The Ukrainian authorities assure that Russia is concentrating troops in Donbas (east) to continue the war in Ukraine by attacking the territories that it does not yet control in that border area, and questions the “reduction of operations” around kyiv and Chernigov announced on Monday by Russian negotiators.
British military intelligence, which publishes daily reports on the situation of the war, reports this Thursday of missile attacks on Chernigov and heavy fighting in Mariupol, where Ukrainian troops still control the center. In this city, the Russian Army has announced a truce for the evacuation of civilians, which has yet to be confirmed.
More than 1,000 civilians have died since the beginning of the invasion, on February 24, and there are more than 4 million refugees, according to the UN.
Zelensky: “We don’t believe in anyone”
“We do not believe in anyone. We will not give up anything and we will fight for every meter of our land”Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has declared.
The president has addressed the international community and has reiterated the need to provide Ukraine with new weapons, as well as to establish new sanctions against Russia and increase financial support for the country.
“If we really fight together for freedom and the protection of democracies, then we have the right to demand help in this difficult time. Tanks, planes, artillery systems… Liberty must not be worse armed than tyranny“, has manifested.
Zelensky thanked the american President, Joe Biden, the new humanitarian aid package of 1,000 million dollars and an additional 500 million in direct budget support, which he has considered “a turning point”.
Peace talks will continue on Friday
Russia and Ukraine will resume their peace talks this Friday, April 1as announced by a senior Ukrainian official, David Arakhamia.
Arakhamia has said that Ukraine has proposed that the two countries’ leaders meet earlier, but Russia has said it needs more time to work on a draft treaty.
In the negotiations last Monday in Istanbul, the Ukrainian delegation proposed in writing a system of security guarantees with the intervention of various countries and the absence of military bases in its territory in exchange for adopting a status of neutrality. He also proposed opening a 15-year consultation period on the status of the Crimean peninsula, annexed by Russia in 2014, and that Russia not oppose its entry into the EU.
For its part, Russia refuses to negotiate over Crimea, which it considers part of its territory, and continues to demand a different status for the self-proclaimed people’s republics of Donetsk and Lugansk.