The situation on the 28th day of the Ukrainian War

Russia has been struggling to move forward in Ukraine in recent weeks and may face a shortage of parts to produce tanks. Meanwhile, President Volodymyr Zelensky is trying to mobilize Westerners.

Russian troops are struggling to move forward in Ukraine while Volodymyr Zelensky continues his tour of the International Parliament. On some fronts, they have been forced to withdraw in the face of counterattacks. This does not prevent civilians from continuing to suffer from the situation.

• Kyiv bombing residential area

The bomb continues to attack Kyiv. If the city is not completely surrounded by Russian troops, strikes are regular and often affect residential areas. The same is true on Wednesday as a residential area in the northwestern part of the capital was bombarded.

Four people were injured in the strike and several homes were damaged. “I lost consciousness for a while before I got up. There were three people with my sister and husband in a house shared by two families. (…) No one died,” Volodymyr Okhrimenko said. Told. The house was attacked.

However, Mayor Vitali Klitschko assured that Russian troops were forced to withdraw on several fronts around Kyiv. “Our message to the Russians: leave our country and go home. We don’t know how long it will take (…), it may be long,” he said. I added.

• Russian troops facing difficulties

While betting on lightning strikes, Russian troops have struggled since the beginning of the conflict. A mistake due to the resistance of the Ukrainian army that surprised Moscow in particular. According to Alexei Arestovich, a military adviser to Volodymyr Zelensky, “the situation is frozen” in some cities. Ukrainian troops have allowed land and air counterattacks for several days.

This situation is particularly reflected in the figures on Russia’s losses since the beginning of the conflict. On Sunday, Russian media near the Kremlin estimated that 10,000 soldiers had died before the withdrawal. However, according to General Jérôme Pellistrandi, the editor-in-chief of the review, this number is plausible. National defense..

And according to the information from, the difficulties may continue in the coming weeks Naftah, Belarus’ online media, a major Russian manufacturer of armored vehicles, is reportedly facing a shortage of parts and spare parts. Situations where tank manufacturing and repair may be impossible in the short term. Information that has not yet been confirmed, but may actually give the Russian army a handicap.

• 121 children have died since the conflict began

Volodymyr Zelensky was invited to speak in front of the Japanese parliament, but revealed that 121 Ukrainian children had been killed since the Russian attack began. The president of the country wanted to emphasize the weight of the war, which weighs heavily on civilians. He added, in particular, that 250,000 people fled Mariupol, the main target of the Russian bombing.

• Volodymyr Zelensky addresses French parliamentarians

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky spoke in parliament and the Senate on Wednesday. He specifically blamed French companies such as Auchan, Leroy-Merlin and Renault who have not broken their ties with Russia. According to him, these French brands are “sponsors of Russian war machines”.

He also called for French history to explain his remarks. “Damage to Mariupol and other Ukrainian cities is reminiscent of the ruins of Verdun,” said Volodymyr Zelensky, who said Russia “does not distinguish what it is targeting and destroys everything.”

The president was also given a standing ovation by a member of parliament in half a cycle and called for a minute of silence to be respected for the victims of the conflict.

• Biden says Russian chemical weapons are making “trustworthy” attacks

US President Joe Biden expressed concern about the use of certain irregular weapons in Ukraine when he flew to Brussels on Wednesday prior to the three summits scheduled for Thursday. Therefore, he considered chemical weapons attacks to be a “trustworthy threat.”

He also explained that this subject would be put on the table during various discussions scheduled for Thursday, and especially during the NATO summit. In addition, new sanctions on Moscow should be announced by the West at the end of these diplomatic exchanges.

Anthony Audureau with AFP