the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe “concerned” about the detention of some of its members

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6:31 pm : Once neutral, always neutral. Switzerland has vetoed the supply of Swiss ammunition to Ukraine via Germany, the Swiss Ministry of Economy acknowledges. According to Swiss law, such a delivery is legally impossible, export to countries involved in intensive and protracted internal or international conflicts is prohibited.

6:04 pm : At 6 pm we will take stock of the news of the day:

The abstention in the second round will be around 28% according to our estimate from Ipsos-Sopra Steria. That is 2.6 points more than in the second round of the presidential elections in 2017 (25.4%).

At 5 pm, participation in the second round stood at 63.23%, two points less than in 2017. Follow our special edition and us live.

A Catholic priest and nun were injured by several stab wounds in the church of Saint-Pierre d’Arène, in Nice (Alpes-Maritimes), by a man “imbalance” who was subsequently arrested, France Télévisions learned from a police source. Their vital prognosis is not involved. The terrorist track is not taken into account.

The UN has called for a ceasefire “immediately” in Mariupol, to enable the evacuation of some 100,000 civilians still trapped in this Ukrainian port, which is almost entirely in the hands of the Russian military. Follow us live.

5:55 p.m. : Since the beginning of the war, the city of Sloviansk, in the east of the country, has been stripped of its inhabitants, many of whom are fleeing the arrival of Russian troops. Franceinfo met volunteers who chose to stay there despite everything.

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4:23 p.m. : On the 60th day of the war, Ukraine celebrates Orthodox Easter despite the bombings. In Kiev, spared from the attacks of the Russian troops, many residents go to church to receive the blessings. “In this misfortune we need hope and joy”entrusts one of the faithful to franceinfo.

In front of Saint Miche Church in Kiev, many parishioners are waiting for the priest's blessing, April 24, 2022. (FARIDA NOUAR / FRANCEINFO)

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2:37 p.m. : The war in Ukraine has entered a new phase. Two months after the start of the Russian invasion, Moscow announced its intention on Friday “to establish complete control over the Donbass and southern Ukraine” until “to secure a land corridor to Crimea”. We explain to you what we know about the intensification of fighting in these areas. Russian tanks in the city of Mariupol in southeastern Ukraine on April 23, 2022. (ALEXEI ALEXANDROV/AP)(ALEXEI ALEXANDROV / AP)

2:07 pm : It’s 2:00 PM, we’re taking stock:

Participation in the second round of the presidential election was 26.41% in the afternoon, according to the Ministry of the Interior, one point more than in the first round. Discover our infographics on this topic.

Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron both voted in Pas-de-Calais. Then they must return to Paris, where their two election nights are held. Follow our special edition and our direct.

A Catholic priest and nun were injured by several stab wounds in the church of Saint-Pierre d’Arène, in Nice (Alpes-Maritimes), by a man “imbalance” who was subsequently arrested, France Télévisions learned from a police source. Their vital prognosis is not involved. The terrorist track is not taken into account.

The UN has called for a ceasefire “immediately” in Mariupol, to enable the evacuation of some 100,000 civilians still trapped in this Ukrainian port, which is almost entirely in the hands of the Russian military. Follow us live.

13:54 o’clock : The OSCE is deeply concerned that some members of the @OSCE_SMM National Mission in Donetsk and Luhansk have been deprived of their liberty and is using all available channels to facilitate their release.

13:58 o’clock : The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) says: “very concerned” after the arrest in Ukraine of some members of his mission. Shortly after the Russian invasion, it had evacuated several hundred observers who had been monitoring the ceasefire since 2014. But Ukrainian workers remained on site, including “a number are being held in Donetsk and Luhansk”.

12:43 pm UN calls for ceasefire “immediately” in Mariupol, to enable the evacuation of some 100,000 civilians still trapped in this Ukrainian port, which is almost entirely in the hands of the Russian military. “There must now be a pause in the fighting to save lives. The longer we wait, the more lives are at stake.”

12:16 pm : It’s after noon, we make another update on the news:

#PRESIDENTIAL Participation in the second round of the presidential election was 26.41% in the afternoon, according to the Ministry of the Interior, one point more than in the first round. Follow our special edition and our direct.

A Catholic priest and nun were injured by several stab wounds in the church of Saint-Pierre d’Arène, in Nice (Alpes-Maritimes), by a man “imbalance” who was subsequently arrested, France Télévisions learned from a police source. Their vital prognosis is not involved. The terrorist track is not taken into account.

The heads of United States diplomacy and defense are expected in Kiev, the day of Orthodox Easter, to discuss arms supplies to Ukraine. France has also announced that it will supply Milan with anti-tank missiles and Caesar guns.

11:25 am : At the end of March, the Russian army left the Kiev region, Ukraine, leaving ruins behind. Our special envoys went to Borodyanka, where the reconstruction of the city has begun. “We condemn the gas pipelines so that the other services can intervene, demolish the buildings and rebuild new ones”explains a professional.

10:38 : Ten of them live in the basement of this theater, by candlelight and with a few cans. “We feel a bit safe”release this man. “We are waiting for a car to come home, but there are too many bombings.” Find here the report of our special correspondents.

10:37 : More than five million Ukrainians have already fled the war in their country. But others just can’t or don’t want to leave. Our special envoys visited residents in the basement of a theater in Roubijne, in the Donbass.

08:07 : And here is the first information of the morning:

The French are being called to the polls to choose their next president and, as in 2017, to choose between Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen. Follow our special edition and our direct.

The heads of United States diplomacy and defense are expected in Kiev, the day of Orthodox Easter, to discuss arms supplies to Ukraine. France has also announced that it will supply Milan with anti-tank missiles and Caesar guns.

• PSG took their tenth French championship title, equaling Saint-Etienne’s record, a top performance after a very small game (1-1 against Lens, which ended the game numerically inferior).

• The Belgian singer Arno, to whom we are especially indebted whore whore True girls by the sea passed away yesterday at the age of 72. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2019.

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