Ground conditions, international reactions, sanctions: the point of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Ukraine on Saturday confirmed a “rapid withdrawal” from Kiev and Chernikov in the north of the country to better “control” the “vast territories” occupied by Russian forces in the east. In the south, further evacuations of civilians were planned during the day.
After a night of bombings in the center of the country and the east, the Red Cross wanted Saturday to try to evacuate civilians from the strategic and besieged port of Mariupol (southeast) in the Azov Sea, where the humanitarian situation is catastrophic. .
As Russian troops withdrew from Kyiv and Chernivtsi (northern) regions, Ukrainian forces were able to recapture “more than 30 areas” and seize “large numbers of abandoned military vehicles without fuel,” the Ukrainian presidential adviser confirmed. Oleksiï Arestovitch, in a video released by the Ukrainian president on Saturday.
In these circles, Bautza, northwest of Q, where an AFP journalist saw the bodies of at least twenty people in civilian clothes on Saturday. One of them had his hands tied behind his back, next to an open Ukrainian passport lying on the ground.
The cause of their death could not be ascertained immediately but one had a major head injury. Holes caused by bombs and fallen power lines in apartment buildings: The city was devastated by some of the fiercest fighting since the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24.
Another Russian trick
Ukrainian forces were able to fully infiltrate it only a couple of days ago, making it inaccessible for almost a month.
With this “rapid withdrawal” from the north of the country, it is clear that Russia has “chosen another priority tactic”, wrote the Ukrainian presidential adviser, Mikhail Potolyak, in a telegram ambassador: Too little commandment “.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zhelensky has already said that the Russians are preparing for “powerful attacks” in the east, especially on Mariupol, where 160,000 people will be detained, with at least 5,000 killed, local officials say.
As for the Russians, Mariupol’s control would ensure regional continuity from the Crimea to the two pro-Russian separatist republics of Donbass (Donetsk and Lukansk).
Weeks later, the discharge began in small quantities. On Friday, President Johnsky said overnight, “Humanitarian Corridors operated in three regions: Donetsk, Lukansk and Zaporozhye. We were able to save 6,266 people, of which 3,071 were from Mariupol.”
Thirty discharge buses at Mariupol
The AFP saw about 30 evacuation buses arrive in the city of Zaporozhye on Friday evening. “We cried when we saw soldiers at the checkpoint with Ukrainian patches on their hands,” said Olena, her baby girl in her arms. “My house was destroyed. I saw it in the photos. Our city is no more.”
Before finding private vehicles, many told the AFP they had to walk 15 kilometers or more to get out of Mariupol, and then ended their journey with a 12-hour bus ride through a series of checkpoints instead of three hours to the battlefield.
Residents of Mariupol were able to reach the city of Berdyansk, which was occupied by Russian forces, where they were observed by a convoy, according to AFP and official officials.
On Saturday, Prime Minister Irina Vereshchuk announced that seven humanitarian corridors were planned in the east and southeast. Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Agar on Saturday offered “maritime support, especially to evacuate civilians and wounded Turks or other nationals from Mariupol,” the official Anatolian news agency reported.
After abandoning efforts to reach the port city on Friday, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) announced on Saturday that it would try again “to facilitate a public safe route from Mariupol”.
But the ICRC underlines that “for the operation to be successful, it is necessary to respect the parties’ agreements and provide the necessary conditions and security guarantees.”
Abandoned Chernobyl Power Station
Conditions were weakened by the ongoing fighting. Russia on Friday accused Ukraine of carrying out a helicopter strike on its soil and threatening to intensify talks.
The bomber struck shortly after noon in front of a rally in the Russian city of Belgorod, about 40 kilometers (45 miles) from the Ukrainian border.
According to the British Ministry of Defense, the destruction of oil tanks in Belgorod and the explosion at an ammunition depot near the city “will add extra pressure in the short term to the already extended Russian supply chains”.
Ukraine, for its part, warned that Russian soldiers leaving the Chernobyl nuclear power plant – the site of the world’s worst nuclear accident in 1986 – could be exposed to radiation several weeks after the occupation, and ruled that “Russia acted irresponsibly in Chernobyl.” Digging trenches in contaminated areas and preventing plant workers from doing their work.
From Friday night to Saturday, according to various Ukrainian sources, several bombings took place: in Kharkiv (east), infrastructure (center) in Dinifro, residences in Donetsk, Lukansk (east) and Kerson (south))
Infrastructure was also damaged in the Kremensk (center, Poltava region), the headquarters of the largest Ukrainian oil refinery, the country’s presidential office said on Saturday morning, when the Russian Defense Ministry announced that it had “precisely” destroyed the refinery’s gasoline. Diesel fuel depots.
The warehouses were used to supply fuel to Ukrainian forces in the center of the country and in the east, the ministry said in a statement. “Russian missiles” shut down two military airports in the Poltava and Dnipropetrovsk regions (center), according to the same source.
Pope wants to go to Kiev
“Give us missiles, give us planes,” President Zhelensky pleaded on the American channel Fox News. “Can’t you give us an F-18 or an F-19 or whatever you have? Give me the old Soviet planes … give me something to defend my country.”
The United States has announced up to $ 300 million in military aid to Ukraine, more than the $ 1.6 billion allocated after the invasion.
Peace talks between Ukrainian and Russian officials resumed Friday via video, but the Kremlin warned that the attack on Belgorod “could not be perceived as creating favorable conditions for further talks.”
A Ukrainian official says stun grenades were hurled at a public demonstration on Saturday in the Russian-occupied southern Ukrainian city of Energod, and videos posted on the Internet.
In Russia, more than 170 people have been arrested for protesting against the war, according to the charity OVD-Info.
On Sunday, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Martin Griffiths announced that he would try to secure a “humanitarian ceasefire” in Moscow, UN chief Antonio Guterres said.
Pope Francis on Saturday denounced the actions of “a powerful few” locked in “national interests” in Malta. , In a clear reference to Russian President Vladimir Putin, however without naming him. He added that he plans to visit Ukraine soon at the invitation of President Zhelensky. When asked about the possibility of travel, he said, “Yes, it is on the table.”
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