Russia has reorganized its military command in Ukraine
An official Western source revealed to the BBC that Russia has reorganized its military chain of command in Ukraine. It is now General Alexander Dvornikov who leads the invasion.
“This commander has gained a lot of experience during the Russian operations in Syria, so we expect to see an improvement in the command and control of the troops,” the source told the British media.
On the 45th day of the invasion of Ukraine, Russia failed to achieve its main military objectives. After having tried to capture the capital kyiv, the Russian troops are now concentrating their action on the Donbass.
Images of a devastated maternity hospital in the Boutcha district
A maternity hospital located in the Boutcha district was the target of intense Russian bombing, as evidenced by the images obtained by BFMTV.
The maternity ward was attacked while patients were still inside. It is located in the district of Boutcha, where streets strewn with corpses and mass graves were discovered last weekend.
The Russian army has since withdrawn from this area located in the suburbs near kyiv. Moscow is now concentrating its offensive on the Donbass.
Governor of Luhansk region calls for more evacuations
Serhiy Haïdaï, the governor of the Luhansk region, called for intensifying evacuation operations from his region, while the Russian army intensifies its military operations there.
The Luhansk region is located in the Donbass, which today is the main military objective of the Russian army.
“The Russians are gathering troops for an offensive and we are seeing an increase in bombardments,” Serhiy Haidai said in a television interview.
Adding that about 30% of the population of the territory had not yet been evacuated.
Update on the situation at 9 a.m.
• Zelensky calls for “a firm global response” after the attack on Kramatorsk. The Ukrainian president spoke on Facebook of his desire to bring to court the attack which caused the death of at least 52 people on Friday at the train station in this city, located in the Donbass.
• 10 humanitarian corridors open this Saturday. The Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister said that among the 10 open corridors, all intended to evacuate civilians from besieged areas, one must leave from Mariupol.
• A strengthening of Russian operations expected in eastern and southern Ukraine. British intelligence expects to see the Russian offensive around the Donbass increase in intensity. While specifying that the Russian forces currently saw their plans thwarted by the Ukrainian resistance.
• 176 Ukrainian children have died since the start of the war. This information was shared this Saturday by the Ukrainian Interior Ministry. The statement also states that 324 children have been injured since the start of the offensive.
10 humanitarian corridors open this Saturday
Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said that 10 humanitarian corridors intended to evacuate civilians from besieged Ukrainian regions would be opened on Saturday.
One of these corridors concerns Mariupol, this city located on the shores of the Sea of Azov, besieged since the first days of the offensive by the Russian army.
British intelligence expects increased Russian military operations in southern and eastern Ukraine
In a new bulletin published this Saturday on Twitter, British intelligence services indicated that Russian military operations were now focused on Donbass, as well as Mariupol and Mykolaiv.
These activities are supported by “continuous firing of cruise missiles into Ukraine by Russian naval forces”. London thus expects to see Russian air operations increase in intensity in the south and east of Ukraine.
“Nevertheless, Russian ambitions to establish a land corridor between Crimea and Donbass continue to be thwarted by Ukrainian resistance,” the statement said.
kyiv says 176 Ukrainian children have died since war began
In a statement released this morning on Twitter, the Ukrainian Interior Ministry said that 176 children have died since the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
324 other children were also injured.
Volodymyr Zelensky calls for a ‘strong global response’ after the attack on Kramatorsk station
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky spoke overnight from Friday to Saturday about the Russian attack that killed at least 52 people on Kramatorsk station.
“Like the Boutcha massacre, like many other Russian war crimes, the missile that hit Kramatorsk must be brought before a court, which will have to take place,” said the Ukrainian head of state.
He also called for a “strong global response” after this new drama.
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