Ukraine military says it is ‘temporarily’ cut off from Sea of ​​Azov

  1. Ukraine’s Armed Forces General Staff says the Russians have managed to cut off the Ukrainians from the Sea of Azov”The occupiers have partially succeeded in the Donetsk operational area – temporarily depriving Ukraine of access to the Sea of ​​Azov,” the press release said.But the armed forces general staff says Moscow is still being thwarted in all its main war objectives.”The enemy is trying to compensate for the failures in advancing troops during the ground operation by launching missile and bomb strikes using both high-precision weapons and indiscriminate bombardment,” the armed forces general staff said.A Ukrainian navy sailor is seen on board an armoured gunboatReutersCopyright: ReutersA Ukrainian navy sailor is seen on a gunboatImage caption: A Ukrainian navy sailor is seen on a gunboatArticle share tools
  2. Posted at 8:188:18Zelensky: This is the price of warIn his nightly video address, Zelensky referred to a packed arena rally in Moscow earlier where the flag-waving crowd was addressed in person by President Vladimir Putin.The event at the city’s Luzhniki stadium was held to celebrate eight years since Russian troops seized Ukraine’s southern region of Crimea.”Many words were heard in Moscow today in connection with the anniversary of the capture of Crimea,” Zelensky said.”There was a big rally. And I want to draw attention to one detail. It is reported that a total of about 200,000 people were involved in the rally in the Russian capital – 100,000 on the streets, about 95,000 in the stadium.”Approximately the same number of Russian troops were involved in the invasion of Ukraine.”Just imagine that there are 14,000 corps and tens of thousands more wounded and maimed at that stadium in Moscow. There are already so many Russian casualties from this invasion.”This is the price of war. A little more than three weeks. The war must end.”The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine claims more than 14,000 Russian soldiers have died since the invasion of Ukraine began on February 24.Moscow has claimed only about 498 Russian soldiers have died.Article share tools
  3. Posted at 8:078:07Zelensky: It’s time to talkUkrainian President Volodymyr ZelenskyEPACopyright: EPAUkrainian President Volodymyr ZelenskyImage caption: Ukrainian President Volodymyr ZelenskyUkrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called on Saturday for meaningful peace and security talks “without delay” with Moscow.He said it was Russia’s only chance to limit the damage from its “mistakes” in the wake of its invasion.”This is the only chance for Russia to reduce the damage from its own mistakes,” Zelensky said in his nightly video address.”It’s time to meet, it’s time to talk, it’s time to restore territorial integrity and justice for Ukraine.”Otherwise, Russia’s losses will be such that you will need several generations to recover.”Article share tools
  4. Posted at 7:317:31Abramovich jet among 99 Russian planes grounded by USThe sanctioned aircraft include Boeing jets being used by Russian flag carrier AeroflotGetty ImagesCopyright: Getty ImagesThe sanctioned aircraft include Boeing jets being used by Russian flag carrier AeroflotImage caption: The sanctioned aircraft include Boeing jets being used by Russian flag carrier AeroflotThe US government has effectively grounded nearly 100 planes with ties to Russia.A list released on Friday by its Department of Commerce publicly identifies commercial and private aircraft said to be in contravention of US sanctions on Russia.The list includes aircraft operated by Russian airlines, including Aeroflot.While most are Boeing aircraft, a Gulfstream private jet belonging to Roman Abramovich – the current owner of Chelsea football club – is also included.The Biden administration says providing service to these aircraft anywhere in the world – including inside Russia – may lead to heavy fines and potential jail time.Read more.Article share tools
  5. Posted at 7:097:09US military aircraft on Nato exercise in Norway crashes – reportsA V-22 Osprey aircraft in flightGetty ImagesCopyright: Getty ImagesA V-22 Osprey aircraft in flightImage caption: A V-22 Osprey aircraft in flightA US military aircraft with four people onboard has reportedly crashed in northern Norway while taking part in Nato military exercises.Norway’s federal search and rescue co-ordination agency told Reuters that a V-22 Osprey on a training flight went missing during bad weather on Friday.According to Reuters, a spokesman later confirmed it had “hit the ground”.The status of its four passengers is not currently known.Norway’s public broadcaster NRK has confirmed “challenging weather conditions in the area” probably caused the accident.Authorities are searching the area by land and air.A significant Nato exercise is said to be taking place in the country, with several Ospreys on site.Article share tools
