at least 20,000 dead in Mariupol, according to Ukrainian authorities

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  • In the East. Civilians continued to flee Kramatorsk, Sloviansk and most towns in the east of the country under Ukrainian control before the announced offensive by Russian troops, and especially in the face of intensified bombardments. The Ukrainian army general staff fears that if the city of Mariupol falls, the Russians’ first objective will be “to seize Popasna and launch an offensive […] in order to reach the administrative borders of the Donetsk region”.
  • In Mariupol. The strategic port of the Sea of ​​Azov, besieged and bombarded relentlessly for more than 40 days, will undoubtedly fall into Russian hands in the coming days. According to Vadym Boichenko, mayor of the city, quoted by Reuters, the number of civilians killed would exceed 21,000. “We can say that between 20 and 22,000 people died” in this city, confirmed Pavlo Kirilenko, the Ukrainian governor of the Donetsk region, during an interview with the American television channel CNN.
  • In the Kyiv region. Since the withdrawal of the Russian army, life has slowly resumed its course in the Ukrainian capital, but to the atrocities already documented are added the discovery of new bodies every day. Anatoly Fedoruk, the city’s mayor, said authorities had so far found the bodies of 403 people they believed to have been killed by Russian forces.
  • The United States does not “able to confirm” recent accusations of the use of chemical weapons in Mariupol. The United States reported“credible information” on the possibility of Russia making use of“chemical agents” in his offensive to take the city of Mariupol. But, specified the chief of the American diplomacy, Antony Blinken, Washington is not “able to confirm” recent accusations made on Tuesday by the Ukrainian Azov regiment.
  • Vladimir Putin: The invasion of Ukraine was ” inevitable “the negotiations are at a standstill. The Russian president appeared publicly outside Moscow for the first time since the start of the war. “The Military Operation”according to official Kremlin terminology, and the clash with Ukrainian forces “anti-Russian” was, he said, inevitable.
  • Volodymyr Zelensky calls for more EU sanctions. In Lithuania, a former Soviet republic now a member of the European Union and NATO, the Ukrainian president criticized insufficient sanctions, “because Europe still prefers cooperation, trade and the status quo”.
  • The President of Germany wanted to visit kyiv, the Ukrainian government did not “not wanted”. Frank-Walter Steinmeier said the Ukrainian government did not want him to come to kyiv. “I was ready to do it but, apparently, and I must take note of it, it was not wanted in Kyiv”he said.
  • The EU continues to discuss new sanctions. It is not yet known what this sixth package of sanctions will contain but, unlike the previous five, which were all adopted unanimously, a consensus is more difficult to find this time around.
  • More than 4.6 million Ukrainian refugees since the start of the war. Of these men, women and children, more than half went to Poland and stayed there or chose to continue to another country. In total, almost twelve million people, more than a quarter of the population of Ukraine, have had to leave their homes, either by crossing the border to reach neighboring countries, or by finding refuge elsewhere in Ukraine. , according to the UN.

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