At the end of March, Russia said it would focus on controlling territory in the Donbass region, eastern Ukraine. This is where the campaigns have been in recent weeks.
Only during Thursday, they were supposed to be able to take control of 42 villages of the Donetsk province. This was stated by an adviser to President Volodymyr Zelensky, according to Reuters.
Ukraine still hopes to restore cities.
– It happened today, and perhaps our troops will be able to recover them tomorrow, said Chancellor Olena Simonenko on Thursday evening.
The campaigns intensified in the East, Ukrainian army informs Friday. It is said that Russian forces intensified their attacks along the entire front line in the Donetsk region.
Zelensky calls progress broker.
None of these steps will help Russia in the war against our country. They can only postpone the inevitable – the time when the invaders are forced to leave our lands, says the president.
– Especially in Mariupol, the city that continues to oppose Russia despite what the occupiers are winning.
Deputy Prime Minister Irina Vereshuk said that no attempt would be made to evacuate civilians on Friday.
– Because of the danger along the roads today, April 22, there will be no humanitarian corridors, she said BBC.
Various claims about Mariupol
On Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced via state television that the “Mariupol liberation campaign” was a success.
Then Putin congratulated Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, saying that he withdrew the order to storm the Azovstal steel plants in the city.
Hundreds of civilians, along with Ukrainian soldiers, are said to have taken refuge there.
US authorities, like Zelensky, say Ukrainian forces are doing well. State Department spokesman Ned Price launched a crackdown on Putin.
– There is every reason to believe that the presentation of President Putin and his Defense Minister to the media, which we have seen in the last hours, is more false information than their outdated scenario.
Immediately after the invasion, Russian forces besieged Mariupol on 24 February. Located on the Sea of Azov, the city is of strategic importance for establishing a land connection between the annexed Crimea and the breakaway republics of Luhansk and Donetsk backed by Russia.
A large new mass grave must have been found in Mariupol
The US satellite company Maxar says it has identified a mass grave containing about 200 graves in Mariupol. He writes BBC.
The mass grave, which will be shown in the photo, could be up to 20 times larger than the mass grave found in Botsja.
Donetsk Governor Pavlo Kirilenko told Telegram that thousands of people may be buried there.
Ukrainian authorities estimate that more than 20,000 people have died in Mariupol since the invasion.
Reporters in Mariupol are said to have documented the swift burials of civilians in the nearby city, writing CNN. The photo from social media should also show corpses apparently waiting to be collected.
The so-called mass grave is located near the village of Manush, about 20 kilometers west of Mariupol.
A satellite image from the city shows that mass graves were supposed to appear at the end of March. The Russian authorities have not commented on the case.
Russia claims it rejected Easter ceasefire
Ukraine has proposed a ceasefire in connection with the Orthodox Easter, which begins on Sunday. President Zelensky says Russia has rejected this.
– Zelensky said in a video address Thursday evening that it shows very well how the leaders of that country deal with the Christian faith, which is one of the most joyful and important festivals.
Pope Francis and the United Nations Secretary-General are among those calling for a ceasefire on Easter. Orthodox Christians are the largest religious group in both Ukraine and Russia, NTB writes.
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