Zelensky says Russian Mariupol ‘terror’ will be remembered for centuries
Russia will target other European countries, warns Zelensky
Russia’s siege of Mariupol will be remembered for “centuries to come” for the violence inflicted on civilians, Volodymyr Zelensky said.
Ukraine’s president addressed the nation in a video, while Mariupol’s city council said several thousand residents were forcibly expelled from the city to Russian territory over the past week.
The council said: “The occupiers illegally took people from the Livoberezhniy neighborhood and the shelter to the sports club building, where more than a thousand people (mostly women and children) were hiding from the shelling. constants.”
In addition, the G12 art school where 400 people were sheltering was bombed on Saturday, the council said.
No mention of casualties was made following the attack, but the building was destroyed and there were casualties under the rubble, he added.
Mariupol, a port city on the Black Sea, saw some of the worst attacks during the invasion launched by Vladimir Putin on February 24.
Mr Zelensky said: ‘To do this in a peaceful town, which the occupiers did, is a terror that will be remembered for centuries.’
Dozens attend pro-Putin rally in Lebanon – photos
Dozens of people attended a pro-Russian rally in Lebanon today holding Russian and Syrian flags.
Some of the attendees wore t-shirts or held banners with Vladimir Putin’s face printed on them.
Lebanese, Syrians and Russians gathered outside the United Nations offices in Beirut to show their support for Putin amid his brutal invasion of Ukraine.
In 2015, Russian troops joined Syria’s civil war and helped tip the balance of power in favor of Syrian President Bashar Assad.
Lamiat SabinMarch 20, 2022 12:20 p.m.
Almost all Ukrainians think Russia will be defeated: poll
According to a new poll, 93% of Ukrainians believe that Ukraine will defeat Russia.
This level of faith expressed by Ukrainian civilians is the highest regarding this issue so far, according to the survey.
There is hardly anyone who does not believe in a Ukrainian victory, said the polling group known as “Rating”.
Only 17% were unable to answer the question, he added.
Nearly half of those polled said they hoped for a victory in the coming weeks.
Nearly a quarter think the war will last several months. Only 12% said they expected it to last longer than six months.
Lamiat SabinMarch 20, 2022 12:00
Call for tougher sanctions as ‘majority of Russia backs war on EU’
A former Ukrainian minister is calling for tougher sanctions against Russia and cited a poll that suggests the vast majority of Russians support the idea of attacking European Union countries.
A whopping 86.6% of Russians polled said they would support Vladimir Putin if he decided to invade Poland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Slovakia and others – according to survey results released earlier this week.
More than 75% of Russians would approve of an invasion of Poland, the results also suggest.
Volodymyr Ogrysko, former foreign minister of Ukraine, said the West should impose tougher sanctions on individuals and Russian sanctions.
He tweeted: “Dear Europeans, according to some pools, 86.6% of Russians (Russia + Faschists) support the possible military attack against some EU countries (former “socialist” countries).
“Their barbarism must not be forgiven, their mad plans must be stopped. Penalties MUST be strengthened!
Lamiat SabinMarch 20, 2022 11:40 am
Protests around the world and Putin toilet paper – in pictures
Demonstrations against Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine continued this weekend across the world.
Protests have taken place in countries including South Korea, the United States and European countries.
In Los Angeles, California, rolls of toilet paper – with Vladimir Putin’s photo printed on the sheets – were brought to a rally.
Lamiat SabinMarch 20, 2022 11:20 a.m.
China says abstentions from UN anti-invasion vote ‘responsible’
China has defended its decision – and those of other countries including Algeria – to abstain from voting on a United Nations motion earlier this month that opposed the invasion of Ukraine.
Foreign Ministers Wang Yi and Ramtane Lamamra met at a press conference today where a reporter asked them about the invasion by Russia, a powerful ally of China and Algeria.
The Chinese official said, according to a report from the Chinese Embassy in the UK: “China, Algeria and a number of countries abstained in the vote.
