Russo-Ukrainian War: What We Know About Day 69 of the Invasion | Ukraine
Some of the first civilians evacuated from a giant steel plant in Mariupol reportedly arrived in the Ukrainian city of Zaporizhzhia on Monday. after an overnight bus trip blocked by delays at the frontline. More than 100 civilians – mostly women, children and the elderly – were evacuated from the Azovstal steelworks, Ukraine’s military police said in a statement. Hundreds of people are believed to have still remained trapped in the city’s last stronghold of resistance.
A Russian rocket strike hit the port city of Odessa in southwestern Ukraine, killing and injuring people. The strike hit a strategically important bridge over the Dniester estuary. A 14-year-old boy was killed and a 17-year-old girl was injured, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said Monday. “How did these children and the dormitory threaten the Russian state? Zelenskiy said in his nightly video address.
Russian forces in the Donbass region of eastern Ukraine – where most of the fighting is taking place – suffer from poor command and control, low morale and far-reaching logistics. to be ideal, according to the United States. “We continue to see minimal progress at best from the Russians in Donbass,” a senior US Department of Defense official said.
The United Nations human rights office (OHCHR) said the number of civilians killed in Ukraine since the start of the Russian invasion has exceeded 3,000 people. Most of the victims were killed by explosive weapons with a wide impact area, such as missile strikes and airstrikes, the rights office said, without attributing responsibility.
Russian troops are believed to be destroying historic graves in Ukraine’s Kherson region, according to Ukrainian officials. Via Twitter, Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry reported that Russian troops were destroying 1,000-year-old Scythian tombs in Kherson by “arranging firing positions at them”.
Russia is considering annexing Donetsk and Luhansk after failing to win kyiv and overthrow the government there, the US ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe has told reporters. Russia could also consider doing the same in Kherson, where it already imposes the ruble as its official currency.
The director of the United Nations World Food Program in Germany has warned that millions of tonnes of grain are stuck in Ukraine due to seaports being blocked by Russian military action. Martin Frick said about 4.5 million tonnes of grain in containers in Ukrainian ports could not be moved due to dangerous or busy shipping routes, some of which had been mined, as well as inaccessible ports.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was asked to explain how Russia could say it had to “denazify” the country when its president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, is Jewish., in an interview on Italian television. Lavrov replied that Adolf Hitler “had Jewish blood” and that “the most rabid anti-Semites tend to be Jews” while championing Russia’s “denazification” policy in Ukraine, the Kremlin’s term for a sweeping purge that the Ukraine, is a pretext for “mass murder”.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said Lavrov’s comments showed “Russia has forgotten all the lessons of World War II.” Israel summoned the Russian ambassador and demanded an apology, and world leaders condemned the remarks.
Britain said it would provide an additional £300m ($375m) in military aid to Ukraine, including electronic warfare equipment and a counter-battery radar system, in addition to around £200m of assistance so far, Reuters reports.
Boris Johnson will hail Ukraine’s resistance to tyranny as an example to the world as he delivers a virtual speech outside the country’s parliament on Tuesday. Johnson will become the first world leader to address the Verkhovna Rada since the conflict began.
More than 70 of the 90 M-777 howitzers that the United States planned to send are now in Ukrainian handsas well as more than 140,000 155mm rounds, a senior US Department of Defense official said.
EU energy commissioner says Russia’s demands for fuel payments to be made in rubles must be pushed back despite the risks of a supply disruption at a time without an alternative gas supply. After a meeting of EU energy ministers, Kadri Simson said all energy ministers had agreed that paying in rubles through the mechanism put in place by Russia would violate sanctions imposed by the bloc after the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Germany has said it is ready to support an immediate EU embargo on Russian oil, a major move by Moscow’s biggest energy customer that could let Europe impose such a ban within days. “We have succeeded in reaching a situation where Germany is able to withstand an oil embargo,” German Economy Minister Robert Habeck said Monday in Brussels, where he met with EU colleagues. “That means it won’t be without consequences.”
Russia redirected internet traffic in Ukraine’s occupied Kherson region via Russian communications infrastructureInternet service disruption monitor NetBlocks said Monday.
The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) has banned Russian football clubs from participating in the 2022-23 Champions League, Europa League and UEFA Nations League seasons. Russia’s bid to host the Euro 2028 and Euro 2032 tournaments is also no longer eligible.