Ukraine conflict: Russian invasion grinds to a halt


Russia’s invasion of Ukraine seems to have floor to a halt with no vital territory captured regardless of a weekend of heavy preventing, with Kyiv’s males claiming to have taken out dozens of helicopters and recaptured a metropolis this morning – sparking hopes that the unlikeliest of victories could also be on the playing cards.

Putin’s males renewed their bombardments on Mariupol, Chernihiv, Mykolaiv and Kharkiv this morning as his forces additionally tried to encompass Kyiv in preparation for an assault, however haven’t considerably superior their frontline for the reason that metropolis of Kherson and nuclear energy plant at Zaporizhzhia have been captured final week. 

Meanwhile the Ukrainian armed forces claimed to have destroyed up to 30 Russian helicopters that had been moved to Chornobaivka airport, close to Kherson, in a single day and to have retaken town of Chuhuiv, close to Kharkiv, killing two Russian commanders – Lt. Col. Dmitry Safronov, and Lt Col. Denis Glebov – within the course of. 

Russia additionally tacitly acknowledged the lack of two different commanders – Colonel Konstantin Zizevsky and Lieutenant Colonel Denis Glebov – whose funerals have been held in Russia on the weekend.

Video additionally emerged which appeared to present Ukrainian defence forces based mostly in Odessa, the nation’s largest port, exchanging fireplace with ships in a single day – one in all which suffers a hit. Ukraine’s ministry of defence has since claimed the vessel was destroyed. 

Ukraine’s army now estimates that 11,000 Russian troopers have been killed in preventing together with the lack of 1,000 armoured automobiles, 290 tanks, 68 helicopters, 46 planes and dozens of different piece of {hardware}. Independent observers give decrease totals, however Franz-Stefan Gady – of the International Institute for Strategic Studies – mentioned the state of affairs is never-the-less ‘slowly changing into unsustainable for Russia’.

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US intelligence believes Russia has dedicated 95 per cent of the invasion power it had assembled on Ukraine’s border to the battle, that means vital reinforcements to push its assaults ahead are unlikely to come quickly – and will merely run into most of the similar logistical issues that plagued the early assault.  

That has prompted some – together with UK basic Admiral Sir Tony Radakin – to predict that Russia might truly lose the conflict. Asked by the BBC on Sunday whether or not victory for Putin’s males was ‘inevitable’, as many had predicted earlier than the preventing began, he responded: ‘No.’

Sir Tony, former chief of the Royal Navy and now Chief of the Defence Staff, added: ‘I believe we have seen a Russian invasion that’s not going nicely. ‘I believe we’re additionally seeing outstanding resistance by Ukraine…

‘Russia is struggling, Russia is an remoted energy. It is much less highly effective than it was ten days in the past. Some of the lead components of Russian forces have been decimated by the Ukrainian response.

‘You’ve additionally seen fundamental failures when it comes to upkeep and their equipment failing. Russia hasn’t operated at this scale for the reason that Second World War and it’s extremely advanced and tough.’

It got here as Ukrainian and Russian forces met in Belarus for a third spherical of talks between the 2 sides. There is little hope for achievement after two earlier rounds failed – however hope has been raised by the announcement of a meeting between Russian international minister Sergey Lavrov and his Ukrainian counterpart Dymtro Kuleba in Turkey on Thursday.

That meeting will mark the primary high-level summit between the 2 sides on impartial floor for the reason that preventing began. It is unclear precisely what the Russian facet’s negotiating position can be. Ukraine has made its calls for clear: A ceasefire and full Russian withdrawal from the nation. 

Defeat for Russia doesn’t mechanically imply victory for Ukraine, nevertheless. Despite heavy losses Putin’s males have nonetheless been ready to seize key territory, notably within the south, slicing Kyiv off from a lot of its important Black Sea buying and selling routes and naval bases.

Ukraine’s forces have confirmed dogged in defence nevertheless it stays to be seen whether or not they can counter-attack efficiently and push Russian forces again throughout the border. If they can’t, then the battle might arrive at a bloody stalemate – notably for civilians in surrounded cities with no technique of escaping Russian shelling.

