The war in Ukraine has entered its seventy-first day.
Ukrainian officials said today that Russian forces launched a comprehensive attack on the Azovstal steel plant near Mariupol.
As the commander of the Azov regiment, Denys Prokopenko, said the Ukrainian forces inside the plant have been fighting “difficult and bloody battles” since the second day, reports the BBC.
“I am proud of my soldiers who are making superhuman efforts to curb enemy pressure. The situation is extremely difficult,” Prokopenko said in a short video message posted on Telegram.
Russia’s most modern tank destroyed
The first Russian T-90M tank is destroyed a few days after its highly publicized deployment in the Ukrainian district of Kharkiv.
Negotiations are difficult
The Russian MP who took part in the negotiations with Ukraine, Leonid Slutsky, said today that the negotiations were “rather difficult” and accused the kyiv representatives of “retreating” after reaching an agreement.
“I am one of four negotiators on the Russian side, however, it is difficult to negotiate. Ukrainian colleagues agree, then withdraw their words,” Slutsky said, TASS reports.
Attack on an oil depot
Shooting at the border
Gunshots were heard near the border of the self-declared republic of Transnistria with Ukraine today, TSV television reported, referring to law enforcement sources.
The report says residents of Pervomaisk reported that the shots were fired near the Kuchurgan checkpoint. The source said the shooting took place inside Ukrainian territory, near the settlement of Pavlovka.
Ukrainian military equipment destroyed
Poland: Ukraine urgently needs help
On the eve of today’s international donors’ conference in Warsaw, the Polish government announced that Ukraine’s needs are enormous and that millions of Ukrainians are in urgent need of aid, reports AP .
Despite funds already disbursed, Ukraine’s needs are enormous, mainly due to the scale of wartime destruction, said the Polish government, which is hosting the virtual conference. Sweden, which is hosting the rally along with Poland, said the conference was aimed at mobilizing continued financial support and addressing the humanitarian needs of the Ukrainian people.
“Non-stop” bombardment of the Azovstal factory
Intense attacks continued on the beleaguered Azovstal steelworks in Mariupol overnight, an official said.
“For now, if there is a hell in the world, it is in Azovstal,” Petro Andriushchenko, adviser to the mayor of Mariupol, said Thursday morning.
“There are non-stop bombardments and assaults, even at night with the adjustment of drone fire. In some areas, hostilities are already beyond the factory fence,” he said. declared.
Three Ukrainian planes shot down
Russian air defense downed three Ukrainian Su-24, Su-27 and Su-25 planes, as well as 14 drones, Defense Ministry spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov said during an early morning briefing . “In the Kirovohrad region, planes at the Kanatovo military airport were destroyed, as well as ammunition and fuel stocks in Mykolaiv Oblast.”