Ukrainian leaders interviewed several media broadcasts overnight from Monday to Tuesday. Nearly 3.5 million people have fled Ukraine since February 24, according to UN numbers released on Monday.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has declared that he is ready to discuss everything with Russia’s Vladimir Putin if he agrees to negotiate directly with him, including the Crimean Peninsula and Donbas, but in advance “security”. And warned that Ukraine would be “destroyed” before surrender.
Approximately a month after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine began, while bombing of major Ukrainian cities continued, the Ukrainian president for the first time “sought to deal with everything that upset and offended Russia. “To do” said it was open. In interviews with several media broadcast Monday through Tuesday night.
“The issue of Crimean and Donbus is a very difficult story for everyone,” said Volodymyr Zelensky, a peninsula that Russia annexed in 2014 and a region of eastern Ukraine where pro-Russian separatists declared two. “Security” and the end of hostilities are needed, and “let’s talk when this obstruction is lifted.” “Republic”, recognized only by Moscow.
The head of state, who wants to talk directly with the head of state of Russia, also argued in a referendum that people should “decide some kind of compromise” with Russia. He warns: “We have to do everything (…) just as Donbus and Crimean come back to us, is it just a matter of time? Yes, but now stop the war , That’s the problem. “
Volodymyr Zelensky also declared that he did not want “history to make us a hero and a country that does not exist,” and claimed that Ukraine would be “destroyed” before surrendering.
Several sessions of negotiations between Kyiv and Moscow have been conducted by face-to-face and video conferences with no immediate consequences since the outbreak of the war.
Curfew in Kyiv
On the ground, bombardment continued at the beginning of the week in several cities such as Kyiv, Kharkov, Mariupol, Odessa and Mykolaiv.
“65 peaceful residents of Kyiv (including four children) have died” in the capital, where the new curfew came into effect from 8 pm Monday (7 pm in Paris) to 7 am Wednesday. , About 300 people were injured, including 16 children. In “Russian military bombardment,” its mayor, Vitali Klitschko, said on Monday.
Late Sunday night, a powerful Russian strike, probably triggered by a missile, destroyed a huge retro-building shopping center, the most violent attack on the capital since the beginning of the war. According to Moscow, the “non-functional” shopping center was functioning as an arsenal. AFP saw a man wearing military effects with six corpses removed from the rubble. This suggests that the soldier was probably sleeping there.
The situation remains dramatic in Mariupol, a large port city in the south, located between the Crimean Peninsula and the separatist territory of Donetsk and bombed by Russians for several weeks. The Ukrainian government has rejected the ultimatum issued by Moscow regarding the surrender of the city.
According to the United Nations, the humanitarian situation is “very serious” and there is a “serious and life-threatening shortage of food, water and medicine.” And for Josep Borrell, head of EU diplomacy, “what’s happening in Mariupol is a major war crime.”
On Monday, President Joe Biden of the United States and the leader of Emmanuel Macron of France, Boris Johnson of the United Kingdom, Olav Schorz of Germany, and Mario Draghi of Italy said, “The serious humanitarian situation of Mariupol, and no hindrance. I talked about “the urgency of getting access to” in a video conference. “For humanitarian aid,” he showed the presidency of France.
President Zelensky accused Russia of “simply destroying” the city containing Russian tanks. “They reduce it to ashes, but we will survive them,” he assured Monday night.
Putin “Return to the Wall”, for Biden
In the southern Ukrainian city of Kherson, civilian demonstrations against the occupation of Russian troops were dispersed by automatic weapons launches, stun grenade and tear gas on Monday, injuring at least one person.
In total, Ukrainian troops said Monday that Russians had lost 15,000 soldiers, but Volodymyr Zelensky announced that he had killed 1,300 Ukrainian soldiers on March 12.US intelligence quoted by New York Times More than 7,000 Russians were killed.
Ukrainian Defense Minister Olexi Reznikov admitted that the situation was “very difficult” in the face of “the threat of numerically superior enemy and military aggression on the ground” in Belarus, an ally of Moscow.
The European Union’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Defense decided on Monday to double the financial support for the purchase of weapons sent to Kyiv after running out of the first envelope of € 500 million.
Are chemical and biological weapons used by Russians? Moscow suggested that Ukraine has them. This is “a clear sign that he (Vladimir Putin) is planning to use these two types of weapons.” The Russian counterpart “turned his back to the wall.”
Thursday NATO Summit
Weekends are characterized by intense diplomatic activities. Joe Biden will attend the extraordinary NATO Summit, G7 Meeting and EU Summit in Brussels on Thursday and will stay in Poland, the destination of Ukrainian refugees, on Friday and Saturday.
Nearly 3.5 million people (mainly women and children) have fled Ukraine since February 24, according to UN counts released on Monday.
In Moscow, the Russian Foreign Ministry “endangered” Russia-US relations with “worthless” statements targeting Vladimir Putin, which Joe Biden described as a “war criminal.” Estimated. The American ambassador was summoned on Monday.
The subject of the possibility of a European embargo on Russian hydrocarbons was returned to the table, and on Monday Volodymyr Zelensky called on the EU to suspend all trade with Russia, especially with regard to “energy resources.” Europeans, who are highly dependent on Russian hydrocarbons, have so far ruled out sanctions on this sector.
“A series of sanctions will not be decided this week,” said Josep Borrell. “But guidance will be given at a summit meeting between heads of state and government leaders on Thursday and Friday, which will be followed by concrete decisions,” he said.