Russia has stepped up its attacks on the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, and several western cities. Russian missiles continue to hit Ukrainian cities. The Russian military has launched a major offensive in Mariupol today. They attacked a steel plant there. That steel plant is the last resistance center in Ukraine in Mariupol. Although Kiev claims today, control of Mariupol is still in their hands. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has again called on Western nations to send military equipment. At the same time, he said, his government would provide accommodation to those who had become homeless during the Russian military operation.
Russia desperate to capture Mariupol. Vladimir Putin’s army has not yet captured the city, despite 52 days of military operations. Yesterday, Russian forces said that Ukrainian troops should surrender in Mariupol. But Ukraine has rejected it. As a result, Russia launched a major attack on the city today. The steel plant in that southern Ukrainian city was Ukraine’s last stronghold against the Russians. Although the base has been under siege for the past six weeks, the Russian army has not been able to capture it. Naturally, Russia is trying its best to occupy the plant. An adviser to the mayor of Mariupol said they had received a message from Russia saying they had surrendered. But he said the military would continue to resist in Ukraine. “Russian troops are firing missiles at civilian settlements,” he said. In Mariupol, Russia has no question of surrender. The city is still in their hands. According to Zelensky, “Russia does not want to leave anything to Ukraine.” “We have heavy equipment, warplanes,” Zelensky said. Otherwise, we start discussions. Western nations will have no role in that.
In addition to Mariupol, Russian warplanes bombed Kiev, Lviv, Kharkiv. Kiev Mayor Vitaliy Klitschko said a civilian had been killed in a Russian attack yesterday. Many were injured. He said, “All the city dwellers who have gone elsewhere are not allowed to return now. Kharkiv Mayor Ihor Terekov claims that the Russian attack killed three residents of the city and injured 34 others. Russia, however, dismissed the allegations as expected. The bomber struck shortly after noon in front of a U.S. military base.