the Russians claim to control Mariupol, the situation there is “inhumane” according to Zelenskyy.

“The situation in Mariupol remains as serious as it gets. Simply inhuman,” Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in a video message. “The Russian Federation did that. Did it on purpose. […] Russia is intentionally trying to destroy someone in Mariupol,” in south-eastern Ukraine.

At the same time, the Russian Defense Ministry called on the last Ukrainian fighters entrenched in the Azovstal metallurgical complex to cease fighting on Sunday and to evacuate the site before 1 p.m. Moscow time. (noon, French time). “All those who have given up their guns will have their lives saved,” the ministry assured on Telegram. “It’s her only chance.”

Apart from this pocket of resistance, “the entire territory of the city of Mariupol was cleared of fighters of the Nazi Azov formation, foreign mercenaries and Ukrainian soldiers,” he said.

Early Sunday morning, the Ukrainian General Staff announced that the city had been attacked from the air by the Russians from the Donestk and Tavriya regions. “They also conducted offensive operations near the port,” he said in a statement, but without mentioning the call to lay down arms or Russia’s claim to take most of the city.

The capture of this city would be an important victory for the Russians, as it would allow them to consolidate their territorial gains on the coast along the Sea of ​​Azov, merging the Donbass region, partially controlled by their supporters, with that of Moscow annexed Crimea join in 2014.

Mariupol on the brink of starvation

Earlier, the Ukrainian president threatened to break off peace talks with Moscow if the last Ukrainian soldiers in Mariupol were “eliminated”.

“There is no food, no water, no medicine,” he enthused about the media, accusing the Russians of “refusing” to set up humanitarian corridors.

According to World Food Program Executive Director David Beasley, more than 100,000 civilians in Mariupol are at risk of starvation because they also lack water and a source of heat.

The Russian army once again aimed its missiles at Kyiv, which has had a bit of a lull lately. Motivated by revenge after the loss of their flagship in the Black Sea, the cruiser Moskva. The Ukrainians claim to have caused the sinking thanks to their Neptune anti-ship missiles. The Pentagon agreed, saying the Russian ship was hit by two Ukrainian missiles on Thursday.

A version that the Russian authorities have not officially endorsed and which merely evokes a fire that caused the explosion of ammunition on board the building, which sank a few hours later during towing.

Russian reprisals

Before long, a Russian attack hit a complex in the Kyiv region that manufactures Neptun rockets.

And on Saturday, one person was killed and “several” required hospitalization after an industrial complex in Darnytsky district on the outskirts of Kyiv, which mainly produces tanks, was attacked, the capital’s mayor Vitali Klitschko said.

Kyiv and its environs had been relatively unscathed by bombardment since the Russian army withdrew from the area in late March, but the loss of the Moskva River ignited Moscow’s ire.

Faced with this situation, the mayor of the capital once again called on his fellow citizens who had fled the fighting not to return to Kyiv, the population of which nonetheless massively used the first bright day of spring on Friday to walk or bathe Glass on the terrace.

Russian forces also shelled an oil refinery in eastern Ukraine four kilometers from Lysychansk on Saturday, very close to the front line, local authorities said.

need guns

Ukraine also claimed to have destroyed four cruise missiles fired by Russian planes that took off from neighboring Belarus in the Lviv region to the west on Saturday morning.

In the Odessa region of southern Ukraine, “Russian anti-aircraft defenses shot down a Ukrainian military transport plane that was carrying a large amount of weapons shipped to Ukraine from Western countries,” the Russian Defense Ministry confirmed on Saturday.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Saturday again called on the world to “prepare” for a possible use of its nuclear weapons by Russia. “We need medicine (against radiation), air raid shelters,” he said.

According to him, about 2,500 to 3,000 Ukrainian soldiers have died and about 10,000 have been injured since the war began.

Echoing calls from Volodymyr Zelenskyy, during a phone conversation with US Chief of Staff Mark Milley, his Ukrainian counterpart Valery Zaluzhny insisted on the urgent need for arms and ammunition.

But according to the Washington Post, Russia this week issued an official complaint to the United States, warning the American government of “unpredictable consequences” if its military aid to Ukraine continues to increase.

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