Moscow’s promise to reduce military activity is expressed in new rockets and shelling, warn from Ukraine.
The situation remains tense in the northern suburbs of Ki, in Chernigov, there are explosions and shootings in the Kherson region, the situation in Mariupol is unchanged: blockades, street fights, the city still has tens of thousands of civilians. Maxar has released new satellite images of the besieged Mariupol, which show the destruction of residential buildings damaged by the shelling, and the other footage shows the artillery fire of the firing points on the outskirts of the city.
According to independent sources, 90% of the buildings in the besieged city have been damaged for weeks.
In an interview with Reuters, the mayor of Mariupol said that according to his estimates, almost 5,000 people, including 210 children, have been killed in the city since the invasion of Russian forces. Mayor Vadim Boychenko, however, did not specify how they received the information. Independent sources are not able to confirm these data during the war.
Against the background of optimistic statements about a possible agreement in the Russian-Ukrainian talks, official Ukrainian sources report explosions in the suburbs of Ki this morning, targeting the districts of Hostomel, Bucha and Irpen.
Nikolai Povoroznik, deputy head of the Ki’s city administration, told RFE / RL that during the night, artillery shells were fired from the line of contact with Russian troops in the Ukrainian capital, and alarm signals were heard in the capital from time to time.
Tensions remain high in Chernigov, according to the head of the administration Vyacheslav Chaus, as a result of the shelling damaged residential buildings, infrastructure, shopping centers.
Information about the rocket attacks is received from a number of cities in the Donetsk region: Lisichansk, Avdeka, Marinka, Krasnogorovka.
The General Staff of Ukraine, presenting the main events of the last day on the battlefield, announced that Russia is regrouping its forces, concentrating them on offensive operations in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions. According to the source, there are accumulations of Russian troops in the area of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, partial withdrawal of Russian units was observed in the direction of Brovarsky, Kharkov remains under siege, an increase in shelling and clashes was registered in the Donetsk region. According to the Ukrainian Defense Ministry, the main efforts of the Russian army are now aimed at taking control of the cities on the land route to the Crimea.
Moscow claims to be targeting only military targets
Moscow continues to insist that it targets exclusively military facilities in Ukraine. Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov summed up the actions of Russian forces in Ukraine today, saying that the missiles destroyed large fuel depots, which were used to supply fuel for the armored vehicles of the Ukrainian troops in Donbas, in the village of Kamenka, Donetsk region. In the Tumen region, near the Ukrainian-Belarusian border, Su-24, 10 drones belonging to the Ukrainian Air Force were damaged in a number of settlements, more than 60 military facilities, including the headquarters of the Ukrainian special operations in the Nikolai region. Moscow does not report its own losses.
By the way, the fuel stored in the warehouses destroyed or damaged by the Russian armed forces, as the Ukrainian specialists note, was intended not only for military equipment, but also for civil and agricultural equipment. The lack of fuel can cause a shortage of a number of products not only in Ukraine but also in the international market, says Leonid Kasyanchuk, an expert on the oil and gas market. According to international estimates, Ukraine accounts for 11 percent of world wheat and more than 50 percent of coconut oil. At the same time, according to the expert, Ukraine used to buy fuel from neighboring Belarus, which may become impossible after the war.
Washington will continue to provide both humanitarian and military assistance to Ki
US Chargé d’Affaires in Ukraine Christina Kwien told RFE / RL’s Ukrainian Service that Washington had provided both humanitarian and military assistance to Ki.
“Since the start of the war, we have significantly increased the volume of weapons sent to Ukraine, expanding the range of weapons, for example, we began to supply Stinger – mobile anti-aircraft missiles, which we did not have before, we continue to provide assistance,” said the US diplomat. that Washington is ready to further increase the volume of assistance to Ukraine.