Russian-Ukrainian crisis: Russian rockets hit military barracks in southern Ukraine, dozens dead: 10 points

Ukraine crisis: more than 3.25 million refugees have fled Ukraine

New Delhi:
Dozens of soldiers were killed after Russian troops hit a Ukrainian military barracks in the southern city of Mykolaiv, witnesses told AFP on Saturday as a rescue operation was underway.

Here are the top 10 updates on this big story

  1. “No less than 200 soldiers were sleeping in the barracks” when Russian troops struck early Friday, a Ukrainian soldier on the ground, Maxim, 22, told AFP, without giving his last name. “At least 50 bodies have been recovered, but we don’t know how many more are in the rubble,” he said. Another soldier estimated that the shelling could have killed around 100 people. Authorities have yet to release an official death count.

  2. Russia used its latest Kinzhal hypersonic missiles in Ukraine for the first time on Friday to destroy a weapons storage site in the west of the country, the Defense Ministry said. “The Kinzhal aviation missile system with hypersonic aeroballistic missiles destroyed a large underground warehouse with missiles and aviation ammunition” in the village of Delyatyn in the Ivano-Frankivsk region,” the Russian ministry said. of the defense.

  3. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has called for comprehensive peace talks with Moscow, saying Russia would otherwise need generations to recover from losses suffered during the war. “The time has come to restore territorial integrity and justice for Ukraine. Otherwise, Russia’s losses will be such that it will take you several generations to recover,” Zelensky said.

  4. The Ukrainian military has imposed a 38-hour curfew in the southern city of Zaporizhzhia, starting at 2:00 p.m. GMT on Saturday and ending early on Monday, Deputy Mayor Anatoliy Kurtiev said.

  5. US President Joe Biden has briefed Chinese leader Xi Jinping on the ‘consequences’ of any support for Russia in its war on Ukraine, the White House has said, as Beijing shows no sign of joining in Western condemnation of the invasion.

  6. Ukraine’s Defense Ministry said it had “temporarily” lost access to the Sea of ​​Azov as invading Russian forces tightened their grip around the main seaport of Mariupol. “The occupiers have partially succeeded in the operational district of Donetsk, temporarily depriving Ukraine of access to the Sea of ​​Azov,” Ukraine’s Defense Ministry said in a statement.

  7. Russian President Vladimir Putin accused kyiv of “war crimes” during a call with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron, saying Moscow was doing “everything possible” to prevent civilian deaths in Ukraine. Mr Macron said he was “extremely concerned” about the fate of Mariupol, calling for “the lifting of the siege and humanitarian access” to the city.

  8. The International Monetary Fund, World Bank and other major global lenders have warned of the “significant” economic fallout from the war in Ukraine and expressed “horror” at the “devastating human catastrophe”.

  9. The three Baltic countries of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania have announced the expulsion of a total of 10 Russian diplomats following Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.

  10. More than 3.25 million refugees have fled Ukraine since the Russian invasion, according to the United Nations, and more than two million have crossed the Polish border.

Christi C. Elwood