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Russia has warned the United States of Kyiv’s armament, intensifying strikes around the Ukrainian capital

The wide strips of Macalis, a village 30 miles west of Kyiv, were clearly severely damaged by Russian airstrikes.

CNN has geographically identified and verified the authenticity of photos posted on social media on Saturday. This photo is causing great damage to apartments, schools and medical facilities. Many of the buildings in the military attack photos have damaged the northern façade. This indicates that the military attack attacked them as Russians.

In Chernihiv, about 100 kilometers north of Kyiv, the local landmark Hotel Ukraine was attacked overnight.

The northern city near the Belarusian border has been surrounded by Russian troops for over a week, and videos from the city show the collapse of hotel floors and widespread damage from missiles and airstrikes.

“Many people have been injured. Enemies are shooting at civilian infrastructure without troops,” Chaus said on strike, killing civilians and disrupting the city’s power grid. “There is no electricity, little water, gas, and heat.”

The Russian Defense Ministry has repeatedly claimed that Russian troops are not targeting civilians.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a speech on Saturday that the country as a whole is at the forefront.

Mr Zelensky said negotiations to end Russia’s invasion of Ukraine “must start with a ceasefire,” adding that Ukraine had lost about 1,300 troops as of Saturday.

Later on Saturday, Zelensky said he was grateful for the international support, but urged his allies to provide further support.

“I reiterate to allies and friends abroad. They have to do more for our country, for Ukrainians and for Ukraine. It is not only Ukraine but the whole of Europe. Because of that, “he said. Hospitals that deliberately target peaceful cities and ambulances and explode will not stop in just one country if they have the power to continue. “

The United States and NATO have stated that Ukraine is taking steps to protect itself from Russian troops and continue to provide security assistance to Ukraine, including anti-aircraft and anti-aircraft weapons, but the United States and NATO also avoid it. I’m trying. US President Joe Biden emphasized that point on Friday, emphasizing that the United States will not send ground troops to Ukraine, which is not a member of NATO.

Biden “will not fight World War III in Ukraine” after repeating the full support of the United States to NATO’s allies and promising that the United States defend “every corner” of NATO’s territory. Said.

“But what I want to clarify is to make sure that Ukraine has the weapons to protect itself from the invasion of Russian troops, and to save money and food aid to save the lives of Ukrainians. I’ll send it, “he added.

Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov warned the United States on Saturday that he would transfer weapons to Ukraine, saying that convoys with foreign weapons would be considered “legitimate targets.”

“Sending weapons from many of the countries organized by them into Ukraine is not just a dangerous move, but an action that turns the corresponding fleet into a legitimate target,” Ryabkov said in Russia’s state channel. I warned you. ” One is according to the state-owned RIA Novosti news agency.

Determined resistance

In Ukraine, Russia has faced rebellion from the public over the past two weeks, with hundreds of people in the city of Melitopol in southern Ukraine on Saturday after armed men detained mayor Ivan Fedorov the day before. Flocked to the government building.

Immediately after Fedorov was detained, Russian-backed Luhansk prosecutor alleged that Fedorov had committed a terrorist crime, and Zelensky claimed to have called it a “crime against democracy” on Saturday.

The Zaporizhia local government said a new mayor was set up on Saturday. According to a local government statement posted on Telegram, Galina Danilchenko, a former member of the Melitopol City Council, was introduced as acting mayor of local television. In her statement, Danilchenko said, “Her main task is to take all necessary steps to bring the city back to normal.”

She claimed that there were still people in Melitopol who “tried to destabilize the situation and provoke a reaction of bad behavior.”

“I ask you to keep your wisdom about you and not give in to these provocations,” she said. Obligation to care about the well-being of your citizens. ”

In Kyiv, Russia’s advance faces severe resistance from Ukrainian troops. On Saturday, the UK’s Pentagon’s latest intelligence said that most of the Russian Army was about 25 kilometers (15.5 miles) away from the center of the Ukrainian capital.

In Bereschanka, 10 miles west of the airbase, you can see numerous fuel trucks and what Macker calls multiple rocket launchers in fields near trees.

