Ukraine: Russia laying mines around Kyiv in desperation
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Ukraine is reportedly on the edge of the “first major victory of the war” as accounts emerge of Russian troops being surrounded in Bucha, Irpin and Hostomel area near Kyiv, cut off from supplies. If this effort is successful, it will represent the biggest defeat of the Russian army to date and President Vladimir Putin will have to start worrying about the number of Russian prisoners of war being captured. Anders Östlund, a contributor at The Center for European Policy Analysis, notes: “This is huge. If confirmed, and Ukraine manage to keep the siege, this could become the first major victory of the war. An entire Russian army could be erased. I hold my breath waiting for confirmation.”
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Volodymyr Zelensky (Image: GETTY)
Russian troops battle frostbite in icy Ukrainian conditions
Russian troops have been blighted by frostbite and sustained casualties while fighting with the Ukrainian army, according to reports.
Reports suggest soldiers from Russia suffered setbacks in areas, including Makariv, as Ukrainian troops regain a key territory.
Ukraine’s defence ministry said its forces retook Makariv, a strategically importanttown west of Kyiv, after a fierce battle and raised the Ukrainian flag there once again.
West set to impose fresh sanctions on Russia – ‘War will not end easily’
The United States and Western Allies have been drawn together by the conflict in Ukraine and are set to impose fresh sanctions on Russia, according to reports.
oe Biden embarks on his trip to Europe on Wednesday for a meeting with NATO partners to discuss the ongoing conflict in Ukraine and is expected to announce further sanctions on Russia.
During the trip to Brussels, the President will also attend a G7 summit, and the European Council and it has been suggested that he should visit the Eastern European countries bordering Ukraine in a show of solidarity.
US national security advisor Jake Sullivan held a press conference on Tuesday where he said: "The President will join our partners in imposing further sanctions on Russia and tightening the existing sanctions to crack down on evasion and ensure robust enforcement.”
Newsnight: Stanford University expert claims Ukraine ‘could defeat the Russians outright’
Newsnight guest Francis Fukuyama has claimed there is a possibility the Ukrainian military could force Russian troops out.
Mr Fukuyama, a senior fellow at Stanford’s Freeman Spogli Institute, admitted an outright Ukrainian victory may not be the most likely outcome, but that they are doing “a lot better” than many people have assumed.
This comes as the Russian advance into Ukraine makes progress in the east of the country but fails to advance elsewhere, according to the New York Times.
Russian army supplies may last no more than three days, says Ukraine
Russian troops only have enough food, fuel and ammunition for three more days, reported Kyiv generals.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine also argued yesterday Moscow’s inability to establish a fuel pipeline at the front had put Russia at risk of running out of supplies.
Russia to use ‘increasingly violent’ measures on protests, MoD intelligence
The UK’s Ministry of Defence has published its latest intelligence update on the war in Ukraine, warning that Russia is likely to use “increasingly violent” measures to suppress protests in Russian-held areas of Ukraine.
The update says that Ukrainian people in cities occupied by Russian forces are continuing to protest against Russian control.
This is despite Russian efforts to subdue the population through manipulation of the media and spreading propaganda.
Due to its failures, Russia will “probably respond” with “increasingly violent and coercive measures”, the department added.
In recent days a number of protests have taken place across the country, including in Kherson where crowds have been seen running away from tear gas, stun grenades, and gunfire.
100,000 people in Mariupol living without food, warns Zelensky
Around 100,000 people are living in the southeastern port city Mariupol without food, water, or medicine, according to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
The city is a key strategic target for Russian forces and has come under a barrage of daily attacks since the war began.
There has been reports from Ukraine that people are being held hostage in the humanitarian corridors near the city.
Putin spokesman refuses to rule out use of nuclear weapons
In an interview with CNN, Vladimir Putin’s chief spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, repeatedly refused to rule out that Russia would consider using nuclear weapons.
When asked under what conditions Putin would use Russia’s nuclear capability, Mr Peskov replied, “if it is an existential threat for our country, then it can be.”
CNN’s Christiane Amanpour interviews Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov (Image: CNN)
‘What should be our reaction? Tactical nuclear weapons,’ Russian state TV continues to promote war
Russian media analyst Julia Davis has shared more disturbing footage of nuclear attacks being promoted on Russian state TV.
