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Hungarians go to the polls in the shadow of the war in Ukraine

Victor Orbán, Prime Minister of Hungary, on Sunday, April 3, 2022, leaves the booth after marking his ballot at a polling station in Budapest, Hungary.

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Polling stations opened across Hungary on Sunday earlier in the day, when voters in the Central European country were faced with a choice: take a risk on a diverse Western coalition of opposition parties or give nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orban a renewed mandate for a fourth consecutive term.

The competition is expected to be the closest since Orbán came to power in 2010, as Hungary’s six main opposition parties postponed ideological differences to form a united front against his right-wing Fidesz party.

Recent polls suggest a tough race, but give Fidesz a small lead, making it unlikely that undecided voters will determine the winner in Sunday’s vote.

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After a series of loud explosions in the Odessa sky rises black smoke

The pictures show thick black smoke covering the skies of Odessa, a port city on the Ukrainian Black Sea coast, shortly after missiles hit the area.

A woman was seen walking through the city of Odessa in southern Ukraine as smoke filled the sky after a series of loud explosions.

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According to a spokesman for the Interior Ministry, after Kyiv warned that Russia was trying to consolidate its troops in the south, early Sunday morning airstrikes on the strategic Black Sea port of Ukraine Odessa.

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Journalists and residents watch the smoke fill the Odessa sky.

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Attempts to evacuate to withdraw people from the blockade of Mariupol continue

Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Iryna Verashchuk said that on Sunday work will continue to evacuate people from the blockaded port of Mariupol.

“Seven buses will try to get closer to Mariupol, accompanied by the International Committee of the Red Cross,” Verashchuk said in a video publication on the Internet, Reuters reports.

Verashchuk said that 17 buses had been prepared for the evacuation of people from Mariupol and Berdyansk.

A convoy of Red Cross humanitarian workers turned around on Friday after saying it had become impossible to fulfill its mission to facilitate the safe passage of civilians.

“Sam Meredith.”

The missiles hit the city of Odessa in southern Ukraine

Smoke rises after the attack of Russian troops in Odessa on April 3, 2022.

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A series of explosions took place in the strategically important port city of Ukraine, Odessa, the city council reported rocket fire on the infrastructure facility.

“The enemy fired a missile at Odessa,” – said in “Facebook” deputy of the Odessa City Council Peter Obukhov. “One of the goals was the infrastructure facility. We will not forget or forgive anything. “

This came after several reporters reported that smoke rose in the sky on the Black Sea coast after a series of powerful explosions in the early hours of Sunday. CNBC was unable to verify this information on its own.

Washington Post correspondent Isabel Khurshudyan, who works in Odessa, said via Twitter: “There are loud explosions in the center of Odessa. The windows in my hotel room just shook. It is not clear what it was.”

Separately, ITV correspondent Richard Gaysford reported that after a series of explosions in the sky over Odessa rose smoke.

“Sam Meredith.”

Zelensky warns that Russian forces are targeting eastern and southern Ukraine

The President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky addresses the deputies of the Dutch Parliament via video link, while Russia’s attack on Ukraine continues, in Kiev, Ukraine, March 31, 2022.

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The President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky warned that Russian troops are trying to capture areas in the east and south of the country.

“What is the purpose of Russian troops? They want to capture the Donbass and southern Ukraine. What is our goal? Protect us, our freedom, our land and our people, ”Zielenski said in his latest address.

He said that while Ukrainian forces had regained control of communities in Kyiv and Chernihiv, Russian forces had reserves to increase pressure in the east.

“We are strengthening the defense in the east and in the Donbass,” said Zelensky.

“Sam Meredith.”

Russian aircraft are being transferred to the south-east of Ukraine, according to the British Ministry

A Ukrainian soldier walks past the remains of a downed Russian helicopter near Kharkiv on March 31, 2022.

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Over the past week, Russian air activity has intensified over southeastern Ukraine as invasion forces have shifted their efforts to this part of the country. The UK Ministry of Defense said in its daily intelligence update.

However, Ukrainian air defenses remain a “significant” problem for Russian warplanes and helicopters, which failed to detect and destroy Ukrainian air defense units, the ministry said Friday night.

“Russia’s inability to find and destroy air defense systems has severely hampered their efforts to gain widespread control of the air,” the ministry said, “which in turn has significantly affected their ability to support the advance of its ground forces on a number of fronts.” ».

The southeastern part of Ukraine will include the port city of Mariupol, which was largely destroyed by the siege of Russia.

Over the past week, Russian ground forces attacking the north have been driven from the capital, Kyiv.

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Ukraine has said it has regained control of Kiev for the first time since the Russian invasion

Minister of Defense of Ukraine Alexei Reznikov visits the positions of the Ukrainian military while Russia’s offensive against Ukraine continues, outside of Kiev, Ukraine, March 25, 2022.

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Ukraine has said it has regained control of Kiev for the first time since the Russian invasion.

Deputy Minister of Defense of Ukraine Anna Molyar in Saturday’s Facebook post wrote that “the entire Kiev region is free from invaders.” Reuters reported that there were no immediate Russian comments on the claim, which cannot be verified independently.

According to a Reuters report, Russia left behind severe damage, damaged tanks, destroyed buildings and killed bodies, even as it retreated. Russia has described the retreat as a symbolic effort that is part of peace talks.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a video on Saturday morning that the danger persisted even as Russian forces left part of the country. He said some retreating troops are setting mines or mine traps. CNBC was unable to verify the report on its own.

– Melissa Repko

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