Update on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

Situation on the ground, international reactions, sanctions: the point of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

– 35 killed in Russian attack near Poland –

Russian airstrikes targeted a military base in western Ukraine near the Polish border overnight from Saturday to Sunday, killing 35 and wounding 134, according to a report released by officials at noon on Sunday.

“Russia attacked the International Center for the Maintenance of Peace and Security. Foreign trainers work there,” said the Ukrainian defense minister.

Yvoryev Base, located about 40 kilometers northwest of Lviv, has in recent years served as a training ground for the Ukrainian military under the supervision of foreign instructors, especially American and Canadian. It was one of the main centers used for joint military exercises with NATO.

– American journalist killed, another injured –

An American journalist was killed and wounded on Sunday in Irpin, on the northwestern edge of Kiev, where Ukrainian forces are fighting Russian forces, according to sources.

A doctor working with the Ukrainian military told AFP that two people were killed in the afternoon while driving with a Ukrainian civilian, who was also injured.

Ukrainian authorities immediately accused the Russians of shooting at journalists, but the origin of the shots was difficult to establish immediately.

– The Russians tried to besiege Kyiv –

Russian troops are increasingly moving around Kyiv: present in the capital’s suburbs, they seek to eliminate security to the west and north of the city to “block” it and, according to Ukrainians, the airport near Vasilyev on Saturday. destroyed.

Nine people were killed in Russian attacks on the port city of Mykolaiv near Odessa, in the country’s south, officials said on Sunday.

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In the west, an early morning “strike” was targeted at the Ivano-Frankivsk airport, located about a hundred kilometers south of Lviv, according to the city’s mayor.

– Hope for humanitarian convoy in Mariupol-

In besieged Mariupol, where the situation is “almost desperate” according to Doctors Without Borders (MSF), residents expect a humanitarian aid convoy to arrive on Sunday, which blocked a Russian road for more than five hours on Saturday.

Ankara sought help from Moscow to rescue Turkish citizens trapped in the port city.

– Russian attacks in the east –

An attack on a large monastery in the Donetsk region injured about 30 people overnight from Saturday to Sunday, while phosphorus bombs struck an area in the Lugansk region, Ukrainian officials said in the region’s east.

According to the police chief of Popasna, located about a hundred kilometers west of Lugansk, the Russians used phosphorus bombs in his area. This information was immediately unverified.

– Anti-Russian demonstration in occupied Kherson –

According to local media, a large demonstration took place on Sunday in the southern Ukrainian city of Kherson to protest its occupation by the Russian army.

Videos posted on the independent media website, Ukranska Pravda, showed the crowd shouting “Go home!”, « Go home as long as you live! or “Kherson – this is Ukraine”.

– call from the pope –

Pope Francis on Sunday called for an end to “genocide” and “unacceptable armed attacks” in Ukraine, condemning the “barbarism” of killing children and civilians.

– Kidnapping of the second mayor –

A Ukrainian mayor was kidnapped by Russian troops in the south of the country on Sunday, two days after another mayor was abducted, according to the governor of the Zaporozhye region (south).

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The latter claimed that the Russian army had captured the mayor of the city of Dniprorudne, after the kidnapping of Melitopol, about 80 km south of Dniprorudne. The European Union has condemned both of these abductions.

– 100,000 refugees in 24 hours –

According to a count released on Sunday by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), some 100,000 people have joined the ranks of refugees who have fled fighting in Ukraine, bringing their number to 2,698,280 in 24 hours.

– “About 1,300” Ukrainian soldiers and 579 civilians were killed –

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Saturday that “nearly 1,300” Ukrainian soldiers have been killed since February 24, in the first official count provided by Ukrainian authorities.

At least 596 civilians were killed, according to a UN count on Sunday, which emphasizes that its balance sheet is far below reality.

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