May 25, 2022

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Moscow demands “neutral status” for Ukraine, Kiev denies

Update on the situation in Ukraine

Ukraine’s invasion is entering its third week, and although the Russian army is advancing with difficulty in some areas, bombings continue unabated in many cities, as well as ground fighting in the southern suburbs of Kiev or Mariupol. More than ten days.

Explosions in the capital Q under a curfew order. Several large explosions were heard at dawn in West Queue. The twelve-story building was damaged in the Shevchenkivsky district, but so far no reports have been issued, while newspapers have not been allowed to circulate in the city due to the curfew order, which is the second since the war began. Fierce fighting is raging in the northwestern suburbs, as well as in and around the cities of Irbin, Hostomel and Bautza.

Kyiv Mayor Vitaly Klitschko said in an interview The world :

“The city is ready to defend itself. People are ready. There will be no anger, rage, panic (…). When you see what happens Elsewhere, Mariupol, The Russia’s desire for total destruction of Kiev is not excluded. ⁇

A U.S. Department of Defense official, quoted by the Associated Press, said Russian troops were firing heavy artillery into the city center because they could not advance. They would have been about fifteen kilometers away from the latter for several days.

About 20,000 civilians were able to leave Mariupol. The large southern city is still surrounded by Russian troops, who are fighting with the Ukrainian army throughout the area north of the Confederation. As many as 20,000 people were evacuated from 4,000 cars on Tuesday, according to the Ukrainian president, but humanitarian convoys with food and water are still prevented from entering. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said a new initiative would take place in Moscow on Wednesday, a day convenient to civilians.

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200,000 to 400,000 people are still in the metropolis, where there is no electricity, water, gas and fast food. The town hall has been talking for days that nearly 2,400 people have died. An official was interviewed in the town hall, which was approved by Pyotr Andryushchenko New York TimesThe actual number may be very high, with about 20,000 people dead.

Artillery and shelling of Odessa. Russian ships shot down, according to Anton Gerashchenko, adviser to the Interior Ministry “A large sum” There were no missiles or casualties south of the large Ukrainian port. According to him, Ukrainian security systems need to be tested. Ukraine’s strategic location with terminals for exporting Ukrainian grains, the largest city in the Black Sea, has so far escaped war, expecting bad conditions for several days.As stated, on March 5th, our Special Correspondent.

The human casualties of this war. Nearly 700 civilians have been killed since the war began, recalling that, according to the UN, this number is lower than reality. Nearly 3 million people have been displaced by fighting and shelling outside Ukraine, of which about 2 million have been displaced within its borders, including 1.6 million children. According to the Ukrainian president, about 1,300 Ukrainian soldiers were killed, Russia released on March 2, the only estimate: 498 soldiers were killed.