In its war of aggression against Ukraine, Russia again bombed the capital kyiv. According to the Defense Ministry in Moscow on Saturday, new airstrikes also took place in other parts of the neighboring country. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy also reported that the shelling was continuing. According to him, 2,500 to 3,000 Ukrainian soldiers were killed in the first seven weeks of the war – the highest number of casualties in their own ranks to date.
Zelenskyj put the number of Russian soldiers killed at 20,000 on the American television channel CNN. Moscow, on the other hand, officially speaks of 1,351 Russian soldiers killed. The war began on February 24 with the attack ordered by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Russia bombs tank factory
During the new attack on kyiv, the production facilities of a tank factory were destroyed, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said in Moscow. Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko previously reported several explosions in the Darnytsia district. Nothing was initially known about the victims. Rescuers are on site, he said. The district is southeast of the metropolis.
Several daily air alerts in Kyiv
On the Telegram news channel, Klitschko called on the people of the capital not to simply ignore the air alert from the authorities. There are air alerts several times a day in the Ukrainian capital. Because people who had fled the first wave of Russian attacks are now returning to Kyiv, the mayor called for this to stop and to stay in safe places.
Lviv, Mariupol and Kyiv as destinations
Moscow had recently threatened to attack command centers in kyiv after the Ukrainian army allegedly shelled Russian territory. According to unconfirmed reports, there were new explosions in western Ukraine in the Lviv region. The situation in the particularly competitive port city of Mariupol remains catastrophic.
Russia uses precise weapons systems
According to the Russian Defense Ministry, an armored vehicle repair factory and two rocket and artillery depots were also destroyed in the southern Ukrainian city of Mykolaiv. 16 military objects were hit with high-precision weapons, including in the area around the Black Sea port city of Odessa and around the central Ukrainian city of Poltava. Dozens of other targets were destroyed with other weapon systems.
Reconstruction in the destroyed places is in progress
Selenskyj sees his country facing massive challenges in towns and cities formerly occupied by Russian troops. The amount of work to restore normal life is “really enormous”. In more than 900 places, mines have now been defused and the supply of electricity, water and gas is being restored, the Head of State said in a new video message. The police and other authorities would also resume work.
So far, task forces have been set up in 338 sites for humanitarian care. Schools and other educational institutions would also reopen if possible. In total, more than 1,000 educational institutions were destroyed or damaged by Russian troops.
Humanitarian aid difficult
According to the British secret service, the delivery of relief is made more difficult by the massive destruction of roads, bridges and other infrastructure. A statement from the Ministry of Defense in London said Russian troops deliberately blew up bridges, abandoned vehicles on key roads and scattered landmines as they retreated. In the city of Chernihiv, for example, there is only one pedestrian bridge over the river.
Ukraine: Great destruction in Sjewerodonetsk near Luhansk
According to Ukrainian sources, the city of Sievzherodonetsk in the Luhansk region was also badly damaged by the war of Russian aggression. According to the head of the local military administration, Oleksandr Strjuk, it is 70% destroyed. Of approximately 130,000 inhabitants before the war, only about 20,000 people remain.
According to information from the Kyiv government, an escape corridor should lead from the city to Bakhmut on Saturday. A total of nine such evacuation routes have been set up in hotly contested areas of Luhansk and Donetsk regions, Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Wereshchuk said. The residents of Mariupol must also be brought to safety.
Ukraine: At least 10 killed in bombing of Kharkiv
According to Ukrainian sources, at least ten people were killed during the shelling of the industrial district of the eastern Ukrainian metropolis, Kharkiv. Local prosecutors said a seven-month-old baby was among the victims. Ukraine also reported a Russian airstrike on an airfield in the town of Oleksandriya in central Ukraine. There was initially no information on damage or casualties.
Zelenskyj: Sanctions must include an oil embargo
Selenskyj again called for tougher sanctions against Moscow. “The next sanctions package against Russia must include a waiver of Russian oil,” he said in his video speech. The current sanctions are not enough. “We’re asking for stronger, more destructive ones.” The war can be shortened if kyiv quickly receives all the weapons it needs. Russia has threatened “unforeseeable consequences” in the event of further Western arms deliveries.
Since the beginning of the war of Russian aggression, Ukraine has received weapons from many Western countries. According to a press release published on Friday evening, Germany wants to increase its arms aid to partner countries to two billion euros. The money should “largely” benefit Ukraine.
With material from the dpa news agency.