In this clip, military expert Igor Korotchenko says, in part: “The West will never lift the sanctions from Russia… This is war. What should be our reaction? Tactical nuclear weapons as battlefield arms… Re-arming Iskanders with special munitions…”
Meanwhile on Russian state TV: military expert Igor Korotchenko says, in part: “The West will never lift the sanctions from Russia… This is war. What should be our reaction? Tactical nuclear weapons as battlefield arms… Re-arming Iskanders with special munitions…” pic.twitter.com/WnVNZUZ7O3
\u2014 Julia Davis (@JuliaDavisNews) March 22, 2022
Russian state TV argues for nuclear strike on Europe
Chilling footage has emerged of a presenter advocating for a nuclear strike on Europe on Russian state TV.
The footage shows him saying a “clear message” must be sent to Europe warning if there is any attempt at launching a “peace-keeping contingent” by NATO then Russia will launch a nuclear strike.
The man goes on to directly threaten Poland, Germany, and the Baltic states.
Commenting on the video, security analyst Maria Avdeeva said: “When I say that Putin will not stop in Ukraine, I mean exactly that.
“State Russian TV show in prime time discusses possible nuclear strike on Europe, Russian invasion of Poland and Lithuania and corridor to Kaliningrad, threatens Germany and Baltic states.”
When I say that Putin will not stop in Ukraine, I mean exactly that. State Russian TV show in prime time discusses possible nuclear strike on Europe, Russian invasion of Poland and Lithuania and corridor to Kaliningrad, threatens Germany and Baltic states. Act now #StopRussia . pic.twitter.com/yq1CtZP2WS
\u2014 Maria Avdeeva (@maria_avdv) March 22, 2022
Liz Truss speaks with Ukrainian FM about increasing pressure on Russia
Foreign Secretary Liz Truss and Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba have spoken about increasing pressure on Russia this evening.
Sharing the interaction on Twitter, Ms Truss said: “Good to speak to Ukrainian FM Dmytro Kuleba.
“We discussed how the UK, alongside G7 allies and partners, will increase economic pressure against Putin's regime.
“We will not stop in our mission to cut off funds for Russia's brutal war machine.”
The news comes as G7 allies discuss further action, weighing up the possibility of expelling Russia from the group.
G20 debating whether Russia can be expelled from group
Western allies are reportedly considering whether Russia should remain in the G20 group of major economies.
But attempts to exclude Russia completely would likely be blocked by China, India or Saudi Arabia.
Countries are therefore assessing whether to skip G20 meetings this year in protest against Russia’s invasion.
The G20 is a key platform for coordinating responses to issues including climate change and cross-border debt.
A senior G7 source said: “There have been discussions about whether it’s appropriate for Russia to be part of the G20.
“If Russia remains a member, it will become a less useful organisation.”
Jaw-dropping images show unexploded Russian missile after it lands in kitchen SINK
An unexploded Russian bomb landed in the kitchen sink of a Ukrainian family’s home after crashing through the roof – but surprisingly, it caused little damage.
The footage, which was shared on TikTok, showed a huge missile wedged in the corner of the kitchen at a house in the besieged city of Kharkiv.
Miraculously, it only appears to have caused damage to the roof of the house and the kitchen sink.
The kitchen appears to be scattered with debris but very little damage was caused by the sizeable rocket after it, fortunately, failed to explode.
A later video shared by @pd05763 appears to show a Ukrainian bomb disposal unit inspecting the large warhead and casually wiggling it seemingly trying to see if it will come unstuck.
Ukraine’s government previously shared a picture of the unexploded missile, tweeting: “Imagine, it was Sunday morning and you were sleeping with your kids,” as it continues to call for NATO to impose a no-fly zone over the country.
Unexploded Russian missile lodges itself into Ukrainian home
Putin ‘unlikely’ to use chemical weapons against Ukraine, says former British ambassador to Russia
Russian President Vladimir Putin is “unlikely” to use chemical weapons, according to a former British ambassador to Russia.
His comment comes after US President Joe Biden warned Putin could resort to chemical weapons due to his back being “against the wall” after successive failures.
Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s PM programme, Sir Tony Brenton said: “What I’m hearing is that it’s unlikely because if you’ve got troops on the ground, then using gas could as easily turn against your troops as for them.
“So I doubt that the danger of him using chemical weapons is as high as people have said, including, I’m afraid, the President of the United States.
“But there is absolutely no doubt that they are very unconstrained in their use of artillery, in their use of missiles, in their use of aircraft, to flatly destroy whatever is in their way – particularly since they’ve been dramatically slowed down by the very brave Ukrainian resistance over the last four weeks.”
Kidnapped Ukrainian mayor exchanged for 9 Russian soldiers
The mayor of Melitopol has said he was released in exchange for nine Russian soldiers after being kidnapped on March 11.
Ivan Fedorov was detained for six days by Russian forces after they captured the Ukrainian city.
Speaking from the town of Zaporizhzhia after his release, he said: “I am a mayor of a small provincial town in Ukraine, but it made the whole world worried.
“I was exchanged for nine soldiers of the Russian Federation whom I saw with my own eyes during the exchange.
“I cannot tell if they were professional military or conscripts.
“But they were soldiers aged between 18 and 20 years who came to Ukraine to kill civilians.”
Describing the situation in Melitopol, he said people are being “grabbed in the streets” and detained.
He continued: “Yesterday we had an unprecedented situation when a whole family of journalists and the whole staff of a local media company were kidnapped.
“And after that the media company declared that they ceased their operations.”
Ivan Fedorov photographed in 2020 (Image: GETTY)
Zelensky eyes ‘significant’ victory as troops scramble to RETAKE key city
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is eyeing up a “significant” victory as his troops scramble to retake a key city.
Ukrainian troops are locked in “significant fighting” with Russian forces in a bid to recapture the city of Izyum, which lies 75 miles south of Kharkiv, according to a senior US Defence official.
Izyum was taken by Russian soldiers last week despite fierce Ukrainian efforts.
Recapturing the city is strategically important for Ukraine as it would prevent Russian troops encircling them in the East.
Zelensky assassination attempt scuppered AGAIN as Putin’s ’25-man death squad’ fails
A group of killers began arriving in Ukraine on Sunday with Ukraine’s Ministry of Defence saying their mission was to eliminate the country’s top military and political leadership.
The Russian president “personally ordered another attack by one of his proxies”, according to a claim in one report understood to refer to the Wagner group.
The report added that all previous attempts had ended in failure with the “elimination” of Wagner mercenaries at the hands of Ukrainian forces.
Ukraine on the edge of ‘first major victory of the war’
Ukraine is reportedly on the edge of the “first major victory of the war” as accounts emerge of Russian troops being surrounded in Bucha, Irpin and Hostomel area near Kyiv, cut from supplies.
If these accounts are true, it will represent the biggest defeat of the Russian army to date and President Vladimir Putin will have to start worrying about the number of Russian prisoners of war being captured.
Anders Östlund, a contributor at The Center for European Policy Analysis, notes: “This is huge. If confirmed, and Ukraine manage to keep the siege, this could become the first major victory of the war.
“An entire Russian army could be erased.
“I hold by breath waiting for confirmation.”
Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny sentenced to additional prison time in maximum security
Prominent Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny has been convicted of fraud in another trial in Russia, landing him nine years in a maximum-security prison.
The activist had already been serving a sentence after being convicted for allegedly embezzling money that he and his foundation raised as well as insulting a judge during a previous trial.
Mr Navalny rejects the accusations against him and argues they are trumped up charges designed to crush opposition to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny is seen on a screen via a video link on trial (Image: GETTY)
Alexei Navalny at a rally ahead of his arrest in 2019 (Image: GETTY)
Major blow for Putin as manufacturer stops making tanks
Vladimir Putin has suffered a blow in the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war, with a major tank manufacturer halting production, according to reports from Kyiv.
This has been pinned on a lack of available supplies essential for the maintenance of these military vehicles.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine is quoted as saying: "According to the available information, due to the lack of receipts of foreign-made components, the work of the enterprises of the Uralzavod Corporation and the Chelyabinsk Tractor Plant has been suspended.
