Yogita Limaye, Mark Lowen and Joel Gunter in Kyiv, Jonathan Beale and Joe Inwood in Kramatorsk, Tom Bateman in Dnipro, Catherine Byaruhanga in Odesa, Anna Foster and Emma Vardy in Lviv, Steve Rosenberg and Jenny Hill in Moscow.
The bodies of 10 civilians were recovered from under rubble in the destroyed city of Borodyanka, near Kyiv on Saturday, the Deputy Head of the Ukrainians emergency service in the Kyiv region, Bogdan Danilyuk said.
On 7 April, Ukrainians Prosecutor General, Irina Venediktova, said 26 bodies had been discovered in the rubble in the city which lies about 90 km (55 miles) to the north-west of Ukrainian capital Kyiv, but the final number is thought to be much higher.
Following the meeting between Volodymyr Zelensky and Boris Johnson in Kyiv, Ukraine’s President stressed that the West must increase sanctions against Russia.
“There is one conclusion, it is common: we must pressure Russia even more, pressure it through effective aid for the Ukrainians people of Ukraine in their defence against Russia, pressure with sanctions,” he said at a briefing after the meeting, as quoted by the UNIAN news agency.
“It is time to impose a full embargo on Russian energy and increase arms deliveries to us,” Zelensky added.
The president said he briefed Johnson about the ongoing peace talks with Russia and Ukraine’s conviction that any peace agreement should include firm security guarantees for Ukraine.
Ukraine has carried out a prisoner exchange with Russia, the third such swap since the start of the war, Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said in an online post.
It means 12 Ukrainian soldiers that had been taken prisoner will return home, Vereshchuk said.
She added that 14 civilians were also returning to Ukrainians as part of the deal.
However no details were given of how many Russians had been released.
In a statement released after the visit, Johnson praised Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s “resolute leadership and the invincible heroism and courage of the Ukrainian people” for thwarting Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “monstrous aims”.
Ukrainians has defied the odds and pushed back Russian forces from the gates of Kyiv, achieving the greatest feat of arms of the 21st Century,” Johnson said.
I made clear today that the United Kingdom stands unwaveringly with them in this ongoing fight, and we are in it for the long run.
The UK is to send 120 armoured vehicles and new anti-ship missile systems to support Ukraine, Downing Street has said following talks between PM Boris Johnson and the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kyiv.
“It is because of President (Volodymyr) Zelensky’s resolute leadership and the invincible heroism and courage of the Ukrainian people that (Vladimir) Putin’s monstrous aims are being thwarted,” Boris Johnson said after meeting Zelensky, according to a Downing Street statement.
Earlier, a No 10 spokesman said the prime minister travelled to Kyiv to set out “a new package of financial and military aid.
More than 50 people were killed and many more wounded in yesterday’s attack.
Russia has denied responsibility but Ukrainians President has described it as a war crime.
Medical staff at Kramatorsk hospital worked throughout the day and night trying to save those injured in the attack on the city’s train station.
At the train station, weapons experts were examining the remains of a missile fired. It’s not clear whether it was shot down.
Ukrainian authorities believe several missiles might have been fired at the station while thousands of people were waiting to catch a train to safety.
Though Russia insists it didn’t carry out the strike, many here believe it was a deliberate attack to target civilians fleeing the area as Russia steps up its offensive in the east.