A 40 mile Russian military convoy on The suburbs of Kyiv menace the capital of Ukraine city Tuesday, as shelling continued to target the country second-most grand city and both countries held the first talks in Belarus.
The country’s embattled president said he believed the step-up the bombardment was designed for force him in concessions.
“I believe that Russia is trying to put pressure (on Ukraine) with this simple method,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Monday evening. in a video address. He did not give details of hours of discussions that took place Monday, but he said Kyiv was not prepared to make concessions” when one side hit another with rocket artillery.
The developments came as Russia finds itself increasingly isolated as a result of international condemnation and potentially grueling economic sanctions. Five days after the invasion, the Russian military’s movements were blocked by fierce resistance on the ground and a surprising inability dominate the airspace.
The Kremlin has twice in as many days have lifted the specter of nuclear war and put on high alert one arsenal including intercontinental ballistic missiles and range bombers. Step by step up his rhetoric, President Vladimir Putin denounced the United States and its allies as an “empire of lies.”
Meanwhile, a beleaguered Ukraine has worked to solidify its ties with the West by applying to join the European Union — a largely symbolic organization move for now but one who is unlikely to sit well with Putin, who has long accused the United States of try to pull ukraine out of Moscow Orbit.
A senior adviser to Putin and head of the Russian delegation, Vladimir Medinsky, said that first talks held between the two parties since invasion lasted almost five hours and that the envoys”found certain points on which common positions could be provided. He said they were okay to continue discussions in the coming days.
As the talks along the Belarusian border ended several detonations were heard in Kyivet Russian troops advance on the city of nearly 3 millions. The vast convoy of armored vehiclestanks, artillery and support vehicles was 17 miles (25 kilometers) from the center of the city and stretched for about 40 miles, according to satellite imagery from Maxar Technologies.
People in Kyiv double up for races after the end of a weekend curfew, standing under a building with a gaping hole blown in son side. Kyiv remained “a key goal” for the Russians, Zelenskyy said, noting that he was hit by three missile launches on Monday and that hundreds of saboteurs roamed the city.
“They want to smash our national identity, which is why the capital is under constant threat,” Zelenskyy said.
Messages for the Russian advance soldiers jumped up up on billboards, bus stops and electronic signs across the capital. Some used profanity to encourage the Russians to leave. Others called on their humanity.
“Russian soldier – Stop! Remember your family. Goes home with a pure conscience, one read.
Video of Kharkiv, Ukraine second-most grand city, with a population of about 1.5 million, showed bombed residential areas, with apartment buildings shaken by powerful explosions.
Authorities in Kharkiv said at least seven people had been killed and dozens injured. They warned that the victims could be far away higher.
“They wanted have a blitzkrieg, but it failed so they act like that way“, said 83-year-old Valentin Petrovich, who watched the bombardment from son downtown apartment. He gave just his first name and son surname, a middle name derived from son father’The name of, out of fear for his safety.
The Russian military denied targeting residential areas despite ample evidence of bombing raid of homes, schools and hospitals.
The fighting raged in other cities and towns in the country. The strategic port city of Mariupol, on the sea of Azov, is “suspended onsaid Zelenskyy adviser Oleksiy Arestovich. An oil depot was bombed in ballast city of Sumy.
Russian artillery hit a military based in Oktyrka, a city between Kharkiv and Kyivet more over 70 Ukrainians soldiers were killed, the head of the region wrote on Telegram. Dmytro Zhyvytsky posted photographs of the charred shell of one four-story building and rescuers dig through the rubble.
In a subsequent Facebook post he said many Russians soldiers and some residents also were killed in the fighting on Sunday. The report could not immediately be confirmed.
Despite its vast military forceRussia still lacked control of Ukrainian airspace, a surprise that could help Explain how Ukraine has so far prevented a rout.
In the seaside seaside resort of Berdyansk, dozens of protesters chanted angrily in the main square against Russian occupiers, shouting at them to leave home and singing Ukrainian national anthem. They described the soldiers as exhausted young conscripts.
“Frightened children, frightened looks. They want eat”, Konstantin Maloletka, who runs a small shop, said over the phone. He said the soldiers walked into a supermarket and grabbed canned meat, vodka and cigarettes.
“They ate well in the store,” he said. “It seemed like they were not fed in The last days.”
Across Ukraine, terrified families huddled together overnight in shelters, basements or hallways.
“I sit and pray for these negotiations to end successfully so that they can come to an agreement to end the slaughter,” Alexandra Mikhailova said, crying as she hugged son cat in his arms. in a shelter in Mariupol. Around her, parents try to console children and keep them warm.
For many, Russia announcement of a high nuclear alert raised fears that the West could be drawn in direct conflict with Russia. But one senior we defense officialspeaking on state of on anonymity, said the United States has yet to see any appreciable change in Russia’s nuclear posture.
While far-reaching Western sanctions on Banks and other Russian institutions took hold, the ruble fell and the Central Bank of Russia rushed to shore it up just like Putin, signing a decree restricting foreign currencies.
But that did little to calm Russian fears. In Moscow, people double up Retract cash that the sanctions threatened to drive up price and reduce the standard of living for millions of Ordinary Russians.
In yet another blow to Russia’s economy, oil giant Shell said it was pulling out of the country because of the invasion. This announced it will withdraw from its joint ventures with the state-owned gas company Gazprom and other entities and terminate its participation in the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project between Russia and Europe.
Economic sanctions, ordered by the United States and other allies, have been just one contributed to Russia’s growing status as a pariah country.
Russian airliners are banned from European, Russian airspace media is restricted in some countries and some high-tech the products can no longer be exported to the country. Monday, in a blow to a nation crazy about footballRussia teams have been suspended from all international football.