“Abstention is also an attitude. This is about giving peace a chance and disapproving of the use of war and sanctions to settle disputes, and that is a responsible attitude.
“At the same time, we believe that the issue of Ukraine did not come to this by accident. It is the result of the confluence of various factors and an eruption of tensions that have built up over the years.
“At the heart is the question of European security, and NATO’s decision to expand eastwards without limit deserves reflection.”
Lamiat SabinMarch 20, 2022 10:50 am
Around 14,700 Russian soldiers killed in invasion – Ukrainian Army
About 14,700 Russian soldiers have been killed since the start of the invasion so far, the Ukrainian military said.
Russia also lost 476 tanks, 1,487 armored fighting vehicles, 230 artillery systems, 74 multiple rocket launcher systems and 44 air defense systems.
Ninety-six aircraft, 118 helicopters, 947 vehicles, 3 ships/boats, 60 fuel and lubricant tanks, 21 operational-tactical level unmanned aerial vehicles and 12 special equipment units were also destroyed by the forces. defence, Ukraine said.
This was announced by the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on social networks.
He added: “The data is being specified. The calculation is complicated by the high intensity of hostilities.
Lamiat SabinMarch 20, 2022 10:40 a.m.
Russia ‘terrorizing Ukrainians into obeying’ in appalling conditions
Russian troops are using terrorist methods and creating desperate conditions for Ukrainians to comply with the invasion, the Ukrainian military has said.
Vladimir Putin’s army is creating humanitarian crises in the temporarily occupied territories “to impose a brutal administrative and police regime”, according to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU).
The AFU today wrote on social networks: “So yesterday evening in the Kherson region from the city of Apostolove of the Dnipropetrovsk region, 14 trucks carrying food and essential medicines were moved.
“The Russian occupiers did not give access to the humanitarian convoy to move without reason. In this way, the occupiers try to force the local population to collaborate.
The trucks contained food, medicine and hygiene products – the Ukrainian parliament tweeted.
Lamiat SabinMarch 20, 2022 10:30 am
Ukrainians kneel to pay respect to fallen local soldier
Several hundred Ukrainian civilians mourned the death of a local soldier by kneeling on the side of a road as his body was carried for burial.
Residents of an unspecified location in Ukraine kneel on the ground – holding candles and making the religious gesture of making the sign of the cross – as the body of the soldier passes into a vehicle, video shows.
The footage was released today by the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, but was first shared on social media earlier this week.
Lamiat SabinMarch 20, 2022 10:20 a.m.
Russia “destroys” a house with several Grad rocket launchers
Russian invaders “destroyed” a house and damaged a gas pipeline with multiple Grad rocket launchers, officials said.
On Saturday evening, Russian troops shelled the village of Velyka Kostromka in the Dnipropetrovsk region, said Oleksandr Vilkul – head of the military administration of Kryvy Rih.
He said in a video message: “They destroyed a house, a street and a gas pipeline were slightly damaged, but thank God no casualties. Our fire department put everything out.
Lamiat SabinMarch 20, 2022 10:10 a.m.
Shelling kills two children and an adult in Rubizhne
Two children and an adult were killed when the town of Rubizhne in the Luhansk region of Ukraine was shelled by Russian troops, an official said.
Over the past 24 hours, 24 facilities in Rubizhne and Severodonetsk have been damaged or destroyed by 19 “powerful fires” started by Russian projectiles, Luhansk regional military administration chief Serhiy Haidai said.
“During the shelling of Rubizhne, three people were killed, including two children, two (one child) were injured,” the administration’s press service quoted Haidai as saying on Sunday.
Over the past day, 24 houses in Rubizhne and nearby Severodonetsk were destroyed, of which seven people were rescued, according to the military.
About 30 facilities were damaged, including 12 multi-apartment buildings and 12 private residential buildings, an educational institution in Rubizhne, warehouses, utility buildings and infrastructure.
Lamiat SabinMarch 20, 2022 9:50 a.m.