June 29, 2022

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On the 17th day of the war, the Russians intensified their attacks on Mariupol

Explosion in Mariupol residential building following Russian tank shooting

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Satellite images show buildings in the port city being bombed. The local administration says 1,500 people have already died in the surrounding municipality. Scholz and Macron are in talks with Putin, but the talks have not progressed. Ukrainian officials say the Russians have tightened their grip on the eastern suburbs of the city.

Mariupol was one of the areas most affected by Russian attacks since the beginning of the war. The city, home to about 430,000 people, is under siege and efforts to bring in food, water and medicine and evacuate its citizens were thwarted Saturday. More than 1,500 people have died in the city since the war began, and a series of bombings have disrupted efforts to bury the dead in mass graves, according to local administration.

Dozens of apartment buildings in Mariupol were badly damaged by new satellite images released by Maxar Technologies on Saturday. DW could not authenticate the photos independently. An Associated Press journalist saw tanks firing on a nine-story apartment building.

“They are bombing the city 24 hours a day, launching missiles. This is disgusting. They are killing children,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zhelensky said in a video address. The capture of Mariupol will help Russia build a land route to Crimea, part of Ukraine that was invaded and controlled by Moscow in 2014.

Ukrainian officials say Saturday that Russian forces bombed a mosque in the city where 80 civilians, including Turkish civilians, were staying. However, Ismail Hassioglu of the local mosque association denied the information, saying he told Turkish television that the area was under bombing but that the mosque had not been damaged.

Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister Irina Vareshchuk said on Saturday that 13,000 people had been evacuated through humanitarian corridors from several Ukrainian cities, but not from Mariupol. He blamed the Russians for the successful evacuation of the port city.

Attacks on Kiev

Russian forces also advanced with pressure on Kiev on Saturday, launching further attacks on the suburb of Irfin, 20 kilometers northwest of the capital.

The mayor said Russian attacks also destroyed an airport in the town of Vasilkiv, 40 kilometers south of Kiev, on Saturday, and attacked and set fire to an oil depot in the city.

Ukrainian Presidential Adviser Mikhail Bodolyak called the Ukrainian capital “under siege” on Friday, while Mayor Vitaly Klitschko said on Saturday that Kiev would strengthen security and stockpile food and medicine.

Buses continue to take refugees from other parts of Ukraine fleeing the bombed-out areas to the capital, Klitschko said in a video message: “We will not give up.”

Zhelensky said about 1,300 Ukrainian soldiers had been killed in the fighting since the start of the Russian invasion. In an interview on Saturday, he said Russia needed to carry out a massive bombing in the Ukrainian capital and kill its residents to capture the city. And he added: “If that is their goal, let them come.”

Negotiations are not progressing

Talks about a possible ceasefire failed. German Chancellor Olaf Scholes and French President Emmanuel Macron called for an immediate ceasefire in Ukraine during a telephone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday, urging him to militarize Ukraine and recognize Crimea as Russian territory.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba said on Saturday that he was ready to hold talks with Russia but would not surrender or accept any final warning. Guleba said Russia was making “unacceptable” demands while attending a remote event at an event promoted by the Renew Democracy Initiative. We will continue to fight.

Zhelensky said he was ready to meet with Putin in Jerusalem in the event of a ceasefire. Israeli Prime Minister Naphtali Bennett visited Moscow last Sunday and met with the Russian president. Bennett maintained friendship with Kiev and Moscow and sought to act as mediator between the two countries. However he acknowledged that their numbers were not enough to defeat Putin’s government.

Meanwhile, the number of refugees from the war continues to rise. The United Nations says about 2.6 million people have fled Ukraine since the conflict began and another 2 million have been forced to flee the country.

Moscow threatens to send weapons from the West

Russia said on Saturday it would consider sending arms to Ukraine as “legitimate targets” for Moscow’s attacks. Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryapkov has said his country has made its position clear to the United States.

According to Sky News and BuzzFeed News, Ryabkov Russia has warned the United States that “exporting arms from various countries is not only a dangerous move, but a move to turn these convoys into legitimate targets.”

Many Western countries are sending weapons to the Ukrainian opposition. On Saturday, US President Joe Biden authorized the US State Department to release $ 200 million in security equipment and services to Ukraine for use against the Russian invasion. On Thursday, the US Congress approved a $ 13.6 billion (R $ 69 billion) package for emergency military and humanitarian assistance to Ukraine.

bl (AP, AFP, Reuters, ots)

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