Russia-Ukraine Conflict Day 16: Russia Alleges Chemical Weapons, Continues Strikes On Mariupol!
- Russian strikes continue in Mariupol, Ukraine
- Russia accuses Ukraine of blocking civilian evacuation attempts, Mariupol mayor says 400,000 people trapped amid Russian shelling “every 30 minutes”
- Russia calls for UNSC meet on alleged U.S.-funded “chemincal and bioweapons lab”, U.S, Ukraine reject allegations
- E.U rejects Ukraine’s demand for “fast-track” membership
As the Russian military strikes in Ukraine continue, the mayor of Mariupol, Vadym Boychenko, has said that over 400,000 people of the city are experiencing Russian shelling every 30 minutes. Yeterday, Russia had conducted strikes on a hospital in Mariupol which was condemned by the United Nations General Secretary, but countered by Russia which claimed that Ukrainian nationalists associated with the Azov Battalion, a neo-Nazi outfit, were hiding there. During talks in Antalya, Turkey yesterday between the foreign ministers of Russia and Ukraine, Russia’s Sergey Lavrov reportedly told his Ukrainian counterpart that “This maternity hospital has long been occupied by the Azov Battalion and other radicals. They drove out the women in labor, nurses and general staff. It was the base of the ultra-radical Azov Battalion” At least 17 people were reportedly injured in strikes on Mariupol yesterday on March 10th. Journalist Olga Tokariuk posted this tweet today on the strikes:
Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy alleged that the Russian military was bombarding the city and not allowing civilians to escape, terming it “outright terror”. The city’s mayor Mr. Boychenko also stated that over half of Kyiv’s population has fled. The number of Ukrainian refugees has reached 2.3 million according to estimates. On the other hand, it is also claimed that Russia is attempting to carry out civilian evacuations while Ukraine’s nationalist elements are not allowing civilians to leave.
I received an update from a relative of Marianna - a pregnant girl from Mariupol's bombed hospital. They were able to reach her on the phone briefly. Last night at 10pm, Marianna gave birth to a baby girl! They are ok, but it's very cold in Mariupol and the bombing doesn't stop pic.twitter.com/PSLxI6I0zZ— Olga Tokariuk (@olgatokariuk) March 11, 2022
Reuters has reported that Russia has also evacuated 2.2 lakh people from the pro-Russian region of Donbass and other parts of Ukraine.
Possible some media don't want to check whether Azov is blocking evacuation of Ukrainians from cities, particularly Mariupol. The truth may not fit within preferred narrative of war. Then again - if media cares about Ukrainians, they should seek out why they're being trapped.— Kevin Gosztola (@kgosztola) March 6, 2022
Russia has stated that it will continue civilian evacuations from Ukraine even without the approval of Kyiv. Russian Colonel General Mikhail Mizintsev, the chief of the National Defense Management Centre, told media on Thursday that it will “guarantee complete security” to those choosing to leave Kiev, Chernigov, Sumy, Kharkov, and Mariupol through exit points controlled by Russia. Russia also claims to have captured Volnovakha, a town between the separatist-controlled Donetsk and Mariupol, where a ceasefire was declared on March 7th. The news agency RIA quoted the Russian Defence Ministry which confirmed that pro-Russian separatists had captured the town.
About 222,000 people have been evacuated to Russia from Ukraine and its two Russian-backed rebel regions, the TASS news agency said pic.twitter.com/ixNuWuaJdf— Reuters (@Reuters) March 11, 2022
Russian troops have been attacking Mariuopol as they advance towards Kyiv, the Ukrainian capital. Satellite images provided by Maxar Technologies show a Russian military convoy broken up and regrouping outside Kyiv. Media reports that Ukraine is fighting to hold off a Russian convoy outside Kyiv as its forces bombard areas surrounding it. Another tweet in the same thread claims to show bombardment of high rises in Borodyanka to the northwest of Kyiv.
Russia claims its forces have captured Volnovakha, a town on the road from Donetsk to Mariupol. They badly destroyed it before entering. This is the picture of Volnovakha’s school number 3 posted on a local TG channel. pic.twitter.com/pFLzpszTbB— Leonid Ragozin (@leonidragozin) March 11, 2022
131/ Other images show that the long Russian convoy northwest of Kyiv (tweet 69) has mostly dispersed and redeployed, including here in a tree line near Lubyanka.— Evan Hill (@evanhill) March 11, 2022
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Russia Ministry of Defence Asks For UNSC Meet On Alleged ‘US Bioweapons Lab’ Russia claims that it has discovered laboratories in Ukraine near its borders funded by the United States where experiments in chemical and biological weapons are being conducted, Russia has asked the United Nations Security Council for a meeting on the issue. The United States has denied that it “owns or operates” these facilities, while Kyiv insists they are only for “civilian research” purposes.
130/ New satellite images collected this morning in Ukraine include this one showing multiple high rises in Borodyanka, northwest of Kyiv, that have been heavily damaged and partially collapsed. Same location as tank seen firing in tweet 82: 50.643383, 29.933464— Evan Hill (@evanhill) March 11, 2022
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