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 Ukrainian-controlled cities in the east of the country ahead of the announced offensive by Russian troops, and especially in the face of intensified shelling. The general staff of the Ukrainian army fears that if the city of Mariupol falls, the first target of the Russians will be “seize Popasna and launch an offensive […] to reach the administrative borders of the Donetsk region”.
  • A Marioupol. The strategic port on 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 dead civilians would exceed 21,000. “We can say that between 20 and 22,000 people died” in this city, confirmed Pavlo Kirilenko, 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 is slowly returning to normal in the Ukrainian capital, but to the atrocities already documented every day new bodies are discovered. 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.
  • United States not “able to confirm” recent accusations of use of chemical weapons in Mariupol. United States reported“credible information” about the possibility of Russia making use of“chemical agents” in their offensive to take the city of Mariupol. But, said the head of US diplomacy, Antony Blinken, Washington is not “able to confirm” recent accusations made on Tuesday by Ukrainian Azov Regiment.
  • Vladimir Putin: The invasion of Ukraine was ” inevitable “negotiations are stalled. The Russian president appeared publicly outside Moscow for the first time since the start of the war. “The Military Operation”according to the official terminology of the Kremlin, and the confrontation with the Ukrainian forces “anti-Russian” it 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 that the Ukrainian government did not want him to go to kyiv. “I was ready to do it but apparently, and I must take note of this, it was not wanted in kyiv”he has 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, this time it is more difficult to find a consensus.
  • More than 4.6 million Ukrainian refugees since the start of the war. Among these men, women and children, more than half went to Poland and stayed there or chose to continue in another country. In total, almost twelve million people, more than a quarter of Ukraine’s population, have had to leave their homes, either crossing the border to reach neighboring countries, or seeking refuge elsewhere in Ukraine, according to the UN. .

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