The Russia-Ukraine conflict: What You Need to Know

By The Advocate News

Nearly a month has passed since Russia invaded Ukraine, the largest land invasion in Europe since World War II, and there have been no significant breakthroughs on the battlefield or at the negotiating table.

A barrage of city-level strikes wreaked havoc across Ukraine, but Russian forces appeared to be stalled outside key cities in the face of fierce Ukrainian resistance.

On Wednesday, Russian shelling shook Kyiv, causing fires in high-rise buildings and injuring four people. Artillery fire rang out in Kyiv’s outskirts as Ukrainian forces fought to repel the Russian invasion.

According to the United Nations, more than 3.5 million people have fled Ukraine since the invasion began. Millions more have been forced to flee their homes within Ukraine.

WHAT’S GOING ON IN AND AROUND THE CAPITAL?

Kyiv, Ukraine’s capital, is still under attack. On Wednesday, the city was rocked by a barrage of shelling, with rockets slamming into a shopping mall and high-rise buildings in the districts of Sviatoshynskyi and Shevchenkivskyi.

According to city officials, the destruction was extensive, and fires caused by the shelling injured four residents.

Mayor Vitali Klitschko said from a public park in Kyiv that Russian airstrikes had killed 264 civilians in the capital, including four children. Explosions and gunfire rang out across the city as he spoke to reporters.

According to the governor, Russian forces were bombing the ancient city of Chernihiv in northern Ukraine on Wednesday, destroying a bridge that was critical for evacuations and aid deliveries. Reside

According to city officials.

Ukrainian troops were attempting to retaliate against stalled Russian forces on the capital’s western outskirts. Ukrainian forces retook the suburb of Makariv on Tuesday, allowing them to reclaim a key highway and prevent Russian troops from surrounding Kyiv from the northwest.

Ukrainian forces have also retaken areas to the northwest and northeast of the city, including most of Irpin, according to the mayor of Kyiv, a city that has been subjected to some of the war’s most intense bombardment.

According to local officials, 460 settlements in the surrounding Kyiv suburbs have been cut off from the power grid.

WHAT IS THE STATUS OF ATTACKED CITIES?

According to the president’s office, Russian and Ukrainian forces fought fiercely on Wednesday for control of the town of Izium in eastern Ukraine.

According to Western officials, Russian warships are increasingly pounding the port city of Mariupol from the sea. Controlling Mariupol would provide Russia with a sought-after land corridor to Crimea, which it annexed eight years ago.

The United States estimates that Russia has lost more than 10% of its original combat capacity, which includes troops, tanks, and other equipment. According to the Pentagon, Ukrainian forces have begun to go on the offensive in parts of the country, including the captured southern city of Kherson earlier in the war.

On Wednesday, Britain’s defense ministry described the battle lines as “largely static,” with Russian forces attempting to reorganize before resuming a large-scale assault.

After disembarking trains from the east, passengers file out of the railway station in Lviv, Ukraine.

WHAT IS GOING ON IN MARIUPOL?

Mariupol, a strategic port city on the Sea of Azov, has grown in importance.

a vivid symbol of the war’s heinous devastation

According to Ukraine’s president, 100,000 people are still trapped inside the city, struggling to survive without heat, food, or clean water while being bombarded from the sea and sky by Russia.

According to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, 7,000 people were able to flee in the latest evacuation on Tuesday. He also accused the Russians of seizing and imprisoning the drivers of a humanitarian convoy attempting to bring desperately needed food and supplies into the city.

Russian missiles have struck civilian structures, including a school and a theater known to house hundreds of people underground.

According to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, it is a “living hell.”

It’s “inhumane,” according to Zelenskyy’s latest.

In the case of It’s “99 percent destroyed,” according to Viktoria Totsen, 39, who arrived in a Polish border town Tuesday after fleeing the city.

Firefighters sprayed water on a smoldering residential building in western Kyiv that had been demolished by Russian shelling early Wednesday. As the sound of fighting rumbled in the distance, fire service spokesperson Svitlana Vologda spoke with The Associated Press.

“In terms of the number of requests for firefighters to respond, it’s the highest since the beginning of the war,” Vologda said.

On Wednesday, Kyiv was rocked by a constant barrage of shelling. Plumes of black smoke rose from the city’s western outskirts.

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