“The situation in Mariupol remains as dangerous as possible. This is what the Russian Federation has done,” said Volodymyr Zelensky in a video message. He did it on purpose. […] Russia is deliberately trying to destroy anyone in Mariupol’ in southeastern Ukraine.
Meanwhile, the Russian Defense Ministry asked the last Ukrainian fighters holed up in the Azovstal Metallurgical Complex to stop fighting on Sunday and evacuate before 1 p.m. Moscow time. (Noon French time). The ministry confirmed on Telegram that “all those who gave up their weapons will ensure that their lives are saved.” “It’s their only chance.”
Apart from this pocket of resistance, he said, “the entire territory of the city of Mariupol was cleared of militants from the Nazi Azov formation, foreign mercenaries and Ukrainian soldiers.”
Early on Sunday morning, the Ukrainian General Staff indicated that the Russians carried out airstrikes from the Donetsk and Tavria regions on the city. “They carried out offensive operations near the port,” he said in a statement, without mentioning the call to lay down arms or the Russian claim to control most of the city.
The capture of this city would be an important victory for the Russians as it would allow them to consolidate their coastal territorial gains along the Sea of Azov by connecting the Donbass region, partly controlled by their supporters, with Moscow-annexed Crimea. in 2014.
Mariupol on the brink of starvation
The Ukrainian president had earlier threatened to stop peace talks with Moscow if the last Ukrainian soldier in Mariupol was “liquidated”.
“No food, no water, no medicine,” the media astonished him, accusing the Russians of “refusing” to establish humanitarian corridors.
According to World Food Program Executive Director David Beasley, more than 100,000 civilians are on the brink of starvation in Mariupol, which also lacks water and a heating source.
The Russian army again directed its missiles at the city of Kyiv, which had recently been overrun. Motivated by revenge after the loss of the flagship Moskva in the Black Sea. The Ukrainians claim to have sunk it thanks to Neptune’s anti-ship missiles. The Pentagon agreed that the Russian ship was hit by two Ukrainian missiles on Thursday.
A version that was not officially endorsed by the Russian authorities, simply provoked a fire that caused an explosion of ammunition on the back of the building, which sank a few hours later while being towed.
It did not take long: on Friday, a Russian raid hit a complex in the Kyiv region that produces Neptune missiles.
The mayor of the capital, Vitali Klitschko, announced that one person was killed on Saturday and “many” had to be taken to hospital following a strike against an industrial complex in the Darnitsky district, on the outskirts of Kyiv, which especially manufactures tanks.
Kyiv and its environs have been relatively spared the bombing since the Russian army withdrew from this area at the end of March, but the loss of Moskva infuriated Moscow.
Faced with this situation, the mayor of the capital once again called on his compatriots who fled the fighting not to return to Kyiv, whose residents nevertheless took advantage of that first day of radiant spring on Friday for a walk or a picnic. Glass on the balcony.
Local authorities said Russian forces also bombed an oil refinery in eastern Ukraine on Saturday, four kilometers from Lyschansk, very close to the front line.
Ukraine also claimed to have destroyed four cruise missiles launched by Russian planes that took off from neighboring Belarus in the Lviv region in the west on Saturday morning.
In the Odessa region of southern Ukraine, the Russian Defense Ministry confirmed on Saturday that “the Russian anti-aircraft defense downed a Ukrainian military transport plane and delivered a large batch of weapons provided to Ukraine by Western countries.”
Volodymyr Zelensky called on the world again on Saturday to “prepare” for Russia’s possible use of its nuclear weapons. “We need medicine (against radiation) and shelters from air strikes,” he said.
According to him, between 2,500 and 3,000 Ukrainian soldiers have been killed and about 10,000 wounded since the beginning of the war.
During a telephone conversation with the Chief of Staff of the US Armed Forces Mark Milley, his Ukrainian counterpart Valery Zaloghny, echoing calls from Volodymyr Zelensky, insisted on the urgent need for weapons and ammunition.
But according to the Washington Post, Russia sent a formal complaint to the United States this week, warning the US government of “unforeseen consequences” if its military aid to Ukraine continues to increase.