Ukraine has regained many territories near its capital, according to officials. Russian soldiers, according to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, are creating a “catastrophic” scenario for residents by placing mines surrounding homes, abandoned equipment, and the remains of those murdered.
“It’s still not feasible to restore to regular life as it was, even in the regions that we are reclaiming after the battle,” the president said in a nightly video address to his country. “We need to wait until our territory is demined, until we can tell you that no fresh shelling will occur,” he added.
Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy announced in a speech on Friday that the government has launched a project to compensate citizens whose property was destroyed during the Russian invasion.
According to an English translation from the presidential office, Ukraine’s government has already “started taking applications for compensation for the devastated real estate of our residents.”
“Everything that the occupiers damaged – houses, flats, etc. – will be returned to our people by the state.” “In just a few days,” the president remarked, “25,491 applications have already been filed.”
He calculated that there are 63,471 individuals living in these houses and flats. “However, we are aware that there is still work to be done. Much, much more.” Citizens, Zelenskyy suggested, should help spread the word about the program.
“So inform everyone who needs to know about such an essential government initiative,” he stated. “The ability to submit applications offline, at administrative service centers, will be accessible shortly, as is the case for many Ukrainians.”
In the last 37 days, the Russian invasion has displaced over a fourth of Ukraine’s population. According to the UN Refugee Agency, the war has touched over 10 million people, with more than 6.5 million internally displaced and another 3.7 million Ukrainian refugees compelled to flee the nation.
Russia is evacuating its military from the area around Kyiv and transferring troops to eastern Ukraine, according to Ukraine and its Western partners. Ukraine’s fighters, according to officials, have regained many localities around the capital city, including Brovary.
The move, however, does not imply that the country would be spared from the conflict. According to the New York Times, Russian authorities sought to suppress demonstrators in the city of Enerhodar, which is home to the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power station.
Energoatom, Ukraine’s state nuclear organization, announced the assaults on its official Telegram account, along with a video clip that looked to show loud explosions and flying debris. “As the demonstrators dispersed, the invaders arrived in police vans and began forcing local citizens into them,” according to the report. “The city was rocked by enormous explosions and bombardment a few minutes later.”
According to the organization, four persons were hurt and got medical help. Energoatom also alleged that Russian soldiers disrupted phone and internet connectivity in Enerhodar, however this assertion could not be verified immediately.
Towards least three Russian ballistic missiles were fired for the Odesa region late Friday, according to the Ukrainian military, however the Iskander missiles did not strike the key infrastructure they were aimed at. According to Zelenskyy, he expects towns to be hit by airstrikes and artillery from afar, as well as severe combat in the east.
The International Committee of the Red Cross intended to provide emergency supplies and evacuate civilians in Mariupol, a southern port city in the largely Russian-speaking Donbas area, on Saturday.
Russians restricted entry to the city on Friday, according to municipal officials, and the Red Cross claimed it was unable to carry out the operation at the time because it had not received guarantees that the path was secure.
Officials estimate that over 100,000 people remain in the city, with roughly 2,000 making it out on their own on Friday. While various agreements to allow inhabitants to leave have been struck – one of which is said to be slated for “coming days” But they have previously been broken. Water, food, gasoline, and medication are in short supply for the locals.
“Europe has no right to remain silent about what is going on in our Mariupol,” Zelenskyy stated. “This humanitarian disaster should elicit a global response.” There was no information on Saturday about the round of discussions between Russian and Ukrainian officials that took place on Friday.
On Friday, the Kremlin accused Ukraine of attacking a Russian gasoline station with a helicopter. Ukraine has denied involvement for the Belgorod bomb, and in an interview with Fox News’ Bret Baier on “Special Report,” Zelenskyy refused to say whether Ukraine was behind the assault. The US Department of Defense said on Friday that it will equip Ukrainian soldiers with an additional $300 million in armaments.