Ukraine-Russia: Ukraine is “on the brink” of surviving the war, President Volodymyr Zelensky said

Speaking via video link in his latest address to the European Parliament, Zelenskiy said Russia wants to break through to the rest of Europe.

He said: “For the Russian troops, Ukraine is the gateway to Europe, where they want to break into, but barbarism cannot be allowed.”

His statement came as the British government accused Vladimir Putin’s Kremlin in a video clip showing impostors talking to three cabinet ministers.

A view of the site of a rocket attack on the Retroville shopping center in Kyiv, Ukraine.

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) described the videos as “fabricated clips” of the “Russian State” and warned that their content could not be trusted. However, officials seem to be struggling to remove the clips from YouTube.

In a second video released on Tuesday, Mr Wallace appears to be hinting to the caller, who he believes was Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal, that the UK will “run out of our own” NLAW anti-tank weapons.

The Ministry of Defense said the UK has provided more than 4,000 NLAWs to Ukrainian forces, but it still has “enough weapon systems to protect both UK national security and fulfill our obligations” to NATO.

“This video, like much of the Russian propaganda, is designed to hide and manipulate the truth,” the statement said.

“People should be very skeptical about reporting and mistaking any part of these Russian state-rigged clips for real.”

In his address to the Italian parliament, Zelensky urged politicians to impose sanctions on Russian oligarchs.

He said: “You know perfectly well who orders the troops to go to war and who propagandizes it. Almost all of them use Italy as a holiday destination. Don’t be a haven for assassins.

“Freeze all their property, accounts and yachts. Freeze all the assets of those who have influence, let them use them for the world. Support sanctions against Russia, a complete trade embargo, starting with oil.”

He also asked Italy to ban Russian ships from Italian ports and impose sanctions on all Russian banks.

“This war must end as soon as possible,” he said. European Union”.

Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi said his country wants to see Ukraine in the EU and that it should offer the country military assistance to stop the massacres.

Mr. Zelenskiy told Ukrainian television late on Monday that he was willing to consider dropping any Ukrainian bid to join NATO — Russia’s key demand — in exchange for a ceasefire, the withdrawal of Russian troops and guarantees for Ukraine’s security.

The Ukrainian president also suggested that Kyiv would be open to future discussions about the status of Crimea, which was seized by Russia in 2014, and areas of eastern Donbas held by pro-Russian separatists. But he said that is a topic for another time.



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Russia’s attack on Ukraine continues. However, Ukrainian forces said they had recaptured a strategically important suburb of Kyiv, while Russian forces were pushing other areas near the capital and their attacks on the southern port of Mariupol continued.

Explosions and gunfire shook Kyiv, and black smoke rose from the north. Intensified artillery fire was heard from the northwest, where Russia sought to encircle and capture several suburban areas of the capital, a key target.

Residents have taken refuge at home or underground due to a 35-hour curfew imposed by the authorities of the capital, which will last until Wednesday morning.

Ukrainian forces pushed Russian troops out of the Kyiv suburb of Makarov early Tuesday morning after a fierce battle, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry said.

The reclaimed territory allowed Ukrainian forces to regain control of a key highway and block the encirclement of Kyiv by Russian forces from the northwest.

However, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry said that Russian forces fighting towards Kyiv were able to partially take other northwestern suburbs of Bucha, Gostomel and Irpen, some of which came under attack after Russian troops invaded nearly a month ago.

Russian troops also stepped up their siege of Mariupol after the defenders of the southern port city refused to surrender and fleeing civilians described incessant shelling and corpses lying in the streets.

Mariupol officials said on March 15 that at least 2,300 people died during the siege, some of them buried in mass graves. There has been no official estimate since then, but there are concerns that the number is much higher.

Those who got out of Mariupol spoke about the destroyed city.

“There are no more buildings there,” said Maria Fedorova, 77, who crossed the border into Poland on Monday after five days of travel.

The World Health Organization (WHO) said it had confirmed 62 separate attacks on medical facilities in Ukraine since the start of the Russian invasion nearly four weeks ago.

The organization said that 15 people were killed in the attacks and at least 37 were injured.

Meanwhile, WHO officials in Poland say a rapid assessment shows that about half a million refugees who have arrived there are suffering from mental health problems, mostly due to injuries.

The figures show that a total of 3.557 million people left Ukraine. The UK Home Office said on Tuesday that about 12,400 visas had been issued for Ukraine under the family scheme. According to preliminary data published on the agency’s website, 32,500 applications have been submitted so far.

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