Ukraine wants weapons to break the siege of Mariupol

Ukraine needs more weapons to break the siege of Mariupol. This was stated in a statement by Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba, reports the BBC.

There are growing indications that Russia may be on the verge of completely capturing Mariupol.

The southern port city has suffered devastating attacks since the start of the war.

“Mariupol is in a desperate situation. We are doing everything we can to support civilians and defenders,” Kuleba said. To break the siege of Mariupol and save them, we need more weapons and we are working with our partners to get them, he added.

US President Joe Biden on Wednesday pledged an additional $ 800 million (£ 609 million) in military aid to Ukraine.

Speaking about the need for more weapons, Kuleba added: “If Ukraine does not receive the necessary weapons within a few days, not a few weeks, it will mean that more civilians will be killed, more atrocities will be committed and more Ukrainian villages and cities destroyed as a result of the Russian offensive.”

Moscow: We control Mariupol! Kyiv denies capitulation

Russia’s defense ministry says its flagship cruiser, Moscow, was “severely damaged” after the blast. Earlier, Ukrainian authorities said the enemy ship had been hit by Ukrainian missiles in the Black Sea.

Russia has said it has established full control of Mariupol after more than 1,000 Ukrainian troops surrendered, but Kyiv’s Defense Ministry says there is no information on the surrender.

Ukrainian troops insist resistance continues.

Part of Mariupol is under Russian control, but Ukrainian forces are still defending other parts of the city, said Igor Zhovkva of the Ukrainian president’s office. He commented on the withdrawal of Russian troops from northern Ukraine and their direction to the east:

“They are planning a major offensive in Donbas and also against Kharkiv. They want to take Kharkiv because that would be the symbolic victory they dream of.”

Meanwhile, Russian television broadcast footage of the surrender in the besieged port of Mariupol, showing unarmed men in military uniforms walking with their hands up to masked soldiers. However, an adviser to the Ukrainian president said the city had not fallen.

Fighting in Mariupol, which is in ruins after a six-week attack, appears to be continuing around the Azovstal industrial district. If Russian forces take over the area, they will have full control of the city.

British military intelligence notes that the selfless defense of the Ukrainians of Mariupol continues to “tie the hands” of large Russian units. There are also warnings that the eastern Ukrainian cities of Kramatorsk and Konstantinovka could become another target of Russian violence.

The governor of Russia’s Belgorod region said two villages near the border with Ukraine had been evacuated after one was shelled by Ukrainian forces. No one was injured. The Russian side also reported Ukrainian airstrikes in the town of Klimovo, Bryansk region.

International Criminal Court Chief Prosecutor Karim Khan has declared Ukraine a “crime scene”.

Russia says its flagship of the Black Sea Fleet – the missile cruiser “Moscow” – has been severely damaged and its crew evacuated after a fire caused an explosion of ammunition. A Ukrainian official said the ship was hit by two anti-ship cruise missiles but gave no details. “Moscow” has a crew of about 500 people.

“They are planning a major offensive in Donbas, and also against Kharkiv. They want to take Kharkiv, which would be the symbolic victory they dream of.”

Igor Zhovkva pointed out that more than 100,000 people remain trapped in Mariupol.

Russia is stepping up its forces for a new attack in the Eastern Donbas region, preparing the ground for a protracted battle that is sure to result in heavy losses for both sides. The mayor of the northeastern city of Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest, said the bombings had increased significantly yesterday.

In his latest video address, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky also commented on the visit to Bucha of the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Karim Khan, who declared Ukraine a “crime scene”.

According to Zelensky, the responsibility of Russian servicemen for the war crimes they committed is inevitable and they will be brought before an international tribunal.

The president also believes that the war can only end with Russia’s strategic loss.

“I am grateful to all our defenders who hold their ground and make Russian soldiers accustomed to the idea that the war can only end with a strategic loss for Russia sooner or later. stage, “Zelensky said.

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