Kyiv, Ukraine (AP) – Associated Press journalists in Ukraine and abroad are documenting military activities during the Russian invasion. With misinformation …
Kyiv, Ukraine (AP) – Associated Press journalists in Ukraine and abroad are documenting military activities during the Russian invasion. As misinformation is widespread, and social media amplifies military claims and counterclaims, it is difficult to determine exactly what is happening. Here’s a look that can be confirmed on Saturday.
– On the way to Kiev from the east there were many checkpoints staffed by soldiers in uniform and police, and sometimes people in plainclothes, who seem to be minors and have automatic rifles.
– Low-flying planes, which seemed to be Su-25 fighters, were seen patrolling the skies over Kiev, but it was impossible to determine whether they were Russian or Ukrainian.
– Terrible silence in the streets of Mariupol, the port of the Sea of Azov and the industrial center, which is seen as a key target for the capture of Russia. Police often patrol the streets. Air or artillery strikes can be heard in the distance. Soldiers guard bridges and block people from the seashore.
– The explosions were heard from the center of Kiev, about 800 meters (half a mile) from the headquarters of the President.
– A high-rise apartment building in Kyiv, badly damaged by shelling, on the east bank of the Dnieper River, which cuts through the capital, 13 kilometers (8 miles) southeast of the government quarter.
– Shooting near the main highway leading to the center of Kiev from the south.
– The Ukrainian military is evacuating an unmarked military vehicle damaged by shelling in Kyiv’s Obolon district about 10 kilometers (6 miles) north of the government quarter.
– The Ukrainian military is establishing defensive positions on bridges around Kiev. Armored personnel carriers drive through the streets of Kyiv. Ukrainian authorities have deployed snow blowers in some places along Kiev’s roads to slow traffic.
– A Russian missile launcher was seen on the outskirts of the city of Kharkiv in the northeast, shelling could be heard from afar.
– Destroyed bridge in Ivankov, about 60 kilometers (40 miles) northwest of Kiev.
DECLARED BY UKRAINIAN OR RUSSIAN AUTHORITIES OR OTHERS:
– In Moscow, the Kremlin said that Russian President Vladimir Putin had ordered a ceasefire when the day before he accepted a proposal by Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky to hold talks on a non-aligned status for Ukraine, and that Russian troops resumed the offensive after talks failed. But AP reporters in various parts of Ukraine have witnessed Russia never stop the offensive.
– Two US officials, who are directly aware of the conditions in Ukraine, said that Russian airborne forces attacked Ukrainian units on the outskirts of Kiev on Saturday morning from three sides. Ukrainian forces repulsed some assaults.
– The Ukrainian military said it shot down a Russian military transport plane with paratroopers near Vasilkov, a city 25 miles (40 kilometers) south of Kiev. How much was on board was unclear. Transport planes can carry up to 125 paratroopers. Russia has not commented on the incident.
– Zelensky said on Saturday that Russia’s attempts to infiltrate Kyiv were repulsed and that Russian forces had struck at civilian areas and infrastructure.
– The Minister of Health of Ukraine said on Saturday that 198 people, including three children, were killed and more than 1,000 wounded, but did not specify whether these figures include civilians and the military. Russia does not report any casualties. The day before, the Ukrainian military said it had killed more than 1,000 Russian servicemen in response to Moscow’s invasion. None of the allegations of human loss can be verified independently.
– The Russian military said it had captured Melitopol, a city in the Zaporozhye region of southern Ukraine 50 kilometers (about 30 miles) from the Sea of Azov. An independent verification of the claim failed.
– The regulator of nuclear energy of Ukraine stated that in the area of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, the site of the world’s largest nuclear accident, after its capture by the Russian military, the level of gamma radiation was detected higher than usual. The International Atomic Energy Agency has stated that the declared levels do not pose a danger to the population. Russia’s Defense Ministry said radiation levels in the area remained normal.
– Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said that shootings and explosions in several areas of the city occurred when Ukrainian troops were fighting groups of Russian saboteurs. He also said five explosions erupted in an area near a major power plant on the eastern outskirts of the city. There were no power outages at once.
– Authorities in Donetsk, the largest city in separatist-controlled areas, said hot water supplies to a city of about 900,000 people were suspended on Saturday due to damage to the system as a result of Ukrainian shelling. An independent verification of the claim failed immediately.
– The Russian military said it had taken control of an airport outside the Ukrainian capital. At the airport of Gastomel, a city 7 kilometers (4 miles) from Kiev, there is a runway long enough to accommodate all types of aircraft, including the largest cargo aircraft. Control will allow Russia to transfer troops directly to the outskirts of Kiev.
– The Ministry of Defense of Russia stated that its forces sealed the cities of Sumy and Konotop in northeastern Ukraine. It says they smashed 211 military infrastructure facilities. Independently confirm these claims failed.
– The National Naval Agency of Moldova reported that the ship under the Moldovan flag was hit by a missile in “neutral waters” in the Black Sea, as a result of which two crew members were seriously injured.
– The representative of the US defense said that the Russian assault continues, and thousands of Russian marines are coming ashore from the Sea of Azov, west of Mariupol. The official said Ukraine’s air defenses had been lowered but were still in place, and that about a third of the fighting power Russia had gathered around Ukraine was now in the country.
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