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LIVE UPDATES: Russian Forces Again Offer Militants at Azovstal to Surrender From 11:00 GMT Wednesday

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Russian forces, as well as the DPR and LPR militias continue to advance amid the special operation in Ukraine, pressing Kiev's troops off Donbass. They are tightening the encirclement around the remaining Ukrainian radicals in Mariupol, as most of the city is already liberated.
The Russian Armed Forces, guided by purely humane principles, once again offer the militants of the Ukrainian nationalist battalions and foreign mercenaries remaining at the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol to stop hostilities and lay down their arms from 14:00 Moscow time (11:00 GMT) on Wednesday, they are guaranteed life, Col. Gen. Mikhail Mizintsev, the head of the Russian Defense Ministry's National Defense Control Center, said on Tuesday.

Earlier on Tuesday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stated that a new phase of the special operation in Ukraine has begun, adding that Moscow has no plans for regime change in the country.

Since the beginning of the operation in February, Russian forces eliminated 139 Ukrainian warplanes, 483 drones, 2,337 tanks and other armoured vehicles, 1,009 artillery pieces, and 253 rocket launchers, the MoD stated.
At the same time, Russia continues delivering precision strikes against the Ukrainian military infrastructure.
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13:19 GMT 19.04.2022
Map of the Russian Special Military Operation in Ukraine
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05:31 GMT 20.04.2022
Norway Sends 100 Mistral Air Defence Systems to Ukraine
00:05 GMT 20.04.2022
Kiev Allowed Criminals Wanted in Russia for Terrorism to Travel to EU, Border Service Documents Show
KHERSON (Sputnik) - Russian law enforcement officers found documents of the Kherson border detachment of Ukraine's State Border Service and prosecutor's office, proving Kiev's failure to fulfill its international obligations to extradite criminals, including those who participated in the punitive operation in Donbas and are on the international wanted list.

According to the documents seen by Sputnik, the Kiev authorities rejected Russian requests, left the criminals to fight in nationalistic battalions and even allowed them to travel to the EU.
23:27 GMT 19.04.2022
Russia Urges US to Abandon Futile Policy of Blockade, Sanctions in Foreign Policy -Embassy
"Dialogue is always better than its absence. It is high time for the #US to abandon the futile policy of blockade and sanctions in foreign affairs," the embassy said on Twitter.
22:27 GMT 19.04.2022
Biden Says Does Not Know if He Will Visit Kiev Soon
"The answer is I don't know," Biden told reporters on Tuesday when asked if he will visit Kiev.
20:45 GMT 19.04.2022
Biden Admin. Preparing to Announce Another Military Aid Package for Ukraine This Week - US Media
20:28 GMT 19.04.2022
Washington Lacks Capability to Reliably Track the Array of Weapons Being Sent to Ukraine
Ukrainian servicemen walk in front of armoured cars at Kiev airport on March 25, 2015 during a welcoming ceremony of the first US plane delivery of non-lethal aid, including 10 Humvee vehicles. - Sputnik International, 1920, 19.04.2022
US Has Trouble Tracking Weapons Sent to Ukraine - Reports
20:16 GMT 19.04.2022
Russian Forces Again Offer Militants at Azovstal to Lay Down Arms From 11:00 GMT Wednesday

"Despite the absence of any elementary actions on the part of the Kiev authorities to save the military personnel of their country, and also realizing the complete irresponsibility of officials of the Kiev regime for the predicted sad outcome of resistance in the remaining hearth of Mariupol, the Russian Armed Forces, guided by purely humane principles, again offer the militants nationalist battalions and foreign mercenaries to cease hostilities and lay down their arms from 14:00 Moscow time on April 20, 2022,"Col. Gen. Mikhail Mizintsev, the head of the Russian Defense Ministry's National Defense Control Center, said.

