Ukraine LIVE: ‘Fall by lunchtime’ Brutal Chechen warlord in stunning threat – ‘no peace’

Zelensky claims situation in city of Mariupol is 'inhuman'

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The southern city has been under fierce bombardment for weeks and has been a key target for Russia since the war in Ukraine began almost two months ago. Mr Kadyrov, the head of the Russian republic of Chechnya, has said Mariupol will fall today. He said: “Before lunchtime, or after lunch, Azovstal will be completely under the control of the forces of the Russian Federation.” The Azovstal steelworks is the last stronghold, where around 1,000 civilians are sheltering from shelling and missile attacks. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said last night that: “There can be no peace without justice.” ​​​​​​ Should Mariupol fall it would be a coup for the Kremlin and Russia’s biggest victory yet.

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Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to meet Ukraine aid workers later today

Prince William and his wife the Duchess of Cambridge are meeting aid workers who’ve returned from helping the humanitarian effort in Ukraine later today. 

Kensington Palace said the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit the Disasters Emergency Committee in London to learn more about those affected by the conflict.

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