the situation on the 28th day of the war in Ukraine

Russia has struggled to make progress in Ukraine in recent weeks and could face component shortages to produce its tanks. Meanwhile, President Volodymyr Zelensky tries to mobilize Westerners.

As Volodymyr Zelensky continues his tour of international parliaments, the Russian army struggles to advance in Ukraine. On some fronts, he is even forced to retreat in the face of counterattacks. This does not prevent the civilian population from continuing to suffer from the situation.

• A residential area of ​​kyiv bombed

The bombs keep falling in kyiv. If the city is not completely besieged by Russian forces, attacks are regular and often affect residential areas. This has been the case again this Wednesday, as a residential area in the northwest of the capital was bombed.

Four people were injured in this bombardment that damaged several houses. “I lost consciousness for a few moments before I could get up. There were three of us, with my sister and her husband, in the house shared by two families. … No one died,” Volodymyr Okhrimenko said. , whose house was attacked.

The city’s mayor, Vitali Klitschko, however, assured that the Russian army had been forced to withdraw on several fronts around kyiv. “Our message to the Russians: get out of our country, go home. We don’t know how long it will take … it may be long,” he added.

• The Russian army in difficulty

While betting on a blitzkrieg, the Russian military has been fighting since the beginning of the conflict. The blame in particular for the resistance of the Ukrainian forces, which surprised Moscow. According to Volodymyr Zelensky’s military adviser, Alexei Arestovich, “the situation is frozen” in several cities. The Ukrainian army has even allowed itself since a few days various counter-offensives on earth and in heaven.

This situation is reflected in particular in the figures relating to Russian losses since the beginning of the conflict. On Sunday, a Russian outlet close to the Kremlin estimated that 10,000 soldiers had been killed, before backing down. However, this figure is plausible, according to General Jérôme Pellistrandi, editor-in-chief of the magazine. national defense.

And the difficulties could continue in the coming weeks, since according to information from FollowingBelarusian Online Media, Russia’s leading manufacturer of armored vehicles is said to be facing shortages of components and spare parts.. A situation that could make the production and repair of tanks impossible in the short term. Information that remains to be confirmed, but that could harm the Russian army.

• 121 children have died since the beginning of the conflict

When invited to speak before the Japanese Parliament, Volodymyr Zelensky revealed that 121 Ukrainian children had been killed since the start of the Russian offensive. The country’s president wanted to highlight the weight of the war that weighs on the civilian population. In particular, he added that 250,000 people had fled Mariupol, the main target of Russian bombing.

• Volodymyr Zelensky addresses French parliamentarians

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky addressed the National Assembly and the Senate on Wednesday. He has in particular denounced French companies that had not cut ties with Russia, such as Auchan, Leroy-Merlin and Renault. According to him, these French brands are “the sponsors of the Russian war machine.”

He also called on the history of France to illustrate his comments. “The damage in Mariupol and other Ukrainian cities is reminiscent of the ruins of Verdun,” said Volodymyr Zelensky, assuring that Russia “does not distinguish what it targets, it destroys everything.”

The President also received a standing ovation from the parliamentarians present in the chamber, and asked for a minute of silence for the victims of the conflict.

• Biden says Russian chemical weapons attack is ‘credible’

When US President Joe Biden flew to Brussels on Wednesday ahead of three summits scheduled for Thursday, he raised concerns about the use of certain unconventional weapons in Ukraine. So he considered than a chemical weapons attack it was a “credible threat”.

He also explained that this issue will be put on the table during the various discussions scheduled for Thursday, and in particular during the NATO summit. Furthermore, the West should announce new sanctions against Moscow at the end of these diplomatic exchanges.

Anthony Audureau with AFP

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