  6. Posted at 6:496:49Why Mykolaiv matters to MoscowLyse DoucetChief International Correspondent, KyivMykolaiv has been on the front line for many weeks.Some of its neighbourhoods on the edges have been under incessant Russian shelling, but today an army barracks in the north of the city appears to have taken a direct hit from Russian missiles.A Ukrainian MP told us that dozens were wounded and dozens were killed at a base that was being used to train Ukrainian soldiers.This comes after Ukrainian armed forces repelled a major Russian advance on the city. But they will try again.Mykolaiv matters to Moscow.It stands in the way of the magnificent city of Odessa, Ukraine’s biggest port. It is part of a swathe of land along the south that Russia wants to take for a land corridor between two areas – Crimea and eastern Ukraine, which it already controls. That is regarded as the minimum President Putin would want to take away from this war.At the other end sits Mariupol. The city bombarded, besieged. It is now byword now for human suffering in Ukraine.The fighting there has now reached the city centre – a city centre which people say no longer exists, it’s been smashed to smithereens.Russian advances in the south eastBBCCopyright: BBCArticle share tools
  7. Posted at 6:366:36UN delivers first convoy of emergency aid to SumyOffloading the United Nations convoy of emergency aid in SumyUnited NationsCopyright: United NationsOffloading the United Nations convoy of emergency aid in SumyImage caption: Offloading the United Nations convoy of emergency aid in SumyThe United Nations says it has just delivered its first package of humanitarian supplies to Sumy.Thousands of civilians have been fleeing the besieged north-eastern city in recent days, but many more remain.”We are here to help the most vulnerable civilians caught in the fighting, wherever they are in Ukraine,” said the UN Crisis Coordinator for Ukraine Amin Awad.The convoy in Sumy contains 130 metric tonnes of essential aid, including bottled water, canned food and medical supplies. The items are expected to directly impact some 35,000 residents.The UN has said it will be the first of many shipments into the war-torn country, calling on “all parties” to allow “unhindered and sustained humanitarian access” for its volunteers and partners.Infographic on north-eastern city of Sumy, 40km from Russian borderBBCCopyright: BBCArticle share tools
  8. Posted at 6:236:239,000 evacuated through humanitarian corridors on Friday, Ukraine saysMore than three million people have fled Ukraine over the past three weeksGetty ImagesCopyright: Getty ImagesMore than three million people have fled Ukraine over the past three weeksImage caption: More than three million people have fled Ukraine over the past three weeksUkrainian authorities say they evacuated 9,145 people from its major cities through humanitarian corridors on Friday, the 23rd day of Russia’s invasion.According to a post on Telegram by Kyrylo Tymoshenko, deputy head of the president’s office, the numbers include nearly 5,000 residents of the southern port city of Mariupol, which has been under constant assault by Russian forces.The senior official added more than 4,000 people fled Sumy, in the northeast, while some 500 others were bused out of Zaporizhzhia, where Europe’s largest nuclear plant is located.The BBC has not independently verified these claims.The figures presented by Tymoshenko far exceed the less than 4,000 people that his office said managed to escape on Thursday.Article share tools
  9. Posted at 6:026:02WATCH: What a refugee mother in Poland is telling her childVideo contenthttps://emp.bbc.com/emp/SMPj/2.44.14/iframe.htmlVideo caption: War in Ukraine: Talking to a Ukrainian mother and her child who fled to PolandWar in Ukraine: Talking to a Ukrainian mother and her child who fled to PolandThousands of children are among the refugees pouring over Ukraine’s borders into neighbouring countries.In Poland, Krystyna Tynkalyuk tells the BBC that she is describing the move to her toddler “like an adventure… we are on holiday and visiting friends”.But Krystyna says, voice choking up, that her daughter asks more and more often “to go home to daddy”.Article share tools
  10. Posted at 5:485:48Russia pursuing strategy of attrition – UK defence expertPaul AdamsBBC diplomatic correspondentThe UK’s Chief of Defence Intelligence (CDI), Lieutenant General Sir Jim Hockenhull, says “the Kremlin has so far failed to achieve its original objectives”.He attributes that to two reasons – problems of its own making, and surprise at the scale and ferocity of Ukrainian resistance.Hockenhull says Russian operations have changed and the country is now pursuing a “strategy of attrition” that involves “the reckless and indiscriminate use of firepower”.”This will result in increased civilian casualties, destruction of Ukrainian infrastructure, and intensify the humanitarian crisis,” he notes.He also adds that Vladimir Putin has reinforced his control over the domestic media: “The Kremlin is attempting to control the narrative, hide operational problems and obscure high Russian casualty numbers from the Russian people.”Russians have made few advances in recent daysBBCCopyright: BBCArticle share tools
