Zelenskiy urges Switzerland to target Russian money to ‘help wage war’ on Ukraine

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“I want everyone to hear me now, especially in Moscow. The time for a meeting has come, it’s time to talk,” he said in a video address. “The time has come to restore territorial integrity and justice for Ukraine, otherwise Russia’s losses will be such that it will take you generations to recover.

Ukrainians take part in an action in support of the inhabitants and defenders of Mariupol.Credit:

The British defense attaché to the United States said British intelligence believed Russia had been surprised by Ukrainian resistance to its assault and had so far failed to achieve its original objectives.

“Russia has been forced to change its operational approach and is now pursuing a strategy of attrition ‘likely to involve’ the indiscriminate use of firepower resulting in increased civilian casualties,” the Vice Marshal of the Army said. Mick Smeath said in a statement.

Putin, who calls the move a “special operation” aimed at demilitarizing Ukraine and purging it of “Nazis,” told a rally in Moscow on Friday that all Kremlin goals would be achieved.

On Saturday, Russia said its hypersonic missiles destroyed a major underground depot of missiles and aircraft munitions in the western Ivano-Frankivsk region. Hypersonic weapons can travel faster than five times the speed of sound, and Interfax said it was the first time Russia had used them in Ukraine.

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A spokesman for the Ukrainian Air Force command confirmed the attack, but said the Ukrainian side had no information on the type of missiles used.

Ukrainian authorities said on Saturday they had seen no significant changes in the past 24 hours in frontline areas, noting that the cities of Mariupol, Mykolaiv and Kherson in the south and Izyum in the east continued to suffer. the fiercest battles.

Ordinary Ukrainians joined in the effort to defend their country, such as at a training center in Odessa, a picturesque and multicultural Black Sea port, where young urban professionals learned to handle weapons and apply first aid .

“Every person should know how to fight, how to make medicine,” said 26-year-old graphic designer Olga Moroz.

Nannies take care of newborns in a basement converted into a nursery in kyiv.

Nannies take care of newborns in a basement converted into a nursery in kyiv.Credit:

More than 3.3 million refugees have fled Ukraine across its western border, and around 2 million more have been internally displaced. Ukraine has evacuated 190,000 civilians from frontline areas via humanitarian corridors, Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said on Saturday.

“I will go (to Germany) for three weeks, but hopefully I can go home after that,” said Olga Pavlovska, a 28-year-old refugee in the Polish town of Przemysl, hoping Zelekskiy’s calls for talks global peace agreements will come to an end. the invasion.

Hundreds of thousands of people have been stranded in the port city of Mariupol for more than two weeks without electricity, water and heating. Bodies amid the rubble are commonplace. Local officials say fighting has reached the city center and heavy shelling has prevented humanitarian aid from entering.

Ukraine’s prosecutor general’s office said on Saturday that 112 children had been killed since the start of the invasion.

Russia last acknowledged on March 2 that nearly 500 of its troops had been killed and has provided no update since. Ukraine says the number has now reached several thousand. Reuters was unable to independently verify the death toll.

Interfax quoted Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov as saying that Moscow expected its operation in Ukraine to end with the signing of a comprehensive agreement on security issues, including the neutrality status of the country. ‘Ukraine.

kyiv and Moscow reported progress in talks this week towards a political formula that would guarantee Ukraine’s security, while keeping it out of NATO, although the two sides have accused each other of dragging things out .

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