"These companies specialise in the manufacture and repair of tanks and other armoured vehicles for the needs of the armed forces of the Russian Federation."
NEXTA described Uralvagonzavod as Russia's "only tank manufacturer".
Foreign Secretary Liz Truss announced last month it would be among the companies targeted in sanctions against Moscow.
A Russian tank patrols in the Donetsk region (Image: GETTY)
‘Nothing left’ of Mariupol, says Zelensky
There is “nothing left” of the southeastern port city Mariupol which has come under relentless shelling from Russian troops, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said.
Kyiv has appealed to Moscow to allow the evacuation of at least 100,000 people who want to leave.
Ukraine has issued increasingly dire warnings about the situation in the encircled city, where officials say residents are without food, medicine, power or running water.
“There is nothing left there. Only ruins,” Mr Zelenskiy said of Mariupol, which has a peacetime population of 400,000, in a video address to the Italian parliament.
As he was speaking, the city council said Russian forces had dropped two large bombs on Mariupol but gave no details of casualties or damage.
Russian forces shell children’s hospital
Russian forces have targetted a children’s hospital in the Luhansk region, according to Ukraine’s State Emergency Service.
Seven children and 15 adults were evacuated from the building after the roof caught fire.
The hospital is in the city of Severodonetsk, in the Luhansk region of eastern Ukraine.
Russian forces using white phosphorus, says Ukraine
Russian forces are using white phosphorus in the city of Kramatorsk, according to Kyiv’s deputy head of police.
Oleksiy Biloshytskiy shared a video to Twitter showing a substance releasing white smoke into the air as it burned on the ground.
Mr Biloshytskiy wrote: "Another use of phosphorus ammunitions in Kramatorsk.”
White phosphorus is a toxic substance that is self-igniting when it interacts with oxygen.
It is produced from rocks that contain phosphate and is used in the manufacture of fertilisers, food additives and cleaning compounds.
Putin’s mouthpiece admits to 9,861 Russian soldier deaths – then panics
A Russian newspaper revealed Putin has lost almost 10,000 soldiers since the invasion began, before swiftly deleting the information.
The pro-Kremlin publication cited the Ministry of Defence saying that 9,861 Russian soldiers had died and 16,153 injured, the first time Russia has admitted to more losses since March 2.
However, the online report was quickly removed.
Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky put Russian deaths at 15,000 but neither figure has been confirmed. US intelligence estimates that Russia’s death toll is at 7,000.
Ukraine urges international banks to suspend all work in Russia
The governor of Ukraine’s central bank called on all international banks on Tuesday to suspend the work of their branches and subsidiaries in Russia to increase financial pressure on the Kremlin over the invasion of Ukraine.
“It’s important to increase pressure further on the aggressor to weaken its position,” Governor Kyrylo Shevchenko was quoted as saying in a statement.
Check points built around Kyiv
Soldiers and volunteers have established checkpoints throughout Kyiv amid Russian attacks.
Pictures show sandbags pilled high to protect the Ukrainian capital.
Taking Kyiv is one of Russia’s main priorities but trying to do so is “suicide”, Ukrainian presidential adviser Oleksiy Arestovych said.
Volunteers and security forces establish check points (Image: Getty)
‘This is kidnapping’
Russian forces have “illegally removed” 2,389 Ukrainian children from Donetsk and Luhansk regions since the start of the invasion, Ukraine’s foreign ministry claims.
The US Embassy tweeted the statistics saying: “This is not assistance. It is kidnapping”.
According to the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, Russian forces have illegally removed 2,389 Ukrainian children from Donetsk and Luhanks oblasts to Russia. This is not assistance. It is kidnapping.
\u2014 U.S. Embassy Kyiv (@USEmbassyKyiv) March 22, 2022
Kremlin insider attacks Russia's Lavrov
Lavrov spoke of his "hope" last week that a peace deal could be reached between the two nations.
Under the proposed agreement, Ukraine would have to scrap its bid to join the NATO military bloc in return for a Russian withdrawal.
Amid the negotiations, Lavrov was attacked last week by the man who once promoted him – Andrei Kozyrev.
The ex-politician was asked for his reaction to the war in Ukraine on 'The Economist Asks' podcast.
He said: “It is very painful to see that by now, he went so much down. He is a nobody.
