Russia invades Ukraine – latest updates
“They are mining the whole territory. They are mining homes, mining equipment, even the bodies of people who were killed,” he said last night, adding that such action was a “complete disaster” for the areas affected.
This comes as the US is said to be working with its allies to help supply Ukraine with Soviet-style tanks. An unnamed official told The New York Times that tanks would soon be sent to Ukraine. They did not give specifics about vehicle numbers or which countries they were being sent from.
Meanwhile, charity workers are trying to evacuate Ukrainian civilians from the besieged city of Mariupol, after an attempt on Friday failed because conditions there were too dangerous.
“We will try again tomorrow. It’s critical the parties respect agreements and provide the necessary security guarantees,” the International Committee of the Red Cross said on Friday.
Hundreds of residential buildings damaged in Kyiv, says city council
Hundreds of apartment buildings and dozens of schools in Kyiv have been damaged by Russian shelling, the city council has said.
In its latest update, the capital’s council said 154 residential buildings, 20 private estates, 27 pre-schools and 44 schools had been hit.
The UN estimates that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has already caused more than $100bn in damage to Ukraine’s infrastructure.
53 Ukrainian heritage sites partially or fully destroyed, says Unesco
More than 50 Ukrainian heritage sites have been partially or totally damaged in the war so far, Unesco has said.
The UN cultural agency said 29 religious sites, 16 historical buildings, four museums and four monuments had been affected.
Unesco is particularly worried about the damage in the northern city of Chernihiv.
“We are very concerned about both the situation at the humanitarian and (cultural) heritage levels. Humanity’s heritage is in danger (in Ukraine),” Ernesto Ottone, the agency’s assistant director-general for culture, said.
Seven humanitarian corridors expected on Saturday, says Ukrainian deputy PM
Seven humanitarian corridors for evacuations are expected to open on Saturday, Ukraine’s deputy prime minister has said.
Iryna Vereshchuk said the planned corridors include one from the besieged city of Mariupol and another from the city of Berdyansk.
US working with allies to transfer Kyiv tanks, reports suggest
The US is working with its allies to help supply Ukraine with Soviet-style tanks, reports suggest.
An unnamed official told The New York Times that the transfers would begin soon, but did not specify how many vehicles there would be or from which countries they would come.
This would be the first time the US has helped Kyiv with tank transfers during the war, according to the paper.
Red Cross attempts evacuation of citizens from Mariupol
A fleet of Red Cross buses will try to evacuate citizens from the hard-hit city of Mariupol on Saturday, after an attempt on Friday failed because of dangerous conditions.
Tens of thousands of people remain trapped in the besieged city, with extremely limit supplies of water and food.
Both sides have agreed to allow the evacuation of citizens from Mariupol but logistics need to be worked out, according to the International Committee of the Red Cross.
“They will try again on Saturday to facilitate the safe passage of civilians,” it said in a statement.
Russian missiles hit 2 central Ukrainian cities on Saturday, says regional governor
Russian missiles damaged apartments and other buildings in two central Ukrainian cities on Saturday morning, the head of the Poltava region said.
“Poltava. A missile struck one of the infrastructure facilities overnight,” Dmitry Lunin said in an online post. “Kremenchuk. Many attacks on the city in the morning.”
Mr Lunin added that hits missiles had hit buildings in Poltava, while three Russian planes had attacked industrial facilities in Kremenchuk.
Russia withdraws from Hostomel airport, says British military intelligence
Russian forces have withdrawn from the Hostomel airport which has been the subject of fighting since the invasion of Ukraine started on 2 February, according to British military intelligence.
Ukraine has also retaken several villages along the eastern axis, while the country’s forces are still attempting to advance to Bucha and Hostomel from Irpin, said the update, shared on Twitter.
It also stated Ukraine had “secured a key route in eastern Kharkhiv after heavy fighting. This follows the liberation of Trostyanets, in the vicinity of Sumy, earlier this week.”
Russian ballistic missiles fired at Odesa region from Crimean peninsula, says Ukraine official
At least three Russian ballistic missiles were fired at the Odesa region on the Black Sea from the Crimean peninsula, regional leader Maksim Marchenko said.
Mr Marchenko said there were casualties from the strike, but did not elaborate. He said the missiles had missed their targets, critical infrastructure, because of Ukraine’s air-defence forces.
News of the strike comes after Russia accused Ukraine of carrying out an attack on a civilian oil storage facility near Belgorod city, something Ukraine has denied.
“For some reason they say that we did it, but in fact this does not correspond with reality,” said Oleksiy Danilov, secretary of Ukraine’s national security council.
Europe has ‘no right’ to ‘react in silence’ over situation in Mariupol, says Zelensky
Volodymyr Zelensky, in his address on Saturday, spoke about the situation in Mariupol, where attempts to evacuate citizens failed on Friday. Russian troops have blocked evacuation operations for the second day in a row in the besieged city, even as Mr Zelensky raised hopes for there to “still be a solution”.
“Europe has no right to react in silence to what is happening in our Mariupol. The whole world must react to this humanitarian catastrophe,” the Ukrainian president said.
Retreating Russians mining homes and corpses, says Zelensky
Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky has said Russian troops are creating a “complete disaster” near Kyiv by laying mines as they carry out a “slow but noticeable” withdrawal from the north of the country.
“They are mining the whole territory. They are mining homes, mining equipment, even the bodies of people who were killed,” he said in his nightly video address.
“There are a lot of trip wires, a lot of other dangers,” he said.