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:
Blinken to visit Ukraine
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin will visit Kyiv on Sunday as the Russian invasion of Ukraine enters its third month.
Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky, who announced the visit, also issues a new call for a meeting with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin "to end the war".
Eight killed in Odessa
A Russian strike on a residential building on Saturday killed eight people, including a baby, and wounds at least 18 others in Ukraine's Black Sea city of Odessa, Kyiv says.
Nearby, a depot containing weapons delivered by the United States and European countries to Ukrainian forces was struck by a missile, Russia's defence ministry announces.
Pope urges Easter truce
Pope Francis renews calls for a truce over the Orthodox Easter weekend, "to ease the suffering of exhausted people".
"It is sad that on these most holy and solemn days for Christians we hear more of the murderous noise of weapons than that of the bells announcing the resurrection" of Christ, says the pontiff.
UN calls for 'stop' in Mariupol fighting
UN Ukraine crisis coordinator Amin Awad calls for an "immediate stop" to fighting in Mariupol to allow the evacuation of trapped civilians in the battered city "today".
"The lives of tens of thousands, including women, children and older people, are at stake in Mariupol," Awad says in a statement. "We need a pause in fighting right now to save lives."
EU to press India over Ukraine
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen arrived in India, where she will press leaders over the country's neutral stance on the Ukraine war.
New Delhi has long walked a tightrope in its relations with the West and Moscow-- which supplies most of India's arms.
UK urges France and Germany to do more
Britain said "it would be good to see more from France and Germany" to support the Ukraine war effort.
Minister Oliver Dowden tells the BBC that the West should "continue to tighten the ratchet on Russia" as Moscow ramps up its offensives in the south and east of Ukraine.
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