"The leadership of the Russian Federation guarantees the preservation of life, complete safety and the provision of qualified medical care to all those who laid down their arms," ​​he stressed. "The Russian side guarantees compliance with the Geneva Conventions on the treatment of prisoners of war."
Information about the next opportunity to lay down their arms for the militants and mercenaries surrounded at the Azovstal plant in Mariupol will be transmitted via radio channels every 30 minutes, Mizintsev said.
18:56 GMT 19.04.2022
Canada to Send Heavy Artillery to Ukraine, PM Trudeau Says
18:21 GMT 19.04.2022
Biden, Allies Discuss Ukraine Support, Imposing More Anti-Russia Sanctions
US President Joe Biden and the representatives from the European Union, NATO, and the G7 group of countries on Tuesday discussed via video call their efforts to continue providing security assistance to Ukraine and imposing new sanctions against Russia, White House spokesperson Jen Psaki said.
"The leaders reiterated their commitment to continue providing security, economic and humanitarian assistance to Ukraine in its time of need," Psaki told reporters during a press gaggle aboard Air Force One.
Biden and the other senior representatives also discussed their respective diplomatic engagements and coordinated efforts to continue to impose sanctions against Russia, Psaki also said.
All the parties agreed to continue to closely coordinate the existing efforts, including through the G7, NATO and teh European Union, Psaki added.
The leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Poland, Romania and the United Kingdom also participated in the discussion.
18:11 GMT 19.04.2022
DPR Says Guided 120 Civilians to Safety From Houses Near Azovstal Plant in Mariupol
Troops of the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) have brought 120 residents of Mariupol to safety, who had been hiding in basements near the entrance of the Azovstal plant during ceasefire hours earlier in the day, a representative of the DPR law enforcement agency told Sputnik.
"Today, 120 people who were sheltering in basements in the area of a checkpoint of the Azovstal plant, residents of Mariupol, were brought to a safe place by DPR soldiers," the representative said.
18:03 GMT 19.04.2022
Biden Says US Will Be Sending More Artillery to Ukraine
The United States will be sending more artillery to Ukraine, President Joe Biden said on Tuesday.
"Yes," a White House pool reporter quoted Biden as saying when asked if he will be sending more artillery to Ukraine.
17:32 GMT 19.04.2022
White House Says US Could Impose New Sanctions on Russia This Week
The United States could announce new sanctions against Russia as soon as this week, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said on Tuesday.
"There could be," Psaki said when asked if new sanctions against Russia could be expected this week. "I think that we're still doing considerations and running a process for additional sanctions but there are some under consideration."
On Monday, a US Treasury Department official said the next phase of US sanctions would target Russia's military industrial complex in response to Moscow's special military operation in Ukraine.
17:28 GMT 19.04.2022
Poll: Quarter of Italians Doubt Russia Committed ‘War Crimes’ in Ukraine
Nearly a quarter of Italians believe that Ukraine have tampered with evidence of war crimes allegedly committed by Russian troops, a poll published on Tuesday showed.
The survey, conducted last week by the Demos & Pi research institute for La Repubblica daily, found that 72% did not think it was manipulated.
Half of those sampled also disagreed with the statement that most information on the Ukrainian conflict available in Italy was distorted, while 46% agreed with it.
Opposition supporters were likelier to suspect falsification in both cases than those who voted for the ruling parties.
17:09 GMT 19.04.2022
Turkey Cannot be Forced to Choose Between Russia, Ukraine
Turkey cannot be forced to make a choice between Russia and Ukraine, the head of communications in the Turkish presidential office, Fahrettin Altun, said on Tuesday.
"Turkey enjoys confidence both in Russia and in Ukraine, with its sincere and realistic contribution to this process [of promoting peace], and showed that Ankara cannot be forced to make a choice between the Russian Federation and Ukraine," Altun was quoted as saying by the Turkish Anadolu news agency.
Altun added that Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has been making diplomatic efforts since day one of the military operation in Ukraine to resolve the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, and has repeatedly communicated with both Russian President Vladimir Putin and Volodymyr Zelensky.
According to the spokesman, the current situation obliges the West to reconsider its relationship with Turkey.
16:28 GMT 19.04.2022
German Finance Minister and candidate for Chancellor Olaf Scholz addresses a press conference following a video meeting with the heads of government of Germany's federal states at the Chancellery in Berlin on November 18, 2021.  - Sputnik International, 1920, 19.04.2022
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16:04 GMT 19.04.2022
Over Half a Dozen Flights With US Arms to Arrive in Ukraine in Next 24 Hours
Over the next 24 hours the United States will deliver over half a dozen flights worth of security assistance to Ukraine from the Biden administration’s recent $800 million package, a senior defense official said on Tuesday.
"Flights continue to arrive in the region from the $800 million [aid package] that the President signed out last Wednesday. Another one just arrived yesterday. And in the next 24 hours, we expect there'll be more than a half a dozen, probably more like seven flights, coming from the United States into the theater," the defense official said.
15:42 GMT 19.04.2022
US to Extend Program for Ukrainian Refugees
he US Department of Homeland Security announced Tuesday that it is expanding its program for admitting Ukrainian refugees, offering temporary protected status to those who arrived in the United States on or before April 11.
"The Secretary of Homeland Security has designated Ukraine for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months… This designation allows eligible Ukrainian nationals (or individuals having no nationality who last habitually resided in Ukraine) who have continuously resided in the United States since April 11, 2022… to apply for TPS," the department said in a notice.
Prior to that, Ukrainians were eligible to apply for TPS only if they had arrived in the US on or before March 1. The current modification will increase the number of Ukrainian refugees entitled for TPS up to approximately 59,600 individuals, the department estimated.
The temporary protected status grants Ukrainians the right to reside in the country, excluding the possibility of expulsion, and the right to seek employment.
At the same time, the department noted that Ukrainians who are currently located in third countries will not be able to take advantage of this program and advised them to apply for a visa. This particularly applies to Mexico, at the border with which a significant number of Ukrainians have gathered over the past weeks, attempting to enter the US.
15:41 GMT 19.04.2022
Donbass Zoos, Animal Shelters to Receive Russian Aid This Week
The first truck of the ZooFriend campaign with aid for Donbass zoos and animal shelters has left for Donetsk, the initiator of the campaign, Elena Sharoykina, said on Tuesday.
"Today, the first truck with aid to zoos and shelters was sent to Donetsk. In less than three weeks, we managed to collect more than four tonnes of feed and 1.5 million rubles ($19,000) in donations," Sharoykina said on Telegram.
According to Sharoykina, the truck will arrive in Donetsk by Orthodox Easter, which is celebrated on Sunday. In addition to feed, the aid includes medicines and various zoo equipment.
On March 31, the ZooFriend campaign was launched in Russia to collect assistance for Donbass zoos and shelters. The campaign is being undertaken in coordination with the leadership of the Donetsk and Luhansk people's republics, and the Russian regional Civic Chambers. In the future, assistance for animals will be sent to other cities of Ukraine, as soon as safe transport routes are established.
15:38 GMT 19.04.2022
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres Briefs Media on Ukraine
15:06 GMT 19.04.2022
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres Calls for 4-Day Holy Week Humanitarian Pause in Ukraine
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday called for a four-day humanitarian pause in fighting in Ukraine to allow for the opening of humanitarian aid corridors from April 21 through April 24, coinciding with the Orthodox Christian Holy Week.
"Today, I am calling for a four-day Holy Week humanitarian pause beginning on Holy Thursday and running through Easter Sunday, April 24th to allow for the opening of a series of humanitarian corridors," Guterres said in remarks to the press.
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