Moscow claimed to have opened up evacuation routes out of a few of these cities – Mariupol, Sumy, Kharkiv and Kyiv – on Monday morning so civilians might flee, however Ukraine rapidly rejected the plan after it emerged a lot of the evacuation routes led into Russia or Belarus. 

Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk rejected the ceasefire provide on Monday, saying it’s ‘not a suitable possibility’ for Ukrainians to flee to the nation that’s attacking them. Civilians ‘aren’t going to go to Belarus after which take a aircraft to Russia’, she mentioned. 

Meanwhile Volodymyr Zelensky vowed that ‘God is not going to forgive’ and Ukraine ‘is not going to neglect’ the slaughter of civilians by Russian forces, saying a ‘day of judgement’ is coming for them.

Zelensky, in a late-night tackle to his countrymen on the Orthodox Christian vacation of ‘Forgiveness Sunday’, recalled how a household of 4 have been amongst eight civilians killed by Russian mortars whereas attempting to flee town of Irpin – close to Kyiv – earlier within the day. ‘We is not going to forgive. We is not going to neglect,’ he informed listeners.   

‘We can’t forgive the a whole lot upon a whole lot of victims. Nor the 1000’s upon 1000’s who’ve suffered,’ he added. ‘God is not going to forgive. Not in the present day. Not tomorrow. Never.’

‘Instead of humanitarian corridors, they’ll solely make bloody ones,’ Zelensky mentioned, as Interior Ministry adviser Anton Gerashchenko added: ‘There could be no ‘inexperienced corridors’ as a result of solely the sick brain of the Russians decides when to begin capturing and at whom.’

Shortly after they spoke, columns of smoke have been seen rising over town of Mykolaiv, on Ukraine’s Black Sea coast, as Russian forces resumed shelling. 

The actual variety of civilian casualties is unclear, although is estimated by Ukraine to be within the 1000’s as residential areas of main cities are indiscriminately bombed utilizing thermobaric and cluster munitions amid proof of ‘hit squads’ focusing on civilian automobiles. The UN estimates that 1.5million individuals have fled the preventing. 

Ukraine claims to be inflicting heavy losses on the invading Russians, with the ministry of defence claiming to have taken out greater than 11,000 troops, some 290 tanks, 1,000 armoured personnel carriers, 46 planes, 68 helicopters and 117 artillery items as-of Monday morning. None of these figures has been independently verified. Russia has acknowledged taking losses, however gave a determine of 500 deaths final week and has not up to date it since.

There have been unconfirmed studies early Monday of heavy Russian losses across the captured metropolis of Kherson in a single day – with dozens of helicopters taken out alongside artillery columns – however these have additionally not been verified. 

Britain’s Europe Minister James Cleverly mentioned Russia’s newest provide of a ceasefire and an escape route for civilians was ‘cynical past perception’. 

Evacuation routes printed by Russia’s RIA Novosti information company confirmed that civilians in some areas will solely have the option to depart in the direction of Russia and Belarus.

Mr Cleverly informed BBC Breakfast: ‘It seems cynical past perception. There is a view that Vladimir Putin believed there was a widespread need of Ukrainians to be nearer to Russia, to be extra Russian. I believe that has been confirmed to be a full nonsense by the circumstances we’re seeing.

‘Providing evacuation routes into the arms of the nation that’s presently destroying yours is a nonsense.’

He added that ‘in the end essentially the most humanitarian factor the Russians might do is finish this fully unlawful, fully unjustified invasion of Ukraine’.

Even as Russia introduced a ceasefire beginning Monday morning and the opening of humanitarian corridors in a number of areas, its armed forces continued to pummel Ukrainian cities, with a number of rocket launchers hitting residential buildings. 

