New Delhi: Shelling and airstrikes continued in many parts of war-torn Ukraine as Russia’s offensive entered its 63rd day on Wednesday. Russian troops continue to bomb Mariupol, after giving Ukraine several deadlines to surrender.
In diplomatic efforts, top US officials have urged their allies to help fight the Russian offensive by sending more weapons to Ukraine. Meanwhile, the UN chief (after meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday) will travel to Kyiv on Thursday to hold talks with Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky. These meetings are aimed at the safe evacuation of civilians and the emphasis on peace talks.
The United Nations says some 5.3 million Ukrainians have fled the country since Russia’s invasion and warned that another three million could do so by the end of the year.
Top 8 Updates on Russo-Ukraine War:
1. Russia bombed Azovstal Steel Plant Mariupol said that the Russian army attacked Azovstal Steel Plant with 35 air strikes in the last 24 hours. The plant is the last known stronghold of Ukrainian fighters in the city. About 1,000 civilians took refuge there, along with an estimated 2,000 Ukrainian defenders.
2. At least nine people were killed and many others wounded in Russian attacks on towns and cities in the east and south, local officials said. The governor of the Donetsk region of Donbass, Pavlo Kirilenko, said on the Telegram messaging app on Tuesday that the Russian military was “deliberately opening fire on civilians and destroying critical infrastructure.”
3. UN chief meets Putin Russian President Vladimir Putin met UN (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in the Kremlin on Tuesday to discuss the situation in Ukraine. Guterres told reporters that he had “a very frank discussion” with Lavrov and it is clear that there are two different perspectives on what is happening in Ukraine. The Secretary-General has proposed the establishment of a Humanitarian Liaison Group (comprising Russia, Ukraine and the United Nations) “to seek opportunities for the opening of safe corridors, with a local cessation of hostilities and to guarantee that they Really effective.”
Ahead of his visit to Moscow, Guterres met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the capital Ankara on Monday. The UN chief will travel to Ukraine after talks with Putin.
4. US asks allies to send more weapons: The US on Tuesday pressured its allies to keep Kyiv well-supplied with weapons. US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin called a meeting of officials from about 40 countries in the US on Tuesday.
5. Germany will send tanks: German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht said on Tuesday that Berlin would send Gepard anti-aircraft tanks to Ukraine, marking a major turnaround by Chancellor Olaf Scholz, who previously urged a more cautious approach with nuclear-armed Russia .
first published:April 27, 2022, 8:14 a.m.