War Ukraine – Russia, live

The Russian Defense Ministry said on Saturday that the number of Ukrainian soldiers killed amounts to 23,367 combatants, including soldiers, members of the National Guard and “foreign mercenaries”.

“The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation has reliable information about the real losses of the Ukrainian Army, the National Guard and foreign mercenaries that Zelensky is afraid to tell the people of Ukraine,” said Ukrainian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov.

In addition, the spokesman has also advanced that the Ministry of Defense is already preparing the publication of Ukrainian documents that would attest to these deaths and their burial places.

The President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, spoke this afternoon with chef José Andrés, to whom he wished a “speedy recovery” to the members of his NGO World Central Kitchen after the attack on a restaurant in Kharkiv, which killed a person not affiliated with the organization.

The president has reported his call through Twitter, where he has taken the opportunity to thank the NGO for the “immense and supportive work” it is doing to “help alleviate the effects” of the “cruel” war in Ukraine.

“Spain will continue to be completely devoted to Ukraine,” Sánchez concluded in his message.

At least two people have died and four more have been injured in a shelling of the city of Zolote, in eastern Ukraine.

“In one of the high-rise buildings, two floors were destroyed. We have at least two citizens killed and four others injured,” said Serhiy Gaidai, governor of the Luhansk region.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba has assured that there has been no recent diplomatic communication between Russia and Ukraine.

In addition, Kuleba has described the situation in the port of Mariupol as “dire”, pointing out that it could be a “red line” in the way of negotiations.

“Mariúpol can be a red line”, he indicated in an interview with the
CBSNews.

Ukrainian soldiers have refused to abide by a Russian ultimatum to lay down their arms in the port of Mariupol, which Moscow says its forces have almost completely taken over in what would be their biggest success in nearly two months of war.

The port city of Mariupol appears to be on the verge of falling to Russian forces after a seven-week siege, an outcome that would give Moscow a crucial success in Ukraine after a failed attempt to storm the capital and the loss of the Russian flagship. Russian Navy in the Black Sea.

The Russian military estimates that some 2,500 Ukrainian fighters continue to hold out at a steel plant that incorporates a maze of underground passageways.

Russia has granted another deadline for surrender, assuring that those who lay down their arms will be “guaranteed the preservation of their lives”.

“All those who continue with the resistance will be destroyed,” said Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov, a spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry.

Taking Mariupol would free up Russian forces to focus the offensive on eastern Ukraine, where Russia has focused its war goals for now and is deploying personnel and equipment withdrawn from the north after failing to take Kyiv.

Four participants in the mission of the NGO World Central Kitchen, founded by chef José Andrés, in Ukraine were injured yesterday in an attack on a restaurant in Kharkiv.

In this same attack, a person not affiliated with the organization lost his life, according to its director, Nate Mook.

Mook himself has denounced the attack on social networks where he has detailed that none of the lives of the injured are in danger.

In the video, Mook has blamed Russia for the attack and explained that it was a missile that hit the kitchen of a local restaurant that worked in association with the NGO.

“This is the reality here: cooking is a heroic act of bravery,” Mook said in the video, where he appears in front of a destroyed building, surrounded by rubble and “a dozen” charred cars.

World Central Kitchen is involved in a humanitarian operation to prepare meals for Ukrainians living in areas liberated from the Russian invasion, as well as at border crossings to countries west of Ukraine.

José Andrés himself lamented the “massacre” caused by the bombing in a message posted on his Twitter account. “Russian attacks on civilian buildings, markets, churches, etc., must stop,” he said. “The people of Ukraine deserve our respect and admiration,” concluded the chef.

The death toll in Russia’s bombing attacks on Kharkiv has risen to at least five, according to information from local authorities in this eastern Ukrainian city, where Russian troops appear to be preparing a major offensive.

In addition, another 13 people have been injured in the attacks, according to the Ukrainian portal
ukrinform.

The Prime Minister of Ukraine, Denys Shmyhal, has assured that the Ukrainian soldiers will fight “until the end” in the besieged city of Mariupol, for which he ruled out the surrender demanded by Moscow.

“The city has not fallen. Our soldiers are still there and they will fight to the end. For now they are still in Mariupol,” Shmyhal said in an interview with the US network ABC.

The Ukrainian prime minister has maintained that some areas of Mariupol remain “under Ukrainian control”, while lamenting that the city is going through a “huge humanitarian catastrophe” as a result of the Russian siege.

Shmyhal explained that the citizens who remain in Mariupol “have no water, no food, no heating or electricity”, and, therefore, has called on Ukraine’s allies to “help stop” this crisis.

Russia has urged the Ukrainian military in Mariupol to lay down their weapons and cease resistance as of 06:00 Moscow time, a deadline that has already expired. The Kremlin has offered in return to spare the lives of the city’s defenders.

The strategic Mariupol, next to the Sea of ​​Azov, is one of the main objectives of Russia in its effort to achieve total control of the Donbass region and form a land corridor in the east of the country from the annexed Crimean peninsula.

According to the mayor of the city of Mariupol, up to 20,000 civilians have been killed since the beginning of the Russian invasion.