Continued fire hits areas near Kyiv as the Russians occupy a significant part of southern Ukraine, while attacks on the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant are successive.
According to the latest developments, at least seven people , including two children, were killed by a Russian air strike in a residential area on the outskirts of Kiev, Ukrainian police said.
the southwestern suburbs of the Ukrainian capital.
Meanwhile, 47 people have been killed in air strikes in the southern Ukrainian city of Chernigov.
All of this is happening before the start of the third round of talks expected over the weekend. According to the Kremlin, Vladimir Putin told Olaf Solz that he hoped for a reasonable and constructive position of Ukraine in the next round of talks. He even said that Russia is open to dialogue with Ukraine on the condition that all its demands will be met.
“Russia is open to dialogue with the Ukrainian side, as well as with all those who want the peace in Ukraine. “Provided, however, that all Russian demands are met.” Moscow “coarse propaganda”.
“Glory to Ukraine”
Hundreds of Ukrainian citizens with their country's flags, in the colors of blue and yellow, were thrown on the streets of the southern city of Melitopol, which has been occupied by Russian troops.
About 2,000, as reported by foreign media shouted “Glory to Ukraine”, “Death to the enemies”, while singing their national anthem.
It was also reported in the last hours that at least three Russian generals were killed in battle.
Ukraine's messages before the third round of talks
Shortly before the third round of talks begins, after the two previous wrecks in the negotiations and in the hope of paving the way for a consensus, the Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba thanked the West and NATO forces for the assistance, but asked for even more help.
“Help us,” he said in a Facebook message.
“If you do not help us more, then even more will die and suffer from the Russian fire,” he added. strong>
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky will not make any concessions that could humiliate his people in his fight for territorial integrity, said Presidential Adviser Mikhail Pontoliak.
Referring to the way the talks between the Russian and Ukrainian delegations are conducted, he said that “the attitude of the Russian Federation is tough” and “it is self-evident that if it were soft it would not attack Ukraine, but also the attitude of the Supreme Military Commander of Ukraine and Ukraine in general is also tough, for & # 8217; this and the talks will be tough, but they will take place. “
Mikhail Pontolyak said that “firstly, Ukraine's position has been strengthened by its Western partners, and secondly, President Volodymyr Zelensky will certainly not make any concessions that would in any way diminish the struggle for territorial integrity in Ukraine.” integrity and freedom “. At the same time, he noted that President Zelensky clearly understands the limits that the Ukrainian delegation can reach in the talks with the Russian delegation and those that it can not reach.
Mikhail Pomdolyak also said that the members of the delegation understand the psychological state of their interlocutors, as well as their goals, their theoretical positions on which they base themselves, that is, what they understand about Ukraine and what they do not.
«Κατ & # 8217; First of all, we are quite comfortable working, understanding the motives of the Russian side. We are not just attending the negotiations and listening to them. “We understand where they want to go, why they think this way, what their motives are,” Pontoliak said.
According to Pontoliak, the Ukrainian delegation in the talks with the Russian delegation did not achieve the results it wanted, but an understanding was reached in jointly ensuring the opening of humanitarian corridors for the evacuation of civilians as well as for the dispatch of medical supplies and food. where fierce fighting is taking place, as well as the possibility of a temporary ceasefire for the period during which the population is evacuated.
The ninth day of the conflict
Russia's massive military operation on Ukrainian soil continues unabated for the ninth day, leaving behind dozens of dead civilians, while thousands of Ukrainians have fled their homes and places in search of safety in other European countries./p>
On Friday, Russian troops entered the outskirts of another Ukrainian city, with Vladimir Putin escalating his attacks as he vowed on Thursday night to continue until a “complete victory” was achieved.
According to the United Nations, 331 civilians have been killed and 675 injured so far.
Mykolaiv, in southern Ukraine, came under attack in the early hours of the morning as Russian forces moved closer to the city center. This city is located just a few kilometers from Kherson, which fell into Putin's hands earlier this week, and is a key point on the road to Odessa & # 8211; the third largest city and the main port of Ukraine & # 8211; which is under threat.
Putin's troops also continued their bombardment of Mariupol, along the eastern shores of the Black Sea, which remains under Ukrainian occupation but is under siege and bombing relentlessly. If Russia achieves this goal, then large sections of the Ukrainian army “digging” trenches in Donbass are in danger of being cut off from the rest of the country.
Russia returned with new city bombardments in the north, with Kyiv (where the Russian phalanx remains on the outskirts), Chernihiv and Kharkiv receiving new blows early Friday & # 8211; Authorities said parts of the city were hit by banned cluster munitions on Thursday, killing 47 people.
A convoy said to be 40 miles long has reached the outskirts of Kyiv, according to the Russian Defense Ministry.
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During the night, the Russians attacked Ukrainians at the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant overnight, killing three soldiers and setting fire to the facility for four hours before emergency crews were finally allowed to put it out after its men Putin had taken control.
On the other hand, the Ukrainian army managed to achieve some success. Two Russian planes were shot down in an area east of Donetsk, while Ukrainian special forces also ambushed Kremlin tanks in Gostomel and Brovary, leaving soldiers dead and vehicles damaged.
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