Selenskyj speaks of 20,000 Russian dead

Dukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy 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”. According to him, up to 3,000 Ukrainian soldiers were killed in the war of Russian aggression against Ukraine. According to reports from kyiv, shelling by Russian troops continued. Moscow sends protest notes to countries supplying arms to Ukraine.

Ukrainian authorities continue to restore normal life in areas that are once again under Ukrainian control, Zelenskyy said in his evening video message on Saturday evening. The scale of the works in the 918 cities of different sizes is enormous. Mining works are in progress and the supply of electricity, water and gas to the premises has been restored. The police, post office and local authorities are also resuming their work. Rail links have been restored in the Sumy region in the northeast of the country or, as in the case of the city of Chernihiv in the north, are about to be restored.

Humanitarian teams have so far been set up in 338 of these locations. Among other things, they provided emergency medical care, Selenskyj said. Schools and other educational institutions should also resume where possible. As of Friday, Russian troops had destroyed or damaged 1,018 educational institutions in the country, Zelenskyy said. The information could not be independently verified.

Report on the destruction in Sieverodonetsk

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 city’s military administration, Olexandr Strjuk, the city is about 70% destroyed. The most important roads were badly damaged and the water supply was also closed pending repair work, Stryuk told Ukrainian national television. Of the approximately 130,000 pre-war inhabitants, only around 20,000 people are still there. The information could not initially be independently verified.

According to Ukrainian sources, at least ten people were killed during the shelling of the industrial district of the eastern Ukrainian metropolis, Kharkiv. A seven-month-old baby was among the victims, the Kharkiv region prosecutor’s office announced on Facebook on Friday evening. Ukraine also reported a Russian airstrike on an airfield in the town of Oleksandriya in the Kirovohrad region of central Ukraine. Rescue work was continuing, Mayor Serhiy Kuzmenko wrote on Facebook. There was initially no information on damage or casualties.

Selenskyj speaks of 20,000 dead Russian soldiers

According to information from kyiv, 2,500 to 3,000 Ukrainian soldiers have been killed since the start of the Russian invasion. According to the translation, Selenskyj told the American television channel CNN in an interview, the first excerpts of which aired on Friday. He also reported about 10,000 wounded soldiers on the Ukrainian side. It is difficult to say how many of them would survive.

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According to Zelenskyy, 20,000 soldiers have already been killed on the Russian side. Moscow recently spoke of about 1,350 servicemen killed in its own ranks.

The president 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. Selenskyj called the current punitive measures against Russia “serious”, but not sufficient. “We demand stronger and more destructive weapons.” The war could also be shortened if kyiv quickly received all the weapons it needed.

Russia sends protest notes against arms deliveries

Russia has sent protest notes to several Western countries regarding arms sales to Ukraine. The United States was among them, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said, according to Interfax. According to the Washington Post, Moscow warns in the letter that such deliveries could have “unforeseeable consequences”.

Since the beginning of the Russian aggression war seven weeks ago, Ukraine has received weapons from many countries. Germany wants to increase its arms aid to partner countries to two billion euros. Most of the money will go to Ukraine.

According to President Zelenskyy, Ukraine has almost completed responses to a questionnaire for EU membership. “The work is almost complete and we will soon make the answers available to European Union representatives,” he said in his video message. The questionnaire serves as the basis for accession negotiations.

The logistics industry strained by the war

According to Federal Transport Minister Volker Wissing (FDP), the war in Ukraine is also having a major impact on the logistics sector in Germany. “Supply chains are badly affected,” Wissing told Editorial Network Germany. The Silk Road, for example, is used less because freight forwarders take risks when transporting goods there. In Poland alone, about 100,000 Ukrainian truckers were missing because they had been conscripted into the army in their home country. High energy prices have also made things difficult for the industry.

Wissing stressed that Germany will also not reject refugees from Ukraine in the future.

This Saturday, Easter marches of the peace movement are planned in several German cities. The rallies are mainly directed against the Russian war of aggression in Ukraine.

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