Zelensky says Russian invasion devastated hundreds of hospitals

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Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has devastated hundreds of hospitals and other institutions and left doctors without cancer drugs or the ability to perform surgery, President Volodymyr Zelensky said Thursday. . even basic antibiotics in eastern and southern Ukraine, hotbeds of fighting. Follow the FRANCE 24 liveblog for all the latest news. All times are in Paris time (GMT+2).

5:36 am: Documents found on yacht seized in Fiji implicate Russian owner

Authorities in Fiji have seized Russian oligarch Suleiman Kerimov’s $300 million yacht after the US Justice Department requested that the vessel be detained for breaching sanctions and alleged links to corruption, it said on Thursday. the Department.

The five-year-old, 106-meter (348-foot) ‘Amadea’ was moored in Lautoka, Fiji, in the South Pacific, when local authorities took control of it on the basis of a US warrant and a request from the Ministry of Justice.

Fijian authorities searching the yacht found documents implicating its alleged owner in violation of US law, the FBI said.

Fijian police and FBI agents seized the Amadea at a dock on Thursday, two days after a Fijian court granted a US warrant linking it to money laundering.

12:27 a.m.: Pentagon denies helping Ukraine target Russian generals

The US Department of Defense on Thursday denied providing intelligence on the locations of Russian generals on the battlefield so that Ukrainian forces could kill them.

Reacting to a bombshell New York Times report on US support for the Ukrainian military, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said it was true that the United States was providing kyiv forces with military intelligence ” to help Ukrainians defend their country”.

“We do not provide intelligence on the location of senior military officials on the battlefield or participate in Ukrainian military targeting decisions,” Kirby said.

The New York Times reported late Wednesday that intelligence from the United States had helped the Ukrainian military target and kill several Russian generals since the invasion of Moscow.

Citing unnamed senior US officials, the newspaper said that of the dozen Russian generals killed by Ukrainian forces, “many” were targeted with the help of US intelligence.

The White House National Security Council called the New York Times report “irresponsible.”

“The United States is providing battlefield intelligence to help Ukrainians defend their country,” NSC spokeswoman Adrienne Watson said. “We do not provide intelligence with the intent to kill Russian generals.”

11:55 p.m .: Ukrainian Zelensky says Mariupol evacuation continued on Thursday

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said the evacuation of civilians from the besieged port city of Mariupol continued on Thursday but did not say how many people managed to leave.

In a video address, Zelensky also said Russian forces continued to storm and shell the city’s Azovstal factory, where civilians and military forces were sheltering.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP, AP and REUTERS)

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