LVIV, Ukraine — Russian forces have intensified shelling within the port town of Mariupol, together with with using airplanes, the mayor stated Saturday evening.
“The town is in an overly, very tricky state of siege,” Vadym Boychenko advised Ukrainian TV. “Relentless shelling of residential blocks is ongoing, airplanes were losing bombs on residential spaces.”
Boychenko stated that 1000’s of youngsters, ladies and the aged got here below fireplace as they arrived within the morning for a conceivable evacuation via a secure passage hall. Russia promised to forestall the shelling of Mariupol, a port town of 430,000, and Volnovakha, a town within the east, however violated the cease-fire.
Russia has made important advances within the south, obviously looking for to bring to a halt Ukraine’s get right of entry to to the ocean. Taking pictures Mariupol, which has been heading off the assault for 6 days, may permit Russia to construct a land hall to Crimea, which it annexed in 2014.
KYIV, Ukraine — Ukrainian International Minister Dmytro Kuleba on Saturday echoed the president’s statement that Russia has misplaced greater than 10,000 troops.
Kuleba additionally stated in a video message launched by way of the Ukrainian govt that the Russians had misplaced dozens of plane and loads of armored cars.