death toll from Russian strikes on Friday morning rises to 26

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The Paris police headquarters has issued an order to ban the union gathering near the Stade de France on Saturday evening for the final of the French football cup, which will be attended by President Emmanuel Macron. On franceinfo, the secretary general of the CGT warned that there would be no power cut, because “Stade de France has a generator”.

Rating agency Fitch downgrades France by one notch to AA-pointing to the movement against pension reform.

• The Directorate General of Civil Aviation is asking to cancel 33% of flights at Orly on May 2, due to a strike by air traffic controllers opposed to the pension reform.

• The toll of Russian strikes overnight on Ukrainian towns now mentions at least 25 casualties. For their part, the Russian occupation authorities claimed that seven people were killed and more than 10 injured in strikes by Kyiv forces on Donetsk.

An investigation was opened by the Mayotte prosecutor’s office after the remarks of the elected representative Salime Mdéré, vice-president of the departmental council of Mayotte, announced on Mayotte The 1st the prosecutor. He had qualified as “delinquents”of “thugs”, of “terrorists” the young Comorians present in the archipelago, believing that it was necessary “maybe kill some”. Words that fall under the law.

11:41 p.m. : Is kyiv’s long-prepared counter-offensive about to begin? “We are ready, Western weapons have partially arrived”, in any case declared this morning Oleksï Reznikov, the Ukrainian Defense Minister. In both camps, however, uncertainty continues to reign.


9:15 p.m. : The absolute and only possible “Russian peace”…Take a careful look. And look again. If you don’t want THIS spread around the world, then give us weapons. Lots of weapons. And add sanctions. And begin, finally, the expulsion of “Russian political witches” from international…

9:15 p.m. : After these strikes, Mikhail Podolyak, one of President Volodymyr Zelensky’s advisers, urged kyiv’s allies to provide him “more guns. On Twitter, he also called for sanctions against Russia, which he accuses of having infiltrated many international organizations.

9:10 p.m. : The toll of the Russian strikes that took place today across Ukraine is very heavy: 25 people lost their lives in these bombardments. The families of the targeted buildings were awakened in the middle of the night by the explosions, and were taken care of by the emergency services, who fear to find new victims under the rubble.


7:59 p.m. : An agreement to unblock the Ukrainian grain crisis. The European Commission announced this evening that it had reached a compromise with five EU states destabilized by the influx of Ukrainian cereals, some of which had unilaterally banned agricultural imports from Ukraine. The European agreement provides for financial aid and “exceptional safeguard measures” concerning four key products from Ukraine: wheat, corn, rapeseed and sunflower seeds.


5:29 p.m. : Death toll from Russian strikes on Ukrainian cities rises to at least 22. The strikes hit apartment buildings, causing the death of at least 20 people in Ouman (center) and two in Dnipro (center-east), according to the latest report.

2:59 p.m. : Good morning @Thibault ! Indeed, as we were telling you about this morning, Russian missiles have once again struck Ukraine. These attacks targeted three cities in the country, overnight from yesterday to today. At least 19 deaths are to be deplored in Dnipro and Ouman, according to the Minister of the Interior, who gives an updated but still provisional assessment.

A building damaged after a Russian strike on Uman, Ukraine, April 28, 2023. (UKRAINIAN INTERIOR MINISTRY/TELEGRAM)


2:58 p.m. : kyiv’s strikes on Donetsk?.. And the Russian strikes on Uman, are we talking about it?? franceinfo pro-Kremlin media

1:44 p.m. : Moscow-installed authorities say seven people were killed and 10 injured in strikes by Kyiv forces on Donetsk, the main Russian-controlled city in eastern Ukraine. Ukrainian strikes “hit a hospital, a park and apartment buildings. According to initial information, seven people, including a child, were killed” and 10 injured, writes on Telegram Denis Pushilin, the leader installed by Russia at the head of the territories it controls in the Donetsk region.

1:29 p.m. : Earlier in the morning, at least 16 people were also killed in a new wave of Russian strikes on several cities in Ukraine, as Kiev says the preparatory phase for its major counter-offensive “coming to an end”.

A building damaged after a Russian strike on Uman, Ukraine, April 28, 2023. (UKRAINIAN INTERIOR MINISTRY/TELEGRAM)


1:23 p.m. : Seven people died in strikes on a city controlled by Russia, according to authorities installed by Moscow.

12:22 p.m. : A Russian Deputy Prime Minister, Marat Khousnoulline, claims to have visited the devastated city of Bakhmout, the epicenter of the fighting in eastern Ukraine. On Telegram, he said he went there on the orders of Vladimir Putin. The city is damaged, but we can rebuild it.” he wrote.

12:19 p.m. : Eight months after the liberation of Grakove by the Ukrainian army, the inhabitants have not been able to resume the course of their lives. The buildings are in ruins, the fields mined and the wounds are not healed, but they want “rebuild their homes and punish the culprits”.

The school in Grakove completely destroyed, like most of the buildings in the village.  (MATHILDE DEHIMI / RADIO FRANCE).


12:01 : “The equipment has been promised, prepared and partially delivered. In a broad sense, we are ready”according to Oleksiï Reznikov.

11:46 : Preparations for the counter-offensive of the Ukrainian army “are coming to an end”says the Ukrainian Minister of Defense.

11:35 a.m. : Russian missiles hit Ukraine again last night. At least 12 deaths are to be deplored in Dnipro and Ouman, according to the Minister of the Interior. We take stock of what is known about this series of attacks.

A building damaged after a Russian strike on Uman, Ukraine, April 28, 2023. (UKRAINIAN INTERIOR MINISTRY/TELEGRAM)(UKRAINIAN INTERIOR MINISTRY / TELEGRAM)

11:00 : “Every attack, every evil act against our country and [notre] people bring the terrorist state closer to failure and punishment.”

“This Russian terror must get a just response from Ukraine and the world”insists Volodymyr Zelensky, after last night’s strikes.

11:22 : Here are photos of the damage caused by the bombardments last night in Uman. A residential building was hit. For the moment, the authorities have not mentioned a victim in the capital.


09:43 : In Uman, “the death toll has increased” to ten people, according to the Ukrainian Minister of the Interior. Rescuers came out again “three bodies” rubble of an apartment building this morning. In Dnipro, a woman and a three-year-old child were killed.

09:40 : Last night’s Russian strikes left at least 12 people dead, according to a new toll from Ukrainian authorities.

09:33 : In total, the Ukrainian Air Force claims to have shot down 21 cruise missiles and two drones last night. Two people were killed in Dnipro, during this new wave of bombardments on several towns in the country.

09:47 : Also targeted, kyiv activated its anti-aircraft defense systems in the night. Eleven Russian cruise missiles and two drones were shot down over the capital. According to a first provisional assessment, the attack caused no casualties or serious damage.

07:59 : Several Russian bombardments targeted Ukraine last night. The mayor of Dnipro announced on Telegram that missiles “again killed civilians, (…) a young woman and a 3-year-old child”. A building was also gutted in Ouman, in the center of the country, but the toll of this strike is unknown for the moment.

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