Russia has intensified its attacks in recent hours in various parts of Ukraine while preparing its major offensive in Donbas, where it has not yet fully controlled the city of Mariupol, a strategic port on the Sea of Azov that would allow it to unite this region with the Crimean peninsula, annexed in 2014. This city, besieged for more than 40 days, could have the worst balance of human losses in this war. The Ukrainian authorities fear that there are about 20,000 dead.
One of the targets of the Russian missiles this morning was an industrial complex where they mainly make tanks in the Darnytsky district, in kyiv, and “a heavy weapons repair shop in Mykolaiv”, according to the Russian Defense Ministry spokesman, General Igor Konashénkov, who added that they were destroyed last night with high precision missiles a total of 16 facilities of the Ukrainian Army in various regions of the country.
Air raid sirens have been heard in much of the country. “We are aware that the attacks against us will increase and that the enemy will try to take revenge,” said a spokesman for the Armed Forces of southern Ukraine, linking the increase in shelling to the sinking of El Moskva, the Russian flagship in Russia. the Black Sea, which kyiv claims was the result of Ukrainian missiles and Moscow an accident inside the ship.
“Our forces do everything possible to protect us, but the enemy is insidious and ruthless,” said the mayor of kyiv, Vitali Klitschko, who has once again called for to the inhabitants who leave the capital and those who are out not to return yet and remain in a “safe place”. Despite the warnings, many inhabitants of kyiv have defied the Russian threats and have taken to the streets this Saturday, the first truly spring day, to walk around the capital and even have a drink on its terraces. “This is the first time we have come to the center, we wanted to see if the transport was working and to see people. Looking at people does me a lot of good,” said Nataliya Makrieva, a 43-year-old veterinarian.
The Ukrainian president, Volodimir Zelensky, has insisted today that “the whole world” should be “concerned” about the risk that Vladimir Putin, cornered by his military setbacks in Ukraine, uses a tactical nuclear weapon. In a new video message, Zelensky has reiterated to Western countries that they can “make the war much shorter”. if they supply kyiv with the weapons it requests.
Russia, for its part, has warned the United States and NATO against sending “more sensitive” weapons to Ukraine, judging that such military equipment put “fuel on the fire” and could cause “unforeseeable consequences,” according to the newspaper ‘Washington Post’. Moscow has also demanded that the Czech Republic not pass Soviet-made military technology to third countries without Moscow’s permission, something Prague has dismissed as “nonsense.”
The British newspaper ‘The Times’ has revealed that members of the United Kingdom special forces train local troops in kyiv, for the first time since the Russian invasion of Ukraine began on February 24 Officers from two battalions stationed in the Ukrainian capital and its surroundings told the newspaper that they had received military training from British soldiers in the last two weeks. UK instructors they were already in Ukraine after the invasion of Crimeabut were withdrawn last February to avoid direct conflict with Russian forces and the possibility of NATO becoming involved in the current conflict.
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The news comes at a time of heightened tensions between Russia and the UK, which has taken a leading role in Europe in arming kyiv and sanctioning Moscow. On the diplomatic front, Moscow announced on Saturday that will ban Prime Minister Boris Johnson from entering its territory and several other high officials of his Government, in response to the sanctions imposed against Russia. “This measure was taken as a response to the rampant information and political campaign aimed at intentionally isolating Russia… and strangling our economy,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.