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The News in Brief

Wednesday, April 27, 2022
Prepared by The Messenger Staff

Russia Hopes for Diplomatic Solution, Putin Says

“We are still waiting and hoping that we can reach an agreement through diplomacy,” Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a meeting with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

Putin said the Russia-Ukraine talks in Istanbul had reached a ‘breakthrough’ but failed after reports of atrocities against civilians in the Ukrainian city of Bucha.

Putin said the atrocity in Bucha was a ‘provocation’ and added that “the Russian army has nothing to do with it.”

Putin added that the talks are continuing and expressed hope that they will end in a positive outcome.

On April 2, Ukraine regained full control of the Kiev region for the first time since the start of the war. The Ukrainian military has liberated more than 30 towns and villages around Kiev, including the town of Bucha.

According to Ukraine, the Russian military has killed more than 300 Ukrainian civilians in Bucha alone. Some of them were handcuffed and shot that way. Most of the dead were found in massive cemeteries, while others were found on city streets.

Zelensky Awards Georgian Couple Fighting in Ukraine

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has awarded fighters against Russia, including Georgian couple Gela Beglarashvili and Rusudan Ivanishvili, as well as Andria Gharibashvili and Ruslan Gogua.

According to the presidential decree, the fighters were rewarded for their personal courage and selfless actions for defending the state sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, for adhering to a military oath.

Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, 2022. The war continues to this day. Up to 10 million people have become refugees and IDPs. Thousands of civilians were killed, including more than 200 children.