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Russia’s assault on Ukraine eradicates 10 million people

Kyiv, Ukraine-Russia’s attack on Ukraine has forced more than 10 million people to abandon their homes, the United Nations said. The scale of the humanitarian disaster showed little sign of mitigation as Moscow forced attacks with missile and artillery.

“The war in Ukraine was so devastating that 10 million people fled domestically or as refugees abroad,” said Filippo Grandi of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. It was uprooted.

Pope Francis on Sunday condemned “a violent attack on Ukraine … a meaningless slaughter of turmoil and atrocities every day” and called on the international community to put an end to “this disgusting war.” .. St. Peter’s Square continued his practice of not appointing Russia as an invader of the war after stating the usual noon prayer, but emphasized the fear that the invasion had struck the Ukrainian people.

“This week, missiles and bombs struck civilians, the elderly, children and pregnant mothers. Many grandparents, sick and poor, away from families, many children and fragile people die under the bomb. There is up to. “

According to the United Nations, about 3.4 million people have left Ukraine since the Russian attack began on February 24, with mainly women and children heading to Poland. The number of refugees can reach 4 million. However, according to the latest UN statistics, it still exceeds 50,000 refugees per day.

People fled from Mariupol, Ukraine on Saturday.


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A mother hugging her son who escaped from Mariupol and arrived at a train station in Lviv, western Ukraine on Sunday.


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Bernat Armangue / Associated Press

The streets of the capital Kyiv are almost empty. The exact number is unknown, but some city officials suspect that more than half of the inhabitants have left. Most pedestrians and cars are welded with concrete slabs, piles of soil and I-beams. Create tank traps at strange angles to thwart possible Russian attacks. The city continues to pick up trash, but scrapped cars are common around the city. After the accident, there is no service to remove the wreckage.

The Russian Defense Ministry has shown no sign of giving up, despite the great losses its troops have suffered. On Sunday, the Russian Defense Ministry said it had carried out a variety of activities, including launching numerous long-range weapons at Ukrainian targets and attacking troops. It is a base in the Zhytomyr area of ​​the country that claims to have foreign fighters deployed, attacking numerous military facilities in helicopter raids.

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Sunday that his troops were inflicting heavy losses on Russian troops, saying, “Russia has bottomless human resources and a lot of equipment, missiles and bombs. I know it well, “he added.

In Mariupol, where the fighting spread on the streets, humanitarian conditions worsened, and Ukrainian officials said an art school, where about 400 people had been evacuated, was bombed by Russia and trapped people under rubble. Their condition could not be identified.

The incident occurred days after the city’s theater was bombed, and as of Friday rescue workers had released 130 from the rubble, but 1,300 remained trapped in the theater’s basement, local officials said. Told.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky delivered a video address in Kyiv on Sunday.


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The Mariupol City Council said on Sunday that about 4,000 civilians in the city had been killed since the start of the fighting. He also accused Russian troops of forcibly evacuating some of the city’s residents to Russia and evacuating them to the territories of pro-Russian Donets’k and Luhansk. A secession area in eastern Ukraine.

“People who have been forcibly transferred to Russian territory have been confiscated Ukrainian passports and given documents that have no legal weight and are not accepted in the civilized world,” the council said on Sunday. Said in a statement posted in.

Russia has not commented on reports of forced evacuation from Mariupol.

Mariupol’s is Moscow’s strategic goal as it seeks to change the momentum of the invasion three weeks ago by opening a land corridor to the annexed region of Russia in Crimea. During the weeks of bombing and attacks, Ukrainians said they maintained Russian troops. In a bay outside Mariupol, but it changed on Saturday, Ukrainian officials said.

The occupation of Mariupol will be a victory for Russia. Russia has been unable to occupy the big cities of Ukraine since the invasion began.

A Russian strike in Kyiv, Ukraine, destroyed a block of apartments.


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People were waiting on Saturday after evacuating from Irpin on the outskirts of Kyiv.


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Russia and Ukraine have agreed on a humanitarian corridor to evacuate residents from Mariupol and send aid, Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister Irina Bereshuk said on Sunday. It was a fire and was abandoned.

Zelensky said more than 4,000 Mariupol residents were able to escape through such corridors on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Zelensky suspended Sunday’s activities of 11 Russian-related parties, long believing that the Ukrainian authorities were serving as the front line of the Kremlin, and Moscow invaded it.

Locals brought water from a warehouse on the outskirts of Mariupol, Ukraine, on Friday.


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Alexandrov / Associated Press

One party leader, Victor Medvedchuk, fled his house arrest in Kyiv a few days after the Russian invasion began last month, according to Ukrainian officials.

Russian Speaker of the House Vyacheslav Borodin condemned the move, saying Mr Zelensky’s actions were a mistake that divided the country.

Separately, Oleksandr Kamyshin, head of the Ukrainian national railway company, told the television channel that there was no rail connection between his country and Belarus. Because of what they are doing. “

Russia has used Belarus as the stage for its attacks on Ukraine.

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Write to Alan Cullison (alan.cullison@wsj.com) and Isabel Coles (isabel.coles@wsj.com)

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