the situation on the 19th day of the Russian invasion of Ukraine

Despite the talks, tensions appear to be rising between Russia and Ukraine. A situation that can be read in particular in the number of victims in the bombings.

Fighting in Ukraine intensifies, with more deaths reported across the country on Monday. A situation that could continue in the short term, despite new talks, as the Kremlin threatens to take the country’s major cities completely. takes stock of the key events of this 19th day of war.

• A dark day for citizens

The day soon started with the sound of bombing in Ukraine. The capital, Kiev, was hit. At least two people were killed and twelve injured in the bombing of a building, according to Ukrainian media The Kyiv Independent.

Later in the day, the US news agency Associated Press and UK media Sky News announced that a pregnant woman was killed in the shelling of a maternity ward in Mariupol during her transfer. The rescue statue carrying her on a makeshift stretcher had sparked the emotion of social networks. Doctors tried to deliver the baby by cesarean section, but he did not survive.

In the center of Donetsk, a city in the Donbass, pro-Russian separatists condemned a Ukrainian attack that left at least 23 dead. The Territorial Defense of Donetsk, the Ukrainian Armed Forces, explained on Telegram that it was a missile intercepted by the separatist anti-aircraft defenses and whose “debris” struck the victims.

At the end of the day, a Russian attack on a television tower near Rivne, in the west of the country, killed at least nine people. 9 people were injured.

• Calls have resumed

The fourth round of talks between Ukraine and Russia began on Monday, this time remotely. Kiev demands a ceasefire and the withdrawal of Russian troops from its territory. According to Mykhaïlo Podoliak, negotiator and adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, the two sides have expressed “their specific positions”.

A “technical break” interrupted the discussions around 3 p.m. according to Mykhaïlo Podoliak. They should start again on Tuesday.

• Zelensky pledges to rebuild Ukraine

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has posted a new video on Twitter, asking his fellow citizens to “hold on.” “We must fight!” he states, criticizing the Russian bombing of civilians.

“Russian aggressors continue to destroy our infrastructure. But know that we are going to rebuild the home of every Ukrainian, I am convinced that we will do it soon after the end of the war,” the head of state promises.

He also reveals his desire to “renew the country’s economy”. “Life must be resumed in the cities where safety conditions allow,” he explains.

• Moscow wants “total control” over major cities

The Kremlin threatened attacks across Ukraine on Monday to ensure “total control” over the country’s key cities. The measure aims to “ensure maximum security for the civilian population”, said Dmitri Peskov, spokesman for the Russian presidency. However, the latter ensures that the decision has not been made on this point.

• New sanctions against oligarchs

The European Union has announced new sanctions against Russian oligarchs. Billionaire Roman Abramovich, owner of Chelsea football club, is one of the targets, according to diplomats. This measure is part of the fourth package of sanctions against Moscow to be unveiled on Monday. Before this announcement, 862 people and 53 Russian entities were already on a blacklist that banned them from entering the territory of the European Union.

Anthony Audureau with AFP