The evacuations of civilians continue with the dropper, amid mutual accusations of boycott. Bombs on Kiev, Mariupol, Dnipro, Lutsk and Mykolaiv. Moscow threatens Finland and Sweden. Paypal stops payments in Russia
Hit on multiple fronts, including relentless raids and siege tactics to excrete the population, including firing on civilians, Ukraine has experienced another day of war with growing apprehension for its capital. While satellite images show the advance of Russian tanks up to 25 km from the center of Kiev, new heavy missile attacks destroyed an air base near Vasylkiv, some thirty kilometers southwest of the city. The alarm sirens never stop sounding, a prelude to the umpteenth night of bombing.
The evacuations of civilians continue with a dropper, amid mutual accusations of boycott, and just in the suburbs of Kiev yesterday another massacre of innocents took place. The Ukrainian defense in fact denounced the killing of 7 people fleeing the village of Peremoga, including a child, right along a ‘green’ corridor agreed with the Russians.
A strategy of terror, that against the population, which would also seem confirmed by a telephone interception carried out by the Ukrainian intelligence according to which Russian troops near Kharkiv received from their command “the order to shoot civilians and children”.
The hottest front remains that of Mariupol, which the Russians had already announced yesterday that they had completely surrounded. The bombings continued today, even touching a mosque where about eighty civilians had taken refuge, including many women and children and numerous Turkish citizens awaiting evacuation.
Meanwhile, the Ukrainian president opens a window on a possible negotiated solution to the conflict. The tragic events of the last few weeks, however, advise against any illusion. A note from the Elysée also dampens the enthusiasm, after a new three-way telephone conversation between the French president Emmanuel Macron, the German chancellor Olaf Scholz and the head of the Kremlin. Putin “has not given any signal of the will to suspend the war,” observed sources of the French presidency, acknowledging only that he has lowered some tone, for example by renouncing to speak of the need to ‘denazify’ Ukraine.
Meanwhile, a harsh warning also comes from Russia on the possible accession of Finland and Sweden to NATO. “It is obvious that their accession to the Alliance, which is primarily a military organization, would have political and military consequences that would require the need to review relations with these countries and take retaliatory measures,” said an executive of the Moscow Foreign Ministry, Sergei Belyaye.
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Russia is ready to carry out new negotiations with Ukraine in Jerusalem: the Jerusalem Post reports, citing a high-level diplomatic source.
00.01 – Melitopol has replaced the mayor “kidnapped and tortured”
Melitopol, occupied by Russian forces, has a new mayor: her name is Galina Danilshenko and she has already been a city councilor of this Ukrainian city. She was chosen to replace Ivan Fedorov, the mayor who, according to the Ukrainian authorities, was captured by gunmen and accused of terrorism by the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic prosecutor’s office, recognized and supported by Russia. In a statement released by a local television channel, the mayor made it clear that her “main task is to make all the decisions necessary to get the city back to normal”. The Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky, denounced Fedorov’s kidnapping, adding that he is being tortured into declaring his support for Russia. In his conversation with the Israeli prime minister, Naftali Bennett, Zelensky asked for help to free him.
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