Russia warns Kyiv residents to flee their homes as tactics shift to bombarding cities
Mar 1, 2022: According to a report by Reuters, Russia warned Kyiv residents to flee their homes on Tuesday as they rained rockets down on Kharkiv, as Russian commanders who have failed to achieve a quick victory shifted their tactics to intensify the bombardment of Ukrainian cities.
Russia’s Defense Ministry says it is planning to hit targets in Kyiv used byUkraine’s security services. People living near such places should evacuate their homes, he warned, while not giving any information about where these targets are located in the city of 3 million people. At least 10 people were killed and 35 wounded in rocket attacks on Kharkiv, said Anton Harashchenko, an adviser to Ukraine’s Interior Ministry. Dozens of people were killed and injured in similar attacks in the city yesterday.
“The rubble is being cleared and there will be even more victims and wounded,” he said. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said the artillery barrages on Kharkiv amounted to state terrorism.
Nearly a week since Russian troops poured over the border, they have failed to capture a single major Ukrainian city after running into far fiercer resistance than they expected.
Russia’s TASS news agency reports that new peace talks will take place on Wednesday. Talks between Russian and Ukrainian officials on the Belarusian border on Monday failed to make any progress. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba said Kyiv was ready for talks but would not just follow the Russian ultimatum.
Zelenskyy’s government remained under Kyiv’s control and was ready to fight the invaders alongside soldiers and civilians. Images released by the American satellite company Maxar show Russian tanks, artillery and fuel trucks stretching 40 miles along a highway to the north.
“For the enemy, Kyiv is the key target,” Zelenskiy, who has remained in the capital rallying Ukrainians, said in a message overnight. “We will neutralise them all.”
Some Kyiv residents are taking refuge in underground metro stations at night. There are long lines for fuel and some products are running out in the shops, but during the day there is a glimpse of normal life on the streets of the city.
Zelenskyy meanwhile has urged the European Parliament by video link a day after he signed an official request to join the European Union, urged the bloc to prove that it sided with Ukraine.
Ukraine is seeking a nuclear weapon, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said via video link at a disarmament summit in Geneva. As soon as his speech began, dozens of diplomats walked out of the hall in protest. The British Ministry of Defense said in an intelligence update that there had been little progress in Russia’s advance on Kyiv in the past 24 hours, possibly due to logistical problems.
But they also warned of a change in Russia’s strategy that could worsen the plight of its citizens.
Kharkiv, a mainly Russian-speaking city of 1.5 million people near the Russian border, has borne the brunt of attacks since Monday.
Since the conflict began, more than 660,000 people, mostly women and children, have fled Ukraine to neighbouring countries such as Poland and Romania, the U.N. refugee agency said.
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