Even as the Armed Forces of Ukraine, with the support of all Ukrainian people, courageously resist the Russian aggression, the war seems to be heading in the wrong direction.
Ukraine officially filed a lawsuit against the Russian Federation at the UN International Court of Justice in The Hague. International Criminal Court Prosecutor Karim Khan initiated the start of investigation into the situation in Ukraine.
Russian forces claim to have seized the first major Ukrainian city in their week-long offensive – the strategic southern port of Kherson. Russia stepped up bombardment across the country, surrounding Kharkiv, the second-largest city and capital Kyiv.
Kherson: The mayor of Kherson, Igor Kolykhaev, said on Wednesday that Russian soldiers were in the city and came to the city administration building. He said he asked them not to shoot civilians and to allow them to gather up the bodies from the streets. A city of 300,000, it is strategically located on the banks of the Dnieper River near where it flows into the Black Sea. The Russians could unblock a water canal and restore water supplies to the Crimean Peninsula. The battle in the Kherson region began last Thursday, the first day of the invasion.
Kharkiv: The invading forces fired rockets into the centre of the country’s second largest city on the sixth day of aggression. Kharkiv, a largely Russian-speaking city near the Russian border, has a population of around 1.4 million. It has been a target for Russian forces since President Vladimir Putin launched an invasion of Ukraine last Thursday.
Kyiv: A massive Russian armoured column bore down on Ukraine’s capital Kyiv on Tuesday. The Russian troops have encircled the capital city and are continuing its bombardment. The city has been cut off from food, water and other basic supplies.
Chernihiv and Mariupol: Russian forces have surrounded and bombarded Mariupol. However, according to British military intelligence both remain under Ukraine’s control.