Ukrainian forces declare to have inflicted punishing losses on Russia’s invading military over the weekend and within the early hours of Monday, 

Ukrainian troopers carry a wounded lady out of town of Irpin, to the west of Kyiv, amid heavy Russian assaults

A girl weeps because the sound of shelling intensifies within the metropolis of Irpin, to the west of Kyiv, with Russians attempting to encompass the capital forward of an anticipated bombardment

A family-of-four have been killed by a Russian mortar spherical as they tried to flee Irpin on Sunday, with Zelensky vowing God ‘is not going to forgive’ troops focusing on the harmless and Ukraine ‘is not going to neglect’ 

Russian forces are persevering with to pound Mariupol, within the south, Kharkiv, within the east, Chernihiv, within the north, and Mykolaiv, within the south, with artillery – however have made little or no good points in territory in current days. Forces proceed to work to encompass the capital Kyiv, although progress has been sluggish. Attacks on civilian areas on the outskirts have elevated

After greater than a week in stalled positions, Russian forces have made small good points of their try to encompass and assault Kyiv – with Ukraine saying sufficient firepower has now been amassed for the mission

People cross an improvised path below a destroyed bridge whereas fleeing the city of Irpin, Ukraine

Ukrainian firefighters work to extinguish a blaze in an residence constructing close to Mykolaiv, in southern Ukraine, after it was struck by Russian Smerch rocket launchers within the early hours

Mykolaiv, on Ukraine’s Black Sea coast, is coming below growing assaults by Russia as Putin’s forces try to push alongside the coast to assault the nation’s largest port metropolis at Odessa

Rescuers dismantle the rubble of a destroyed college after Russian troops shelled town of Chernihiv, to the north of the capital Kyiv, on Monday morning

People are seen amongst particles of residential buildings broken by shelling, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine, in Zhytomyr – to the west of Kyiv

Civilians cross amid rubble of a broken bridge within the Irpin metropolis close to from Kyiv

A Ukrainian volunteer fighter helps carry a youngster for native residents as they evacuate on foot as Russian forces advance and proceed to bombard the world with artillery, in Irpin

Civilians carry kids throughout a broken bridge within the Irpin metropolis close to Kyiv, as the world comes below Russian assault

Ukrainian servicemen assist an aged lady within the city of Irpin, which was closely shelled by Russia on the weekend

Local residents evacuate as Russian forces advance and proceed to bombard the city with artillery, in Irpin

Ukrainian troopers assist individuals attempting to depart town amid the collapsed buildings and particles in Irpin

A spouse says her goodbyes to her husband who’s a member of the Territorial Defense as she evacuates from town of Irpin

A father says goodbye to his daughter as civilians flee town of Irpin, to the west of Kyiv, with Russian forces approaching

The restricted ceasefire announcement got here a day after a whole lot of 1000’s of Ukrainian civilians trying to flee to security have been pressured to shelter from Russian shelling of cities in Ukraine’s heart, north and south. Officials from either side deliberate a third spherical of talks Monday.

Russian forces continued their offensive, opening fireplace on town of Mykolaiv, 480 kilometers south of the capital of Kyiv, Ukraine’s General Staff mentioned Monday morning. Rescuers mentioned they have been placing out fires in residential areas attributable to rocket assaults.

Shelling additionally continued within the suburbs of Kyiv, together with Irpin, which has been minimize off from electrical energy, water and heating for 3 days.

‘Russia continues to perform rocket, bomb and artillery strikes on the cities and settlements of Ukraine,’ the General Staff mentioned. ‘The invaders proceed to use the airfield community of Belarus to perform air strikes on Ukraine.’

The Russians have additionally been focusing on humanitarian corridors, taking ladies and youngsters hostage and putting weapons in residential areas of cities, in accordance to the General Staff.

A Russian job power mentioned a ceasefire would begin Monday morning, the twelfth day of the conflict, for civilians from Kyiv, the southern port metropolis of Mariupol, Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest metropolis, and Sumy. It wasn’t instantly clear if preventing would cease past the areas talked about within the job power’s assertion, or when the ceasefire would finish.

