Russia provides humanitarian aid to Kyiv even as shelling in Ukrainian capital continues

As Russia continues to bombard Kyiv on the 19th day of the war, it on Sunday delivered 40 tonnes of humanitarian aid, including food and drinking water, to residents of Borodyansky district in Kyiv region. Taking to its Twitter account, the Russian Foreign Ministry shared images of cereals, bread and cans of meat being distributed to Ukrainians by army officials. More than 2.5 million Ukrainians have fled and at least 549 civilians have been killed in Ukraine so far.

Russia provides humanitarian aid to Kyiv

However, Russian forces fired artillery strikes at the northwestern outskirts of Kyiv overnight and targeted points east of the capital, the head of the Kyiv region said on Monday. A city councilor from Brovary, east of Kiev, was killed in fighting, while strikes were reported overnight in the northwestern towns of Irpin, Bucha and Hostomel. Russian troops have made no major advances in the past 24 hours despite expanding strikes to the west, Kiev claims.

An artillery strike hit a nine-storey building in the northern Kiev district of Obolonsky on Monday morning, destroying apartments on several floors and starting a fire. Four people were rescued and a search for other residents was ongoing, but no casualties have been reported so far. Despite a full-fledged attack, Russia was unable to take control of Kiev, slowly pushing its long tank convoy towards it – where Zelenskyy is determined.

Russia attacks Ukraine

For weeks, Moscow has massed more than 150,000 troops on Ukraine’s borders in a bid to pressure Western countries not to allow Ukraine to join NATO, threatening an invasion . On February 24, Putin ordered a special military operation in Ukraine’s Donbass region, which quickly escalated into precision airstrikes on Kiev, Kharkiv, Ivano-Frankivsk, deployed tanks towards Lviv from the Belarusian border and Ukraine. Russia has already taken over Kherson, two Ukrainian nuclear power plants – Chernobyl and Zaporizhzhya and is moving towards Yuzhnoukrainsk. The Russian Navy has been activated in an effort to take control of the southern port of Odessa, cutting off Ukraine’s access to the Black Sea.

Putin has issued three demands to end his attack on Kiev – Ukraine cease all military action, amend its constitution to enshrine neutrality, recognize Crimea as Russian territory and recognize the breakaway republics of Donetsk and Lugansk as independent states. In response, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said: “I think that the elements concerning the temporarily occupied territories and the pseudo-republics not recognized by anyone other than Russia, we can discuss and find a compromise”, in an interview. at ABC news. He also said: “We understood that NATO is not ready to accept Ukraine”. The fourth round of peace talks between Russia and Ukraine is underway in Belarus.

Christi C. Elwood