Chechen leader Kadyrov said his troops had taken control of the Mariupol government building, while Ukraine had yet to comment.
related TASS citing Ramzan Kadyrov, leader of the Russian Republic of Chechnya, on March 24, as saying that the security forces under him had “taken over the municipal government building Mariupol and raised the flag there”, adding that the Ukrainian defense units did not resist and had left their positions.
Information has not been independently verified. The Russian and Ukrainian militaries have not commented on the information.
Ramzan Kadyrov is considered a close ally of Putin, strongly supporting the separatist movement in eastern Ukraine and Russia’s annexation of Crimea. Kadyrov announced on February 26 that Chechen troops had arrived in Ukraine to participate in the Russian operation, but did not specify the number. International media estimated 10,000 people were deployed. On March 17, Kadyrov announced that he would continue to send 1,000 more fighters.
Mariupol is strategically located on the shores of the Sea of Azov and has been the target of a siege by Russian forces since early March. About 400,000 residents are believed to be still trapped in the city amid the shooting without electricity or water. system.
Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk accused Russian troops of preventing residents from evacuating Mariupol, despite the fact that Ukrainian authorities had prepared 40 buses to take them out of the city. Moscow has not commented, but both sides have repeatedly blamed each other for violating the ceasefire and complicating the evacuation of civilians.
The spokesman for the Russian Ministry of Defense Igor Konashenkov announced that Russian units have taken control of the city Izyum in the Kharkiv province. It is a city located in the east of Ukraine with a population of about 54,000 people. Izyum has cut off almost all communications since Russia and Ukraine fought fiercely here last week.
General Konashenkov added that Russia carried out strikes with long-range precision weapons on the night of March 23 and March 24. “The strike destroyed 13 missile launchers, including nine S-300 systems and four Buk-M1 complexes in the South China Sea. Danilovkasouth of Kiev, a command post and armory in BakhmutDonetsk region, and the temporary base of the nationalist battalion in Lisichansk“, she says.
Russia has yet to control Ukraine’s main city after nearly a month of conflict. Ukrainian officials say they are turning to counterattacks and have repelled Russian units in many areas, including north of the capital. Kiev.
The Ukrainian Ministry of Defense also announced the sinking of the large Russian amphibious ship Orsk, which was anchored in the southern port. Berdyansk. Moscow has not yet commented on this information.
The office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said at least 1,035 civilians had been killed and 1,650 injured since Russia launched a military operation in Ukraine on February 24. Nearly 3.7 million people have fled to neighboring countries, out of a total of more than 10 million who have fled their homes in Ukraine.
US President Joe Biden’s administration is expected to accept 100,000 refugees Ukraine and pledged an additional one billion dollars in humanitarian aid to Kiev, while the White House president traveled to Europe to discuss crisis response plans with allies.
140 of 193 members United Nations General Assembly voted in favor of a resolution demanding that Russia end its military operations in Ukraine. Five members voted against: Russia, Belarus, Syria, North Korea and Eritrea. 38 members abstained, including China as a permanent member of the Security Council.
NATO leaders unite to form 4 more advanced battle groups to be placed in Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia. “We have activated the NATO defense plan, deploying NATO Response Force units and 40,000 troops to the alliance’s eastern flank,” a joint statement of NATO member states read out on March 24.
Vu Anh (Based on TASS, Reuters)
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