"He is just performing a dance for an orchestra or a choreographer who is there in the Kremlin.”
Zelensky addresses Italian MP’s
President Zelensky said Ukraine is “on the brink of surviving” the invasion as he addressed Italian Parliament earlier today.
He begged MPs to step up sanctions urging “more pressure” to help Ukraine.
He said: “For Russian troops, Ukraine is the gates of Europe, where they want to break in.
“But barbarism must not be allowed to pass.
“We are on the brink of survival.”
He went on to highlight the “famine” some countries could experience.
“Ukraine has always been one of the largest food exporters, but how can we sow under the strikes of Russian artillery,” he warned
Volodymyr Zelensky addressed Italian MPs (Image: Getty)
President Zelensky urged for more sanctions against Russia (Image: Getty)
Macron warns of global food crisis
France is considering giving special cheques to poor households to compensate for increased food prices as a result of the invasion.
Emmanuel Macron warned the war could lead to a global food crisis.
Meanwhile, the UK Government is reassuring the public that “all necessary mitigating steps” are being taken to shore up food supplies.
Boris Johson’s official spokesman said: “We are obviously aware of Ukraine in farming and production of things like wheat, it’s something that the Government has been alive to.
“Defra and other departments are working to mitigate any of the challenges we see. We do obviously have a diverse food supply in this country and I think that was seen in the height of the pandemic, but the public can be reassured that we’re taking all necessary mitigating steps.”
Why Israel is coy on following the West
Israel is one of the few countries reluctant to follow the West in condemning Vladimir Putin’s invasion.
Russian intervention in Syria's civil war in 2015 turned the tide of the conflict in Bashar al-Assad's favour.
Moscow is now the major power in Syria's skies, dropping bombs on Syrian civilians in areas still outside the regime's control, and allowing the Israeli air force to operate against Hezbollah and other Iranian-backed groups active in the conflict.
US Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs, Victoria Nuland, has urged Israel to commit to all sanctions and not "become the last haven for dirty money that’s fuelling Putin’s wars".
PM would consider trip to Kyiv if invited
Boris Johnson said he would consider travelling to Kyiv if he was invited.
The Prime Ministers’ spokesman said they would “obviously consider” it but there are currently “no plans to travel there”.
The spokesman added: “The Prime Minister speaks to President Zelensky on an almost daily basis, as you know, and we are doing everything we can any requests that are made and to continue playing that co-ordinating function, which we believe is vital to supporting Ukraine.”
He added that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has not yet requested Boris Johnson visit Kyiv.
Zelensky speaks to Pope Francis
Volodymyr Zelensky has spoken to Pope Francis and said he would welcome the Holy See’s meditating role with Russia.
Pope Francis has implicitly criticised Russia and called the conflict in Ukraine an unjustified “senseless massacre”.
“Told His Holiness about the difficult humanitarian situation and the blocking of rescue corridors by Russian troops. The mediating role of the Holy See in ending human suffering would be appreciated,” Zelenskiy said in a tweet.
Talked to @Pontifex . Told His Holiness about the difficult humanitarian situation and the blocking of rescue corridors by Russian troops. The mediating role of the Holy See in ending human suffering would be appreciated. Thanked for the prayers for Ukraine and peace. pic.twitter.com/wj4hmrTRGd
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Ten Ukraine hospitals destroyed in invasion
Ten hospitals have been destroyed in Ukraine, Ukraine’s health minister Viktor Lyashko has revealed.
Mr Lyashko said that others could not be restricted with medicines and supplies because of fighting nearby.
During a televised appearance he said Covid testing was still being carried out in areas where there was no fighting, but this is complicating the country’s efforts to tackle the disease.
Seven fires break out at Chernobyl
Seven wildfires have broken out at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, according to the Ukrainian Parliament.
The plant was overtaken by Russian troops on the first day of the invasion and is now under their control.
The State Service of Special Communications and Information Protection of Ukraine said the fires are “burning unchecked” and fear radiation smoke could be spreading.
Chernobyl is the site of one of the world’s biggest nuclear disasters in April 1986.
Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant (Image: Getty)
7 wildfires, likely caused by artillery shelling or arson, have broken out in the area surrounding the #Chornobyl NPP, @ua_parliament reports. The area is now controlled by the \ud83c\uddf7\ud83c\uddfa troops, so the fires are burning unchecked, raising worries that the radiation smoke could spread.
\u2014 SSSCIP Ukraine (@dsszzi) March 22, 2022
Russian newspaper report on military deaths was fake, says Kremlin
The Kremlin said the figures published on Russian casualties was a result of a hack.
As we have been reporting, pro-Kremlin newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravada issued a report saying 9,861 Russian soldiers had died.
Alexander Gamov, the journalist, said the story was fake and was deleted after a few minutes.
Gamov provided the explanation for the story, which was picked up by some Western media, on the Kremlin’s daily conference call after Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said he was unable to comment on the incident.
WATCH: Ukraine forces disintegrate Russian equipment
Footage has emerged from the frontline of the war in Ukraine which appears to show Ukrainian soldiers destroying a Russian vehicle with an anti-tank missile.
In the video, a Ukrainian soldier is shown guiding and aiming an anti-tank rocket towards what appears to be a Russian armoured troop carrier.
The weapons appear to function by remote control with the operator using a screen to fire the rocket from a safe distance.
Voices can be heard cheering on the missile and it nears the stationary Russian vehicle and screams of joy when the missile explodes on target.
‘Yes!’ the Ukrainian troops can be heard shouting as the enemy vehicle disappears in a large explosion.
Ukraine forces appear to blast Russian equipment
UK issues 12,400 visas to Ukraine families
Some 12,400 visas have been issued under the Ukraine family scheme as of 5pm on Monday, the Home Office said.
A total of 32,500 applications have been submitted so far, according to provisional data published on the department’s website.
Over 3.5 million Ukrainians have fled Ukraine since the start of the war, according to the UN.
Two million of those have travelled to neighbouring Poland.
Russian newspaper ‘leaks’ Russian military figures
A pro-Kremlin Russian newspaper published a report that 9,861 Russian soldiers have died in the invasion, before quickly removing it.
The report by Komsomolskaya Pravda cited the Ministry of Defence adding that 16,153 had also been injured.
However, a few hours later the report was taken down.
The last report from Moscow on March 2 revealed 498 has died.
Biden’s warning about chemical weapons
Joe Biden warned that Vladimir Putin’s “back is against the wall” and that he may use chemical or biological weapons.
Speaking to reporters the US President confined Russia has used its new generation hypersonic missiles in Ukraine.
He said it’s “the only thing that they can get through [Ukraine's air defenses with absolute certainty," and warned: "It's almost impossible to stop it. There's a reason they're using it."
Asked if the use of biological or chemical weapons would be a war crime, UK Business Minister Paul Scully said: “Undoubtedly. I think President Biden and the Prime Minister have been really resolute in making sure that we can take every action with the international community to address those crimes of Vladimir Putin.”
More than 3.5 refugees flee Ukraine
More than 3.5 million people have now fled Ukraine.
The latest figures from the Unites Nations’ Refugee Agency (UNHCR) show that 3,528,346 have left the country since the start of the invasion.
More than two million of them have fled to neighbouring Ukraine.
Women and children sheltering in a primary school in Przemysl Poland (Image: Getty)
Evacuating Mariupol citizens is a main priority
Attempts to evacuate civilians from Mariupol is the main focus, Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister said.
Iryna Vereshchuk did not announce any new agreements with Russia to allow safe passage for residents adding “we are focusing on evacuations from Mariupol”.
On Monday, 3,000 people managed to escape Mariupol but heavy shelling was also reported along a humanitarian corridor near Zaporizhzhia.
Russian troops ‘stalled in places’- MoD
Ukraine resistance continues to “repulse” Russian attempts to occupy Mariupol, the Births Ministry of Defence (MoD) says.
In its latest update, the MoD said dispute heavy fighting, Russia is yet to seize the southern city, which has come under heavy shelling in the past few weeks.
The update added that Russia suffered “yet another day of limited progress” as forces are “stalled in places”.
However, it added: “Several Ukrainian cities continue to suffer heavy Russia air and artillery bombardment with the UN reporting that more than ten million Ukrainians are now internally displaced”.
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