Russia has increased military pressure on Ukraine. In the east, in the Donbas area, it has started a new offensive after he withdrew his troops from northern kyiv. On the other hand, the Russian Army has also intensified its attacks in the west. In the city of Lviv (a few kilometers from Poland) seven civilians have died after another attack, according to the governor of the Lugansk region, Serhiy Gaidai.
Vladimir Putin persists in his intentions to gain control of the ports with access to the Sea of Azov. For this he has focused on two objectives: Berdyansk and Mariupol. The first city has already been occupied by the Russian military, who raised the tricolor flag in its City Hall.
The other port town continues to resist, but the War Studies Institute warns that it won’t take long to fall. About a thousand civilians, including women and children, have taken refuge in the facilities of the Azovstal metallurgical plant, an old plant built in the 30s of the last century.
The former Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, Arsen Avakov, has stated that these civilians “live in terrible conditions, without medication, food, or water.” The Ukrainian representative has denounced that the Russians try to cover up their crimes and “use the remaining civilian population in Mariupol to dig up rubble, collect bodies and dig mass graves.”
A land bridge to Crimea
The Ukrainian Defense Ministry has reported that additional Russian units are arriving, signaling Putin’s determination to occupy the east of the country. Gaidai added that the invaders have taken the town of Kreminnaof 20,000 inhabitants.
This will allow the Russian troops to advance to try to dominate the strategic city of Severodonetsk, Ukrainian stronghold in Lugansk. The objective of occupying these areas is to establish a land bridge that will serve as a link between Russia and the Cimea peninsula. Volodymyr Zelensky He has accused Moscow of “wanting to erase from the face of the earth” all the cities of Donbas, “everything that brought fame to that industrial region.”
Ukraine asks Pope Francis for help
Given this scenario, the commander of the 36th Marine Infantry Brigade, Serhiy Volynhas sent a letter to Pope Francisco to ask him for help and save the citizens of Mariupol. In the letter he states: “I do not have time to describe all the horrors of what I see every day. Women with children living in bunkers. They are cold and hungry. Every day they are under fire from enemy aircraft. The wounded die because they do not there are no medicines, no water or food”.
Volyna, to Pope Francis: “This is hell on Earth”
Volyna appeals to the pontiff directly and adds: “You have surely seen everything in this life. But I am sure you have never seen what is now happening in Mariupol. Because this is hell on Earth.” “I turn to you for help, for the time has come when prayers are not enough. After the bombing of the dramatic theater and motherhood, there is no longer any faith in the Russian occupiers. Show the truth to the world, evacuate the people, save their lives from the hands of Satan, who wants to burn everything alive.”
Putin pays tribute to the brigade that operated in Bucha
Meanwhile, Putin has granted this Monday the honorary title of “Guard” to the 64th Independent Motorized Brigade of the Russian Army. The presidential decree collects this recognition “for his heroism and couragefor the integrity and courage shown by the brigade in combat to defend the Homeland and the interests of the State in conditions of an armed conflict”.
Ukraine accused this military unit of being involved in the alleged massacre of civilians in the city of Bucha, after the discovery of several hundreds of corpses, some with their hands tied behind their backs. In fact, the Ukrainian authorities released the personal data of the members of the Russian brigade on the country’s military intelligence portal. In total, the names and surnames of 1,600 Russian soldiers. They also included the date of birth and military rank.