Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy urged Russia to engage in serious and honest talks on a peace agreement. Meanwhile, the fight continues in many places. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin accused the Russian military of many tactical errors.
Fight to rescue civilians from hotspots near kyiv
After rescuing at least 50,000 civilians from combat zones north and northwest of the capital kyiv, Ukrainian authorities are now trying to evacuate the most vulnerable hotspots. “The occupying forces do not allow us to continue the evacuation of the hotspots,” Oleksiy Kuleba, head of the kyiv region’s humanitarian staff, said Saturday night on Facebook. “But despite the cynicism of the enemy, we continue to do everything we can to protect the lives of our people.”
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In consultation with the Russian side, so-called escape corridors have been repeatedly opened in recent days, allowing civilians to leave conflicting cities and towns. However, the agreements were not always kept and civilians were repeatedly attacked.
US Secretary of Defense: Russians make military mistakes
According to US Secretary of Defense Austin, the Russian military made tactical mistakes in the Ukraine war. There has been a “series of missteps,” Austin said in an interview with US network CNN on Friday during his trip to Bulgaria. The Russian army suffered setbacks in the Ukraine. “They had imagined they would move fast and take the capital very fast, but they couldn’t do it,” Austin said. Also, the Russians did not use tactical intelligence well. The Pentagon keeps saying that the Russian military is making little progress in Ukraine.
Heavy fighting at Cherson airport
Chernobayevka airport near Cherson in southern Ukraine remains the focus of bitter fighting, according to the Ukrainian account. “We found them there again,” Oleksiy Arestovich, adviser to President Zelenskyy’s chief of staff, wrote on Facebook on Saturday, referring to the Russian troops. The Ukrainian armed forces have already ambushed the Russian army at this airport six times and inflicted heavy casualties on the enemy there. This could not be independently verified.
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Zelenskyj demands honest negotiations from Moscow
“Meaningful negotiations on Ukraine’s peace and security, honest negotiations without delay are the only chance for Russia to lessen the damage caused by its own mistakes,” Zelenskyy said in a video address on Friday night. If Ukraine’s territorial integrity is not restored, Russia will suffer “serious losses.”
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“It is time to establish territorial unity and justice for Ukraine,” he said. “Otherwise, Russia will suffer such losses that it will take several generations to get back on its feet.” Zelenskyy reiterated his call for direct talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin on a peace solution.
Ukrainian parliament leader stresses red lines for negotiations
The sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, as well as its state independence, are and will remain the so-called red lines for kyiv in the current peace negotiations with Russia. These are “immutable”, Parliament Speaker Stefanchuk emphasized in an article on the Verkhovna Rada website. Therefore, there can be only one result: “This is our victory.” On the way there, the important points are addressed “step by step”. “We are moving in the right direction,” Stefantschuk wrote.
EU Commission warns of famine in Ukraine
In view of the fighting in Ukraine, the EU Commission warns of famine in the country. “People in besieged cities are exposed to apocalyptic conditions: no food, no water, no medical care and no way out,” said European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Janez Lenarcic of “Welt am Sonntag”. The humanitarian crisis in Ukraine is already critical, but it could get worse.
What does the day bring?
Peace rallies and demonstrations against the war in Ukraine are planned in various cities in Germany. US Secretary of Defense Austin continues his visit to Bulgaria and wants to speak with Prime Minister Kiril Petkov about the situation in Ukraine, among other things. (dpa)