War in Ukraine – On Monday, March 21, the 26th day of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Russia continues to besiege Ukrainian cities.
Deadly bombs, especially on the besieged port city Like Mariupol The streets are said to be littered with corpses, as Turkey said the parties were “close to an agreement” as talks between the delegations on Sunday struggled to come to an end.
Below are the latest developments on the 26th day of the war in Ukraine:
“The president will discuss with the United States, our allies and partners how to respond to the humanitarian and human rights crisis created by Russia’s unnecessary and unprovoked war on Ukraine,” the White House said in a statement. He arrived in Belgium after meeting with NATO, G7 and EU leaders.
Ukraine will not lay down its arms and will not leave the besieged city of Mariupol, its deputy prime minister has responded to Russia’s final warning to the Ukrainian media overnight from Sunday to Monday.
“There is no question of talking about surrender or laying down arms. We have already informed the Russian side about this, ”Irina Vareshchuk told the newspaper. Ukrainskaya Pravda. “This is deliberate manipulation and real hostages,” he added.
The Russian Defense Ministry has called on Ukraine to “lay down its arms” and demand a “written response” to its final warning before 5am on Monday in the name of protecting the citizens and infrastructure of the city of Mariupol.
The mayor of the Ukrainian capital announced on Sunday evening that at least six people had been killed in an attack by the Russian military on a shopping center. AFP reports that a large explosion rocked the city during the attack and that a fire broke out in the rubble of a shopping center in Retro. Six bodies were found Monday morning in front of the center.
The “enemy fire” set fire to several sites of the shopping center located in the Podilsky district in the northwest of the city and set fire to several vehicles, for their part the emergency services mentioned on Facebook. They released footage from a surveillance camera, which showed a large explosion and a mushroom-shaped cloud, followed by smaller explosions.
The site was hit by a very powerful strike that crushed vehicles and left a gaping pit several meters wide in the front parking lot of the burned and still smoking ten-story building.
An AFP reporter noted that the entire south side of the large shopping center was destroyed, as well as a gym in the parking lot. Debris, wrecked vehicles, twisted debris, debris for hundreds of meters on the platform.
On Sunday, for the second day in a row, Russia claimed to have used hypersonic missiles in Ukraine, this time destroying Ukrainian military fuel reserves in the south.
By using these types of weapons, US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin has said that Russia is “trying to regain momentum” in the conflict in which its military is embroiled.
In the strategic city of Mariupol in southeastern Ukraine, which has been under shelling for weeks and suffering from water, gas and electricity shortages, local authorities have accused the Russian military of bombing the clock, which is home to an art school. Several hundred people confirmed that the public was trapped in the rubble.
The Azovstel steel and metallurgical plant at Mariupol, one of the largest in Europe, was also badly damaged by the bombings.
The 19 children, mostly orphans, were trapped in a health center in Mariupol and their condition was a matter of grave concern, their relatives said, adding that they had been evacuated to pro-Russian areas in the east of the country.
Turkey assured that Russia and Ukraine had made progress in their talks and were close to reaching an agreement.
For his part, Volodymyr Zelensky reiterated that he was always “ready for negotiations”. Vladimir Putin, In an interview aired by CNN. “No matter what our negotiating team discusses, I think only Putin and I can come to an agreement,” he said.
UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi says more than a quarter of Ukraine’s population, more than a quarter of a million, has now been displaced by Russia’s war. “The war in Ukraine is so devastating that 10 million people have been internally displaced or displaced abroad as refugees,” he said.
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