For the first time in two weeks, kyiv was once again the target of a Russian attack. The target was a factory on the outskirts of the capital where they manufacture Neptune missiles with which Ukraine claims to have sunk the Moskva.
As verified by journalists from AFP, the plant and the adjoining administrative building, located about 30 km southwest of kyiv, suffered significant damage.
The Russians carried out three attacks on Friday in the kyiv regionsaid its governor, Alexander Pavlyukwithout specifying whether this included the Vizar company.
Shortly before, The Russian Defense Ministry had threatened to increase “the number and magnitude of attacks” against the capital.
blow to russia
A US Department of Defense official claimed that The Russian cruiser Moskva, 186 meters long, was hit last Thursday by two Ukrainian missiles and called it a “big blow” for Russia. “We watched as the boats tried to help, but even the forces of nature were on the side of Ukraine“, as “a storm prevented the rescue of the ship and the evacuation of the crew”said Natalia Gumeniukspokesman for the military command of southern Ukraine.
“We are perfectly aware that they will not forgive us”he added, referring to Russia and possible new attacks.
The loss of “Moskva” is a heavy blow for Russia because “it ensured air cover from other ships during their operations, especially for the bombardment of the coast and landing maneuvers,” explained the spokesman for the Odessa military administration, Sergei Bratchuk.
In this context, the Ukrainian president, Zelensky, considered that “the whole world” should be “concerned” about the risk that his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, cornered by his military setbacks in Ukraine, will use a tactical nuclear weapon.
Zelensky echoed the statements of the CIA director, William Burnswhich estimated this week that no one should “take the nuclear threat lightly” from Russia.
In fact, Germany and some European allies for alleged lack of support for kyiv, announced on Friday the Unlocking more than €1 billion in military aid for Ukraine.
In a new video message, Zelensky reiterated to Western countries that they can “make the war much shorter” if they supply kyiv with the weapons it requests..
But on a diplomatic note, Russia warned the United States and NATO against sending “more sensitive” weapons to Ukraine, judging that such military equipment put “fuel on the fire” and could cause “unforeseeable consequences”.as published by the newspaper Washington Post.
The White House announced this week a new $800 million military aid package which includes helicopters and armored vehicles.
Shots fired at evacuees
The Kharkiv region, whose capital of the same name is the second Ukrainian city, is being targeted by intense bombing. The prosecution reported on Friday seven civilians killed and 27 wounded for shooting at evacuation buses.
Besides, At least ten people were killed, including a seven-month-old baby, in an attack on a Kharkiv residential area.said the regional governor, Oleg Sinegubov.
In Buchaa town near kyiv that became the symbol of the atrocities attributed to the Russian forces, 95% of people found dead were killedstated the police chief of the kyiv region, Andriy Nebitov.
“During the (Russian) occupation people were shot in the streets (…) It is impossible to hide this type of crime in the 21st century. Not only are there witnesses, but it was also videotaped,” he said.
The mayor of Bucha, Anatoly Fedorukassured that they had found more than 400 bodies after the departure of Russian troops.
Attacks in Donbas
In the east of Ukraine, in the Donbas region, Donetsk was the scene of fighting “on the front line”, in which three people were killed and seven others were injuredaccording to the Ukrainian presidency.
Another area of this mining basin, Luganskwas targeted by 24 bombings, which caused two deaths and 10 injuriesaccording to the same source.
Russia, whose announced major offensive in Donbas has not yet started, has problems fully controlling Mariupola strategic port on the Sea of Azov that would allow it to link Donbas with the Crimean peninsula, annexed in 2014.
This city, besieged for more than 40 days, could bring the worst balance of human losses of this war. The Ukrainian authorities fear that there are some 20,000 dead.
After weeks of tightening the siege on the besieged city, the Russian troops find resistance especially in the extensive industrial area on the coast.
A team from the AFP was able to access Mariupol through a press trip organized by the Russian army and was able to check the damage left by constant bombing of the city since the Russian invasion on February 24.
“Look at our pretty buildings! People burned inside,” said Galina Vasilieva, 78, pointing to a completely burned nine-story building.
Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister, Iryna Vereshchukpointed out that almost 2,900 civilians had been evacuated from Mariupol and neighboring Berdyansk to Zaporizhiaunder control of kyiv.
More than five million people have fled Ukraine since the beginning of the Russian invasionaccording to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
During a visit to Ukraine, David Beasley, the executive director of the World Food Program (WFP), which belongs to the United Nations, requested access to the besieged areas and cities, where there are starving people.
(With information from AFP)
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