Russia Ukraine War News: It’s day 56 of the ongoing Russia’s war in Ukraine and the situation is as dangerous as ever in Mariupol as well as eastern region of Donbas. The Russian troops have given a fresh ultimatum to the Ukrainian defenders in the port city of Mariupol. Kyiv officials have said that they will defend the city come what may.
The latest assessment report by the UK’s defence ministry says that the Russians have been pushed back by Ukrainian troops in Donbas amid intense fighting. Meanwhile, the US is likely to issue another grant of $800 million to Ukraine in terms of military aid as the war goes on.
In other news, the International Atomic Energy Agency has confirmed that the communication line between Chernobyl nuclear power plant and the monitoring agency has been restored. There were fears of the situation getting out of hand in Chernobyl after power outage and Russia takeover. Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky, in his latest message, says that the Russian are targeting civilian structures and heavy shelling has been reported from Dnipropetrovsk and Kharkiv.
Despite the agreement over humanitarian corridor, Mariupol’s future essentially depends on what happens at the Azovstal iron and steel plant. Several hundred civilians and troops are trapped over there. Russian forces have encircled the plant in what is seen as the final attempt to take control of the port city.
A video message sent by Maj Serhiy Volyna, a marine commander trapped inside the steel plant, has surfaced online. Several international news sites have also posted the video. In the short clip, the marine commander is seen urging for help and says that only ‘few hours are left’