War in Ukraine-On the 26th day of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, this Monday, March 21, Russia continues to siege Ukrainian cities.
Mariupol reportedly scattered corpses on the streets on Sunday as Turkey struggled to reach a conclusion in negotiations between the delegations, despite the two parties claiming they were “approaching an agreement.” Deadly bombardment was carried out, including in the poor port city of Turkey.
Find out the latest developments on the ground on the 26th day of the war in Ukraine below.
The White House announced on Sunday that Joe Biden will visit Warsaw on Friday to meet with Poland’s Andrzej Duda to discuss Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
“The President will discuss with allies and partners how the United States will respond to the humanitarian and human rights crises caused by Russia’s unjust and provocative war against Ukraine,” the White House said in a statement. Joe Biden’s trip came after he visited Belgium and met with NATO, G7, and European Union leaders.
Ukraine “will not leave the besieged city” of Mariupol, in response to Russia’s ultimatum, telling the Ukrainian media overnight from Sunday to Monday.
“There is no doubt about talking about surrender or putting down weapons. We have already informed the Russian side of this,” Irina Bereschuk told the newspaper. Ukley Inskaya Pravda.. “It’s a deliberate operation and a real hostage,” she added.
The Russian Ministry of Defense called on Ukraine to “put weapons” and demanded a “written response” to the ultimatum before 5 am on Monday in the name of protecting the residents and infrastructure of the city of Mariupol.
The mayor of the Ukrainian capital announced that Russian troops went on strike at a shopping center on Sunday night, killing at least eight people in Kyiv. According to AFP journalists, a big explosion struck the city during the attack and a fire was seen in the rubble of the Retro Building shopping center. My body lay in front of the center on Monday morning.
The “enemy fire” set fire on several floors of a shopping center in the Podirsky district, northwest of the city, and set fire to multiple vehicles as Facebook designated emergency services. They released footage from surveillance cameras, showing huge explosions and mushroom-shaped clouds, followed by a series of small explosions.
The site was hit by a very powerful strike, crushing the vehicle and leaving a crater with a gap of several meters wide in the parking lot in front of a 10-story building that was burning and smoking.
The entire southern part of the huge shopping center was destroyed, and the fitness club in the parking lot was also destroyed, AFP reporters said. Debris, destroyed vehicles, and twisted scraps were scattered on the stage for hundreds of meters.
Russia claimed to have used hypersonic missiles in Ukraine for two consecutive days on Sunday, this time destroying the fuel reserves of the Ukrainian army in the south.
By using these types of weapons, US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said Russia is “trying to regain momentum” in a conflict where the military is stagnant, and these weapons are “not game changers.” Said.
Mariupol, a strategic city in southeastern Ukraine, has been bombarded for weeks and suffers from water, gas and electricity shortages. Local officials have accused Russian troops of bombing the clock and accusing it of functioning as an art school shelter. Hundreds of people have confirmed that civilians are trapped under rubble.
The Azofustal steel and metallurgical plant in Mariupol, Europe’s largest, was also severely damaged by the bombardment.
A group of 19 children who got stuck in a sanatorium in Mariupol and the situation caused serious concern, said their relatives had evacuated to the pro-Russian region of the eastern part of the country.
Turkey has ensured that Russia and Ukraine have advanced negotiations and are approaching an agreement.
In an interview broadcast by CNN, Volodymyr Zelensky reiterated that he was “ready to negotiate” with Vladimir Putin. “No matter what the discussion team is doing, I think only I and Putin can reach an agreement,” he said.
According to Filippo Grandi of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, more than a quarter of Ukraine’s population, 10 million people, have been displaced by the Russian war. “The war in Ukraine was so devastating that 10 million people, either internally displaced or refugees abroad, fled,” he said.
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