War in Ukraine: Kiev reports military successes

Status: 03/28/2022 07:34

More than a month after the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, attacks on Ukrainian cities continue. However, the Ukrainians’ counterattacks were able to push back the Russian army in some places.

According to their own report, Ukrainian troops successfully launched counterattacks against the Russian armed forces. In the vicinity of the eastern city of Kharkiv, Russian troops were expelled from several cities on Sunday, regional military chief Oleg Synegubov said on Telegram. “We are taking the occupiers back to the border,” he said.

Ukraine reports the reconquest of the city of Irpin

Mathea Schülke, WDR, daily newsletter at 8pm, March 29, 2022

According to Ukrainian military information, there have also been land gains near the capital Kiev. Ukrainians can hope that the “enemy” can be “expelled” from the regions of Kiev, Chernihiv, Sumy and Kharkiv, Ukrainian presidential adviser Oleksiy Arestovych said.

On Sunday, among other things, the battle line seemed to move away from the city of Mykolaiv, in southern Ukraine, and the bombing of the city, which had been besieged for weeks by the Russian army, seemed to ease. The information cannot be independently verified.

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.

Ukraine accuses Russia of “inhumane tactics”.

Air attacks by the Russian army against Ukrainian cities continued on Monday night. According to Ukrainian media reports, several strong explosions shook the capital Kiev, as well as Lutsk, Rivne and Kharkiv. According to the regional prosecutor’s office, seven people were killed by artillery fire near the city of Kharkiv, two of whom are reported to be children. A fuel depot was hit in Lutsk, northwestern Ukraine. Air alerts had previously been launched in all regions of the country.

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

Image: ISW / 27/03/2022

The Ukrainian leadership accused the Russian military of “inhumane tactics”. These included “partial or total blockade of humanitarian corridors, blockade of besieged cities,” President Volodymyr Zelenskyy Mykhailo Podoliak’s adviser tweeted. Furthermore, Russia is continuing “all-out missile attacks” against Ukrainian cities. To this end, the port city of Mariupol is carpet bombed.

The situation in Mariupol and in the east of the country could even get worse. At least this is what the Ukrainian government fears after the announcement by Russia that it intends to focus on the “liberation of the Donbass” in the war in Ukraine in the future. “This means a potential or serious deterioration around Mariupol,” presidential adviser Arestovych said in a video message posted on Telegram.

The situation in Mariupol is getting worse

In Mariupol, the trapped people continued to “fight for survival,” the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said on Twitter. “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.”

Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Wereshchuk had previously said that escape routes had been re-agreed on Sunday with the Russian military in order to get people to safety from the besieged port city. Recently, several attempts to create safe escape routes for civilians have failed. The warring parties blamed each other for this.

According to eyewitness accounts, around 500 people protested against the Russian occupation forces in Kherson, the only major Ukrainian city so far captured by Russian troops. The peaceful demonstration was interrupted with tear gas and smoke grenades, a paramedic told AFP news agency.

Apparently resupply of missiles in Belarus

According to Ukrainian military intelligence, Russia is reportedly carrying new missiles to Belarus. In preparation for new missile attacks on Ukraine, Russian launch pads in Belarus are being supplied with new shells. The rockets were intended for units with the “Iskander” weapon system installed near Kalinkawichy, it was said. According to Ukrainian information, Russia is also moving additional military units to the Ukrainian border.

In an interview with Russian journalists more than a month after the war began, Zelenskyy accused Kremlin chief Putin of delaying peace negotiations. In the video conversation, which lasted about an hour and a half, Zelenskii once again called for the withdrawal of Russian troops from Ukrainian territory. Only then can there be guarantees of security for Ukraine, which in turn are the basis for Ukraine’s renunciation of NATO. Zelenskyi also renewed his announcement that only Ukrainian citizens could decide on a possible neutral status of Ukraine in a referendum.

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