On Friday, President Volodymyr Zelensky announced that Ukraine was at a “strategic turning point” in the war, with Russian troops strafing cities all over the country and seemingly regrouping for a prospective attack on Kyiv. Satellite images display them launching heavy artillery as they move into the capital.
According to the governor of the Kharkiv region, a psychiatric hospital had been struck, where the Russian border is nearby. Furthermore, the mayor of the city of Kharkiv stated that approximately 50 schools there had been pulverized.
Additionally, Russia has executed air strikes far from the battleground in the north, east, and south, where the battleground has rampaged further into western Ukraine.
The city council in Mariupol, a besieged city in the south, reported that around 1,582 individuals have died due to the Russian bombing and a 12-day bulwark that has led many to be trapped without food, water, heat, or power.
The Black Sea port was currently entirely surrounded, said Russia’s defense ministry, while Ukrainian officials alleged Moscow of intentionally forestalling civilians from moving out and humanitarian columns from getting inside.
An attempted civilian evacuation operation across a humanitarian corridor from Mariupol seemed to have fallen short. According to Ukrainian Deputy Minister Iryna Vereshchuk, the Russian bombing impeded them from getting out.
“The situation is critical,” said Vadym Denysenko, Ukrainian interior minister adviser.
At the same time, Western nations performed additional economic steps to attempt to coerce Russian President Vladimir Putin to end his attack.
US leader Joe Biden stated that the G7 industrialized countries would countermand Russia’s “most favored nation” trade status, also announcing a ban on Russian seafood, alcohol, and diamonds imports to the United States.
A meeting in France with several European leaders concluded with them intending to prepare for more severe economic sanctions against Russia and hand over more support to Ukraine for arms. However, they declined Ukraine’s appeal to join the alliance.