– The deputy tightens his grip on Kiev, accusing Zhelensky of targeting the Moscow public
The ropes tightened over Kiev on Friday, with the Russian military trying to “block” the Ukrainian capital, turning it into a “fortress” by its citizens, while accusing President Volodymyr Zhelensky of targeting civilians fleeing the conflict in Moscow.
After reaching the suburbs of Kiev, the Russian army attempts to dismantle Ukrainian defenses in several places west and north of the capital – Andrivka, Kobiliv, Motsignin, Bouzova, Hornitsky, Bautza and Demidiv – described as “the block.” Ukrainian staff from Thursday to Friday. He noted that the “movement of Russian troops” toward the province east of Kiev was not “excluded”.
With less than two million people in the capital – half of its population fleeing since the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24 – Mayor Vitaly Klitschko has hammered out that “Kiev has become a fortress.” “Every street, every building, every checkpoint has been strengthened,” he said.
In the southeast of the country, the Russian military is “concentrating its efforts” on the besieged city of Severdonetsk and Mariupol, a strategic port on the Sea of Azov, according to Ukrainian civil servants. The Russian Air Force targeted residential areas “every 30 minutes” on Thursday, “killing civilians, the elderly, women and children”, Mayor Vadim Podchenko described in a video.
A representative of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) described the dire situation in the city, where people have no access to electricity, water or gas: “People are beginning to fight for food. Others destroyed another person’s car to get petrol from it, ”Sasha Volkov told the media in an audio recording.
The United States and its European allies are considering additional sanctions against Russia in response to apparently “increasing” atrocities against Ukrainian citizens.
Fighting also continues for control of Chernivtsi (north), Kharkiv (northeast) and Mykoliv port (south), with Ukrainian civil servants pointing out that Moscow has attempted to “launch an attack” on the major cities of Zaforoshie and Krivoy Rok. . “The Russian occupiers are being stopped, depressed and facing great losses,” he said.
According to the British Ministry of Defense, he analyzed on Twitter that the increasing number of “Russian troops engaged in encircling strategic cities (…)” would “further slow down Russian progress”.
“Terrorism is considered”
After the first high-level talks between the warring factions since February 24 – which took place without a ceasefire in Turkey on Thursday – Moscow has promised to open humanitarian corridors daily to allow Ukrainians to withdraw from the fighting to defeat Russia.
But Ukraine, which has been living in hiding since the bombing of cities besieged by Russian troops, is calling for the establishment of safe avenues within its borders to evacuate civilians.
“Russian troops did not stop firing. In spite of everything, I decided to send a convoy of (…) convoy with food, water and medicine (…) to Mariupol. “On the part of experienced terrorists, this is considered terrorism, shameful terrorism,” he joked.
The leader said about 100,000 people had been evacuated from other Ukrainian cities affected by the fighting in the past two days, including 40,000 on Thursday alone through humanitarian corridors.
According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, at least 516 civilians have been killed and more than 900 injured in the war in Ukraine, which has thrown more than 2.3 million people into the streets. Balance notes may be much lower than reality.
$ 14 billion –
Faced with this situation, the Americans and their allies are trying to help this country by avoiding direct military intervention by NATO member states. The US Congress on Thursday approved a new federal budget of nearly $ 14 billion for the Ukraine crisis.
Funding that will allow Ukraine to protect its electricity network, counter cyber attacks and equip itself with defensive weapons. The package includes more than $ 2.6 billion in humanitarian aid and more than $ 1 billion in refugee assistance.
At a summit in Versailles near Paris to elicit economic and military responses to the shock of the Russian invasion, EU government and government leaders on Thursday rejected Ukraine’s hasty entry into the EU, while opening the door to closer ties. .
At Moscow’s request, Volodymyr Zhelensky’s deliberate denial of the alleged use of biological weapons in Ukraine led to the UN. The Security Council will meet on Friday at 4:00 pm GMT.
Western sanctions continue to rain down on Russia, the assets of seven Russian oligarchs, including Roman Abramovich, have been frozen in the UK, a decision involving the suspension of the sale of the Chelsea football club.
As a result of the war, the International Monetary Fund will lower its global growth forecast, warning that Russia’s default is no longer “impossible.”