- Airstrikes continue against several Ukrainian cities
- Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry calls the humanitarian situation in Mariupol “catastrophic”
- Ukraine and Russia to hold talks in Turkey on Monday
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Ukraine: Russia has turned Mariupol into “dust”
Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry tweeted on Monday that Russian forces had turned the besieged city of Mariupol “into dust”.
“While Mariupol was besieged and shelled, people are struggling to survive. The humanitarian situation in the city is dire. Russian armed forces are turning the city to dust,” the ministry tweeted.
Several German states ban pro-Russian ‘Z’ war symbol
In Germany, several states have said they will punish by law any public use of the “Z” symbol associated with Russia’s war on Ukraine.
On Friday, Lower Saxony and Bavaria announced their intention to criminalize the use of the symbol. Lawmakers in Stuttgart and the state of North Rhine-Westphalia have come out in favor of a ban.
Russian army leaves town for Chernobyl workers
Russian troops have left Slavutych, a town home to workers at the nearby Chernobyl nuclear power plant, site of the world’s worst man-made nuclear disaster in 1986.
Slavutych Mayor Yuri Fomichev said the Russian forces that took over the town over the weekend left early Monday after inspecting the town.
Oscars: Gestures of Solidarity with Ukraine
The Oscars, Hollywood’s premier red carpet awards event, held a moment of silence for Ukraine.
Among those who showed gestures of support for Ukraine were Oscar-winning actress Youn Yuh-jung, nominated songwriter Diane Warren, composer Nicholas Britell and actress Jamie Lee Curtis. They wore blue ribbons that read #WithRefugees to show their support for those who have fled Ukraine since the Russian invasion on February 24.
Ukrainian-born actress Mila Kunis was among the presenters.
Biden: US not seeking regime change in Russia
When asked if he wants regime change in Russia, US President Joe Biden told reporters: “No”.
His rejection of the idea comes after a speech in Warsaw where he said Russian President Vladimir Putin “cannot stay in power”.
Airstrikes hit several Ukrainian cities
Ukrainian media reported that Russia targeted the cities of kyiv, Luzk, Rivne and Kharkiv with airstrikes on Sunday. Among the targets was a fuel depot in Luzk in the northwest.
Earlier in the day, air raid sirens sounded in all regions of Ukraine.
Presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak said the port city of Mariupol was bombed.
Ukraine reports successful counterattacks near Kharkiv
Ukrainian military commander Oleg Synegubov said on Telegram that Ukrainian forces had launched successful counterattacks around the eastern city of Kharkiv.
Synegubov said Russian troops were pushed back in several places.
He said, “We are pushing the occupiers back towards the Russian border.”
Russian airstrikes hit civilian residences in the village of Oskil in the Izium region. A family of four were killed, Synegubov wrote.
Summary of Sunday’s events in the Ukraine-Russia crisis
Russia has targeted military structures in the western city of Lviv using high-precision cruise missiles, the Russian Defense Ministry said. Long-range missiles were used to hit a fuel depot used by Ukrainian forces, and cruise missiles targeted a factory used to repair anti-aircraft systems, radar stations and tank sights in Lviv.
Extensive destruction in Chernihiv means residents of the northern Ukrainian city are left without water, heat or electricity, according to the regional administration. Chernihiv is currently surrounded by Russian troops and has been “completely devastated”, said Mayor Vladyslav Atrozhenko.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said his government was “carefully” considering the option of adopting a neutral status to negotiate a peace deal with Russia. Zelenskyy’s comments came in a video interview with Russian journalists which the country’s media watchdog, Roskomnadzor, said could not be broadcast in Russia.
The Russian and Ukrainian delegations will meet in Turkey on Monday for face-to-face talks.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke on the phone with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. Erdogan called for an immediate ceasefire and a peace agreement between the two sides.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz told state broadcaster ARD he believed more than 10,000 Russian soldiers had died in the war.
According to the United Nations, more than 3.7 million people have fled Ukraine. Most left for neighboring Poland.
ar/jsi (AFP, AP, dpa, Reuters)