Russia-Ukraine War: More than 900 civilian bodies found in Kiev region

Russia caused significant damage to roads, bridges during withdrawal

Russian troops made sure to leave lasting damage to important infrastructure around Kiev as they withdrew from the area, according to the latest British intelligence report.

Troops left landmines and vehicles along key routes throughout northern Ukraine, destroying several river crossings in and around Chernihiv.

The damaged infrastructure now makes it difficult to provide humanitarian aid to large parts of the region, the British Ministry of Defense said.

Russia bans Boris Johnson and other British officials over Ukraine’s war sanctions

Russia’s foreign ministry said on Saturday that British politicians, including Prime Minister Boris Johnson, had been banned from entering the country because of “hostile acts” against Russia.

The Russian MFA accused Britain of “deliberately aggravating” the situation in Ukraine, including “pumping” deadly weapons into the country and coordinating similar efforts with NATO allies.

“The Russophobic course of the British authorities, whose main task is to incite a negative attitude towards our country, is reducing bilateral ties in almost all areas and is to the detriment of the people of Britain itself,” the ministry said. wrote and called Britain’s actions “unacceptable.”

Russia has banned more than a dozen British officials, including Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab, Defense Secretary Ben Wallace, Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon and former Prime Minister Theresa May.

Airstrikes reported in the Lviv region of western Ukraine: Governor

Air strikes were reported in the Lviv region of western Ukraine on Saturday morning, Ukrainian officials said.

Missile attacks were carried out by Russian Su-35 planes taking off from an airport in Belarus, according to Maksym Kozytskyy, the governor of the Lviv region, who spoke via the Telegram messaging app.

Kozytskyy did not elaborate on possible deaths or injuries from the strikes. Kozytskyy noted that Ukraine’s air defense fired four cruise missiles.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

The besieged Ukrainian city of Mariupol withstands Russian invasion

The besieged Ukrainian port city of Mariupol is holding out against the continued bombardment by Russian forces.

Ukrainian troops are fighting fiercely against the superior firepower of the Russians in the once bustling city, where about a quarter of its pre-war population remains.

The fighting and resistance from Ukraine have helped to bind Russian forces and delay a planned offensive in eastern Ukraine.

“As long as the street fighting is going on, Russia will not be able to remove troops from Mariupol and deploy them to other areas, including the Donbas,” Oleh Zhdanov, an independent military expert, told the Associated Press.

The Russians see Mariupol as a key target since the beginning of the invasion on February 24, when its takeover could help Russia establish a land corridor to Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

Zelenskyy on repeated weapons requests: ‘It’s Groundhog Day’

Rep. Michael Waltz discusses Zelensky’s frustrated comments regarding his numerous requests for weapons from the West on ‘Fox News @ Night.’

Zelenskyy says between 2,500 and 3,000 Ukrainian troops have died in the war with Russia

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on Friday that between 2,500 and 3,000 Ukrainian soldiers have died in the war with Russia so far.

He made the comments on CNN on Friday, noting that 10,000 have been injured.

Zelenskyy added that 19,000 to 20,000 Russian soldiers have been killed in the war, which turns into an eighth week.

His comments come as Russian forces continue preparations for a renewed offensive in eastern Ukraine.

Reuters contributed to this report

Ukrainians marry Russian in Mexico after war disrupted wedding plans

A Ukrainian woman married a Russian man in the Mexican border town of Tijuana this week.

After the war disrupted their plan to get married in Kiev, they hoped to travel to the United States to get married.

While the bride, Daria Sakhniuk, was allowed to enter the United States as a Ukrainian refugee, her partner, Semen Bobrovski, a Russian citizen, was unable to travel due to restrictions on the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Bobrovski told El Sol de Tijuana that he felt that being married could help his chances of entering the United States with his wife – as Russian citizens with family members from the state are the only ones allowed to enter the country .

“Without it, we will not be able to cross because we are still strangers to each other before the official US government,” Bobrovski said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

Zelenskyy calls on ‘democratic world’ to ban Russian oil, says sanctions ‘painful’, but not enough

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Friday called on the “democratic world” to ban Russian oil.

“In general, the democratic world must accept that Russia’s money for energy resources is in fact money for the destruction of democracy,” Zelenskyy said in a nightly speech to Ukraine.

He said sanctions against Russia were “painful”, but not enough, as Europe is more dependent on Russian energy supplies.

“The sooner the democratic world recognizes that the oil embargo against Russia and the complete blockade of its banking sector are necessary steps towards peace, the sooner the war will end,” he added.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

Moscow warns US to stop arming Ukraine after sinking Russian warship

National Security Correspondent Jennifer Griffin has the latest from Kyiv, Ukraine, on ‘America Reports’.

Ukraine: More than 900 civilian bodies found in Kiev region, police say

The bodies of more than 900 civilians have been discovered in the region around the Ukrainian capital after Russia’s withdrawal – most of them fatally shot, police said Friday, indicating that many people were “simply executed.”

The shocking figure emerged shortly after Russia’s Defense Ministry promised to escalate missile attacks on Kiev in response to Ukraine’s alleged attacks on Russian territory.

Around Kiev, Andriy Nebytov, the head of the capital’s regional police force, said bodies were left on the streets or given temporary burials. He cited police data indicating that 95% died of gunshot wounds.

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Ukraine’s prime minister, finance officials will visit Washington next week

Ukraine is sending its prime minister and finance officials to next week’s spring meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, where the discussion will focus on the Russian invasion and its impact on the global economy.

Those attending the gathering include Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal, Finance Minister Serhiy Marchenko and Governor Kyrylo Shevchenko, a World Bank official said on condition of anonymity.

It will be the first chance for key Ukrainian officials to meet in person with a large number of financial officials following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on 24 February.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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