Ukraine map shows where Russia is bombing near kyiv


KYIV, Ukraine – Russian forces closed in on the capital, Kyiv, in a 40-mile convoy of hundreds of tanks and other vehicles as talks aimed at stopping the fighting yielded only an agreement to continue talking.

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The country’s beleaguered president said the increased bombardment was aimed at forcing him to make concessions.

“I believe that Russia is trying to put pressure (on Ukraine) with this simple method,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Monday evening in a video address. He did not give details of the hours-long talks that took place earlier, but said kyiv was not ready to make concessions “when one side hits each other with artillery rockets”.

Several explosions could be heard in kyiv and Russian troops advanced on the city of nearly 3 million people. The large convoy of armored vehicles, tanks, artillery and support vehicles was 17 miles from the center of the city and stretched about 40 miles, according to satellite imagery from Maxar Technologies.

Maxar’s photos also showed deployments of ground forces and ground attack helicopter units in southern Belarus.

Kyiv residents lined up to do their shopping after the end of the weekend curfew, standing under a building with a gaping hole blown in the side. kyiv remains “a key objective” for the Russians, Zelenskyy said, noting it was hit by three missile strikes on Monday and hundreds of saboteurs roamed the city.

“They want to smash our national identity, which is why the capital is under constant threat,” Zelenskyy said.

Video from Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city with a population of around 1.5 million, showed bombed-out residential areas, with apartment buildings rocked by repeated and powerful blasts. Flashes of fire and plumes of gray smoke were visible.

Footage released by the Kharkiv government showed what appeared to be a house with water gushing from a leaky ceiling. What looked like an unexploded projectile was on the ground.

Authorities in Kharkiv said at least seven people were killed and dozens injured. They warned that the losses could be much higher.

“They wanted to do a blitzkrieg, but it failed, so they acted that way,” said Valentin Petrovich, 83, who watched the bombing from his downtown apartment and gave only his first name. and his surname, a middle name derived from his father’s name, out of fear for his safety.

The Russian military has denied targeting residential areas despite ample evidence of shelling homes, schools and hospitals.

Fighting raged in other cities across the country. The strategic port city of Mariupol on the Sea of ​​Azov is “hanging on”, said Zelenskyy adviser Oleksiy Arestovich. An oil depot was reportedly bombed in the eastern city of Sumy.

Despite its vast military force, Russia still lacked control of Ukrainian airspace, a surprise that may help explain how Ukraine has so far prevented a rout.

In the resort town of Berdyansk, dozens of protesters chanted angrily in the main square at the Russian occupiers, shouting at them to go home and singing the Ukrainian national anthem. They described the soldiers as exhausted young conscripts.

“Scared children, scared looks. They want to eat,” Konstantin Maloletka, who runs a small shop, said by phone. He said the soldiers entered a supermarket and took canned meat, vodka and cigarettes.

“They ate straight from the store,” he said. “It looked like they hadn’t been fed for the past few days.”

Across Ukraine, terrified families huddled overnight in shelters, basements or hallways.

“I sit down and pray that these negotiations end successfully, that they reach an agreement to end the massacre,” said Alexandra Mikhailova, crying as she hugged her cat at a shelter in Mariupol. Around her, the parents were trying to console the children and keep them warm.

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