Contrary to the Russian announcement: Ukrainian cities still under fire

Status: 30/03/2022 12:10

Despite Russia’s announcement that it will reduce its fighting around Kiev, the attacks appear to continue. Heavy Russian artillery fire is said to have occurred in the east of the country.

According to Ukrainian information, there were new attacks during the night, although the Russian side announced that it would reduce military activities in northern Ukraine.

“Chernihiv was bombed all night,” Governor Vyacheslav Chaus said on Telegram’s online service. The attacks were carried out with artillery and airplanes. In Chernihiv, civilian infrastructure had been destroyed and the city was still without water and electricity, Tschau explained.

The Russian army also attacked the nearby city of Nizhyn. Chernihiv and the region of the same name are located north-east of the capital Kiev.

parties to the conflict as a source

In the current situation, information on the course of the war, bombing and casualties provided by the official bodies of the Russian and Ukrainian parties to the conflict cannot be controlled directly by an independent body.

Russia announced Tuesday that it would drastically reduce its military activities in the north. Doubts about the announcement quickly arose in Ukraine and internationally. The Ukrainian General Staff said overnight: “The so-called ‘troop withdrawal’ is probably a rotation of individual units aimed at deceiving the military leadership of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.” This is intended to create a false image of the alleged interrupted floor to surround Kiev.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy spoke on Tuesday of “positive” signals from Moscow. “But these signals don’t drown out the explosions of Russian bullets.” The reality is that Ukrainian cities will continue to be besieged and bombed. Therefore, the Ukrainian armed forces are “the only guarantee of our survival”.

Artillery bombardments continued in eastern Ukraine

Attacks continued today in eastern Ukraine as well. The governor of the Luhansk region reported in the morning of heavy artillery shelling against residential areas in the village of Lysychansk. “Some skyscrapers have been damaged,” writes Serhij Gaidai on Telegram. We’re confirming the information on the victims. “Many buildings have collapsed. Rescuers are trying to save those who are still alive.”

New attacks have also been reported from the eastern Ukrainian region of Donetsk. According to the governor, almost all the cities along the demarcation line are under fire. The situation could get worse, Pavlo Kyrylenko told Ukrainian television as Russian troops focus on attacks in the region.

The demarcation line separates the areas under Ukrainian control from the territory held by pro-Russian separatists.

Skepticism and further attacks in Ukraine after the Russian announcement of the withdrawal of troops

Jens Eberl, WDR, 12:00 daily newsletter, March 30, 2022

United Kingdom: Russian units reorganize

According to Ukraine, Russia is currently moving troops from the north of the country to the east to encircle Ukrainian troops there. Some Russian soldiers remained close to the capital, Kiev, said Oleksiy Arestovych, an advisor to President Zelenskyy. This should prevent Ukraine from moving troops east.

Shaded in white: the advance of the Russian army. Shaded in green: Russian-backed separatist areas. Crimea: annexed to Russia.

Image: ISW / 29/03/2022

British military intelligence believes Russia is responding to losses in Ukraine with heavy artillery and rocket fire. The Defense Ministry said in London that Russian units that had suffered heavy losses had returned to Belarus and Russia to regroup and re-equip. “This increases the pressure on Russia’s already troubled logistics and shows the difficulties Russia is facing in reorganizing its units in the combat zones in Ukraine.”

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