War in Ukraine: ceasefire in Mariupol and Moscow tests nuclear-capable missiles … The point on the 71st day of the conflict

On the 71st day of the conflict, Russia continues to attack eastern Ukraine as a three-day ceasefire was declared in the city of Mariupol, in order to evacuate civilians and the wounded. On Wednesday evening, Moscow flexed its muscle by firing dummy missiles with military capability into the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad.

A ceasefire has entered into force in Mariupol

While fighting was still raging in Azovstal, Wednesday, Moscow announced a ceasefire in the huge steel plants in Mariupol Wednesday evening, in order to open a humanitarian corridor for three days and facilitate the evacuation of civilians. Hundreds have lived since the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24 in underground WWII galleries that run under the bombed Azovstal site.

video. “Food shortage”: in Mariupol, one hundred civilians were evacuated from Azovstal steel plants

Meanwhile, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a video message that 344 people were evacuated on Wednesday from Mariupol and its surroundings to the Ukrainian-controlled city of Zaporizhia, about 230 kilometers away. The latter asserted that there were still civilians, “women, children.” The Ukrainian president in particular called on UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to “rescue” the wounded at the site.

Russia simulates launches of nuclear-capable missiles

The Russian Defense Ministry said, on Wednesday evening, that its army simulated the launch of nuclear-capable missiles in the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad, located between Poland and Lithuania, two member states of the European Union. The combat units also conducted “operations under conditions of radioactive and chemical contamination.” Russia put its nuclear forces on high alert shortly after sending troops to Ukraine on February 24.

Russia continues its attacks in the east

Russian forces continued their attacks in eastern Ukraine, today, Wednesday, with a Russian strike that killed two and wounded 11, all of them civilians, in the village of Chandrigolov. Others caused the death of one person and the wounding of a child in the vicinity of Kharkiv. New explosions also occurred during the night from Wednesday to Thursday in Kramatorsk in Donetsk Oblast in the east of the country. Six people were injured in these strikes, and one person was seriously injured.

Belarusian forces deploy to exercises

According to the latest British intelligence report released on Thursday, Belarusian forces began “deploying” to conduct exercises in Ukraine, with the aim of preventing Ukrainian forces from “engaging in the Battle of Donbass”. “This situation is in line with seasonal standards, as Belarus enters the peak phase of its winter training cycle in May,” the statement read. More than 100 soldiers participated in these exercises.

Macron and Modi call for an “immediate cessation of hostilities”

French President Emmanuel Macron and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday called for an “immediate cessation of hostilities” in Ukraine. On the other hand, France strongly condemned the illegal and unjustified aggression of the Russian forces against Ukraine. India, which is seeking a difficult balance between the West and Russia, which supplies it with a large part of its arms and energy needs, refrains from explicitly condemning the Russian invasion of Ukraine, but calls for dialogue to put an end to it.

Kyiv says Russia is “trying to annihilate” Ukrainian units in Azovstal

On Thursday, the Ukrainian army announced the continuation of fighting at the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol, as Russia is trying to “annihilate” the last defenders of the site, despite the announcement of a unilateral ceasefire Thursday morning. “The Russian occupiers are engaged in obstructing and trying to destroy Ukrainian units on the Azovstal lands,” the Ukrainian military said in a statement Thursday morning. According to her, the Moscow forces “resumed the offensive with the support of aircraft to take control of the factory.”

Zelensky launches a global platform to help Ukraine

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced Thursday the launch of an online crowdfunding platform designed to help Kyiv win the war against Russia and rebuild the country’s infrastructure. “With one click, you can donate money to help our defenders, save civilians and rebuild Ukraine,” he said in English in a video posted on Twitter to announce the launch of the United24 platform.

Kremlin says Western aid prevents attack

The Kremlin considers that Western military and intelligence aid to Ukraine prevents Russia from quickly completing its offensive on its neighbor. The United States, the United Kingdom, and NATO as a whole constantly share intelligence data with the Ukrainian armed forces. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov explained that these measures, along with the supply of weapons (…), do not allow the operation to be completed quickly. Meanwhile, Moscow said humanitarian corridors are operating at the Azovstal site in Mariupol, where a three-day ceasefire is believed to be in place in the region.

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