On the 11th day of Russia’s war against Ukraine, Russian troops fired on besieged cities and a pro-Russian official said the corridors of the safe passage will reopen for residents of the blockaded port of Mariupol.
The number of Ukrainians expelled from their country has risen to 1.4 million, and Kremlin rhetoric has risen, and Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned that Ukrainian statehood is under threat. He compared Western sanctions against Russia to a “declaration of war.”
Here are the basic things to know conflict Sunday:
PROMISES SAFE TRANSITION FROM TWO CITIES – AGAIN
A pro-Russian official said the corridors of the safe passage would reopen to Mariupol residents on Sunday, the day after the promised ceasefire in the besieged port city collapsed.
Ukrainian officials said Russian artillery fire and air strikes prevented residents from leaving before the conditional evacuation began. Putin accused Ukraine of sabotaging efforts.
The head of the separatist-controlled military in Donetsk, Eduard Basurin, said that corridors of safe passage for residents would also be opened for Volnovakha residents. He did not provide any details on how long the corridors will remain open or whether there will be a ceasefire to facilitate evacuations from the two cities. He stated this on Russian state television.
WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING ON EARTH?
Russian forces have carried out hundreds of missile and artillery strikes across the country, including dropping powerful bombs on residential areas of Chernihiv, a city north of the capital Kyiv, Ukrainian officials said. But a kilometer-long Russian armored column threatening the capital still stopped near Kiev.
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said that Ukrainian forces hold key cities in the central and southeastern part of the country, and the Russians are trying to block and keep Kharkiv, Mykolaiv, Chernihiv and Sumy surrounded.
Ukrainian forces have defended Odessa, Ukraine’s largest port city, from Russian ships, said adviser to the President of Ukraine Alexei Orastovich.
Last week, Russian troops took control of the southern port city of Kherson. Despite the fact that they surrounded Kharkiv, Mykolaiv, Chernihiv and Sumy, Ukrainian forces managed to maintain control over key cities in central and southeastern Ukraine, Zelensky said.
DIRECT WITNESSES OR CONFIRMED BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
In Mariupol, Associate Press reporters witnessed failed attempts by doctors to save the lives of injured children, pharmacies became bare, hundreds of thousands of people faced a shortage of food and water in the cold.
In Irpen, near Kiev, a sea of people on foot and even in wheelbarrows stretched over the remains of the destroyed bridge to cross the river and leave the city. With the help of the Ukrainian military, they hauled pets, babies, wallets and shaky bags filled with minimal items. Some weak and old were carried along the path in blankets and carts.
Kyiv’s central railway station is still crowded with desperate people, and frequent shelling can be heard from the center of the capital.
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken was in Moldova promising American support for a small former Soviet-leaning Soviet republic. The country is coping with the influx of refugees from Ukraine and is monitoring the escalation of Russia’s war with its neighbor.
The third round of talks between Russia and Ukraine will take place on Monday, said a member of the Ukrainian delegation David Arahamiya. He did not provide further details, including where they will take place.
Previous meetings took place in Belarus and led to a failed ceasefire agreement to create humanitarian corridors to evacuate children, women and the elderly from the besieged cities.
Putin continued to blame the Ukrainian leadership for the war and resisted the invasion. He said that if they continue to resist, “they are questioning the future of Ukrainian statehood.” His comments came after Zelensky spoke A “desperate request” on Saturday to the U.S. Congress for more aircraft as Russian troops continued to strike strategic locations with missiles and artillery.
Meanwhile, the Israeli prime minister returned on Sunday from a trip to Russia, where he met with Putin and discussed the war.
Naftali Bennett flew to Moscow on Saturday, where he met with the Russian leader for three hours. Bennett spoke with Zelensky after meeting with Putin.
Bennett’s trip was the last attempt at diplomacy in the Russian-Ukrainian crisis. Israel is one of the few countries that has good working relations with both Russia and Ukraine.
The UN World Food Program claims that millions of people in Ukraine are a major world wheat supplier, food aid will be needed “immediately”.
Ukrainian refugees continued to travel to neighboring countries, including Poland, Romania and Moldova. The the number of people who left Ukraine since the beginning of the fighting has reached 1.45 million people.
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