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Written by Sharangee Dutta | Edited by Aniruddha DharNew Delhi

Following the discovery of the Bucha atrocities in Ukraine last week, in which the bodies of at least 20 people in civilian clothes were discovered along with mass graves, many Western leaders have traveled to Kyiv to show their support to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. Earlier today, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson made a “surprise” visit to Kyiv, which a Downing Street spokesman said was a “show of solidarity with the Ukrainian people”.

Besides Johnson, Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer also landed in the Ukrainian capital earlier today. The two leaders discussed tightening sanctions against Russia following a rocket strike at Kramatorsk train station on Friday, killing at least 50 people, including children, and injuring more than 100 others.

Austria is one of the European nations that has opposed stopping imports of Russian gas, on which it is heavily dependent. Nehammer, however, said the latest wave of European Union (EU) sanctions “will not be the last.”

Here are the major updates for Day 46 of the Russo-Ukrainian War:

  1. European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen said on Saturday that 10.1 billion euros ($11 billion) had been raised at a global pledge event for Ukrainian refugees called “Stand Up for Ukraine” held in Warsaw, the Polish capital. The event organized by the EU and the Canadian Prime Minister The event organized by the EU and the Canadian Prime Minister aimed to raise funds for the displaced people in Ukraine and the refugees from this war-torn country. Several high-profile personalities, including singer Billie Eilish, comedian Chris Rock and musician Elton John, among others, have campaigned alongside world leaders.
  2. In a press conference with Nehammer, who also traveled to Bucha during his visit, Zelenskyy said Ukraine was “always ready” to continue peace talks with Russia which broke down after the revelations of the murders in the city last week. “We are ready to fight and to seek in parallel to put an end to this war by diplomacy”, added the Ukrainian president.
  3. Ukrainian Railway Operations said operations at Kramatorsk station are halted due to Friday’s airstrike, but evacuations of civilians will continue via other stations in the east of the country. The company further said evacuations would continue from Slovyansk and Pokrovsk train stations in Donetsk region and Novozolotarivka in Lugansk region.
  4. More than 4.4 million Ukrainian refugees have fled their country since the Russian invasion began on February 24, according to UNHCR, the UN refugee agency. Latest figures show the total number of refugees was 4,441,663 on Saturday, 59,347 more than the day before. Of those who have fled so far, 90% are women and children, as Ukrainian authorities do not allow men of military age to leave.
  5. YouTube blocked Russia’s parliament channel – Duma TV on Saturday, prompting an angry backlash from officials who said the streaming service could face retaliatory restrictions.

(With agency contributions)

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