  11. Posted at 5:375:37Satellite images show destruction across UkraineNew satellite imagery, collected by the US-based Maxar Technologies, shows the damage caused by Russian airstrikes and artillery in various Ukrainian cities.Smoke billows from a grocery store on fire in a damaged residential neighbourhood of Hostomel, in the Kyiv regionSatellite image ©2022 Maxar TechnologiesCopyright: Satellite image ©2022 Maxar TechnologiesSmoke billows from a grocery store on fire in a damaged residential neighbourhood of Hostomel, in the Kyiv regionImage caption: Smoke billows from a grocery store on fire in a damaged residential neighbourhood of Hostomel, in the Kyiv regionA Russian artillery strike makes impact on a burning field in south Chernihiv, in northern UkraineSatellite image ©2022 Maxar TechnologiesCopyright: Satellite image ©2022 Maxar TechnologiesA Russian artillery strike makes impact on a burning field in south Chernihiv, in northern UkraineImage caption: A Russian artillery strike makes impact on a burning field in south Chernihiv, in northern UkraineHomes destroyed by artillery shelling in the small town of MoschunSatellite image ©2022 Maxar TechnologiesCopyright: Satellite image ©2022 Maxar TechnologiesHomes destroyed by artillery shelling in the small town of MoschunImage caption: Homes destroyed by artillery shelling in the small town of MoschunA long line of cars evacuating the besieged port city of Mariupol in the south; some 350,000 people are said to be trapped in the citySatellite image ©2022 Maxar TechnologiesCopyright: Satellite image ©2022 Maxar TechnologiesA long line of cars evacuating the besieged port city of Mariupol in the south; some 350,000 people are said to be trapped in the cityImage caption: A long line of cars evacuating the besieged port city of Mariupol in the south; some 350,000 people are said to be trapped in the cityArticle share tools
  12. Posted at 5:235:23What’s the latest?MariupolGetty ImagesCopyright: Getty ImagesEvacuation of civilians through secure corridors continues in MariupolImage caption: Evacuation of civilians through secure corridors continues in MariupolIf you’re just joining us, or want a recap, here’s a summary of the latest developments:
    • Fighting has reached the centre of the southern port city of Mariupol, both sides have confirmed, where many civilians are still trapped and more than 80% of residential buildings are either damaged or destroyed
    • President Zelensky said just 130 people have been rescued from the basement of the city’s theatre, which was bombed on Wednesday. Some 1,300 are said to still be inside
    • Dozens have reportedly been killed in a Russian missile attack on a Ukrainian army barracks in the strategic southern city of Mykolaiv
    • President Biden has warned China of the consequences if it gives support to Russia in its war against Ukraine
    • Vladimir Putin repeated a false claim at a huge rally in Moscow that Russian troops were protecting people in areas of eastern Ukraine from genocide
    • Negotiations continue between Russia and Ukraine. Moscow claims they are “halfway there” but Kyiv says their position remains “unchanged”
    Russian advancesBBCCopyright: BBCArticle share tools
  13. Posted at 5:115:11Downed power line at Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant restoredAn update now on the status of the Zaporizhzhia power station.The nuclear plant, the largest of its kind in Europe, was captured by Russian forces two weeks ago after a heavy aerial assault that sparked concern and condemnation.Three of the plant’s five power lines were reportedly damaged or disconnected sometime around the Russian takeover.The Interfax Ukraine news agency now says that Ukrainian specialists have repaired one of the damaged lines.Nuclear power plants in UkraineBBCCopyright: BBCArticle share tools
  14. Posted at 5:015:01UK PM pledges to do more to help Ukraine in call with ZelenskyBoris Johnson speaks at the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party Conference in AberdeenEPACopyright: EPABoris Johnson pledged to do more to help Ukraine, in a telephone call with President Zelensky on Friday morning.The prime minister vowed to stand with Ukraine at a time when its people were “facing such horror with such courage”.Mr Johnson said he told Mr Zelensky: “We know that we must do more to help. I pledge to you that we will.”Speaking at the Scottish Conservative conference in Aberdeen, he said he told the president that he knew Ukraine was fighting “not just for your lives and your homes, but for the cause of democracy and freedom itself”.He said the UK had “led the way” in providing weapons to Ukraine and imposing sanctions on Russia.But he added: “I think that we all feel that we can, and we will, do more.”Article share tools
  15. Posted at 4:434:43Scotland opens super sponsor scheme for refugeesRefugees fleeing the Russian invasion cross the border from Ukraine to PolandReutersCopyright: ReutersThe Scotttish government’s offer to act as a super sponsor for Ukrainians seeking refuge in the UK is now open.This means Scotland could welcome 3,000 Ukrainians without delay, according to First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.The super sponsor scheme will provide people fleeing the war in Ukraine with temporary accommodation in Scotland, while longer-term lodging is found.With the Scottish government acting as a super sponsor, those fleeing the Russian invasion could come to Scotland “immediately” – rather than waiting to be matched to an individual host.”To those Ukrainians arriving in our country, I can say we will treat you with compassion, dignity and respect,” Sturgeon said today, adding “and I extend a warm welcome to Scotland, our home – and, for as long as you need it, yours too.”Article share tools
