and help were shot,’ said Vaselenko Associated press. “They planted explosives under the dead“, mentioned.

Dozens of protesters gathered in front of the Russian Embassy in the capital of Chile condemn Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The demonstrators unfurled a huge banner in the colors of the Ukrainian flag. The group included Ukrainians living in Chile, the agency reported. PA.

Some demonstrators lay on the ground, sticking together. cuddly toys in tribute to child victims of war. One participant, Dária Gryshko, said that many Ukrainians who live in Chile have family or friends who live in Russia.

Thousands flee eastern Ukraine fear of a Russian offensive in the regionas kyiv prepares for “big battles” against Moscow’s forces.

Evacuations resumed this Saturday from Kramatorsk, in eastern Ukraine, where a missile attack had killed 52 people the day before at a train station.

Volodymyr Zelensky assured that his country is preparing for a Russian attack.”Sadly, we see the preparation of great battles, some say decisive, in the east“, he said Saturday in kyiv during a press conference with Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer.

02/27/2022 Russian military trucks in Armyansk, northern Crimea, Russia.  EUROPEAN PRESS.  POLITICS Konstantin Mihalchevskiy / Sputnik / ContactPhoto
02/27/2022 Russian military trucks in Armyansk, northern Crimea, Russia. EUROPEAN PRESS. POLITICS Konstantin Mihalchevskiy / Sputnik / ContactPhoto

“We are ready to fight and at the same time seek to end this war through diplomacy,” he added, referring to peace talks with Moscow.

In turn, the Ukrainian negotiator, Mikhailo Podoliaksaid his country hopes to strengthen its hand in the negotiations after winning the upcoming battles in the east and southeast.

Ukraine is ready for big battles, Ukraine must win them, including in the Donbass. When that happens, Ukraine will have a strong negotiating position that will allow it to dictate certain conditions,” Podoliak was quoted by Interfax as saying.

North Korea has called Joe Biden a “senile old man” in a colorful personal attack after the US president accused Russian leader Vladimir Putin of war crimes in Ukraine.

The comment surfaced after Biden calls Putin a ‘war criminal’ and asked to prosecute him for alleged atrocities committed against civilians in Ukrainian cities.

“The most recent story is of the US Chief Executive speaking ill of the Russian President without basis,” said a comment carried by North Korea’s official KCNA news agency.

“Such reckless remarks can only be made by descendants of Yankees, masters of aggression and concocting conspiracies,” he added, before calling Biden a “a president known for his repeated obtrusive remarksthough he didn’t mention it by name.

This undated photo provided on October 23, 2019 by the North Korean government shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the Diamond Mountain resort in Kumgang, North Korea.  (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP, File)
This undated photo provided on October 23, 2019 by the North Korean government shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the Diamond Mountain resort in Kumgang, North Korea. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP, File)

The conclusion could be that there is a problem in his intellectual capacity and that his reckless comments are only a sign of the recklessness of a senile old man,” said the comment published on Saturday evening. Dark, it seems, is the future of the United States with such a weak man in power,” he added.

Along with China, Russia is one of North Korea’s few international allies. Moscow has opposed pressure on Pyongyang and called for the lifting of sanctions on humanitarian grounds. North Korea has also aligned itself with Moscow in its war on Ukraine, accusing the United States of being the “root cause” of the crisis.

The Italian Foreign Minister informed his staff that Italy to reopen embassy in Ukrainian capital after Easter, the ANSA news agency reported on Saturday. The news agency quoted Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio as saying that diplomatic staff “will be among the first to return” to Kyiv.

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This is ``another gesture of support for the Ukrainian people, a concrete way of affirming that diplomacy must prevailr ”, assured the minister, according to ANSA. Di Maio said the return would be coordinated with other European Union countries.

The EU itself announced the return of its ambassador on Friday. On Saturday, EU Ambassador Matti Maasikas tweeted an image of an EU flag on a flag pole and the words “First things first”.

The Central Bank of Ukraine this Saturday froze the exchange rate of the national currency, the Ukrainian hryvnia, against the US dollar. The monetary entity announced that the decision will extend until the end of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

This was announced by the deputy director of the NBU, Sergei Nikolaichuk, in an interview with the Ukrainian media ‘Economic Truth’, where he explained that an exchange rate of 29.25 hryvnias per dollar (0.94 euros) will remain fixed

“After our victory, we will gradually return to the usual regime of a free exchange rate and gradually lift the restrictions,” said Nikolaichuk, who also announced a cash withdrawal limit of 100,000 hryvnias per day (a little more of 3,000 euros per day).) .

The hryvnia is legal tender in Ukraine
The hryvnia is legal tender in Ukrainecourtesy ukrgate

On the first day of the war, February 24, the official exchange rate was 29.25 hryvnias to the dollar, and it has remained at that level ever since.

In other Ukrainian banks, the rate does not deviate by more than 10%.

In March, inflation in Ukraine was 13.7% higher than in the same month last year. In particular, food prices have increased by almost 20%.

Due to the flight of other civilians due to the Russian invasion, most of those who remained in Bucha were old people, poor people or people who could not leave their loved ones. Russian forces withdrew more than a week ago.

Several people who are still staying in Bucha lined up this Saturday to receive food offered by the local church in this destroyed suburb of kyiv, where Ukrainian forces and journalists have denounced that there is evidence of war crimes after the withdrawal of Russian forces.

Chaplain Dmitri speaks to his neighbors Friday, April 8, 2022 in Bucha, near Kyiv, Ukraine.  (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
Chaplain Dmitri speaks to his neighbors Friday, April 8, 2022 in Bucha, near Kyiv, Ukraine. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

The volunteer Petro Denysyuk said Associated press that he and sfellow church members and friends began distributing foodwhich consisted of a wide choice of groceries and hot dishes.

“We met with the young people from our church and prepared food for those in need,” Denysyuk said. “We make pilaf, boiled eggs, prepared meat, sausages and noodles.”

Ukrainian forces and journalists who entered Bucha saw corpses strewn in the streets, evidence of arbitrary executions and the remains of people they could not pose a threat to the soldiers. Russia has dismissed accusations that it committed war crimes and says kyiv was staged.

Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer also visited kyiv on Saturday and met with President Volodimir Zelensky in a show of support for the invasion launched by Vladimir Putin.

The Austrian leader, who had long rejected a blockade on buying oil from Moscow, said he expected more European Union sanctions against Russia.

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