War in Ukraine: the map of Russian advance after 18 days of fighting

INTERNATIONAL – Situation on the ground, international reactions, sanctions… The HuffPost takes stock of Russia’s 18-day invasion of Ukraine.

How Russia progressed

Russian forces are now increasingly encircling Kiev: They are present in the suburbs and are trying to knock out defenses west and north of the capital after destroying the nearby Vassylkiv airport on Saturday, Ukrainians said.

In the south, Ukrainians say at least 11 people have been killed in Russian attacks on the port city of Mykolaiv, near Odessa. In the west, according to the city’s mayor, there was an early morning ‘strike’ targeting Ivano-Frankivsk airport, about 100 kilometers south of Lviv.

About 30 people were injured in strikes at a large monastery in the Donetsk region, according to the Ukrainians during the night from Saturday to Sunday. According to the police chief of Popasna, about 100 kilometers west of Lugansk, the Russians used phosphorus bombs in its place. This information was immediately unverifiable.

Situation on the ground this Monday

Power to the Chernobyl nuclear power plant was restored on Sunday, according to Ukrainian authorities. On Wednesday, the site operator announced that the plant, which caused the worst civilian nuclear disaster in 1986, had been “completely disconnected from the electricity grid as a result of Russian military actions”.

A Ukrainian mayor was kidnapped by Russian soldiers in the south of the country on Sunday, two days after another mayor was kidnapped. The governor of the Zaporozhye region (south) confirmed that the Russian army had captured the mayor of Dniproroudné, after kidnapping that of Melitopol, 80 km south of Dniproroudné.

About 100,000 people have joined the refugees in the past 24 hours, bringing the number to 2,698,280, according to a count released Sunday by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Monday again urged NATO to establish a no-fly zone over his country, warning that otherwise the organization risked seeing “Russian missiles” fall on its members. . “If you don’t close our skies, it’s only a matter of time. Russian missiles will fall on your territory, on NATO territory,” Zelensky said in a video address released shortly after midnight.

New international reactions

Four Mirage 2000-5F took off from French base Luxeuil-Saint-Sauveur (East) on Sunday as part of a NATO “air police” mission over Estonia.

A negotiating session between Russia and Ukraine will be held via video conference on Monday, an adviser to President Zelensky confirmed. A Russian negotiator on Sunday spoke of “significant progress”, Kiev said for its part that Moscow had stopped issuing “ultimatums” and had started to “listen carefully to our proposals”.

Three rounds of talks have taken place in Belarus since the start of the Russian offensive. They aimed at creating humanitarian corridors for civilians.

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