September 28, 2022

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Direct – War in Ukraine: Russian forces are now 25 km from the center of Kiev

Humanitarian walkway opened in Mariupol

Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Irina Vareshchuk said in a video conference that several humanitarian corridors would be opened on Saturday, especially in Kiev and Sumi.

The Mariupol City Council announced this Saturday that the “Green Corridor” will open to reach the city. A convoy of more than 90 tons of food and medicine left Zaporizhia.

On Friday, the city of Mariupol, completely cut off from the rest of the world and besieged by the Russian military, announced that at least 1,582 civilians had been killed following the Russian bombings.

Russian forces are located 25 km from the center of Kiev

The British Defense Ministry said on Saturday that Russian forces were about 25 km from the center of Kiev.

According to information received by the British Ministry, the column of Russian armor north of Kiev was dismantled “with the intention of encircling the city, of course.”

Apart from Kiev, the cities of Kharkiv, Sumi and Mariupol are also surrounded and subjected to violent Russian bombings.

Many hospitals in Mykolayiv were hit by shelling

Mykolyiv, a port city in southern Ukraine, was subjected to relentless shelling overnight from Friday to Saturday, with the footage hitting a cancer treatment center and an eye hospital, an AFP reporter said.

The windows of the newly renovated cancer center where patients undergo daytime chemotherapy treatments have been blown out. The projectile impacts were visible on the doors.

“They fired on these civilian areas without any military motive. Here is a hospital, an orphanage, an ophthalmology center,” said Dmitro Lagotsev, head of the hospital, all located in the Ingolsky district north of the city.

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Italy freezes another Russian oligarchy’s boat for 530 million euros

Italian authorities announced on Saturday that after Moscow invaded Ukraine, a boat worth 530 million euros owned by the Russian oligarchy targeted by EU sanctions Andrei Melnichenko was frozen.

The “SY A” is anchored in the port of Trieste in northeastern Italy and is said to be the largest private motor sailing boat in the world.

It is the largest sailing boat in the world. Created by Philip Stark, it was commissioned by Russian billionaire Andrei Melnishenko for 425 million. © Privinvest

The bombing of a mosque where 80 civilians were staying in Mariupol

Ukraine’s Foreign Minister said on Saturday that a bomb had exploded at a mosque in Mariupol.

Inside were 80 civilians, including Turks. No statement has been released yet.

“The mosque of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent and his wife Roxolana in Mariupol was bombed by Russian invaders,” the ministry said in a tweet.

Melidopol residents protest against the arrest of their mayor by the Russian military

Residents of the southern Ukrainian city of Melidopol are currently protesting against the arrest of their mayor on Friday by the Russian army occupying the city. Kiev Freedom.

According to Volodymyr Zhelensky’s chief executive Kirillo Timoshenki, about 2,000 people gathered near the town hall for the demonstration.

Mariupol risks ‘unimaginable tragedy’

The Ukrainian port city of Mariupol, located on the shores of the Sea of ​​Azov, has been hit by more than two weeks of incessant Russian bombings.

Stephen Cornish, Switzerland’s head of medical without borders, described the city as a “desperate” situation and called for action to avoid “unimaginable tragedy.”

“Hundreds of thousands of people (…) are really besieged,” he continued.

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Update the situation at 8:30 p.m.

Russia says sanctions will bring down the International Space Station. This Saturday, Dmitry Rokosin, head of the Russian space agency, pointed out that the sanctions imposed on Russia by Western sanctions would disrupt the operation of Russian ships supplying the ISS.

Russian forces surround Kiev. Vladimir Putin’s army is in the suburbs of the Ukrainian capital on Saturday morning. Taking it is one of the main purposes of Moscow.

Mariupol plunges an “unimaginable tragedy” into danger. Stephen Cornish, head of Switzerland’s Doctors Without Borders, said the port city of Mariupol was in a “desperate situation” more than two weeks after the Russian bombing.

Mayor of the southern city abducted by the Russian army. The mayor of the city of Melidopol in southern Ukraine was abducted by Russian troops who occupied his city. “This is clearly a sign of the weakness of the invaders,” Volodymyr Zhelensky replied.

Russia says sanctions will bring down the International Space Station

Russia said on Saturday that sanctions imposed by Western countries following the invasion of Ukraine could bring down the International Space Station.

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Mayor of the southern city abducted by Russian soldiers

The mayor of Melidopol was abducted on Friday by Russian troops occupying a southern Ukrainian city, which was confirmed by President Volodymyr Zhelensky.

“A group of ten invaders abducted Melitopol Mayor Ivan Fedoro,” Rada, the Ukrainian parliamentarian, said on his Twitter account. “He refused to cooperate with the enemy,” he added.

“This is clearly a sign of the invaders’ weakness … they have moved into a new phase of terrorism in which they are trying to physically remove the representatives of the legitimate local Ukrainian authorities,” Volodymyr stressed.

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Russian forces surround Kiev

This Saturday morning, Russian forces were stationed around Kiev, while the capture of the capital was presented as one of Vladimir Putin’s main war objectives.

Currently on the outskirts of the capital, Russian forces are trying to dislodge security forces in several locations west and north of the city.

“The symbol of the Kiev opposition,” it is preparing for “uninterrupted security,” Mikhail Bodolyak, an adviser to President Volodymyr Zhelensky, announced in a video.

Good morning everyone

Welcome to this live broadcast dedicated to the news of the Ukrainian conflict entering its seventeenth day.