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Live: Top US officials to meet Zelensky on first wartime visit to Kyiv

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Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky says he will meet Sunday with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin in Kyiv. The visit from the top US officials will come at a symbolic moment – on the day the Russian invasion enters its third month – and with fierce battles continuing in the country's east. Follow our live blog for the latest developments. All times are in Paris time [GMT + 2].

9:07am: Residents stunned after Russian forces fire cruise missiles at Odesa

Several Russian missiles targeted a residential building in Odesa on Saturday, leaving residents stunned. The fear in the Black Sea port city now is whether such strikes could become the norm as Russia continues to struggle in making headway in its invasion of Ukraine. FRANCE 24 correspondent Luke Shrago reports from Odesa.

Odesa targeted by missiles, stunning residents

6:53am: Zelensky says he will meet top US officials Blinken, Austin in Kyiv

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will visit Kyiv Sunday, the day the Russian invasion of Ukraine enters its third month, President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Saturday.

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US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin will also visit, Zelensky told reporters. It will be the first official visit by US government officials since the February 24 invasion.

2:57am: UN's Guterres to visit Ankara Monday before trips to Moscow and Kyiv

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday will visit Turkey, an important mediator seeking an end to Russia's war against Ukraine, before heading to Moscow and Kyiv, the UN said in a statement.

"The Secretary-General will visit Ankara, Turkey, where on April 25, he will be received by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan," the UN said late Saturday.

Guterres will then head to Moscow on Tuesday to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin, followed by a trip Thursday to Kyiv in an effort to mediate an end to Russia's invasion, which has killed thousands and driven over 10 million Ukrainians from their homes since February 24.

(FRANCE 24 with AP, AFP and REUTERS)

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