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The Russian offensive in Donbass, after the conquest of Lugansk, continues with the same strategy also in Donetsk: incessant artillery fire and air raids to weaken the enemy before breaking through with troops in the inhabited centers. The next target of Putin’s army is Sloviansk, which has been subjected to intense bombing for three days, with deaths and injuries, while the few thousand people left in the city have been invited to flee by the authorities. According to the UN, at least 335 children have died since the war began.
Governor Donetsk: 350 thousand residents leave the region
The governor of the eastern Donetsk region has called on 350,000 civilians to evacuate in light of an impending Russian offensive. “It is necessary to save lives and to allow the Ukrainian army to better defend the cities from the Russian advance. The fate of the whole country will be decided by the Donetsk region,” said the governor of Donetsk, Pavlo Kyrylenko.
Moscow to Kiev: let’s not attack our cities
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Ukraine’s claims that the Russian military would attack its own cities are lies. “In a word, they are lies – he said in response to a question from Tass -. The facts are known, our Minister of Defense presents the facts daily”.
Kiev: Russian assault in the direction of Sloviansk repelled
The Ukrainian army repelled the assault of Russian troops near Dolyna, in the direction of Sloviansk, a city in eastern Ukraine considered by the Federation to be crucial after Lysychansk and Severodonotesk. This was stated by the Ukrainian General Staff in its morning report, quoted by Ukrinform. According to the Kiev army, the Federation military forces have been driven back near Dolyna. While heavy bombardments with mortars and artillery are underway along the line of contact in the directions of Avdiyivka, Kurakhiv, Novopavlivka and Zaporizhia.
Kiev: counter-offensive in Kramatorsk, Russians withdrew
The Ukrainian army has inflicted significant losses on Russian troops in the direction of Kramatorsk, an eastern city in Donetsk: this was stated by the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces on Fb, quoted by UNIAN. “In the direction of Kramatorsk, the Russians fired at civilian infrastructure in the Siversk and Gryhorivka areas. Ukrainian units inflicted significant casualties on the enemy during their attempted offensive in the areas of the Verkhnokamianske, Belogorivka and Gryhorivka settlements. The occupiers si are withdrawn “, writes the General Staff.
Media: Pro-Russian forces seize two foreign ships
Russian-backed separatists seized two foreign-flagged ships in the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol, claiming they are now “state-owned”. The Kyiv Independent reports, citing international media. This is the first such act against commercial shipping since the war began. These are the “Smarta”, flying the Liberian flag, and the “Blue Star”, flying the Panamanian flag. According to the UN’s International Maritime Organization (IMO), more than 80 foreign-flagged ships remain stranded in Ukrainian ports, many of which are under Russian control.
UN: 335 children have died since the beginning of the war
Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, condemned Russia’s “senseless war” in Ukraine calling for an end to the “unbearable” suffering of civilians. Bachelet also asked for compensation for the victims of the war, stating that since the outbreak of hostilities, more than 10 thousand civilians have been killed or injured throughout Ukraine, with 335 children among the 4,889 deaths.
Born, Canada first to ratify Sweden and Finland’s request
Canada became the first NATO country to formally approve Sweden and Finland’s application for membership, following the Russian aggression of Ukraine. This was announced by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, inviting the other allies to do the same quickly.
Donetsk Governor: “Evacuate 350,000 civilians”
The governor of Ukraine’s last remaining eastern province partially under Kiev’s control has urged its more than 350,000 residents to flee as Russia escalates its offensive. Governor Pavlo Kyrylenko said it would be necessary to evacuate people outside the Donetsk province in order to save lives and allow the Ukrainian army to better defend the cities from the Russian advance.