The New Arab's live coverage of the latest from the Russian invasion of Ukraine concludes for today.
Here were the key developments from Saturday:
Kyiv readies for battles in east
Ukraine is preparing for "big battles" against Moscow's forces in the east of the country, officials in Kyiv have said as thousands of civilians flee in fear of an imminent Russian offensive.
Pope calls for Easter ceasefire
Pope Francis called for an Easter truce in Ukraine to pave the way for peace through "real negotiation".
"Let the Easter truce begin. But not to provide more weapons and pick up the combat again - no! - a truce that will lead to peace, through real negotiation," the pontiff told a public mass at Saint Peter's Square.
Dnipro airport destroyed
The airport in the central Ukrainian city of Dnipro has been completely destroyed in fresh Russian shelling, a local official has said.
"There has been another attack on Dnipro airport. There is nothing left of it. The airport itself and the infrastructure around it has been destroyed. Rockets keep flying and flying," the head of the city's military administration, Valentin Reznichenko, said on Telegram.
Authorities were seeking to clarify information about victims, he added.
Ukraine 'must win' in east before talks
Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhaylo Podolyak said Ukraine must score a victory in the Donbas region before any potential meeting between Zelensky and Putin.
"Ukraine is ready for big battles. Ukraine must win them, including in the Donbas. And once that happens, Ukraine will have a more powerful negotiating position, which will allow it to dictate certain conditions," he said on national television, as quoted by Interfax-Ukraine.
"After that the presidents will meet. It could take two weeks, three," he added.
Five killed in Russian shelling
Russian shelling killed five civilians and wounded five others in two eastern Ukrainian cities Saturday, the Donetsk governor has said.
Four of them died in the city of Vugledar, and one in the town of Novomikhaylovka, Pavlo Kyrylenko says in a Telegram post.
'Ukraine probes Russian war crimes'
Ukraine is examining the alleged culpability of 500 Russian leaders for thousands of war crimes, including President Vladimir Putin, Ukrainian prosecutor general Iryna Venediktova told Sky News.
Russian patriarch urges unity against 'enemies'
Russia's Orthodox Patriarch Kirill, a close ally of President Vladimir Putin, called for supporters to rally to fight Moscow's "external and internal enemies".
"In this difficult period for our fatherland, may the lord help each of us to unite, including around power," the TASS news agency quoted him as saying.
Kirill, whose church has around 150 million followers, has repeatedly backed the Kremlin's military operation in Ukraine in his sermons.
'Russians stole from Chernobyl'
Russian forces who occupied the Chernobyl nuclear plant stole radioactive substances from research laboratories that could potentially kill them, Ukraine's State Agency for Managing the Exclusion Zone has said.
Russian soldiers pillaged two laboratories in the area, the agency said on Facebook.
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