On the 65th day of the conflict, Russia is continuing its offensive in the Donbass even if the latest defeats on the ground seem to have forced the Russian occupier to slow down, or even temporarily suspend, the offensive. In Mariupol, the Azovstal steelworks district has been locked down, which could portend a new attempt to assault the site, which has become an impregnable citadel, in the hours or days to come.
Further west, kyiv is licking its wounds after missiles hit the center of the capital on Thursday as President Volodomyr Zelensky received UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres. Strikes “with high-precision weapons” officially recognized by Russia this Friday and which, according to the latest report, would have left one dead, a journalist, and several injured.
On the diplomatic level, discussions are at a standstill. Zelensky and Putin were invited to the G20 summit by Indonesia, which wants to remain impartial. The United States reacts: we cannot act “as if nothing had happened”.
Meanwhile, the number of victims is increasing: nearly 1,200 bodies have been found in the kyiv region alone since the departure of Russian troops. Other survivors recount the Russian occupation of their village, which had just been liberated by Ukrainian forces.
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