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Zelenskyy fears Russia's invasion was just the beginning, amid warning war could last for 'long period'

Volodymyr Zelenskyy, President of Russia, warned that Russia’s invasion in Ukraine was only the beginning. Moscow also has plans to seize other countries.

This is after Sergei Shoigu, Russian defense minister, declared that Russia intends to use new tactics of war. The conflict is now in its 59th year.

These remarks were interpreted by the UK’s Ministry of Defence as an “admission tacit” that the war isn’t moving as Vladimir Putin intended.

According to Ukrainian authorities, a dozen Russian-trained military units were taken from Mariupol in the South, which is almost entirely under Russian control, and moved to the East.


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What’s happened on day 58?

British officials think it will take Russia time to adjust its tactics. For now, however, “there is likely be a continued dependence on bombardment as an means of suppressing the Ukrainian opposition”.

Boris Johnson, speaking during his visit to India, warned that there is a real possibility that the war in Ukraine could drag out for a long time.

While security is improving in Kyiv’s capital, the prime minister accepted an intelligence assessment from the West that suggested the conflict would continue into 2022 and conclude with a victory for Vladimir Putin.

A Russian general stated Friday that Moscow wants to seize all the southern and eastern Ukraine in a new phase.

This plan includes capturing the whole Donbas region, linking up to the Crimea peninsula and controlling land that extends as far as a Russian-occupied breakaway region of Moldova.

Ukraine’s top prosecutor accuses Russia that it pre-planned mass murder, torture, and rape

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What’s Russia’s attack plan?

Key developments:

* The UK will reopen its Embassy in Kyiv

* The foreign ministry of Moldova summoned Moscow’s ambassador to express concern that Russia’s Russian-speaking population was being repressed

*UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres will be visiting Moscow on Tuesday to discuss urgently bringing about peace in Ukraine – and may also visit Kyiv

Russia’s defense ministry claims that one of its sailors has been killed and 27 are missing following the sinking of the Moskva missile cruiser last week.

Eyewitness – Russia fears that Ukrainian men will be ‘conscripted’ to Kherson by Russia to fight against their army

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Why is Mariupol important?

“Fighting, Shelling, Bombing Do Not Stop”

After weeks of bombardment, Mariupol’s port city has been reduced to a lot of smoke and rubble.

Russian state television footage appeared to show the flag raised by pro-Moscow Donetsk separatists on the city’s highest point, a TV tower.

Another video claimed to show another building of Azovstal’s steel plant in flames, the last known area of resistance in the city.

There are currently approximately 2,000 Ukrainian troops ensconced in the complex, outnumbered by Russian forces and 1,000 civilians.

Eyewitness – ‘Everything’ is what refugees have to say about the horrors of Mariupol’s onslaught

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Residents describe Mariupol as hell.

Putin declared victory in the Battle for Mariupol, and ordered his troops not to storm the plant. He instructed them instead to secure it so that those who were inside could not resist surrendering.

An adviser to Mariupol mayor Petro Andryushchenko said that Russian troops were dropping bombs on Azovstal daily. He added: “Fighting and bombing don’t stop.”

More than 100,000 people remain trapped in Mariupol, with no food, water, or heat. No humanitarian corridors were opened Friday due to the danger.

According to Ukrainian authorities, there have been approximately 20,000 civilian deaths in the last two months.

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Iryna Vereshchuk, Ukraine’s deputy prime Minister, has encouraged those still in Mariupol “be patient” to “hang in there”.

Satellite imagery shows new mass grave

Maxar’s satellite imagery has revealed the existence of another cemetery east of Mariupol in Vynohradne. This second cemetery appears to have been extended in recent weeks.

There are several long trenches in the area that could become new grave sites.

Image A photo of the cemetery released by Maxar just a few weeks back
Image A recent image shows a large dark area which Maxar claims shows many long trenches which Maxar believes are new grave sites.
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Local officials shared a photo of a mass burial that measured 45 x 25 m and expressed concern about the possibility of holding at least 1,000 bodies.

The Russians have been accused of trying to hide the massacre of civilians in the city after the discovery of mass graves.

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Satellite photographs earlier this week showed rows upon rows in newly dug mass graves from Manhush to Mariupol’s west.


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