Russia’s attempt to invade Ukraine is at a turning point, and Russian troops have officially announced that they will now focus on Donbus. We will report all developments every minute on our live blog.
13.40: Ukrainian Defense Minister Olexi Reznikov and Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba have met with US responders for the first time since the invasion of Russia began.
Reznikov shared a photo of the meeting between US Secretary of Defense Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin on Twitter.
13.15: Mariupol’s mayor Vadym Boichenko said he had met with the French ambassador to Ukraine to evacuate civilians in the city who had fallen into hell in a Russian bombardment.
It is known that 100,000 civilians are still trapped in Mariupol.
French leader Emmanuel has announced that Russian invaders are in talks with Turkey and Greece to eliminate civilians from cities heading towards the city center, fighting street-by-street.
13.09: The curfew in Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine, has been extended. In Kyiv, it is forbidden to go out on the street between 20:00 in the evening and 08:00 in the morning.
13.01: With the announcement that the Russian army will focus on Donbus, a new page has been opened on that page.
Emphasizing the failure of the Russians’ first strategy, senior analyst Phillips O’Brien says the Russian army will decide the next step.
st. Professor of Strategy at Andrews University. According to O’Brien, in the invasion that began on February 24, many foreign observers believed that arrogant Russia would easily establish a military advantage and win the war.
But this was a misconception about Russia’s combat capabilities. It was not considered whether Russian soldiers were willing to take risks.
At the same time, the capabilities of the Ukrainian army were underestimated.
Ukrainians have been preparing for the war since Vladimir Putin invaded Crimea in 2014. According to O’Brien, he didn’t want to live under the Russian dictatorship.
“Now Russia has to decide what to do. They can escalate or de-escalate. De-escalation is a wiser way and will involve trying to reach an agreement. Currently, Russians do not seem to be willing to do so. Increasing tensions means bringing together a new army at the start line or a nuclear explosion. Opening Pandora’s box using biological and chemical weapons. It means that the Russians cannot overcome the aggression by lowering or raising the tension. The method they have used so far. “
They are taking the street against the invaders
12.29: Ukrainians went out into the street after Russian troops entered the city of Slavutych, north of the capital Kyiv.
When Russian tanks entered the city, the tanks gathered in the square said, “I don’t want the invaders.” Local media reports that Russian soldiers sprayed tear gas on Ukrainians who came down to the square with the flag in their hands.
11.54: Ukraine has announced that 16,400 Russian soldiers have been killed in an invasion attempt that began on February 24. More than 2,200 tanks and armored vehicles have been destroyed.
11.41: Ukrainian officials say they have reached an agreement with Russia to open 10 humanitarian corridors on Saturday.
On national television, Deputy Prime Minister Irina Bereshchuk said she had agreed to evacuate 10 cities and towns. In Mariupol, where 100,000 civilians were trapped, Russian invaders did not allow city dwellers trying to escape the war in their own cars to reach buses outside Mariupol.
11.33: The British Ministry of Defense said in a daily briefing that Russian troops would continue to bombard Ukrainian cities.
10.17: Sirens rang in many cities in Ukraine this morning, people were afraid to hear the sound of an explosion in the shelter they were hiding. Local media reports that sirens are ringing in cities such as Cherkasy, Kirovohrad, Dnieper, Sumi, Kharkov and Zitmir, as well as in the capital Kyiv.
Kharkov paramedics said in a statement this morning that efforts were being made to clean up the debris of the abandoned city.
09.53: French President Emmanuel Macron said he is working on a “humanitarian operation” with Turkey and Greece to evacuate people from the devastated city of Mariupol in southern Ukraine.
Macron said he hopes to meet Russian leader Vladimir Putin within a few hours on these plans.
Mariupol’s port city was devastated by Russian bombardment, and tens of thousands of people were stranded due to lack of food, water, electricity and gas.
“We will make adjustments and then negotiate with Russia,” Macron said in a “concrete” discussion with the mayor of Mariupol.
Frontline German missiles
09.40: Germany, which sent only financial aid and 5,000 helmets to Eastern European countries before the invasion of Ukraine began, experienced a fundamental change when Vladimir Putin mobilized his soldiers.
The Berlin administration, which preferred not to send weapons to conflict zones because of its role in World War II, announced that it would send weapons to Ukraine as soon as the occupation began.
It is reported that 1500 Strella anti-aircraft missiles and 100 MG3 machine guns sent from Germany to Ukraine have reached the forefront.
German media reports that after historic policy changes, Germany has become one of the countries that send Ukraine the most weapons.
“We are already one of the largest arms carriers and we are not proud, but we are doing everything we need to support Ukraine,” said Annalena Baerbock, German Defense Minister. Stated.
The Strella missile was one of the equipment of the former East German army.
Russia turns east
09.30: When Russia’s first month of invading Ukraine has passed, it is observed that Moscow, which had been blocked in almost all respects, entered a new stage of war and changed tactics.
Russian troops said on Friday that the purpose of the first phase of the aggression, which Putin called a “special military operation,” was achieved. Therefore, the Russian occupying forces will focus on Donbus in eastern Ukraine.
The Russian Defense Ministry claims that significant progress has been made in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions, which Vladimir Putin admitted in paper two days before the invasion. According to an official statement, 93 percent of Lugansk and 54 percent of Donetsk are under Russian control.
US officials say Putin will no longer attack Kyiv. US officials speaking in Warsaw, the capital of Poland, said Russian troops were not prepared to attack Kyiv.
Russian invaders who could not move forward in Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second largest city, were stopped 15 kilometers south of Mykolaiv.
Another notable detail of the official statement from Moscow was the number of soldiers killed a second time. Russian troops have announced that about 500 soldiers have been killed at the beginning of the second week of the occupation. The final statement shared that 1351 soldiers were killed by Ukrainian troops and 3,825 soldiers were injured.
However, intelligence agencies in the United States, NATO, and other Western countries have emphasized that Russian soldiers have lost at least 7,000 soldiers. According to NATO, this number could be as high as 15,000.
Ukrainian troops, who regained many cities from Russia and counterattacked, said in a recent statement that the number of Russian soldiers killed exceeded 16,000.
An information note shared by the General Staff of the Ukrainian Army on Saturday morning stated that Russian troops around Kyiv were being repelled.
3 Russian troops on the Kuril Islands
09.10: Russia has brought military tensions to Japan, thousands of kilometers away from Ukraine. Russian troops have embarked on a major exercise on the Kuril Islands, the biggest conflict with Japan after World War II, but have not yet officially signed a peace treaty.
Moscow, which closed peace talks with Japan earlier this week because of sanctions, showed strength in the Kuril Islands despite the congestion in Ukraine.
More than 3,000 Russian soldiers participate in the 1,300-kilometer Kuril Islands exercises. Russian media wrote that unmanned aerial vehicles and missiles were used in the exercises.
米国は2月以来、主にポーランドに約12,000人の軍隊を派遣している。 何千人もの軍隊もヨーロッパのアメリカ軍基地から東に追放されました。 このように、ヨーロッパの米軍の数は、2005年以来初めて10万人を超えました。