At least 53 historical sites have been damaged in Ukraine, according to a report.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has called for additional protective measures to be implemented to protect these priceless sites, amid the ongoing Russian war.
In total, the UNESCO report listed 29 religious sites, 16 historic buildings, four museums and four monuments that were totally or partially damaged.
“We are very concerned about the situation both at the humanitarian level and at the level of the (cultural) heritage. The heritage of humanity is in danger (in Ukraine),” said UNESCO Deputy Director General for Culture , Ernesto Ottone, at a press conference, Reuters reported.
Pope Francis plans to visit Kyiv
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and the city’s mayor Vitali Klitschko on March 8 invited Pope Francis and Ukrainian religious leaders to visit the city.
The Vatican had previously made no mention of travel plans, but the pope said on Saturday a visit was “on the table” and provided no further details.
The pope has previously described Russian President Vladimir Putin‘s war as “unwarranted aggression”, but avoided mentioning culpability in the war, according to the Guardian.
Ukrainian forces allegedly used British Starstreak system to cut helicopter in half
Russia suspends cooperation with International Space Station until ‘unlawful sanctions’ lifted
Dmitry Rogozin, head of the Roscosmos space agency, announced on Saturday that Russia had ended cooperation with Western countries on the ISS until the end of sanctions.
Rogozin claimed that the sanctions were aimed at “killing the Russian economy and plunging our people into despair and hunger, to bring our country to its knees”.
“That is why I believe that the restoration of normal relations between the partners of the International Space Station (ISS) and other projects is only possible with the complete and unconditional removal of illegal sanctions,” he said. he tweeted.
Ukraine continues to repel Russian troops from kyiv
The British Ministry of Defense said on Saturday that Russian forces have withdrawn from key areas around kyiv as Ukrainian forces retake some surrounding villages.
Russian forces abandoned Hostomel airport, which has remained a primary target since the first day of the invasion.
Ukrainian forces secured a crucial road to Kharkiv after heavy fighting, adding to another victory after the liberation of Trostyanets, near Sumy.
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“Borodyanka, Kyiv… or rather what’s left of it”
Ukrainian forces show carnage after Russia’s assault on Kyiv: video
Translation: “This week, the National Guard of Ukraine and the Defense Forces actively expelled the occupiers of settlements from the Kyiv region.”
Red Cross spokesperson highlights terrible reality in Ukraine: ‘We are running out of adjectives’
Red Cross spokesman Ewan Watson described a dire reality as workers seek to help injured Ukrainians amid the country’s war with Russia.
“We run out of adjectives to describe the horrors suffered by the people of Mariupol,” Watson said.
The Russian war killed thousands of people and forced more than 4 million refugees to leave Ukraine.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Russia’s withdrawal from northern Ukraine ‘slow but noticeable’: Zelenskyy
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said during his nightly speech that Russian forces were withdrawing.
“The occupiers are withdrawing their forces to the north of our country,” Zelenskyy said. “The weaning is slow but noticeable.”
“Somewhere they are expelled with battles. Somewhere they leave their positions on their own. After them there remains a complete disaster and many dangers,” added the Ukrainian President.
Russia will face additional economic actions: Ukrainian official
Russian forces lost more than 50 armored vehicles after fighting in Chernihiv, Ukraine: report
Translation: “In the Chernihiv region in recent days the enemy suffered significant losses – more than 50 units of armored vehicles and [other] Vehicles.”
“A number of settlements have been liberated, especially the village of Shestovytsia near Chernihiv. Let’s win together!”
Ukraine says Russian forces left Chernobyl and ceded control
Ukraine’s state-owned energy company Energoatom said Friday that Russian forces had surrendered control of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.
Energoatom claimed the pullout came after soldiers received “significant doses” of radiation while digging trenches in the forest in the exclusion zone around the closed plant.
Read more: Ukraine says Russian forces left Chernobyl and ceded control
The United States will send 300 million dollars of military equipment to Ukraine
The United States will provide an additional $300 million in military equipment to Ukraine as its war with Russia continues, the Defense Department has announced.
Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby shared the additional aid in a statement late Friday, saying the new package “represents the start of a contracting process to deliver new capabilities” to Ukraine.
The United States has given more than $1.6 billion to Ukraine since the start of the war.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.