Ukrainian troops are fighting to save their skin against the Russian army. Its army once again regained control of territories around Kiev, while Russia has shifted its focus towards eastern Ukraine.
Both Ukraine’s Luhansk and Donetsk areas, which are jointly called the Donbas region, were recognised as “independent” entities but are basically under the control of Russia. Russian President Vladimir Putin’s administration recognised Luhansk and Donetsk as “independent territories” in February.
This region is just ahead of Gorlovka. Russian forces have taken complete control of this area. In Verkhnotoretske, damaged armoured vehicles and artillery carriers could be seen. The area has been completely ruined due to severe shelling and bombing by Russia.
The statue that was built in honour of the Soviet soldiers who had fought in World War II was also damaged by the intensive bombing by Russia. A Ukrainian army soldier said that this was the very place where he had fought against the Nazis in the war.
Ukraine wants to reclaim its eastern region
Ukrainian forces have refused to surrender and are fighting hard to reclaim full control of their eastern region cities, particularly Mariupol, which is strategically important for Russia due to its location between Donetsk in the Donbas region and Crimea to the south-west.
41st day of war
The war between Russia and Ukraine is getting more severe day after day. It is now the 41st day of the war.Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said he would address the UN Security Council to shed light on the mass killing of civilians by Russian forces in Bucha and other war crimes.
However, Russia has denied the allegations and said it would present “empirical evidence” at the UNSC meeting proving its forces were not involved.
Meanwhile, the US and Europe are mulling over imposing new sanctions to punish Moscow over the atrocities and killing of civilians specially in Bucha.
Here are the live updates on the Russia-Ukraine war
Air raid alerts go off in most regions of Ukraine
Sirens have been activated in several cities of Ukraine such as the Cherkasy, Chernivtsi, Dnipropetrovsk, Donetsk, Ivano-Frankivsk, Kharkiv, Khmelnytsky, Kirovohrad, Lviv, Mykolaiv, Odesa, Poltava, Rivne, Sumy, Ternopil, Vinnytsia, Volyn, Zakarpattya, Zaporizhzhia, and Zhytomyr oblasts and in Kiev
Russia set to retaliate against expulsion of its diplomats.
Dmitry Medvedev, Russia’s ex-president and deputy head of the Security Council, said late Monday that Russia will respond proportionately to the expulsion of its diplomats from a number of Western countries.
In a posting on his Telegram channel, Medvedev said, “Everyone knows the answer: it will be symmetrical and destructive for bilateral relations,” Whom have they punished? First of all, themselves.
International team of prosecutors, on the way to Ukraine
The Kiev Independent reported that an international team of prosecutors is heading to Ukraine to collect, preserve, and analyse evidence that will hold Russia accountable for alleged war crimes in the country.
Meanwhile, US national security advisor Jake Sullivan said President Joe Biden will consult allies to ensure Russia and President Vladimir Putin pay the price for war crimes being committed in Ukraine.
Ukraine’s President set to address UNSC today
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said he would address the UN Security Council on Tuesday and predicted further, worse instances of mass killings of civilians by Russian troops would be discovered.
Tuesday’s UNSC session is to consider Ukrainian allegations of the murder of civilians by Russian soldiers in Bucha, northwest of Kiev, following the discovery of hundreds of bodies, some bound and shot at close range.
Russia has categorically denied the allegations, calling them “criminal provocations” and promising to present “empirical evidence” to the Security Council proving that its forces were not involved in atrocities.