War in Ukraine Live _ Day 44 | Russia Prepares Offensive in Eastern Ukraine, Continues Siege of Mariupol

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08.21_Von der Leyen and Borrell will meet Zelensky in kyiv this Friday

The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, and the High Representative of the EU for Foreign Policy, Josep Borrell, will meet this Friday in kyiv the Ukrainian President, Volodimir Zelenski, confirmed an EU spokesperson.

In this way, Brussels confirms the meeting after announcing the trip to Ukraine last Tuesday. This gesture of support comes at the height of the war with Russia and before a donor conference organized on Saturday in Warsaw to raise funds.

The Commission chief and top EU diplomat are following in the footsteps of European Parliament President Roberta Metsola, who last week became the bloc’s first senior official to visit Ukraine since the start of the crisis. ‘invasion.

07.52_The United States will provide Ukraine with 10 anti-tank systems for each Russian tank

The United States will provide Ukraine with 10 anti-tank systems to fight each Russian tank destroyer and three anti-armour systems for each Russian armored vehicle, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki told a press conference .

“If you factor in Allied contributions, we’re almost 90 to 1. It’s a Russian tank against 10 anti-tank systems to defend them. For every Russian armored vehicle in Ukraine, the United States will have provided about three anti-armour systems. . If you factor in contributions from allies, it’s about 25 to 1,” he said.

In addition, as CNN reports, the United States has allocated more than 12,000 anti-armour systems, 1,400 anti-aircraft systems and “hundreds” of suicide drones for the defense of Ukraine, an update that comes after the announcement of the new army aid program of 100 million dollars.

07.33_Russia prepares offensive in eastern Ukraine and continues siege of Mariupol

Russia continues to prepare for an offensive in eastern Ukraine and continues to focus on the siege of the coastal city of Mariupol on the Sea of ​​Azov, according to the latest war report released by the top state- major in the Ukrainian army.

“The main efforts of the Russian invaders continue to focus on the capture of Mariupol, the offensive in the region of the city of Izyum (located on the Donets River, in the Kharkov region) and towards the Donetsk region”, in the east of Ukraine, adds the war report.

“On the territory of the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts, seven enemy attacks have been repelled in the past 24 hours”, indicates the Ukrainian military high command, which also reports the destruction of four tanks, two artillery systems , ten armored units and eleven Russian vehicles. .

06.48_Zelenski reiterates the need to extend arms supplies to Ukraine and sanctions against Russia

Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelensky reiterated the need to increase arms deliveries to Ukraine and to increase sanctions against Russia.

“Ukraine needs weapons that allow us to win on the battlefield. And this will be the strongest possible sanction against Russia,” Zelensky said in his daily speech published on the official page of the Ukrainian presidency. .

Likewise, the president stressed the need for a “full and transparent” investigation to which more and more countries are succumbing. “Each of the murder cases will be solved. Each of the torturers will be found. All those who committed rape or looting will be identified,” he said.

In addition, Zelenski explained that he addressed the countries of Greece and Cyprus on Thursday and that he will appear this Friday before the Finnish Parliament.

01.57_Ukraine estimates more than 4,600 people evacuated through humanitarian corridors in past day

Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Irina Vereshchuk reported on Tuesday that in the past 24 hours, 4,676 people have been evacuated through humanitarian corridors in different parts of the country.

Vereshchuk pointed out that about 3,256 people arrived in Zaporizhia in their own transport through the humanitarian corridor from Mariupol and Berdyansk. In addition, from the cities of Lisichansk, Severodonetsk, Rubizhne and Kreminna in the Lugansk region they managed to evacuate 1,420 people.

Thus, the Ukrainian Deputy Minister stressed in a statement that nine buses carrying humanitarian aid and ready to take civilians to a safe area headed for the city of Melitopol.

Two more buses are ready to evacuate citizens from the city of Tokmak to Zaporizhia this Friday. “Tomorrow morning buses will be sent from Zaporizhia to evacuate civilians from Berdyansk,” Vereshchuk said.

23.51_Biden celebrates Russia’s expulsion from the UN Human Rights Council

US President Joe Biden has celebrated the UN General Assembly’s decision to expel Russia from the Human Rights Council, which he called a “significant step” in the community which ratifies that Russian President Vladimir Putin has made his country a “pariah”.

In a statement released by the White House, Biden acknowledged that Washington had worked “closely” with its international allies to carry out this vote against Russia in response to the “serious and systemic violations of human rights” which occur. in Ukraine as part of the war.

“After today’s historic vote, Russia will not be able to participate in the work of the Council or spread its disinformation there while the Council’s Commission of Inquiry investigates Russian human rights violations and abuses in Ukraine. “, said Biden. .

23.38_Zelensky asks international diplomatic missions to return to kyiv to convey a message to Russia

Ukraine’s President Volodimir Zelensky has called on international diplomatic missions to resume their activity in the capital, kyiv, a city they abandoned with the start of the war in late February.

“The presence of foreign diplomatic missions in Kyiv is a normal job of embassies. It is a clear signal to the aggressor that Kyiv is our capital, not the provincial city of Russia, but the capital of Ukraine,” he said. underlined Zelensky.

Turkish and Lithuanian authorities have already announced the return of their embassies to the capital after temporarily moving it to other parts of western Ukraine due to advancing Russian troops.

Now, with the announced withdrawal of the Russian army from the Donbass region in eastern Ukraine, several European countries have raised the possibility of their diplomatic missions being established in kyiv again.

23.11_Donetsk-appointed Mariupol mayor puts the number of civilians dead in the city at 5,000

The mayor of Mariupol appointed by the People’s Republic of Donetsk, Konstantin Ivashchenko, estimated at “about 5,000” the number of civilians dead in the Ukrainian port city, besieged by Russian troops for weeks.

Ivashchenko transferred to the Russian news agency TASS that the number of displaced people is about 250,000 people, which is about half of the citizens of Mariupol, which before the war had a population of about 600,000 people.

On the other hand, the mayor estimated that around 60 or 70% of the buildings were totally or partially destroyed, in most cases due to “artillery and mortar shells”.

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