UKRAINE RUSSIA. On the 34th day of the war in Ukraine, Russia is making concessions and refusing to “denazify” and “demilitarize” Ukraine as talks continue in Turkey on Tuesday. Mercenaries from the Wagner group are stationed in the Donbass.
09:42 – According to Ukraine, more than 17,000 Russian soldiers died and 1,000 artillery systems were destroyed.
Ukraine’s daily summary of Russia’s losses was published and picked up by Internews-Ukraine. According to the General Staff, as of Tuesday, March 29, 2022, 17,200 Russian soldiers were killed and about a thousand artillery systems were disabled during the fighting.
The Russian military fired rockets near Nikopol in the Dnipropetrovsk region on Tuesday morning, according to several media outlets. The attack raised fears of the worst, as the intended target is close to the Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant.
⚡️Russian missiles hit a target near Nikopol in the Dnipropetrovsk region.
City officials said there were no casualties.
The city is very close to the Zaporozhye NPP, as it is located across the river from it.
— The Kyiv Independent (@KyivIndependent) March 29, 2022
09:12 – According to Turkey, Russia and Ukraine have “legitimate concerns”
Turkey plays the role of a mediator in the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, and it is from the Dolmabahce Palace that the negotiators will resume negotiations on Tuesday. In the preamble to the talks, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that both Russia and Ukraine had “legitimate concerns” and called on both countries to “put an end to this tragedy.”
The Kyiv Independent reports that “hundreds of unexploded mines” have been cleared in Kyiv. “The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine urges residents to be careful and report to the police if they see an object resembling a mine or other explosive device,” Ukrainian media added.
Russia has fired 1,370 missiles into Ukraine since Feb. 24 and since the start of the Russian invasion, according to Pentagon information shared with ABC News. On Friday, March 25, the number of missiles sent was 1,200.
Assessment After 34 days of war in Ukraine, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights reports that more than a thousand civilians, including 144 children, have died in the attacks, according to the Ukrainian Prosecutor General’s Office. These figures may only be part of an even heavier human toll. In terms of armies, Ukraine reports more than 17,000 Russian soldiers killed in action, but refrains from reporting its losses, Russia has announced 1,300 soldiers killed in action. The losses claimed by Kiev seem exaggerated, and the Americans estimate Russia’s losses at 7,000-15,000 soldiers. Millions of Ukrainian refugees must also be considered victims of the war between Ukraine and Russia, 10 million fled their homes and more than 3.8 million took refuge in another country.
The occupier has not yet entered Odessa, the third largest city in Ukraine, but remains on the outskirts and continues to gather its troops. “The enemy has not withdrawn from Odessa. Aerial reconnaissance and regrouping of ships continues. Subversive groups are trying to move into our territory,” said a representative of the military administration of Odessa.
“Denazification” and “demilitarization” of Ukraine were among the main demands of Russia at the beginning of the war in Ukraine, but Moscow is backtracking and refuses to “denazify” the country and “legal protection” of the Russian language in Ukraine. to information from the Financial Times. Another striking fact is that Russia no longer opposes Ukraine’s accession to the EU and security guarantees if the country commits not to join NATO. The Kremlin’s concessions will be tied to Ukrainian resistance and numerous Russian casualties, but Ukraine remains skeptical and fearful that protracted negotiations will allow Vladimir Putin to rebuild his troops and prepare a new assault.
A Russian missile hit a factory where many barrels of fuel were stored and started a major fire in Rivne in northwestern Ukraine. State emergency services reported this and stated that no one was hurt and no oil spilled. Rescuers are still on site to bring the flames under control.
Yesterday, Russian and Ukrainian delegations arrived in Turkey, but it is on Tuesday that negotiations on the settlement of the war in Ukraine are resumed. Achieving a ceasefire is always a priority, but humanitarian issues also need to be addressed. Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on Sunday that “guarantees of security and neutrality, the non-nuclear status of our state” will also be “deeply studied.” The Ukrainian president signaled that he would carry out the agreement reached by the Ukrainians through a referendum, and accused his Russian counterpart of “delaying it.”
According to the latest British intelligence, the private Russian military company Wagner is located in eastern Ukraine. “More than 1,000 mercenaries, including ISIS, are expected to be deployed to fight,” the Defense Ministry tweeted. It is in the Donbas that soldiers are mobilized in London, in strategic places where Russia is confronted by the most equipped and trained units of the Ukrainian army. The redeployment of Wagner forces would involve “heavy casualties and a largely blocked invasion” of Ukraine.
Kyiv is still not out of danger, but in recent hours Ukraine has won a small battle, regaining control of the city of Irpin, located on the outskirts of the capital. Ukrainian counterattacks pushed the enemy northwest of Kyiv, including Irpen, Bucha and Gostomel, British intelligence said. The Ministry of Defense adds that the Russian strike force still poses a danger to Kyiv.
Since the beginning of the conflict, maps have played a key role in understanding the Russian military operation and in watching the situation in Ukraine live. Several press agencies, as well as specialized institutes and French, Ukrainian and international media, offer daily updated maps and charts. Some of these maps provide real-time tracking of the latest events, others focus on major events in the last 24 hours.