As day 27 of Putin’s war on Ukraine comes to an end, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky says there is “nothing left” of the port city of Mariupol
Calls to Moscow to allow civilians to evacuate the region are seemingly falling on deaf ears, as the humanitarian crisis continues to worsen.
The United States now has “clear evidence” Russian forces are “deliberately and intentionally targeting civilian infrastructure, hospitals and places of shelter”.
A senior defence official told CNN America has witnessed “indications of behaviour” by Russian forces that would “constitute war crimes”.
US President Joe Biden is gearing up to travel to Europe, meeting with his European counterparts in a move designed to strengthen Western alliances.
National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan says the allies will work collaboratively on imposing increased sanctions and further isolating Russia from the rest of the world.
Sullivan also notes Russia will never achieve the purpose it set out.
In Ukraine’s capital of Kyiv, a Ukrainian counterattack has seemingly stalled Russian forces, and jeopardised their efforts to encircle the city.
It is likely going to be difficult for Russia to resupply the forward units that are exposed to the north of the capital.
Ukrainian soldiers have draped their national flag over a building in a town 65 kilometres west of Kyiv, with the nation’s armed forces saying they have regained control of the area.
HERE’S WHAT ELSE YOU NEED TO KNOW
- Mariupol left in ruins following relentless Russian attacks.
- Ukrainian President Zelensky spoke to Pope Francis… suggesting the Vatican could play a mediating role in ending the war
- Russian forces are attempting to cut Ukraine off from the Black Sea… shelling the outskirts of Odesa.
- More than 15,000 Russian troops have been killed since the start of the war…
- United Nations confirms around 3.5 million Ukrainian residents have fled their country since Putin’s war began.
Zelensky addresses the U.N. as protests break out in Russia
Zelensky addresses the U.N. as protests over Putin’s mobilisation plan break out in Russia
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky addresses the U.N. General Assembly in New York.
Zelensky says his nation just wants peace and believes Russia should be punished and ostracised for its actions.
“A crime has been committed against Ukraine and we demand just punishment. The crime was committed against our state borders. The crime was committed against the lives of our people,” Zelensky said. “Ukraine demands punishment for trying to steal our territory”.
In the powerful speech, the Ukrainian President also called for Russia to lose its U.N. veto power. Russia is currently one of the five permanent members of the Security Council.
He is also seeking more military aid, pleading for more weapons to help liberate his country’s land.
Protests engulf major Russia cities
In Russia, police have arrested hundreds of protestors who are rallying against Vladimir Putin’s military mobilisation.
Human rights group OVD Info estimates more than 1,000 people have been taken into custody so far. The largest number of arrests were made in St Petersburg and Moscow.
As the Kremlin announced its intention to call up thousands of extra troops to fight the warn in Ukraine, flights departing Russia sold out almost immediately.
The mobilisation will likely see at least 300,000 military reservists drafted to bolster Russia’s forces.
In Moscow, the prosecutor’s office is warning that calls on the internet to join protests, or participation in these protests, could result in up to 15 years in jail time.
Russia’s disinformation laws about the war have made public demonstrations rare.
In his first national televised address since the war began, Putin said he will use “all available means” to protect Russian territory.
In theory, this could include nuclear weapons.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg says the alliance remains vigilant.
“We will make sure that there is no misunderstanding in Moscow about exactly how we will react. Of course it depends upon what kind of situation or what kind or weapons they may use. The most important thing is to prevent that from happening and that is why we have been so clear in our communications with Russia about the unprecedented consequences,” Stoltenberg said.
Meanwhile, Putin’s mobilisation follows weeks of heavy losses for Russia in Ukraine, with Kyiv recapturing a huge area just east of Kharkiv.
U.S. to provide Ukraine with tanks in the future
U.S. to provide Ukraine with tanks in the future, but there is a catch
The U.S. will provide tanks to Ukraine in the future, but issues with maintenance and training may delay the rollout.
Ukraine has received billions of dollars worth of weapons and military equipment, allowing the war-torn nation to defend itself against Putin’s regime.
Russian forces are continuing to “conduct airstrikes that are impacting civilian infrastructure”, most recently striking a “dam near Kryvyi Rih”, according to a top U.S. official.
“This disturbing pattern which includes strikes that hit power stations last week continues to show Russian forces’ disregard for civilian life,” the official added.
When it comes to further military aid, the offical confirmed tanks are “absolutely on the table”, but are not an option for the immediate battle.
Once training, maintenance and sustainment issues are addressed, the roll out is more likely.
This follows verified reports Ukraine has successfully shot down 55 Russian
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky vowed there would be no let-up in fighting to regain
territory lost to Russia.
Mass burial site discovered in Ukraine
A mass grave with over 400 bodies has been found in Ukraine’s Kharkiv region
The price of war is beginning to reveal itself in Ukraine as a mass grave, with over 400 bodies has been discovered in the recently liberated Kharkiv region.
The burial site was found in the city of Izyum, an area captured by Russian forces at the beginning of the war, and a victim to ultimate brutality.
Over recent days, Ukrainian forces have recaptured the area. So far, they have discovered over 1000 bodies in the city, with this number rising every day.
The mass grave site shows the extent of Russia’s atrocities, although Russia denies responsibility.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is launching an investigation and says “Russia leaves death everywhere and it must be held accountable for that.”
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