Russia launches offensive in Donbass and also punishes western Ukraine

The Russian army has already launched the long-awaited final offensive in Donbass three weeks after withdrawing from northern kyiv, while the punitive operation continued yesterday against other parts of Ukraine, such as Lviv, where at least seven civilians were killed. In addition, Russian troops hoisted the tricolor flag on the building of the town hall of the port of Berdyansk, west of Mriúpol, a new stage for the laying of a land corridor between Russian territory and the annexed Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea along the coast of the Sea of ​​Azov.

The Russian regrouping, which includes the arrival of additional units, is almost complete, according to the Ukrainian Defense Ministry. Russia appears determined to step up the pace in the east of the country, where enemy aircraft have reportedly increased the number of attacks by 50%.

Meanwhile, at least a thousand civilians, including women and children, from the beleaguered port city of Mariupol on the Sea of ​​Azov have taken refuge in the facilities of the Azovstal Steelworks, a former factory metallurgy besieged by troops. the Russians According to the former Ukrainian Minister of the Interior Arsén Avákov, these civilians “live in appalling conditions, without medicine, food or water”.

At the same time, the sinking last Thursday of the flagship of the Russian Navy, the Moscow, provoked a series of punitive actions from Moscow. If kyiv, the Ukrainian capital, was the first target of the Russian bombardments, yesterday it was the turn of the western capital of the country, Lviv, attacked with cruise missiles.

According to local authorities, seven people died and eleven were injured in the four attacks, including three against military installations and a fourth against a tire store. In Kharkov, the main city in eastern Ukraine, at least nine people were killed and 25 were injured in the shelling of the center and residential areas, according to the regional military administration, which called on the civilian population not to go out all day long. air raid shelters.

Meanwhile, pro-Russian leader and businessman Víctor Medvedchuk, a friend of President Vladimir Putin and currently imprisoned by kyiv authorities, has demanded through a video that he be exchanged for Mariúpol civilians. and Ukrainian prisoners.

Zelensky delivers EU entry form to Brussels

Ukraine’s President Volodimir Zelensky yesterday handed the European Commission the questionnaire to receive the status of a candidate country for membership of the European Union (EU), a step that brings Kyiv closer to joining the bloc. Such a document, which is the centerpiece of the opinion prepared by the European executive to give its opinion on the options of a candidate country to join the community club, would allow Ukraine to become an aspiring member of the European Union in June this year, just as they expect from the Ukrainian executive.

Likewise, the Ukrainian president called for Russia to “raise the price” of “aggression” against his country and to intensify the sanctions imposed in retaliation for the invasion.

Moscow rewards those accused of the Bucha massacres

Russian President Vladimir Putin yesterday decorated the military brigade accused of killing hundreds of civilians in Bucha. Putin hailed the “heroism” and “courage” of the 64th Motorized Infantry Brigade, which was awarded the honorary title of guard by decree.

More returns to Ukraine than arrivals to Poland

Poland recorded for the first time since the start of the war a reversal of the migratory flow on the common border, so that on Saturday more people returned to Ukrainian soil than those who left.

International Manifesto for Peace

Podemos general secretary Ione Belarra, former vice-president Pablo Iglesias, former British Labor Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis and philosopher Noam Chomsky signed a manifesto calling for a immediate ceasefire in Ukraine, the promotion of peace in the region and the elimination of the invaded country’s international debt.

Robles sees Russia using chemical weapons as possible

Defense Minister Margarita Robles said yesterday that the possibility of Russia using nuclear, biological and chemical weapons can never be ruled out, a scenario she specified has yet to be verified.

Putin calls war on Russian economy a failure

Russian President Vladimir Putin said yesterday that the West’s “lightning war” with its policy of sanctions against the country has failed, given that, he assured, the Russian economy is stabilizing as the level life of Europeans is falling.

However, Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said the capital was at risk of losing some 200,000 jobs due to the departure of foreign companies from Russia due to the invasion of Ukraine and Western sanctions.

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