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Kyiv And Other Cities Hit By Russian Missile Strikes During UN Chief’s Visit To Ukraine

Kyiv And Other Cities Hit By Russian Missile Strikes During UN Chief’s Visit To Ukraine

The head of the United Nations said on Thursday that Ukraine has become “an epicentre of unbearable heartache and pain” — a description underscored a short time later by the first Russian strike on the capital since Moscow’s forces retreated weeks ago.

Russia pounded targets all over Ukraine on Thursday. Meanwhile, Ukrainian authorities also reported intense Russian fire in the Donbas — the eastern industrial heartland that the Kremlin says is its main objective in the fighting.

  • Russia launches wave of missile attacks on Ukraine on Thursday evening, including on the capital, Kyiv. 
  • This came barely an hour after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy held a news conference with UN Secretary-General António Guterres, who said Ukraine has become “an epicentre of unbearable heartache and pain.”
  • US President Joe Biden has signed a request to Congress for more security, economic, and humanitarian assistance for Ukraine.
  • Russia is preventing wounded Ukrainian fighters from being evacuated from Mariupol because it wants to capture them, says local governor.

 

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Russia Preventing Wounded Ukrainian Fighters From Being Evacuated From Mariupol, Says Local Governor

Russia is preventing wounded Ukrainian fighters from being evacuated from a vast steel works in the southern city of Mariupol because it wants to capture them, the local governor said on Thursday.

Pavlo Kyrylenko, governor of the eastern region of Donetsk, said Russia was also blocking efforts to arrange humanitarian corridors elsewhere in Donetsk but that Russian forces were being held back across his region.

Hundreds of fighters and some civilians are holed up in the Azovstal steel works, their last redoubt in Mariupol. Russian forces have been pummeling the factory after laying siege to Mariupol for weeks, but President Vladimir Putin has said the plant need not be stormed.

“They (want to) use the opportunity to capture the defenders of Mariupol, one of the main (elements) of whom are the… Azov regiment,” Kyrylenko told a briefing, referring to a group of fighters that Moscow has vilified.

“Therefore the Russian side is not agreeing to any evacuation measures regarding wounded (Ukrainian) troops.”

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Putin had been  quite clear that while civilians could leave the plant, the defenders had to lay down their arms, TASS news agency said.

(Reuters)

 

Source: Euro News

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