The fuel depot was hit
Ukraine reports “all-out missile attacks” against cities
Ukraine calls on the United Nations to establish a protection zone around the nuclear ruins of Chernobyl due to the risk of fire. He also reports heavy air strikes in the cities of Kiev, Lutsk, Rivne and Kharkiv. Mariupol is covered by a real carpet bombing.
Several Ukrainian cities were again targeted by Russian airstrikes on Sunday evening. According to Ukrainian media reports, several strong explosions shook the capital Kiev, as well as Lutsk, Rivne and Kharkiv. In the evening, a fuel depot was hit in Lutsk, in northwestern Ukraine. Air alerts had previously been launched in all regions of the country.
Meanwhile, the Ukrainian leadership has accused the Russian military of “inhumane tactics”. These included the “partial or total blockade of humanitarian corridors, blockade of besieged cities,” President Volodymyr Zelenskyy adviser Mykhailo Podoliak wrote on Twitter Sunday evening.
Furthermore, Russia is continuing “all-out missile attacks” against Ukrainian cities. To this end, the port city of Mariupol is carpet bombed. “The Russians no longer have a language, a humanism or a civilization,” Podoliak wrote. “Just rockets and bombs to wipe Ukraine off the map as much as possible.”
After the announcement by Russia that it intends to focus on the “liberation of the Donbass” in the future war in Ukraine, the government in Kiev now fears that the situation in Mariupol and in the east of the country will deteriorate further. “This means potential or severe deterioration around Mariupol,” Ukrainian presidential adviser Oleksiy Arestovych said in a video message posted on the president’s Telegram account. Meanwhile, the Ukrainian army counterattacked in some places.
Retry the escape route from Mariupol
According to Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Wereshchuk, Ukrainian authorities agreed on new escape routes with the Russian armed forces on Sunday to be able to rescue people from the besieged port city. Recently, several attempts to create safe escape routes for the 170,000 civilians trapped in the city have failed. The warring parties blamed each other for this.
However, Ukrainians can now hope that the “enemy” can be “expelled” from the regions of Kiev, Chernihiv, Sumy and Kharkiv, Arestovych said, referring to the northern and eastern regions. Ukrainian troops launched small tactical counterattacks against Russian troops there.
In Kherson, Ukrainian soldiers launched a counter-offensive. According to eyewitness accounts, around 500 people protested there on Sunday against the Russian occupation forces. The peaceful demonstration was interrupted with tear gas and smoke grenades, a paramedic told AFP news agency over the phone.
According to Ukrainian sources, two people were killed by Russian bombing in a village near Cherson. Also, on the outskirts of Kharkov, the Drobyzky Yar Holocaust memorial, which commemorates the 15,000 Jews killed there by the Nazis, was damaged.
Fires around Chernobyl could be dangerous
Meanwhile, Ukraine has asked the UN Security Council to establish a special protection zone for the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. According to Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk, a UN special mission is expected to take over there. “In terms of nuclear safety, the irresponsible and unprofessional actions of the Russian military pose a serious threat not only to Ukraine but also to hundreds of millions of Europeans,” he said on Sunday, according to Ukrajinska Pravda.
“Therefore, we are calling for immediate measures from the UN Security Council to demilitarize the exclusion zone of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant and to establish a UN special mission,” Vereshchuk said. This should reduce the risk of a repeat of the Chernobyl accident by the Russian occupation forces. According to Vereshchuk, Russian troops are storing large quantities of ammunition in the vicinity of the accidental reactor.
In addition, larger forest and forest fires have broken out in the area around the reactor, which could lead to serious consequences. The extinction works would be hampered by Russian troops. Fires could cause the dispersion of radioactive particles in the air and the dispersion of winds. The day before, the Ukrainian Ministry of Environment had registered a total of 31 sources of fire at the Chernobyl site. Russian troops took control of the area around the Chernobyl nuclear power plant about a month ago. It was there in 1986 that the worst nuclear accident in the history of civilian use of nuclear energy occurred.