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New Russian strikes on the port city of Odessa | War in Ukraine

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According to the Ukrainian army, a shopping center and a warehouse were particularly affected by this attack, which left one dead and five injured in addition to causing heavy damage.

According to Odessa Mayor Gennadiy Trukhanov, the affected area had no military infrastructure.

The toll could have been worse had it not been for the curfew in effect in the city, which had around one million inhabitants before Russia attacked Ukraine on February 24.

The Ukrainian army says the seven missiles launched in total on Monday by the Russian air force dated from Soviet times and were therefore less accurate than more contemporary munitions.

A Ukrainian think tank, the Center for Defense Strategies, however, maintains that at least one Kinjal hypersonic missile, the most advanced in its arsenal, was used.

A woman from behind approaches a gutted and charred building.  Debris litters the ground.

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Over the past few days, Russian Defense has confirmed that it has struck Odessa airport in order to destroy, it says, weapons delivered to Ukraine by Western countries.

Earlier Monday, the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, passing through Odessa to meet Ukrainian Prime Minister Denis Chmygal, was forced to take shelter due to a Russian strike.

He took the opportunity to point out that the blockade of the port by the Russian navy prevented Ukraine from exporting cereals to countries which nevertheless greatly needed it.

A firefighter in front of a burning building at night.

Odessa firefighters battled the flames for much of the night.

Photo: Reuters/Ukrainian State Emergency Service

I saw silos full of grain, wheat, corn ready to be exported, he described on Twitter. This essential food is blocked because of the Russian war and the blockade of the Black Sea ports.

This situation leads to dramatic consequences for vulnerable countrieshe added, calling for a global response coordinate.

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kyiv seeks to evacuate wounded soldiers entrenched in Azovstal

The Ukrainian authorities also continue to plead for other people to be evacuated from the Azovstal metallurgical complex, the last stronghold of the resistance in the port city of Mariupol, almost completely under Russian control.

There are serious injuries that require urgent evacuationUkrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk told AFP on Tuesday, adding that the situation is getting worse every day in the factory in the port city.

A truck overturned along a road.

An overturned truck in Mariupol. According to the municipal authorities, 90% of the infrastructure of the city, which had more than 400,000 inhabitants before the war, was destroyed by the Russian army.

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She also denied reports from city officials suggesting, if not claiming, that civilians are still in the complex’s bomb shelters.

During a press conference in the morning, the mayor of Mariupol, Vadim Boïtchenko, notably refused to say that he was%”,”text”:”100% sure”}}”>100% sure that all civilians from Azovstal have been evacuated, stressing that there not possible to verify it as long as there is no lasting ceasefire in place.

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civilians are still in the shelters of the Azovstal factory”,”text”:”In addition to the fighters, at least 100civilians are still in the shelters of the Azovstal factory”}}”>In addition to the fighters, at least 100 civilians are still in the shelters of the Azovstal factoryfor his part supported Petro Andriouchchenko, a collaborator of the mayor, in a message broadcast on Telegram.

It’s not trueretorted Ms. Vereshchuk, indicating that the chief of the Azov regiment entrenched at the steelworks had officially declared Ukrainian government officials and a UN representative that no civilians, women, children or elderly people remained in Azovstal.

According to her, the Ukrainian authorities working now on the possibility of evacuating wounded soldiers, medical personnel and military chaplains from the steel plant, in collaboration with international organizations and the government of Turkey.

Annalena Baerbock and Iryna Venediktova, surrounded by other people.

The head of German diplomacy, Annalena Baerbock (right), went to Boutcha, a town located on the outskirts of kyiv where war crimes may have been committed by the Russian army, which occupied the place in March. The Prosecutor General of Ukraine, Iryna Venediktova, accompanied him.

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Medical personnel want to be evacuated with the injured, because they have to be accompanied in the event of the opening of a humanitarian corridor from the steelworks,” explained the Deputy Prime Minister. This operation could last at least a week given the number of wounded who must be carried on stretchers.

According to Ms Vereshchuk, the Turkey works very closely with Kyiv and a really want to help specifying that such an evacuation could be done by sea with a Turkish boat equipped with a military hospital.

We want it very much and the Turks are ready for itbut kyiv is seeking to obtain guarantees that Russia will not start shooting during the evacuation, noted Ms. Verechchuk. You need absolute guarantees in writing, that’s what we’re trying to getshe said.

The Battle of Donbass is in full swing

The Russian Ministry of Defense, for its part, claims to have made breakthroughs in the heavily fortified enemy defense lines in the Donbass region of southeastern Ukraine. This information has not been confirmed by the Ukrainian authorities.

On Monday, the governor of the Luhansk region, Sergei Gaïdaï, claimed that the Russian army was trying to take control of a road linking Sievierodonetsk to Bakhmut, a locality located west of Popasna, in the Donetsk region. The capture of this city was claimed by Moscow a few days ago.

If the Russian army manages to control this land link of about 70 kilometers, it will be able to cut the Luhansk region from the rest of Ukraine, he said.

The Ukrainian General Staff contented itself with saying on Tuesday morning that the Russian troops continue to prepare offensive operations in the Lyman and Sievierodonetsk regions.

Very intense battles take place around Rubizhne and Bilogorivka, the governor of the Luhansk region said on Monday. According to kyiv, 60 civilians died in Bilogorivka at the end of the week when the school where they were taking refuge was bombed by the Russian army.

His colleague from the Kharkiv region, Oleg Sinegubov, for his part announced the discovery of the bodies of 44 civilians in the rubble of a building in the town of Izium which he said was bombed by the Russian army in March. This information could not be independently verified.

This is another horrible war crime of the Russian army against the civilian populationcursed Mr. Sinegubov in a post on Telegram.

He did not specify under what conditions the bodies had been collected or by whom, the town of Izium and its surroundings being occupied by Russian troops who took the town on April 1, after several weeks of heavy fighting. The city now serves as a base for the Russian army for its operations in the Donetsk region.

The Kharkiv region prosecutor’s office announced that it had opened an investigation for violation of the laws and customs of war and premeditated murderstating that 14 bodies had been identified.

at 10March2022, the Russian army systematically shelled the city of Izum”,”text”:”According to the investigation, in the period from March 7 to March 10, 2022, the Russian army systematically shelled the city of Izum”}}”>According to the investigation, in the period from March 7 to March 10, 2022, the Russian army systematically shelled the city of Iziumsays the press release from the Ukrainian prosecutor’s office.

kyiv has regained two-thirds of its pre-war population

Nearly two-thirds of kyiv’s 3.5 million residents have returned to the Ukrainian capital, which had been emptied of the majority of its residents at the start of the Russian invasion, Mayor Vitali Klitschko said on Tuesday. Ukrainian television.

Even though there is still a curfew, roadblocks, if these limitations do not scare you, you can indeed come backadded Mr. Klitschko, who so far called on residents to be patient.

Mr Klitschko stressed that he could not ban Kyiv residents from returning to the capital, but he nevertheless urged caution.

If you have the opportunity to be in more protected places, where there is no risk to your life and health, please stayhe asked.

On March 10, two weeks after the start of the Russian invasion, the mayor of kyiv had indicated that half of the population of the agglomeration had fled and that they remained there. just under two million inhabitants.

With information from Associated Press, New York Times, BBC, France Media Agency, and Reuters

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