Ukraine conflict: The newest 

  • Russia steps up its shelling because the UN says 1.5 million individuals have now fled
  • Attempts to evacuate civilians from Mariupol fail once more, amid repeated ceasefire violations 
  • Ukraine’s army says it’s preventing ‘fierce battles’ on the sting of the southern metropolis of Mykolayiv, 
  • Dozens of civilians are being killed within the battle for Chernihiv within the north
  • A barrage of Russian missiles destroys Vinnytsia airport in central Ukraine
  • Russian retailers are informed to restrict gross sales of important foodstuffs to counter black market hypothesis
  • Thousands extra are arrested at anti-war demonstrations in Russia, bringing the whole to nicely over 11,000
  • Vladimir Putin says he’ll obtain his goals in Ukraine ‘via negotiation or via conflict’
  • US ‘inexperienced lights’ Poland to provide Kyiv with fighter jets, amid fears it might drag NATO into conflict
  • Antony Blinken says the West is in ‘very energetic’ discussions about a Russian oil embargo, regardless of value at all-time excessive
  • Credit card giants Visa, Mastercard and American Express freeze business in Russia. Russian banks say they are going to use China’s UnionPay system
  • Consultancy corporations KPMG and PwC announce an finish to operations in Russia
  • France publicizes it would ship iodine tablets and different medical provides to Ukraine. They are used to defend towards the results of publicity to radiation
  • krainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba says 20,000 worldwide volunteers have joined the battle
  • Netflix suspends providers in Russia and social media big TikTookay blocks posting of video content material from the nation
  • Foreign media together with the BBC, CBC, ARD, ZDF, Bloomberg News, CNN, CBS, RAI and EFE have suspended reporting from Russia after Moscow threatened jail phrases

The announcement follows two failed makes an attempt to evacuate civilians from Mariupol, from which the International Committee of the Red Cross estimated 200,000 individuals have been attempting to flee.  

Russia and Ukraine have traded blame for the failure. The Russian job power mentioned Monday’s ceasefire and the opening of the corridors was introduced on the request of French President Emmanuel Macron, who spoke to Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday.

Evacuation routes printed by Russia’s RIA Novosti information company, citing the Defense Ministry, present that civilians shall be ready to depart to Russia and Belarus. Russian forces shall be observing the ceasefire with drones, the duty power mentioned. 

Putin mentioned Moscow’s assaults might be halted ‘provided that Kyiv ceases hostilities.’ As he has usually carried out, Putin blamed Ukraine for the conflict, telling Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday that Kyiv wanted to cease all hostilities and fulfill ‘the well-known calls for of Russia.’ 

With no signal of an finish to the preventing, western leaders are actually working to determine the easiest way of responding to Russia’s assault with out escalating the state of affairs into an all-out conflict in Europe which might evolve into the bloodiest and most-destructive battle in human historical past.

Putin has already warned that sanctions imposed by the West on Russian are ‘tantamount to a declaration of conflict’ and that any try to create a no-fly zone over Ukraine – which might contain NATO jets capturing down Russian plane and attacking ground-based anti-air methods – would immediate retaliation.

NATO and the US have firmly dominated out the thought of sending forces to battle, regardless of calls from Zelesnky, however are struggling to gage what different responses may set off Putin to escalate. According to the New York Times, the question being requested within the White House is: ‘Tell me how we do not get sucked in to a superpower battle?’

Instead of straight participating within the battle with Russia, the U.S. and its allies within the 30-member NATO group have been sending weapons to Ukraine; greater than 17,000 anti-tank weapons, together with Javelin missiles, have been despatched by land to Ukraine over the borders of Poland and Romania for the reason that battle started.

A $350 million bundle of army help was authorised by Congress on February 26, two days into the battle, and 70 % of it was delivered in 5 days. By distinction, a $60 million arms bundle to Ukraine agreed to in August was not accomplished till November, the Pentagon mentioned

Secretary of State Antony Blinken mentioned on Sunday that Poland has been given a ‘inexperienced gentle’ to provide MiG fighters to Ukraine’s air power – which their pilots are educated to fly – in trade for American-made F-16s which might be given to Warsaw to guarantee its air power isn’t depleted.

However, Poland described studies that its jets are being despatched to Ukraine as ‘faux information’. Back-and-forth studies of Polish fighters being despatched to help Kyiv have been happening since at the least final week. There are fears that such a transfer would lead Putin to step up his assaults, probably by attempting to invade a second nation.

If Putin have been to goal Poland straight, it might suck NATO into the conflict as a result of Poland is a member of the 30-state alliance – whose members all pledge to defend one-another within the occasion they’re attacked.  