  16. Posted at 4:274:27Russia changing approach amid ‘ferocious fighting’ – western officialGordon CoreraSecurity correspondent, BBC NewsOn a map it was easy to think there had been a stalemate in the last two weeks but the reality was there had been “some pretty ferocious fighting” in contested areas, a western official has said.The failure of Russia’s original plan had led to a “change their approach. It’s forced them to have to reorganize and regroup,” they said.The Russians had made most progress in the south, they said, but overall it remained slow compared to their plan, although the risk of encirclement of the main Ukrainian force, part of Russia’s original plan, remained.The officials say Russia is trying to make up for its losses, but will have a challenge in forming the “slightly odd mix of different groups” they are recruiting into an effective fighting force.An official says Russian forces hold “an enormous amount of artillery ammunition” which could allow them to mount a “bombardment” that lasts for weeks – or longer.They say the loss of senior Russian commanders is “very difficult to obscure from the population” and poses challenges when it comes to “control of the media”.”There is going to be a challenge, I think, over how they retain control of the narrative when they’ve got losses, both at the scale that they have, but also at the profile that some of these senior officers will have,” one official says.The officials say President Vladimir Putin’s inner circle remains “stable and united” – “not perhaps necessarily on the basis of satisfaction with what’s happening, but because they will recognise that they are they are chained together as a group”.They add that the West is keeping “a very close watch” on potential escalation, which could involve cyber, chemical or biological weapons as well as nuclear.Russian advancesBBCCopyright: BBCArticle share tools
  17. Posted at 4:114:11’Dozens have been killed’ – Ukrainian MP on Mykolaiv attackMany have reportedly been killed in a Russian missile attack on Ukrainian army barracks in the strategic southern city of Mykolaiv.A Ukrainian MP in Odesa, Oleksiy Honcharenko, returned from Mykolaiv in the last 24 hours and has been speaking to the BBC.”Unfortunately we had a big attack, missile attack on Mykolaiv. Dozens of people have been killed,” he said.”Dozens are wounded and we’re speaking about missiles, ballistic missiles.”Ukrainians are reportedly continuing to defend the city, with Russian forces grouped outside, to the northeast.The city of Mykolaiv, which is crucial to Russia’s plans to take Ukraine’s third city, Odesa, has been holding back a Russian offensive along the Black Sea coast.”Mykolaiv is fighting fiercely on the ground and holding the ground and Russia just couldn’t take it so they started terror against local people, civilians,” Honcharenko added.Russian advances in the south eastBBCCopyright: BBCArticle share tools
  18. Posted at 3:463:46Biden warns Xi of consequences if China provides support to RussiaXi and BidenWhite HouseCopyright: White HouseWe have more information now on the video call between Joe Biden and Xi Jinping earlier today.Details about the two-hour call are still sparse, but the White House says Biden “described the implications and consequences if China provides material support to Russia as it conducts brutal attacks against Ukrainian cities and civilians”.Meanwhile, the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs says Xi made it clear during the meeting that “as permanent members of the UN Security Council and the world’s two leading economies, we must not only guide the China-US relations forward along the right track, but also shoulder our share of international responsibilities and work for world peace and tranquility”.Article share tools
  19. Posted at 3:183:18How much of Ukraine’s air force is still operational?As we’ve been reporting, Russian cruise missiles this morning hit an aircraft repair plant in Lviv, western Ukraine, according to the Ukrainian air force.Lviv’s mayor said Russian missiles had struck the area near the airport, hitting an aircraft repair plant building but not the airport itself. The plant had stopped working and no-one was hurt, he said.As the below graphic shows, the Ukrainian air force has been seriously hit by the Russian invasion.While military losses are difficult to quantify, the Pentagon has said a little over half of Ukraine’s fighter aircraft is still operational in comparison to its pre-war total.GraphicBBCCopyright: BBCArticle share tools
  20. Posted at 3:033:03The latest from UkraineIf you are just joining us, or want a recap, here’s a summary of some of the main events:
    • Fighting has reached the centre of the southern port city of Mariupol, both sides have confirmed, where many civilians are still trapped and more than 80% of residential buildings are either damaged or destroyed
    • President Zelensky said just 130 people have been rescued from the basement of the city’s theatre, which was bombed on Wednesday. Some 1,300 are said to still be inside
    • There are reports of mass casualties following a missile attack on a Ukrainian army barracks in the southern city of Mykolaiv – it comes as the UN says that at least 816 civilians have been killed so far
    • Russian-Ukrainian negotiations continue. Moscow claims they are “halfway there” but Ukraine say their position remains “unchanged”
    • President Putin has addressed tens of thousands of cheering Russians, at a rally in Moscow celebrating eight years since the annexation of Crimea
    • President Zelensky says he’s spoken to EU Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen, and he expects quick progress on Ukraine’s application for fast-track EU membership

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