Russia Bombs Odessa And Kyiv

Russian forces today bombed a shopping center in kyiv and, for the first time in 26 days of war, houses in Odessa, two strategic points on the map of the Russian offensive next to Mariupol, a port city that it unsuccessfully tried to force to surrender. after more than two weeks of siege.

In the capital, at least eight people were killed in a bombing last night of a shopping center that also destroyed six homes in the Podilsk district, where there are two schools and two kindergartens, Mayor Vitali Klitschko said on Telegram.

Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said the mall served as a warehouse for rocket launchers and ammunition, and was inoperative, so it was destroyed by “high-precision long-range weapons.”


Klitschko then decreed a 35-hour curfew in the capital and its metropolitan area.

kyiv, the main objective next to the southeast

Despite the lack of progress, kyiv remains Russia’s “main military objective,” the British Ministry of Defense said today, stating that the bulk of Russian troops have stalled more than 25 kilometers from the capital.

On the southeastern and southern flank, Russian naval forces continue to “blockade the Ukrainian coast and launch missile strikes against Ukrainian targets,” according to British military intelligence.

Control of the Ukrainian coast is essential for Russia in its goal of establishing a land corridor from Donbas to the annexed Crimean peninsula, passing through Mariupol (Sea of ‚Äč‚ÄčAzov).

This Monday the landing ship “Orsk”, of the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Navy, docked in the port of Berdyansk, a city controlled by Russia and only 77 kilometers from Mariupol.

He arrived with a load of war equipment to reinforce the Russian military group.

This Monday, for the first time in the war, the strategic port city of Odessa -of 990,000 inhabitants-, suffered bombardments against residential buildings with artillery fired from the sea, the Mayor’s Office said on Telegram.

“They are residential buildings where civilians live. Let the alienated Russians know, to whom the leaders of their country tell them that nothing like this happens here,” said the mayor, Gennady Trukhanov.

“We will not leave Odesa and we will fight for our city,” he stressed.

So far the Odessa region has suffered missile attacks from Russian ships near Tuzla, west of the besieged city, damaging critical infrastructure but not homes.

force surrender

In Mariupol, where Russia claimed Friday that Donetsk separatist militias are fighting Ukrainian “nationalists” in the city, Russia tried today to force the Ukrainian army to surrender.

The Russian Defense Ministry gave Ukrainian forces and “foreign mercenaries” two hours on Monday to leave the city without weapons or ammunition, after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s adviser Oleksiy Arestovych admitted that Ukraine has no possibility of sending reinforcements.

The unsuccessful attempt came even when the leader of the Donetsk separatists, Denis Pushilin, considered today that the taking of the city “is not a matter of two or three days, not even a week.”

The Minister for the Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories of Ukraine, Iryna Vereshchuk, rejected a surrender, and replied to Russia that “instead of wasting time on 8 pages of letters, just open a humanitarian corridor”.

According to Vereshchuk, so far 45,000 people have managed to leave the besieged city, where some 350,000 citizens are still trying to survive the siege without electricity, heating and water.

The Red Cross said today that it still does not have access to the Ukrainian city of Mariupol.

The commander of the Azov regiment, created in 2014 in Mariupol, Denis Prokopenko, told CNN that the number of civilians killed in the city so far in the war amounts to more than 3,000.

Forced transfers prohibited

The Mayor’s Office of Mari√ļpol denounced today, in addition, that some residents “are forcibly deported to Russia” or to the pro-Russian Donbas and that these people have their Ukrainian passports confiscated.

In turn, the spokesman for the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, Oleg Nikolenko, stated in a tweet that only last Saturday 2,389 children from Donbas were “forcibly relocated”, something prohibited by international law.

Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova announced the opening of an investigation.

Negotiations continue

Meanwhile, on the diplomatic front, negotiations between Russia and Ukraine continue.

According to the head of the parliamentary faction of the ruling party The Servant of the People, David Arhamia, the meeting of the delegations lasted an hour and a half, after which the working groups continued to negotiate, according to Ukraínskaya Pravda.

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Benet, who is trying to mediate between Russia and Ukraine, declared today that there are “progress” in the negotiations, although the parties still have many disagreements and are still far from reaching a ceasefire.

According to the Jerusalem Post newspaper, the Israeli prime minister assured that Russia would have given up deposing Zelensky and demilitarizing Ukraine, while kyiv would have promised not to join NATO.

The Ukrainian leader said on Sunday that he is “prepared” to negotiate with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, to end the war, but ruled out recognizing the independence of Donbas and Russian sovereignty over Crimea.

“The degree of progress in the negotiations is probably not what is desired or what is required by the dynamics of the situation for the Ukrainian side,” Russian Presidential spokesman Dmitri Peskov said today.

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