Meanwhile China – which has so-far sought to tread a middle-ground on Ukraine, pacifying western outrage by abstaining on votes on the UN whereas nonetheless cosying up to Russia economically – has provided to mediate peace talks between the 2 sides.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi Monday mentioned the friendship between Beijing and Moscow was nonetheless very robust, regardless of worldwide condemnation of Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine, as he provided Beijing’s assist in mediating peace.

‘The friendship between the 2 peoples is rock-solid, and either side’ future cooperation prospects are very huge,’ mentioned Wang at an annual press briefing, including that China would ship humanitarian help to Ukraine and was ‘prepared to work with the worldwide group to perform needed mediation’.

Putin launched his invasion with a string of false accusations towards Kyiv, together with that it’s led by neo-Nazis intent on undermining Russia with the event of nuclear weapons.

As Russian assaults worsened, a transient reprieve from preventing in Mariupol collapsed. Heavy artillery hit residential areas in different giant cities, native officers reported.  

Smoke rises over town of Mykolaiv, on Ukraine’s Black Sea coast, early on Monday after Russian rocket assaults

Ukrainian firemen scour the rubble of Vinnytsia airport, in central Ukraine, after a Russian airstrike on the weekend that authorities now say killed 9 individuals

Ukrainian emergency providers search the rubble of Vinnytsia Airport for survivors and victims of a Russian airstrike

Russian tanks are seen transferring into the outskirts of Kyiv, as Ukrainians say the Russians have now amassed sufficient {hardware} on town’s borders to try an assault

Russian armoured automobiles are seen manouevering close to Kyiv, forward of an anticipated assault on Ukraine’s capital

Russian forces have been stalled close to Kyiv for a number of days, however are slowly massing forces forward of what’s anticipated to be a bloody and brutal assault on the capital

Russian tanks marked with the ‘Z’ invasion image are seen in Donetsk, a rebel-occupied space in Ukraine’s east, on Sunday

Smoke rises from Russian artillery items after opening fireplace on a highway close to Bugas, within the Donetsk area of Ukraine

Pro-Russian separatists, in uniforms with out insignia, are seen within the pro-Russian separatists-controlled Donetsk

Pro-Russian separatist forces are transported to be a part of the preventing within the rebel-occupied Ukrainian area of Donetsk

Russian armoured automobiles are seen taking on firing positions within the rebel-occupied Donetsk area of Ukraine

Pro-Russian separatists, in uniforms with out insignia, are seen within the pro-Russian separatists-controlled Donetsk

Presidential adviser Oleksiy Arestovich described a ‘catastrophic’ state of affairs within the Kyiv suburbs of Bucha, Hostomel and Irpin, the place efforts to evacuate residents on Sunday failed. About eight civilians, together with a household, have been killed by Russian shelling in Irpin, in accordance to Mayor Oleksander Markyshin.

Video footage confirmed a shell slamming into a metropolis road, not removed from a bridge utilized by individuals fleeing the preventing. A gaggle of fighters might be seen attempting to assist the household. Arestovich mentioned the federal government was doing all it might to resume evacuations. 

‘This is probably going to signify an effort to break Ukrainian morale,’ the U.Ok. Ministry of Defense mentioned of Russian techniques because the conflict entered its twelfth day Monday. Fighting has precipitated 1.5 million individuals to flee the nation, which the top of the U.N. refugee company known as ‘the fastest-growing refugee disaster in Europe since World War II.’

British army officers in contrast Russia’s techniques to these Moscow utilized in Chechnya and Syria, the place surrounded cities have been pulverized by airstrikes and artillery.

Food, water, medication and virtually all different provides have been in desperately brief provide in Mariupol, the place Russian and Ukrainian forces had agreed to an 11-hour cease-fire that may enable civilians and the wounded to be evacuated. But Russian assaults rapidly closed the humanitarian hall, Ukrainian officers mentioned.

The handful of residents who managed to flee town earlier than the humanitarian hall closed mentioned town of 430,000 had been devastated.

