“We are not at war with Russia,” French President Emmanuel Macron said. in a statement on Wednesday evening as the capital of War-torn Ukraine was bombed.
“Russian forces are bombarding Kyiv“, he said, minutes after an adviser to the Ukrainian Ministry of Interior, Anton Herashchenko, reported that there had been a powerful explosion near Kyivla central station. A Reuters witness in Kyiv reported hearing a huge explosion that “made the earth shake.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin “alone chose this war”, Macron also noted.
“I salute the courage of Ukrainian people,” he added.
Earlier on on the same day, the Ukrainians declared that they were struggling on in The harbor of Kherson, the first considerable city Russia claimed to have seized, while airstrikes and bombings caused more devastation in other cities, especially Kharkiv in ballast.
Russia’s one-week-old child invasion has not yet reached son objective of overthrow Ukraine government but sent more over 870,000 people flee to the neighbor countries and shook the global economy as governments and businesses align up to isolate Moscow.
The United Nations General Assembly voted overwhelmingly on wednesday to lament invasion “in The Strongest terms.” He demanded that Russia withdraw its forces in a resolution supported by 141 of the 193 members of the assembly.
Bombing raid of Kharkov, a city of 1500000 peoplea left son center a field vague of ruined buildings and debris.
“The Russian ‘liberators’ have arrived”, one Ukrainian volunteer lamented sarcastically, as he and three others struggled to carry the dead body of a wrapped man in a sheet out of the ruins on a main square.
At least 25 people were killed by shelling and airstrikes in Kharkov in the past 24 hours, authorities said. After an airstrike on Wednesday, the roof of a policeman building in the center of Kharkiv collapsed in flames.
‘They just want for destroy’
Pavel Dorogoy, 36, photographer who lives near the city center, said Russian forces had also targeted the city then empty council building, a telephone exchange and a television tower on the edge of Kharkiv.
“More people hidden in basements for more of today and last night … The Russians cannot enter the city so they are just attack us from afar, they just want for destroy what they can,” he said.
Moscow denies targeting civilians and says it aims to disarm Ukraine, a country of 44 millions people, in a “special military transaction.”
Russia said it would hold a second round of peace talks with Ukraine on Thursday on the border with Belarus, Russian news agencies reported, after a first round made little progress on Monday. There was no immediate word from Kyiv on Reports.
President Volodymyr Zelensky said on On Tuesday, Russia must stop bombing if it wanted to negotiate.
According to Washington’s assessment, a US official said, there has been no significant change on ground in Ukraine since Tuesday despite the launch of more more than 450 Russian missiles against Ukrainian targets.
Russia said it had captured Kherson, a southern provincial capital of about 250,000 people strategically placed where the Dnieper River flows into the Black Sea.
Zelenskyy’s adviser, Oleksiy Arestovich, denied that Kherson was entirely under Russian control, saying: “The city did not fall, our side keep defending.”
United States official also said Kherson remained contested.
Also in the south, Russia was bombarding the port of Mariupol, that he says he surrounded in a ring around the sea of Azov. The beleaguered city Mariupol mayor said Mariupol suffered massive casualties after overnight of intense strikes. He gave no full number of injured, but said it was impossible to evacuate the wounded and the water supply was cut off.
Apple, Exxon, Boeing and other companies joined an exodus of international companies in the Russian markets which has left Moscow financially and diplomatically isolated since President Vladimir Putin ordered on February 24 invasion.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Moscow still seeks the “demilitarization” of Ukraine and said there should be a list of specified weapons that could never be deployed on Ukrainian territory. Moscow opposes Kyivoffer of join NATO.
US President Joe Biden said in son annual statement of Union address on Tuesday that Putin had underestimated Ukraine and its Western supporters.
“He thought he could ride in Ukraine and the world would roll over. Instead, he met a wall of force that he could never have foreseen or imagined: he met Ukrainian people“, said Biden, drawing applause from lawmakers who choppy blue and yellow Ukrainian flags.
Wednesday, to whom on asked if the United States would ban Russian oil and gas, Biden said “nothing is off Table.”
Ukrainian Deputy Foreign Minister Emine Dzhaparova won a standing ovation at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on Wednesday, in striking contrast with walk-out on tuesday by more more than 100 diplomats during a speech by Lavrov.
The Russian Defense Ministry said that 498 Russians soldiers was dead in Ukraine and 1,597 others have been injured since the start of the invasion. It was the first the time that Moscow put a figure on its victims. It said more more than 2,870 Ukrainians soldiers and “nationalists” had been killed, Interfax news reports the agency.
Ukraine said more over 7,000 Russians soldiers had been killed so far and kidnapped hundreds including prisonery senior officers.
The figures given by Moscow and Kyiv could not be independently verified.
Russia main advance on the capital – a huge armored column, which extends for kilometers along the road to Kyiv – was mostly frozen in place for days, say Western governments.
United States official says that the Russians “are behind schedule” in their aggression on Kyiv.
That of the Kremlin decision start the war – after months of deny such plans – shocked Russians accustomed to seeing Putin, their leader of 22 years old, as a methodical strategist.
The Russian ruble plunged to one new record moo on Wednesday, a slide that hit The standard of living of Russians and the stock market remained closed. The central bank, itself under sanctions, doubled interest rates to 20%.
In an echo of the post- Soviet economic collapse of 1990s, the Russians made the queue in the banks to recover their savings.
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny said prison than the Russians should protest daily against war, a spokesperson tweeted.
Ukraine said more more than 1,000 volunteers from 16 countries were on their way for fight alongside Ukrainian forces, and that he would release Russian prisoners whose mothers would pick them up at the border.