On the thirteenth day of Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, the Russian military continues its advance. Ukrainians are expected to establish a ceasefire this morning (from 8 a.m.) to expel civilians from Kiev, as well as the cities of Sumi, Kharkiv, Chernikov and Mariupol. Follow all the information directly about the Ukraine war.
Russia has sent almost all its troops to Ukraine, which have accumulated in recent months on the border between the two countries, the Pentagon estimated on Monday, sending 500 additional troops to Europe to strengthen NATO security.
The U.S. Department of Defense says civilians are increasingly vulnerable to the intensification of Russian operations, and that Moscow is now seeking to “add” foreign fighters, including Syrians.
But apart from the developments in southern Ukraine, Russian forces have “not really made any significant progress in recent days,” spokesman John Kirby told reporters in Washington.
The United States has already stationed 12,000 troops in Europe since February.
At around 8:20 pm on Monday, the Zhytomyr and Cherniakhiv oil depots came under two airstrikes. In Zhytomyr, a storage tank caught fire. According to an interim report, none of the victims will be there. Separately, two half-empty tanks caught fire in the village of Chernyakiv. Residents were evicted from nearby private homes. Again, no casualties were reported.
Martin Griffiths, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, told the Security Council on Monday that the UN needed safe havens in Ukraine to provide humanitarian assistance in war-torn areas.
“Citizens in Mariupol, Kharkiv, Melitopol and elsewhere need help, especially life-saving medical supplies,” he told an emergency general meeting of the Council on Humanitarian Crisis in Ukraine, which lasted two and a half hours. Sometimes very tense exchanges between Russian and Ukrainian ambassadors, even insults.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (AEIA) on Monday reported that artillery shells had damaged a nuclear research facility in Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second city, without “radioactive effects”.
According to the Vienna-based UN body, Ukrainian authorities announced an attack on Sunday and there was no increase in radiation levels in the area.
The affected facility is part of the Kharkiv Institute of Physics and Technology, a research institute that produces radioactive materials for medical and industrial applications.
The World Bank’s board of directors on Monday named an immediate relief package for Ukraine, dubbed the “Economic Emergency Recovery in Ukraine” or “Free Ukraine,” which immediately provided $ 489 million.
On March 1, Washington announced that it was preparing $ 3 billion in emergency aid to Ukraine, at least $ 350 million of which should be released immediately.
So on Monday its board of directors decided to award a large sum.