War in Ukraine – Russia intensifies offensive, strikes Kiev TV tower

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Shell attacks on Kiev and Kharkiv on Tuesday left dozens dead and wounded. The Ukrainian capital is waiting for a Russian attack.

The photo, released by the Interior Ministry, shows a tower covered in thick gray smoke in Kiev.

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On Tuesday, Russian forces attacked the Kiev television tower and shelled Kharkiv, confirming their aggressive offensive against Ukraine, raising fears of massive civilian casualties in defiance of Western sanctions against Russia.

“Absolutely disgusting”

On the sixth day of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, one after another strikes on Kharkiv near the Russian border, the Russians are trying to capture.

A strike in the central square of the city of 1.4 million people partially destroyed the headquarters of the regional administration, Governor Oleg Sinekopov said in a video in a telegram showing the explosion.

A shell explodes at an administration building in Kharkiv

According to the Ukrainian Emergency Service, at least 10 people were killed and more than 20 were injured. Another attack on a residential building killed 8 people and injured 6 others.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has condemned the bombings as “completely sick” compared to the deadly attacks on Sarajevo in the 1990s.

Attack the TV tower

In the capital, Kiev, a strike struck a television tower late in the afternoon, killing five people, according to emergency services.

A photo released by the interior office showed the tower covered in dense gray smoke, but still standing. The ministry has promised to launch the broadcast as soon as possible through a back-up system.

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Earlier, the Russian military called for the evacuation of civilians living near Ukrainian security services’ facilities, saying they wanted to strike to stop “computer attacks against Russia.”

As the sirens of aerial warnings sounded, Russian forces appeared ready to attack the capital, raising fears of significant casualties in this strong city, which, in normal times, was home to nearly 3 million people and traditionalists.

U.S. satellite film company Maxar released satellite photos overnight from Monday to Tuesday showing a Russian convoy traveling tens of thousands of kilometers from the northwest toward the Ukrainian capital.

The fleeing residents spent several days preparing for the arrival of Russian troops, setting up barricades, digging trenches and making Molotov cocktails.

Kneeling in front of a tank, he tries to stop the Russians

Russian progress in the south

The Russians seem to have advanced in the Sea of ​​Azov, in the south of the country, where many large Ukrainian cities are located.

At the port of Mariupol, Russian forces “strike in all districts of the city”, the governor pointed out, 21 people were injured and an uncertain number died.

The Russian Defense Ministry says its troops advancing off the coast of Crimea, along with those from the pro-Russian separatist region of Donetsk, have given Russian forces a strategic regional presence.

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The information was not verified immediately. Not long ago, the Ukrainian military said it had thwarted the attempt.

The Russian military has said it will control the entrance to the western coastal city of Kherson (290,000 people), according to its mayor. Videos of locals on social media show Russian soldiers.

The UN says the conflict has displaced more than a million people in Ukraine since the start of the Russian invasion on February 24, and has displaced more than 677,000 Ukrainians to neighboring countries — mainly Poland, but also Hungary, Slovakia and Romania. Said the High Commissioner. Refugees.

(AFP)

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