In an operational report released this morning, the Ukrainian military stated Russian forces have ammunition and food stores that will last “no more than three days.” “Mobilization is carried out in a disorderly manner… majority of them have no military speciality, because they have never served in the military,” officials claimed. Ukraine also stated that its soldiers had retaken Makariv, a town located 50 kilometers west of Kyiv.
“It is hard to properly comprehend what they are ready for in order to cease the war without this meeting,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said of direct talks with Vladimir Putin.
“For Russian military, Ukraine is the gates of Europe, where they want to burst in,” Zelenskiy told the Italian parliament. Mario Draghi, the Italian prime minister, said Ukraine has shown “heroic” opposition and that Italy would back Kyiv’s EU application.
A journalist for Russia’s Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper claimed on Monday that an article on the publication’s website saying almost 10,000 Russian troops had been killed in Ukraine so far was the result of a website “hack.”
Oleksiy Honcharenko, a Ukrainian MP representing Odesa, has predicted a Russian land operation against the city from the Black Sea. On Monday, Odesa’s residential neighborhoods were apparently attacked for the first time during the war.
Volodymyr Borysenko, the mayor of Boryspil, has urged citizens to evacuate the city. It’s just outside of Kyiv, near the country’s busiest international airport.
Iryna Vereshchuk, Ukraine’s deputy prime minister, has pleaded with Russia to let humanitarian aid into the besieged southern city of Mariupol and to allow inhabitants to evacuate. On Tuesday, a convoy of 15 buses carrying 1,114 refugees will embark on a 200-kilometer journey to Zaporizhzhia, where they will get food, medical and psychological help, as well as resettlement assistance.
According to a draft statement produced before Thursday’s EU summit, EU leaders aim to establish a “trust fund” for Ukraine to assist it fight Russia’s invasion and rebuild after the war.
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