The UN has called for an "immediate" truce in Mariupol, to allow the evacuation of about 100,000 civilians still stranded in the Ukrainian port city, controlled almost entirely by the Russian army. This was stated by Amin Awad, UN coordinator in Ukraine. "Now there must be a break in the fighting to save lives. The longer we wait, the more lives will be at risk. They must be able to evacuate now, today. Tomorrow will be too late," Awad said. Today the US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, and the head of the Pentagon, Lloyd Austin, accompanied by a delegation from the Biden administration, will arrive in Kiev. "They should not come here empty-handed. We expect specific things and specific weapons", said Ukrainian President Zelensky, "is the same as I told the leaders of other countries, we remind all the leaders that there is a real war here". " Come to us, we will be happy to see you, but please bring us the assistance we discussed, which you have the opportunity to provide," he concluded. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky promised, in his message on the occasion of Orthodox Easter, that no "evil" will destroy the country. In a video speech from one of the country’s most famous monuments, the thousand-year-old Hagia Sophia Cathedral in the heart of Kiev, Zelensky assured that Ukraine will overcome the darkness that the Russian invasion has brought down. " Today’s great feast gives us great hope and unshakeable faith that light will overcome darkness, good will overcome evil, life will win death, and therefore Ukraine will surely win". "Today we still believe in the new victory of Ukraine and we are all convinced that we will not be destroyed by any horror or wickedness”. Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak, a member of the Kiev negotiating team at the table with Moscow, asked Russia for an Easter truce in Mariupol to "save what remains of its reputation". Podolyak asked Moscow to "announce a real Easter truce in Mariupol, immediately provide a humanitarian corridor for civilians and agree to a special round of negotiations to allow Ukrainians to withdraw or exchange troops"You can read it on your Telegram channel. In his message for Orthodox Easter, the US president, Joe Biden, said that he and First Lady Jill, pray for people affected by the "brutality of war" and are mourning for losing loved ones. "In this sacred time, we remember in our prayers all those who are suffering from the brutality of war," he said in a note. And "we weep with all those who have lost loved ones, who fear for their safety, committing ourselves to work for a just peace, for the freedom and security of all”.
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