Russia continues its offensive in Ukraine on Sunday, March 13, eighteen days after the start of the Kremlin-decided invasion. The Ukrainian authorities have announced new human tolls, referring in particular to the bombing of the besieged city of Mariupol, while Moscow provides no information. Russian forces are also still trying to surround the capital Kiev, in the suburbs of which an American journalist was murdered on Sunday.
More than 2,100 dead in Mariupol, where Red Cross fears ‘worst case scenario’
In Mariupol, a strategic port in the southeast under siege by Russian forces, some 2,187 residents have been killed, the town hall said on Sunday. “Residents cynically and deliberately attack housing, densely populated areas, vandalize children’s hospitals and urban infrastructureshe said on Telegram. In 24 hours, we witnessed 22 bombings on a peaceful city. About 100 bombs have already fallen on Mariupol.” Russia has not communicated no rating on this.
The city hoped for the arrival on Sunday of a convoy carrying humanitarian aid, was stuck at a Russian roadblock for more than five hours on Saturday. Attempts to evacuate hundreds of thousands of civilians have repeatedly failed. In the absence of a humanitarian agreement, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) warned on Sunday: “a worst case scenario” in Mariupol. “History will horrify what will happen in this city unless agreement is reached between the parties as soon as possible”insisted the ICRC.
American journalist shot dead near Kiev
An American journalist was killed on Sunday and another wounded by bullets in Irpin, on the northwestern outskirts of the Ukrainian capital Kiev† The two men were hit while riding with a Ukrainian civilian, also injured, a doctor involved with Ukrainian troops caring for the victims told AFP.
The downed reporter was identified as Brent Renaud, a 50-year-old documentary filmmaker who had notably collaborated with the New York Times in the past. “He was in the area working on a project (…) on the refugee crisisannounced the American magazine Time. Our thoughts are with Brent’s loved ones. It is essential that journalists have the ability to safely cover the invasion of Ukraine and the humanitarian crisis [qui en découle]† It is the first foreign journalist to be killed since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24.
Kiev nearly surrounded by Russian troops
The Russian army also continued its offensive in Kiev on Sunday, trying to free up defenses from Ukrainian troops west and north of the capital. in the south of the country,At least 11 people have been killed in Russian attacks on the port city of Mykolaiv, near Odessa, according to Ukrainians. In the west, there was an early morning attack on the Ivano-Frankivsk airport, the city’s mayor said.
The governor of the Zaporizhzhya region said on Sunday that the Russian army kidnapped the mayor of Dniprorudné, in the south of the country. The day before, the Ukrainian authorities had already reported the kidnapping of city councilor Melitopol 80 km south. Russia has not confirmed this information and has not taken a human toll on its offensive.
More than 800 protesters arrested in Russia
More than 800 people were arrested on Sunday during demonstrations against the offensive in Ukraine, organized in 37 Russian cities, the NGO OVD-Info, which specializes in monitoring the demonstrations, has reported. According to the Russian Interior Ministry, nearly 300 were arrested in Moscow and at least 156 in Saint Petersburg, OVD-Info said.
Despite the Kremlin’s announcement of a ban on demonstrations, pacifists gather daily in Russia to denounce military intervention in Ukraine. It is estimated that at least 14,700 protesters have been arrested in the country since the offensive began on Feb. 24 OVD info†
Demonstrations also took place in Germany on Sunday. In Berlin, police say between 20,000 and 30,000 people have protested against the invasion of Ukraine. In Frankfurt, about 11,000 people expressed their solidarity with the Ukrainians. Other marches took place in Stuttgart, Leipzig and Hamburg.