‘Are we fighting a war or masturbating?’ Russian military ‘livid that Putin down-scaled invasion’

0
34
‘are-we-fighting-a-war-or-masturbating?’-russian-military-‘livid-that-putin-down-scaled-invasion’

Russia heads into the third month of its invasion of Ukraine on Sunday for ever and ever to fighting that has killed hundreds, uprooted thousands and thousands and lowered cities to rubble.

In the face of mounting sanctions and fierce Ukrainian resistance bolstered by Western arms, Russia has stored up its long-distance bombardment and opened up a new offensive within the east.

Some key occasions thus far:

February 24: Russia invades Ukraine from three fronts within the largest assault on a European state since World War Two. Tens of hundreds flee. 

Russian President Vladimir Putin says he’s launching a ‘particular military operation’ to demilitarise and ‘denazify’ Ukraine. Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy tweets: ‘Russia has launched into a path of evil, however Ukraine is defending itself.’ 

February 25: Ukrainian forces battle Russian invaders within the north, east and south. Artillery kilos Kyiv and its suburbs and authorities inform residents to organize Molotov cocktails to defend the capital. 

February 26: A U.S. defence official says Ukraine’s forces are placing up ‘decided resistance’. 

February 28: The first talks between the 2 sides make no breakthrough. 

March 1: Russia hits a TV tower in Kyiv and intensifies bombardment of Kharkiv within the northeast and different cities, in what’s seen as a shift in ways as Moscow’s hopes of a fast cost on the capital fade.

A U.S. official says a miles-long Russian armoured column bearing down on Kyiv has not made any advances prior to now 24 hours, slowed down by logistical issues.

March 2: Russian forces bombard the southern port of Mariupol for 14 hours and cease civilians leaving, its mayor says – the beginning of Moscow’s blockade of town. Russia denies focusing on civilians.

Russian troops attain the centre of the Black Sea port of Kherson and declare their first seize of a massive city centre. 

March 3: Russia and Ukraine conform to arrange humanitarian corridors for fleeing civilians. A cargo ship sinks close to a Ukrainian port hours after one other is hit by a blast at one other port.

1,000,000 folks have fled Ukraine, the U.N. refugee company (UNHCR) says.

March 4: Russian forces seize Zaporizhzhia nuclear energy plant, Europe’s largest. NATO rejects Ukraine’s enchantment for no-fly zones, saying it might escalate the battle.

March 6: ‘Rivers of blood and tears are flowing in Ukraine,’ Pope Francis tells crowds in St. Peter’s Square. ‘This isn’t just a military operation, however a war, which sows demise, destruction, and distress.’

March 8: Civilians flee the besieged metropolis of Sumy within the first profitable humanitarian hall. Two million have now fled Ukraine, the UNHCR says. 

March 9: Ukraine accuses Russia of bombing a maternity hospital in Mariupol, burying folks in rubble. Russia later says the hospital was now not functioning and had been occupied by Ukrainian fighters.

March 13: Russia extends its war deep into western Ukraine, firing missiles at a base in Yavoriv near the border with NATO member Poland. The assault kills 35 folks and wounds 134, a native official says.

March 14: Russian journalist Marina Ovsyannikova bursts into a state TV studio throughout a stay information bulletin, with a banner studying: ‘NO WAR. Stop the war. Don’t imagine propaganda. They are mendacity to you right here.’

March 16: Ukraine accuses Russia of bombing a theatre in Mariupol the place tons of of civilians are sheltering. Moscow denies it.

March 25: Moscow alerts it’s scaling again its ambitions and can concentrate on territory claimed by Russian-backed separatists within the east, as Ukrainian forces go on the offensive to recapture cities exterior Kyiv.

March 29: Ukraine proposes adopting a impartial standing throughout talks in Istanbul.

March 30: More than 4 million folks have fled Ukraine, the UNHCR says.

April 1: Ukraine recaptures extra territory round Kyiv from Russian troopers who depart shattered villages and deserted tanks as they transfer away from the capital.

April 3/4: Ukraine accuses Russia of war crimes after a mass grave and our bodies of individuals shot at shut vary are discovered within the recaptured city of Bucha. The Kremlin denies accountability and says photos of our bodies had been staged.

April 8: Ukraine and its allies blame Russia for a missile assault on a practice station in Kramatorsk that killed a minimum of 52 folks making an attempt to flee the looming japanese offensive. Russia denies accountability.

April 14: Russia’s lead warship within the Black Sea, the Moskva, sinks after an explosion and hearth that Ukraine says was brought on by a missile strike. Russia says the ship sank after an ammunition explosion. Washington believes the warship was hit by two Ukrainian missiles.

April 18: Russia launches its assault on east Ukraine, unleashing hundreds of troops in what Ukraine described because the Battle of the Donbas, a marketing campaign to grab two provinces and salvage a battlefield victory.

April 20: More than 5 million folks have fled Ukraine, the UNHCR says.

April 21: Putin declares the southeastern port of Mariupol ‘liberated’ after practically two months of siege, regardless of leaving tons of of defenders holding out inside a large metal works.

April 22: A Russian common says Moscow needs to take full management of southern and japanese Ukraine. 

April 24: Antony Blinken and Lloyd Austin journey to Kyiv, changing into the highest-level US delegation to make the journey since war with Russia broke out

April 25: Germany agrees to ship anti-aircraft tanks to Ukraine, reversing earlier coverage to not provide heavy weapons