DThe last Ukrainian armed forces in Mariupol assume that the port city will be captured by the Russian attackers in the next few hours. “Today will probably be the last battle because the ammunition is running out,” the 36th Naval Brigade of the Ukrainian Armed Forces posted on Facebook on Monday. According to their own statements, the army leadership in kyiv also expects a major offensive by the Russian armed forces in the east of the country “very soon”.
The Ukrainian soldiers were “pushed back” and “encircled” by the Russian army, the Mariupol brigade said. “All the infantrymen have been killed and the exchange of fire is now taking over the gunners, the anti-aircraft gunners, the radio operators, the drivers and the cooks. Even the orchestra.” Half of the remaining soldiers were injured .
“No one wants to communicate with us anymore because we have been deregistered,” the soldiers continued. Conquest will mean “death for some of us and imprisonment for others”.
Meanwhile, pro-Russian separatists have seized the city’s port, according to reports from Russian news agencies. “The port of Mariupol is under our control,” RIA Novosti news agency said on Monday, quoting Donetsk separatist leader Denis Puschilin.
The strategically important port city of Mariupol sits between the Crimean peninsula, annexed by Russia, and the pro-Russian separatist areas of Donbass. It has been besieged since the early days of the Russian war of aggression in Ukraine and is now largely destroyed.
Slovakia cannot confirm destruction of arms shipment by Russia
According to its foreign minister, the Slovak government has no information that its anti-aircraft missile system, recently delivered to Ukraine, was destroyed by the Russian army. Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov said earlier that ship-launched missiles destroyed four S-300 anti-aircraft guns in the southern outskirts of the city of Dnipro. About 25 Ukrainian soldiers were also killed in Sunday’s attack.
Konashenkov said on Monday that Ukraine had received air defense systems from a European country. He didn’t say what it was. Slovakia announced last week that it had handed over a Soviet-made S-300 system to Ukraine.
Asked in Brussels, Slovak Foreign Minister Ivan Korcok said he had no evidence that his country’s arms supply had been destroyed.
British military intelligence warns against the use of phosphorus ammunition
According to the Ministry of Defense in London, the British military intelligence service warns that Russia could also use phosphorus munitions in its attacks on the port of Mariupol in southeastern Ukraine. The possibility of this has increased, since Russia has already used such ammunition in the Donetsk region.
Meanwhile, shelling in Donetsk and the neighboring Luhansk region continued. Ukrainian troops repelled several attacks, destroying Russian tanks, vehicles and artillery equipment in the process, according to an intelligence update released Monday morning. Shelling by Russian troops in the two regions of eastern Ukraine continues.
Russia continues to rely on unguided bombs, the ministry said. This reduces the ability to accurately target targets when attacking. In turn, the risk of civilian casualties increases dramatically, he said.
“The day will come when Russia will have to admit the truth”
Meanwhile, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy harshly criticized Russia’s policy of denying facts in a video speech on Monday night. Zelenskyy said in his speech that while Ukraine is trying to bring “all the bastards who entered our country flying the Russian flag and killed our people” to justice, Russia is trying to shirk responsibility.
“What is Russia doing? What are its officials, propagandists and ordinary people doing who just repeat what they heard on TV,” Zelenskyy referred to the selective search for truth by Russian state-controlled media. “They justify and deny. You decline all responsibility. You are lying,” Zelenskyy continued, growing increasingly angry.
“And they have already strayed so far from reality that they accuse us of what the Russian army really did,” criticized the Ukrainian president. Ukrainian side.
According to Selenskyj, the background is that Moscow does not have the courage to admit its mistaken policy towards its neighbors. “They are afraid to admit that for decades they took bad positions and spent colossal resources to support the human zeros they wanted to build as future heroes of Ukrainian-Russian friendship,” Zelenskyy said. .
Moscow’s attempt to build its own people in Ukraine has not worked. Because these people “were only trained to put Russian money in their own pockets”. And to cover up these mistakes, new mistakes were made. But in doing so, Russia deprived itself of all political instruments and finally unleashed this war.
Moreover, Russia is trying to blame everything on Ukraine. “They took over Crimea, we are supposed to be responsible for that,” Zelenskyy said. “They destroyed all normal life in the Donbass, we are supposedly responsible for that. They’ve been killing people in our country for eight years, they say it’s our fault.
This also applies to the destruction of the most powerful economic region in Eastern Europe and the destruction of the lives of millions of people. “And finally they started a full-scale war against us, and again we are to blame.” And all this out of “sheer cowardice”, summed up Zelenskyy.
“And when cowardice increases, it turns to disaster,” said the head of state. “When people don’t have the courage to admit their mistakes, to apologize, to adapt to reality, they turn into monsters,” he said, referring to Kremlin leaders. “And if the world ignores that, the monsters decide the world has to adapt to them.” And further: “The day will come when Russia will have to admit the truth.”
Ukraine announces nine evacuation corridors in the east
According to the government, nine evacuation corridors were set up on Monday for the civilian population in besieged towns in eastern Ukraine. From the southern port city of Mariupol, which was particularly hard hit by Russian attacks, a path for private vehicles should lead towards the city of Zaporizhia, as Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Wereshchuk announced on Telegram .
Evacuation routes for passenger cars should also be set up from the city of Berdyansk and two other places in the region. Five corridors led to the city of Bakhmut from the besieged areas of the Luhansk region, Vereshchuk wrote. Routes are announced daily. According to Wereschtschuk, around 2,800 civilians were able to flee the disputed areas on Sunday.
According to Ukraine, 2,824 people were brought to safety through humanitarian corridors from cities across the country on Sunday. Among them were 213 residents of the city of Mariupol, besieged by Russian troops, Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said.
However, many remaining residents of eastern Ukraine are afraid to head west after the Kramatorsk train station attack, Ukrainian governor of Luhansk region Serhiy Gajday wrote on Facebook. According to new information from Ukrainian authorities, a total of 57 people were killed in Friday’s rocket attack.
“Sometimes we beg them to come out of hiding because we know what’s coming next,” Gajdaj said of authorities’ evacuation efforts. He warned that Russian forces “will destroy anything that stands in their way”.
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