LVIV, Ukraine — Russian forces have intensified shelling within the port town of Mariupol, together with with using airplanes, the mayor mentioned Saturday night time.
“The town is in an overly, very tricky state of siege,” Vadym Boychenko informed Ukrainian TV. “Relentless shelling of residential blocks is ongoing, airplanes were losing bombs on residential spaces.”
Boychenko mentioned that hundreds of youngsters, ladies and the aged got here below fireplace as they arrived within the morning for a imaginable evacuation thru 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 in the hunt for to bring to an end Ukraine’s get right of entry to to the ocean. Taking pictures Mariupol, which has been keeping off the assault for 6 days, may permit Russia to construct a land hall to Crimea, which it annexed in 2014.
KYIV, Ukraine — Ukrainian Overseas Minister Dmytro Kuleba on Saturday echoed the president’s statement that Russia has misplaced greater than 10,000 troops.
Kuleba additionally mentioned in a video message launched by means of the Ukrainian govt that the Russians had misplaced dozens of plane and masses of armored automobiles.