Ukrainian officials condemned Russia’s missile attack in Kyiv on Thursday night, saying it came as United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres wrapped up a visit to the Ukrainian capital.
President Volodymyr Zelensky, in his daily video message, said that “today, immediately after the end of our talks [con Guterres] in Kyiv, Russian missiles flew into the city. 5 missiles. This says a lot about Russia’s true attitude towards global institutions, about Russian leaders’ efforts to humiliate the UN and everything the organization stands for. And therefore, it requires an appropriate and powerful response.”
“Russian missile strikes in Ukraine, in kyiv, Fastiv, Odessa, Khmelnytskyi and other cities, once again prove that we cannot relax yet, we cannot think that the war is over. We still have to fight, we have to evict the occupiers,” Zelensky said.
10 Russian soldiers identified as suspects in ‘crimes committed’ in Bucha, says Zelensky: President Zelensky said 10 Russian servicemen have been identified as suspects in the “crimes committed against our people in Bucha”.
In his late-night speech posted on social media on Thursday, Zelensky said the investigation into the crimes committed by the Russian military was ongoing and that “the top ten Russian servicemen of the Russian forces’ 64th Motorized Rifle Brigade Russian landlords who committed crimes against our people in Bucha, Kyiv region, were given the status of suspects.”
UN chief urges opening of evacuation corridors in Mariupol: ‘Thousands of civilians need help to save lives’: The UN secretary-general on Thursday urged the opening of evacuation corridors in the Ukrainian city of Mariupol, saying the beleaguered city is a “crisis within a crisis”.
“Today, the people of Mariupol desperately need such an approach. Mariupol is a crisis within a crisis,” Guterres told Kyiv in a press conference alongside Zelensky.
“Thousands of civilians need life-saving assistance. Many are elderly people who need medical attention or have limited mobility, they need an escape route out of the apocalypse,” he added.
The UN chief met Zelensky and Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba on Thursday after a visit to Moscow, where he met Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday.
Russian forces attempt to eradicate Ukrainian identity in Kherson: Russian forces occupying much of the Kherson region in southern Ukraine are trying to expand their control over the region and eradicate its Ukrainian identity.
They made modest gains on the battlefield, with the Ukrainians acknowledging a loss of territory towards Mykolaiv to the northwest.
In recent days, the Russians have appointed their own officials to run Kherson, replacing Ukrainian elected officials. On Thursday, one of those newly installed officials said Kherson would start using the ruble from next week and that Ukraine’s currency, the hryvnia, would be replaced within four months.
In addition, Russian TV channels took the place of Ukrainian channels.
Today, one of the Ukrainian representatives in the Kherson regional council accused Russian forces of threatening educators.
45 Ukrainians freed in latest prisoner swap with Russia, official says: Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said on Thursday that 45 Ukrainians had been released in the latest prisoner of war exchange with Russia.
“Today 45 of our men were released from Russian captivity: 13 officers and 20 soldiers, including 5 wounded,” Vereshchuk said in a post on Telegram.
“We are also sending 12 of our civilians home,” he added.
The Deputy Prime Minister did not provide details on the number of Russian prisoners released in the swap. Russia has not yet confirmed this.