LVIV, Ukraine — Russian forces have intensified shelling within the port town of Mariupol, together with with the usage of airplanes, the mayor mentioned Saturday evening.
“The town is in an overly, very tricky state of siege,” Vadym Boychenko instructed Ukrainian TV. “Relentless shelling of residential blocks is ongoing, airplanes were losing bombs on residential spaces.”
Boychenko mentioned that hundreds of kids, girls and the aged got here underneath fireplace as they arrived within the morning for a conceivable evacuation via a secure passage hall. Russia promised to prevent 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 vital advances within the south, obviously looking for to bring to a halt Ukraine’s get admission to to the ocean. Shooting 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 through the Ukrainian executive that the Russians had misplaced dozens of plane and loads of armored automobiles.