Russian forces are expanding their offensive on Ukrainian territory, hitting major cities in the west for the first time, including Dipro and Lutz, with reports of casualties. The Russian army is within walking distance of Kyiv and fighting is intensifying in the northwest and east of the Ukrainian capital. At the same time, the humanitarian nightmare in Mariupol is raging, while there are fears that the Russian army is moving to encircle Odessa.
With Vladimir Putin's war entering its 16th day, the United Nations says it has so far confirmed the deaths of 564 civilians – including 41 children – in Ukraine. But the actual number is estimated to be much higher.
Russian raids reportedly caused significant damage on Friday at Lutsk airport in northwestern Ukraine, about 112 kilometers from the Polish border. A local governor has said four rockets were fired by a Russian bomber and at least two were killed.
Columns of smoke were also raised from a Ukrainian air base in Ivano-Frankivsk in western Ukraine following an airstrike. A bomb blast near the northern city of Dipro has killed at least two people and destroyed a school complex, apartment buildings and a shoe factory. targeted and high-precision aimed at Ukraine's military infrastructure. The military airports in Lutsk and Ivano-Frankivsk have been shut down. “
Russian forces are now said to be five kilometers from Kyiv, which is fortified to repel a major Russian attack, with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky saying in a new statement to Ukrainian forces they have “reached a strategic point”. turn “, without being clear from the statements exactly in what sense.
Fighting has intensified in the northeast and east of the capital, following the successful interception and attack by the Ukrainians on an advanced procession of Russian tanks on Thursday.
are reportedly being redesigned, as new satellite images from Maxar Technologies show, and fears are mounting for an impending major attack in Kyiv.
Kiev Mayor Vitali Klitschko told Reuters today that he believed nearly two million people were left in the city of 3.5 million. He said Kyiv had several vital supplies that could take about two weeks and that supply lines to and from the city were still open.
The overnight airstrike in the Brovarya area east of Kiev did not cause any casualties, according to local authorities.
about 60 kilometers east of the capital. According to authorities, 60 apartments were damaged along with four apartment buildings and ten houses.
Mariupol civilians trapped & # 8211; Anxiety about Odessa
The civilians of Mariupol remain trapped without drinking water and food is now depleted in the city of 450,000 inhabitants – which has a solid Greek population. Attempts to evacuate the civilians continue to fail, with the Ukrainian and Russian sides blaming each other for ceasefire violations.
At the same time, the mayor of Odessa says Russian forces may soon encircle the port on three sides.
The mayor, Gennady Truhnakhanov, has said that Russian forces will seek to advance from occupied territories in Ukraine's Mykolayev region into Transnistrian-controlled Transnistria, where Russian troops are based. Traffic may cut off Odessa from the rest of Ukraine.
Mariupol has been bombed relentlessly for days, but has not surrendered. The occupation of the strategically important port in the Sea of Azov will be a turning point in the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
And it is up to these unified forces to move north and push their troops even further towards the center and north, where the fighting is raging, especially in Kyiv and Kharkov.
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