‘We noticed all the things: homes burning, all of the individuals sitting in basements,’ mentioned Yelena Zamay, who fled to one of many self-proclaimed republics in japanese Ukraine held by pro-Russian separatists. ‘No communication, no water, no gasoline, no gentle, no water. There was nothing.’

Russia has made vital advances in southern Ukraine because it seeks to block entry to the Sea of Azov. Capturing Mariupol might enable Moscow to set up a land hall to Crimea, which Russia annexed from Ukraine in 2014 in a transfer that almost all different international locations thought of unlawful.

But a lot of the Russian advance has turn into stalled, together with an immense army convoy that has been virtually immobile for days north of Kyiv.

A senior US protection official mentioned Sunday that the U.S. assesses that about 95% of the Russian forces that had been arrayed round Ukraine are actually contained in the nation. 

The official, who spoke on situation of anonymity to talk about army assessments, mentioned Russian forces proceed to advance in an try to isolate Kyiv, Kharkhiv and Chernihiv, however are being met with robust Ukrainian resistance.

Emergency officers within the Kharkiv area mentioned Monday that in a single day shelling killed at the least eight individuals and wrecked residential buildings, medical and schooling services and administrative buildings.

Ukraine’s skilled and volunteer fighters have fought with nice tenacity, although they’re tremendously outmatched by the Russian military. Volunteers lined up Saturday in Kyiv to be a part of the army. Ukraine can be planning to fill a world legion with 20,000 volunteers from dozens of nations, although it was not clear what number of have been in Ukraine.

A Ukrainian soldier aids a sufferer of a mortar assaults from Russian forces in Irpin, to the west of Kyiv

Refugees, largely ladies and youngsters, wait in a crowd for transportation after fleeing from the Ukraine and arriving on the border crossing in Medyka, Poland

A girl covers herself with a blanket to hold heat after fleeing from the Ukraine and arriving on the border crossing in Medyka, Poland

Refugees, largely ladies and youngsters, wait in a crowd for transportation after fleeing from the Ukraine and arriving on the border crossing in Medyka, Poland

A girl feeds a child after fleeing from the Ukraine and arriving on the border crossing in Medyka, Poland

Refugees wait in a crowd for transportation after fleeing from the Ukraine and arriving on the border in Medyka, Poland

A girl with a youngster arrives on the border crossing after fleeing from the Ukraine in Medyka, Poland

‘The complete world in the present day is on Ukraine’s facet, not solely in phrases however in deeds,’ Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba mentioned on Ukrainian tv Sunday night time.

The West has broadly backed Ukraine, providing help and weapon shipments and slapping Russia with huge sanctions. But no NATO troops have been despatched to Ukraine.

Zelenskyy has additionally heaped criticism on Western leaders for not responding with extra power to Russia. He reiterated a request for international protectors to impose a no-fly zone over Ukraine, which NATO to this point has dominated out due to considerations such an motion would lead to a far wider conflict.

Zelenskyy additionally requested the United States and NATO international locations to ship extra warplanes to Ukraine. But that concept is sophisticated by questions on how to present plane to Ukrainian pilots.

He later urged the West to tighten its sanctions on Russia, saying that ‘the audacity of the aggressor is a clear sign’ that present sanctions should not sufficient.

Russia has turn into more and more remoted within the days for the reason that invasion started, closing itself off to outdoors sources of knowledge as sanctions chunk deeply into its financial system. The ruble has plunged in worth, and dozens of multinational corporations ended or dramatically scaled again their work within the nation.

On Sunday, American Express introduced it might droop operations in Russia, in addition to in Russian-allied Belarus. Also, two of the so-called Big Four accounting corporations, KPMG and PricewaterhouseCoopers, mentioned Sunday they’d finish their relationships with their Russia-based member corporations.

TikTookay introduced Sunday that Russian customers wouldn’t have the option to submit new movies or see movies shared from elsewhere on the planet. The company blamed Moscow’s new ‘faux information’ legislation, which makes it unlawful, amongst different issues, to describe the preventing as an invasion. Netflix additionally minimize its service to Russia however offered no particulars.

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi mentioned Congress is exploring how to additional isolate Russia from the worldwide financial system, together with banning the import of its oil and vitality merchandise into the United States.