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Russian forces have encircled Mariupol, a large city in southeastern Ukraine, according to Ukrainian officials. They said there could be airstrikes and a naval landing on the coastal city, but the city hasn’t fallen to Russia so far.
Meanwhile, the crew of the Moskva (that Russian warship that sank because of attacks from Ukraine) has supposedly met with the head of Russia’s Navy. The ship sinking was a big loss for Russia, and the country had two choices – say Ukraine shot it down or say that breakdowns with the Russian Navy were the problem. It seems it’s going with the latter.
“The cruiser had been acting as the control center for the 30 or so vessels the Russians have got in the Black Sea,” said defense and security analyst Michael Clarke. “Losing the Moskva flagship is a massive PR blow for the Kremlin – the Russians haven’t lost their flagship since the Russo-Japanese war of 1904."
“May there be peace for war-torn Ukraine, so sorely tried by the violence and destruction of this cruel and senseless war into which it was dragged," Pope Francis said in his Easter service, speaking from the central balcony of St. Peter’s Square.