Russia Attacks Despite Moscow Promise; UK says Russian troops forced to Return to Belarus

Story Highlights
  • Governor of Ukraine's Chernihiv region sees no let-up in Russian attacks
  • Russia at talk in Istanbul had promised to de-escalate attacks on Kyiv and Cheriniv.
  • More then 4 million displaced since the invasion: UN

Kyiv: Cheriniv governor Viacheslav Chaus denounced Russia’s peace promise taking to Telegram on Wednesday.  The statement came after the latest round of negotiations set in Istanbul, Turkey, where Russia vowed to reduce its military presence around Kyiv and Chernihiv. “The ‘decreased activity’ in the Chernihiv region was demonstrated by the enemy carrying out strikes on Nizhyn, including airstrikes, and all night long they hit Chernihiv- the message read.

Chernihiv Oblast is the region of Ukraine directly to the northeast of the capital, Kyiv. Earlier on March 28th, air sirens went off in Kyiv, Zhytomyr, Kharkiv, Dnipro and Poltava. Satellite images of the port city of Mariupol featured huge loss endured. Images depicted neighbourhoods devastated by the bombarding that began a month ago.

Meanwhile, the regional Donetsk governor, Pavlo Kyrylenko in a national address said -Russian forces are shelling nearly all cities along the frontline separating Ukrainian government-controlled territory from the self-proclaimed republic of Donetsk.

Sanctions on Moscow keep piling up, UK deputy prime minister Dominic Raab’s in media appearances today said that the sanctions would be in place until Russia withdrew its forces. “Until the invasion is withdrawn – and I think that would need to be either entirely or verifiably – I don’t think the sanctions can or should be lifted, he said.” The UK military intelligence claimed that Russian forces were coerced to return to Belarus as they suffered heavy losses and struggled for backup.

According to a presidential adviser Russian forces today moved from northern to eastern Ukraine to try to encircle Ukrainian troops which nudged its efforts to progress. According to the UN, more than 4 million refugees have fled Ukraine since the Russians launched a war. With a pre-invasion population of around 44 million, that equates to roughly one in every eleven Ukrainian people have crossed the border in the space of around five weeks.

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