On the thirteenth day of the war in Ukraine, the Russian Army continues their advance towards the capital of the country, Kiev, where an attack is expected “in the next few days”, according to the Ukrainian Ministry of the Interior.
The offensive is also intensifying on the fronts of Mariupolin the south, and Kharkiv, in the northeast, the main combat zones in Ukraine. On Kherson the Ukrainian troops try to reconquer the power of the city and in Odessa Russian forces are trying to seize the only free way that Ukraine still has to reach the Black Sea. On Yitomir a bombardment of civilian buildings has killed 10 people.
On the other hand, in Kiev, faced with the incessant trickle of attacks, the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, has re-uploaded a video on social networks walking through his office. She has done it to ensure that he has not fled the capital and that he has no intention of doing so because, she says, he is not afraid of anyone.
For its part, Ukraine’s military intelligence assured on Tuesday that Ukrainian forces have killed a Russian general near Kharkov. General Vitaly Gerasimov would be the second Russian commander to die in the invasion.
Ukraine denounces that thousands of civilians remain trapped
Ukraine has denounced this Monday night that thousands of civilians continue to be trapped in several cities in the country despite the promises of humanitarian corridors. It is expected that this Tuesday morning a Stop the fire in various territories to allow the evacuation of civilians through these humanitarian corridorsbut, until now, information about it is unknown.
According to Moscow, the new evacuation routes had to be communicated to the Ukrainian authorities for approval before 00:00 GMT Monday night.
Russia announced these ceasefires “from 10:00 Moscow time (07:00 GMT) on March 8” for the evacuation of civilians from Kiev, as well as from the cities of Soumy, Kharkiv, Cherniguiv and Mariupol. .
US accuses Russia of recruiting Syrian mercenaries
The United States has accused Russia of recruiting Syrian mercenaries with experience in urban guerrilla warfare to fight in the Ukraine. “We believe reports that they are recruiting Syrian fighters to augment their forces in Ukraine are true,” US Department of Defense spokesman John Kirby said.
“It is interesting that Mr. Putin is using foreign fighters,” he said, noting that, according to the Pentagon, Russia has committed virtually all of its combat forces in Ukraine in recent months, which Washington estimates at more than 150,000 troops.
the american daily Wall Street Journal reported this Sunday that Moscow had begun in recent days to recruit Syrian fighters to use them in taking over urban areas. A country official had also told the outlet that some Syrian fighters were already in Russia, preparing to join the fighting.
However, the Pentagon does not have “perfect visibility” into who is being recruited to join the Russian offensive or how many, Kirby has acknowledged.
Russia has been involved in the Syrian conflict since 2015. alongside the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. The President of the Chechen Republic, Ramzan Kadyrov, a former rebel turned Kremlin ally, has shared videos of Chechen fighters in Ukraine, saying some have been killed in battle.
Damage to a nuclear institute in Kharkov without “radiological consequences”
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)the specialized agency of the United Nations, said on Monday that it had received reports that artillery shells had damaged a nuclear research facility in Kharkiv without “radiological consequences”.
Ukraine informed the IAEA that a new nuclear research facility that produces radioisotopes for medical and industrial applications had been damaged by bombing. The Vienna-based UN agency added that no increased radiation levels have been reported in the place.
The affected facility is part of the Kharkov Institute of Physics and Technology, a research institute that produces radioactive material for medical and industrial applications. But “the inventory of radioactive material at the site is very small”the IAEA has assured.
“We have already experienced several episodes that compromise the security of Ukrainian nuclear sites,” said the Director General of the IAEA, Rafael Mariano Grossi.
In the last days, Kharkov has been subjected to heavy shelling and Russian missile fire. The Russian Army has occupied the nuclear power plant since Friday. Zaporizhiain southeastern Ukraine, where, according to the Ukrainians, artillery attacks caused a fire, the cause of which Moscow denies.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.