Maxar satellite images taken Thursday show that the 40-mile Russian pillars northwest of Kyiv have been largely dispersed and reorganized. Russia is to reduce its vulnerability to Ukraine’s counterattack, which has caused great damage to Russian troops. ”

The cities of Chernihiv and Smy in the north and northeast, the cities of eastern Kharkiv, and Mariupol in the south remain surrounded by Russian troops, the ministry added.

Ukrainian officials in the southern region of Kherson, now under Russian control, said the “occupants” are pressing the regional council to agree to a referendum on “independence” of the region from Ukraine. There was no statement from the Russian side. About the referendum plan.

A similar referendum was held after Russian-backed separatists ruled parts of the Luhansk and Donetsk regions in 2014, and the People’s Republic was later declared in both regions.

Ukraine’s state-owned nuclear company said on Saturday that Russian authorities had arrived in Zaporizhia, Ukraine’s largest nuclear power plant, and demanded control of the facility.

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Zaporizhia has been occupied by Russian troops for over a week, and Energoatom previously claimed that employees were forced to work at the “muzzle.” The Chernobyl nuclear power plant is also under the control of the Russian army.

Despite the onslaught, Zelensky claimed on Saturday that Ukrainian troops “had the greatest blow to Russian troops in decades,” with 31 Russian tactical battalion groups incapacitated and more than 360 Russia. Said that the tank was lost.

Zelensky added that a group of Russian troops had surrendered to Ukrainian troops, but Russia is now recruiting fighters, reserves, conscriptions and mercenaries to “count” Ukrainian troops.

Russian losses include Maj. Gen. Andriy Kolesnikov, the third Russian general killed by Ukrainian troops, and Western defense officials confirmed on Friday. Note that, in context, three Russian generals were killed throughout the Syrian conflict.

Deteriorating condition

Russia has suffered losses and bombardment of the country continues to worsen living conditions in some regions. Authorities are currently competing to send aid and evacuate citizens from the besieged cities.

Ukrainian officials have announced new attempts to secure at least 13 evacuation corridors from various cities, even though they reported that only a few civilians could leave the country the day before.

To the besieged city of Mariupol, Zelensky said on Saturday that Ukrainian troops would guarantee a ceasefire along the evacuation corridor, supplies could enter and civilians could leave.

Ukrainian rescue workers and volunteers carry an injured pregnant woman from a maternity hospital damaged by a gunshot in Mariupol, Ukraine, on Wednesday, March 9, 2022.

The sky over Mariupol was relatively clear, and new satellite images taken from Maxar on Saturday morning showed the extent of damage there, including those caused by a military attack reported earlier in the week.

In the Zhovteneyvi district in the western part of Mariupol’s, a large crater was still smoldering near the Okko gas station. It seemed that smoke was rising from the apartment house on the other side of the street. There also appeared to be a large hole in the roof of the warehouse across the street. From a military attack.

Inside the apartment building, some buildings seemed to have been severely damaged, and large smoke-filled debris was seen around some of the buildings.

Just northwest of the gas station, additional satellite images showed collision craters scattered in a snow-covered field. The tread mark of the vehicle was also seen. A little over a mile south of the industrial area of ​​the Primorsky district, a large fire raged. ..

There was some good news during the destruction. Her family told CNN this week that a pregnant woman whose rescue from Mariupol Maternity Hospital was captured in an AP photo of the virus gave birth to a baby girl.

Mariana Vishegirskaya was one of the many women in the Mariupol Maternity Hospital who survived the bombardment.

Aunt Tatiana Riubchenko said the baby’s name was Veronica, but she was worried about the situation in the city. Opened, Russians do not allow, food does not come. And now it’s so cold that we can’t keep it warm, “Liubchenko said.

According to the United Nations, the fighting has evacuated about 2 million Ukrainians in the country and 2.5 million have fled across national borders.

CNN’s Tara John from London, Maya Elinger from Atlanta, Tim Lister from Kyiv, Max Foster and Eleanor Pickston from London, CNN’s Julia Kesaieva and Ivana Cottasova from Riviu, Paul P. Murphy from New York and Josh Pennington from Columbus, Ohio.


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