Russian-Ukrainian war: what we know on the 44th day of the invasion Ukraine

  • The Kremlin has admitted that it suffered “significant losses” after the Russian invasion of Ukraine, rarely acknowledging how badly the war went. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov expressed hope that the besieged Mariupol would soon be “liberated from nationalist battalions.”

  • President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky stressed the courage of his people in his last national appeal. “Being brave is our brand,” he said, calling for bolder sanctions against Russia. He also said that Russian troops were preparing “developed propaganda scenarios” to make it look like the civilians they killed in Mariupol had been killed by Ukrainian soldiers.

  • According to reports, a Russian air strike on the railway near Barvinkov station in the Donetsk region blocked the departure of three evacuation trains. Thousands of passengers, who were supposed to be evacuated by trains, were accommodated at the station, Ukrainian media Hromadske reports.

  • Prosecutor General of Ukraine Irina Venediktov said that 26 bodies were found under two destroyed buildings in Borodyanka, a town about 25 km west of Bucha.. She did not say whether the authorities had determined the cause of death, but accused Russian troops of carrying out air strikes on the city, which Ukrainian authorities are looking for after the withdrawal of Russian troops who occupied it.

  • Ukraine is preparing for a renewed Russian offensive on the Eastern Front as Russian troops withdraw from the devastated outskirts of Kyiv to regroup and intensify their attacks across the Donbass region. Adviser to the President of Ukraine Alexei Arestovich said that the besieged southern city of Mariupol is holding on and believes that Russia’s efforts to surround Ukrainian troops in the east will be in vain.

  • This was announced by the mayor of Mariupol Vadim Boychenko more than 100,000 people are still in urgent need evacuate from the city. Speaking on national television, he described the situation in the Ukrainian port city, which is under siege by Russia, as a humanitarian catastrophe.

  • Zelensky called on the Greek parliament to use its influence to save the rest of Mariupol’s population, in which for centuries there were many ethnic Greeks.

  • In his address, Zelensky said that “the Russian state and the Russian military are the biggest threat on the planet to freedom, human security, the concept of human rights.” In Mariupol, he said, “the same atrocities, the same horrific crimes” were taking place in Bucha and the Kiev region, accusing Russian forces of re-staging the war in accordance with their country’s propaganda.

  • The United Nations General Assembly has voted to remove Russia from the UN Human Rights Council over reports of “gross and systematic violations and human rights violations.” by invading Russian troops in Ukraine. Ninety-three countries voted for the US-led idea, while 24 countries voted against and 58 abstained.

  • Russia will is likely to resume the attack on Kyiv, if he manages to take full control of the eastern districts of Donetsk and Lugansk, This was announced by Deputy Chief of Staff of the Land Forces of Ukraine Alexander Gruzevich. Earlier today, Deputy Defense Minister of Ukraine Anna Malyar warned that Russian troops are waiting for Moscow to step up reconnaissance operations there and learn how best to fight Ukrainian troops.

  • The mayor of Dnipro, a city in central-eastern Ukraine, called on women, children and the elderly to leave, as fighting in Russia is expected to intensify in the eastern regions.. Filatov’s warnings follow from similar appeals of the Luhansk region authorities east of the Dnieper. On Wednesday, the governor of Luhansk region called on all residents to evacuate while they are still relatively safe.

  • NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg says Allies have agreed to step up support for Ukraine, and provided a “wide range” of weapons systems, as well as cybersecurity assistance and equipment to protect against chemical and biological threats. He added that there were no signs of Vladimir Putin’s intention to step down.

  • Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba called for heavier weapons Western allies and “destructive” sanctions against Moscow, warning: “Either you help us now – and I’m talking about days, not weeks – or your help will come too late and many people will die.”

  • German special services intercepted radio messages from Russian soldiers discussing the killings of civilians in Ukraine. according to reports. Two separate reports are said to have been intercepted in which Russian soldiers described how they interrogated soldiers as well as civilians and then proceeded to shoot them, citing a Washington Post intelligence spokesman.

  • General Mark Millie, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, issued grim warnings for millions of people who desperately hope that Putin will see the point and stop attacking Ukraine. “It’s going to be a long job,” Millie told the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee at a hearing in Washington.

  • In a video posted on the Internet, soldiers fighting for Ukraine shoot Russian prisoners of war near a village west of Kiev. The footage was originally published in the Telegram social media app. The New York Times reported that it had checked the video, and the BBC reported that it had confirmed its location north of the town of Dmitrovka and found satellite images showing bodies on the ground.

  • According to him, the editor-in-chief of the Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta, a Nobel Prize winner, was attacked with red paint when he was on the train. The investigative newspaper suspended the publication until the end of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, after the Russian communications regulator warned them to stop reporting.

– Leoni Chao-Fong, Joanna Walters, Guardian staff

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