day 36. The Russian invasion continues. The negotiations between Ukraine and Russia seem to have made some progress, but so far there have been no remarkable events to prove it.
In any case, the Pentagon announced this Thursday that Russian troops have begun to withdraw from the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, according to a senior Pentagon official quoted by France Presse. Russian troops controlled the plant from the first day of the invasion. Putin’s army has also begun to withdraw from Gostomel airport, northwest of kyiv, to march towards Belarus, according to the same source.
Mariúpol, a target of the invasion
Mariupol has become a constant in the day-to-day war in Ukraine. This Wednesday, the mayor’s office has denounced the deportation to Russia of 70 people from a maternity. In total, 20,000 inhabitants of the city have been evacuated “against their will” since the beginning of the offensive, according to the authorities.
Thus, as reported by the head of human rights in the Ukrainian Parliament, Liudmila Denisova, via Telegram, Russian troops have continued to “deliberately” bombard the city, especially in a building of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
Mariupol has become, despite himself, one of the symbols of the invasion. In the symbol of the cruelty of the Russian Army, in that of the resistance of the Ukrainian people, and in that of the importance of having journalists and photographers on the ground to be able to document the atrocities of the conflict.
But Russian forces also shelled the outskirts of kyiv and a besieged city in northern Ukraine after promising to reduce attacks there, in what the West dismissed as a ploy by Moscow to stem its heavy losses and regroup for further offensives. .
The Pentagon said that Russia had begun to reposition less than a fifth of its forces deployed around kyiv, but warned that Moscow was expected to resupply them for redeployment.
Doubts about the supply of oil and gas
The Western sanctions imposed on Russia as punishment for their invasion they have largely isolated their economy from world trade, but Moscow remains the Europe’s largest oil and gas supplier. The new Russian demand for payment in rubles, rejected by the West, has raised fears of energy shortages and increased risks of recession in Europe.
GermanyRussia’s largest gas customer, declared on Wednesday a “early warning” about a possible emergency if Russia cut off supplies. Economy Minister Robert Habeck urged citizens to reduce consumption, stating that “every kilowatt-hour counts.”
In the north of Ukraine, the Mayor of Chernihiv Vladyslav Astroshenkosaid Russian bombardment of his city had intensified in the past 24 hours, with more than 100,000 people trapped inside with barely enough food and medical supplies to last another week.
“This is one confirmation more than Russia always lieshe told CNN. He said 25 civilians had been injured in a mortar attack in the city center. Reuters was unable to verify the situation in Chernihiv. The Russian Defense Ministry did not respond to a request for comment.
Russia says it is conducting a “special operation” to disarm and “denazify” to your neighbor. Western countries say that the invasion of Moscow was not provoked at all.
The Donbas region, where Russia says it will now focus its efforts, includes the port of Mariupol, where heavy fighting broke out again on Wednesday.
Mariupolwhich before the war had a population of over 400,000 people, has been razed in a month. The United Nations says that thousands of people may have died there.
Russian forces were shelling almost all towns along the region’s front line on Wednesday, the Donetsk governor said, which is part of Donbas.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.