Updated 03/28/2022 07:46
- 07:57: ➤ New air strikes – Kiev accuses Russia of “inhumane tactics”.
- 07:46: Zelenskyy wants to examine “in depth” Moscow’s request for Ukraine’s neutrality
- 06:18: Fires broke out again at the site of the nuclear ruins of Chernobyl
- 05:50: Selensky warns against collaboration with the Russians
➤ New air strikes – Kiev accuses Russia of “inhumane tactics”.
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. In addition, the port city of Mariupol was 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.”
On February 24, by order of President Vladimir Putin, Russia launched a wide-ranging attack on Ukraine. The war is now in its fifth week. Millions of people are fleeing and more and more cities in Ukraine are affected by the fighting.
The situation at a glance:
Since February 24, Russia has waged a war of aggression against Ukraine from the air and from the ground. President Vladimir Putin had already questioned Ukraine’s right to exist as an independent state and announced the recognition of the so-called Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics in eastern Ukraine.
The Ukrainian army is doing its best to defend itself against invaders. There are probably thousands of deaths on both sides, but it is not possible to independently verify how many people have already died. The humanitarian situation in Ukraine is getting worse every day. According to the United Nations, more than 3.5 million people have fled Ukraine (as of 20 March), mostly women and children, as men between the ages of 18 and 60 cannot leave the country. The United Nations is preparing to care for up to four million refugees.
The EU and the US react with sanctions. They also supply arms to Ukraine, and Germany also supports the country with heavy weapons from Bundeswehr and NVA stocks. Up to now it has been ruled out that NATO intervenes in the war.
The other reports of the day
Zelenskyy wants to examine “in depth” Moscow’s request for Ukraine’s neutrality
07:46: In the negotiations for the end of the war in Ukraine, the government of Kiev wants to examine “in depth” the question of the neutrality of the country required by Russia. This is what Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in an interview with several independent Russian media on Sunday. The parties to the conflict want to start a new round of negotiations in Istanbul on Monday or Tuesday.
“This point of the negotiations is understandable to me and is under discussion, is being thoroughly examined,” Zelenskyy said in an interview with several Russian media. The neutrality of Ukraine is one of the main Russian demands in the ceasefire negotiations.
The Kremlin recently cited the model of Sweden or Austria as a possible model. With such a model of neutrality, Ukraine should refrain from joining NATO, which Selenskyj has already promised.
Kiev fears that the situation around Mariupol will escalate
06:48: After the announcement by Russia that it wants to focus in the future on the “liberation of the Donbass” in the war in Ukraine, the Kiev government fears that the situation in Mariupol and in the east of the country will deteriorate. “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.
In the besieged port city of Mariupol, the trapped people continued to “fight for survival,” the Ukrainian foreign ministry said on Twitter Monday evening. “The humanitarian situation is catastrophic”.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said it was still “impossible to bring food and medicine” to the city. “Russian forces bomb humanitarian aid convoys, killing drivers.”
Fires broke out again at the site of the nuclear ruins of Chernobyl
06:18: According to Ukrainian authorities, new fires have broken out in the area occupied by Russian forces around the nuclear ruins of Chernobyl. “Large fires have broken out in the exclusion zone, which can have very serious consequences,” Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk wrote on Telegram on Sunday evening. However, due to Russian troops, it is currently “impossible to completely control and extinguish the fires”.
Vereshchuk called on the UN Security Council to take “immediate action” to “demilitarize” the area around the nuclear ruins.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) announced on Sunday that the safety situation in Ukrainian nuclear power plants remained unchanged. Last week it determined that the forest fires around Chernobyl did not pose a serious radiological risk.
Selensky warns against collaboration with the Russians
05:50: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned his compatriots of the dangers of collaborating with the Russian occupation forces. In a video speech Monday night, he addressed “these phenomenal fools” who wanted to work with the Russian military. “I would like to point out that they (the Russians) themselves reject their own people. So what do they do with foreign traitors?”
He urged potential traitors to think. “But I know people like that don’t think about anything,” Zelenskyy said. “Otherwise they wouldn’t have become traitors.”
With material from dpa, AFP, APA
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