War in Ukraine: evacuation of civilians, military successes… Update of the 11th day of fighting

Residents of Irpin flee from the city of Irpin, northwest of Kyiv, which has become the target of shelling, March 5, 2022, Ukraine. (©AFP/Aris Messinis)

Situation on the ground, international reaction, sanctions: Russian offensive continues in Ukraine for the 11th day in a row.

Thousands of civilians are trying by any means to escape from the shelled cities, in particular Kyiv. The army is approaching the Ukrainian capital, as well as Odessa, the main port of Ukraine, located on the Black Sea. Fear of collisions.

Update for this 11th day of the war.

Mariupol wants to try again to evacuate civilians

Strategic port of Mariupolbesieged by Russian troops, announced on Sunday that he wanted evacuate civiliansthe day after the failed attempt due to continued heavy shelling.

On the 11th day of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the city of 450,000 is under a “humanitarian blockade,” according to its mayor, Vadym Boytchenko, who recalls “thousands of wounded” and claims that “Mariupol is no more.” According to MSF, residents have no water, food, heating or electricity.

Mariupol, a strategic port on the Sea of ​​Azov.
Mariupol, a strategic port on the Sea of ​​Azov. (©AFP/Simon MALFATTO)

The fall of Mariupol would be a turning point, allowing Russian troops coming from annexed Crimea, which have already occupied the other key ports of Berdyansk and Kherson, to connect with troops coming from the Donbass.

The Russian army is approaching Kiev

Russian soldiers are also approaching Kyiv. Intense fighting is taking place on the outskirts of the capital, according to the Ukrainian regional administration, in particular around the road leading to Zhytomyr (150 km west of Kyiv), as well as in Chernihiv (150 km north of the capital).

This was stated by the Russian Ministry of Defense. “liquidating” almost a hundred aircraft, 778 tanks and armored vehiclesand the ruined Starokonstantinov Airport, halfway between Kiev and Lvov (west).

A soldier of the Territorial Defense Forces of Ukraine near an anti-tank barrier in the center of Kyiv, March 6, 2022.
A soldier of the Territorial Defense Forces of Ukraine near an anti-tank barrier in the center of Kyiv, March 6, 2022. (©AFP/Sergey SUPINSKY)

“The enemy has been stopped in Kyiv and Kharkov (…) the situation (in the country) is under control,” Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov assured on Facebook.

… and could hit Odessa

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Sunday that Russian troops were preparing bomb Odessaa strategic city with almost a million inhabitants and the first port of Ukrainelocated on the Black Sea coast.

“It would be a war crime. It will be a historic crime.”Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in a video message.

The Ukrainian president previously reported on Twitter that he had once again discussed by phone with his American counterpart Joe Biden “security issues”, “financial support for Ukraine” and “continuation of sanctions against Russia.”

Image taken from a video released by the Presidium of Ukraine on March 6, 2022, featuring President Volodymyr Zelinsky in Kyiv.
Image taken from a video released by the Presidium of Ukraine on March 6, 2022, featuring President Volodymyr Zelinsky in Kyiv. (© Presidium of Ukraine/AFP/-)

Threats from Putin, demonstrations in Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Saturday that the sanctions imposed on his country were akin to a “declaration of war” and warned of Ukraine’s possible loss of its “statehood” if the Ukrainian authorities did not change their policies.

Over a thousand people protesters against the invasion of Ukraine were arrested on Sunday in about 30 Russian cities, leaving almost 10,000 protesters arrested since February 24This was reported by the public organization OVD-Info, which specializes in monitoring demonstrations.

Arrest of a protester against Russia's invasion of Ukraine, March 3, 2022, Moscow.
Arrest of a protester against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, March 3, 2022, Moscow. (©AFP/-)

Mediation attempts

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett announced on Saturday mediation attempt with visits to Moscow, then to Berlin and a telephone interview with President Zelensky. It is a “moral duty” even if “there is little chance of success,” he said Sunday.

Pope Francis on Sunday deplored the “rivers of blood and tears” flowing through Ukraine after the Russian invasion and asked: creation of humanitarian corridors.

For his part, French President Emmanuel Macron was due to speak by phone with Vladimir Putin again on Sunday.

Third round of negotiations

Third round negotiation between Ukraine and Russia will take place on Monday, David Arakhamia, a member of the Ukrainian delegation, said on Saturday.

However, the likelihood of reaching agreements seems unlikely. Meanwhile, the US is “actively working” on an agreement with Poland to send combat aircraft to Ukraine, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said on Sunday during a visit to Moldova.

Refugees: Moldova asks for US help

Moldovan Prime Minister Natalia Gavrilita on Sunday called on the United States provide more humanitarian assistance help their country take in refugees fleeing Ukraine during a visit by US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken.

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken in Chisinau on March 6, 2022 in Moldova.
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken in Chisinau on March 6, 2022 in Moldova. (© Pool/AFP/OLIVIER DULIERI)

Moldova, one of the poorest countries in Europe with 2.6 million people, is currently hosting 120,000 refugees fleeing Ukraine.

More than 1.5 million refugees left Ukraine in ten days, according to the UN, making this the fastest refugee crisis since World War II.

Russia fears growth of black food market

Russia finally worried about the appearance network of resale of basic foodstuffsthe economy is suffering under the onslaught of Western sanctions.

News about Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
News about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. (©AFP/)

The Russian government said on Saturday that it supported the rationing measures taken by major retailers, but has yet to issue guidance.

Source: © 2022 AFP

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