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Russia - Ukraine today

| 7.3.22 |

Russia - Ukraine today


Presidential adviser Oleksiy Arestovich said the areas targeted by heavy shelling included the suburbs of Kiev, Chernihiv in the north, Mykolaiv in the south and as usual, Kharkiv, the country's second largest city. Kharkiv officials said the shelling damaged a TV tower and heavy artillery hit residential areas. Arestovich described a "catastrophic" situation in the Kiev suburbs of Bucha, Hostomel and Irpin, where attempts to evacuate residents on Sunday failed. Evacuations also failed at Mariupol in the south and Volnovakha in the east due to bombing. Irpin will remain in our memories. We've all seen the full body images of the fugitive family. 

Lying on the side of the road, dead on the ground trying to save himself. And one cannot help but think of the shooter's indifference or inhumanity. "We will not forgive and will not forget. We will punish all those who have committed atrocities in this war on our land." The anger of the president Volodymyr Zelenskiy is the anger of all Ukrainians: "We will find all those who shoot in our cities, our people, who bomb our lands, who fire rockets. There will be no quiet place on this earth to You. Except for the graves." Rarely in recent times has a wartime president been so able to identify with his own people. But we have to talk to each other. 

The third round of talks between Ukraine and Russia is scheduled for today. This was reported by the head of the Ukrainian delegation, David Arakhamia, who however gave no further details. The previous two sessions, on the Ukraine-Belarus border and later on the Polish-Belarusian border, yielded nothing even though the parties had agreed to create a "humanitarian corridor". But for the second day in a row, Sunday, residents of Mariupol, on the Sea of   Azov, are under a "humanitarian blockade", according to their mayor Vadim Boïtchenko, and must stop evacuating. Speaking to Fox News, Arakhamia reiterated that Ukraine does not want to recognize Crimea and the Donbass, even if there would be a general will for other options.
Zelenskiy had another reason to be angry. In a video statement last night, Ukraine's president criticized Western leaders for failing to react to the Russian Defense Ministry's announcement that they would bomb Ukraine's military-industrial complex, telling employees of this factory not to go to work. . 

"I've never heard a single world leader react to this," Zelenskiy said. "The aggressor's courage is a clear signal to the West that the sanctions imposed on Russia are not enough." Zelenskiy called for a "trial" to be held to try those who ordered and committed the crime. "Think of the sense of impunity of the occupiers who could announce such premeditated atrocities," he said. In less than a week, the US and NATO have supplied Kiev with more than 17,000 anti-tank weapons, including Javelin missiles, over the borders with Poland and Romania. The New York Times wrote it, comparing in some respects the ongoing airlift to that organized by Westerners in 1948-1949 to transport food and other basic necessities in Soviet-surrounded West Berlin.
Oil continues to rise in the market. This morning, Brent from the North Sea exceeded $140 a barrel, near an all-time high of 2008. The time has come for Ukraine to tackle hunger as well. Supermarkets across the country are short on produce while supply routes have become more difficult, so exports of several products have been suspended, from meat to rye, wheat and buckwheat. Meanwhile, exports of wheat and corn need permission from the Ministry of Economy. In times of war it is better to follow the generals. For example, genes. 

Mark Milley, president of America's Chief of Staff. Yesterday he visited the Amari air base in Estonia and will do the same with other Baltic states to pledge US and NATO support for Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, former Soviet republics bordering Russia. Milley said the US had no indication that Moscow was planning attacks against the Baltic states and "we want to make sure it stays that way."

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