Update 06:00 Philip Osborne, former head of the British military intelligence service, told Sky News that the next phase of the war in Ukraine would be a “logistical war.”
The port city of southern Mariupol is likely to collapse next week, prompting Russian troops to move north to support an eastern offensive.
Ukrainians will have trouble refueling and distributing weapons and equipment in eastern Ukraine.
Update 04:00 The President said that the Ukrainians should be proud to have survived 50 days under Russian aggression.
Volodymyr Zelensky described it as “the achievement of millions of Ukrainians, the achievement of all those who made the most important decision of their lives on February 24 – the struggle.”
He added that when Western leaders advised him to leave Ukraine, he recalled the first day of the invasion, adding that “they do not know how brave the Ukrainians are, how much we value freedom and the opportunity to live as we wish.”
Update 02:30 CNN writes that the UN head of humanitarian operations on Thursday called on all parties to ensure the safe passage of civilians after two humanitarian workers and their families were reported killed in the besieged port city of Mariupol in southeastern Ukraine.
Update 02:05 Powerful explosions in Kiev
Reuters reports that local media reported hearing loud explosions early Friday morning in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, and the southern city of Gershon.
Update 02:00 The last major oil refinery in Ukraine was destroyed. According to Ukrainian Telegram channels, the Russians attacked the last Ivano-Frankivsk refinery.
Update 01:45 Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said Russia still had a long way to go and Ukraine’s cities were in danger.
The U.S. Defense Department believes that Ukrainian cities, including Kiev, continue to be at risk of rocket launches from Russia.
Update 01:20 Ole Sinihubov, head of the military administration of Ukraine’s Kharkov region, said on Thursday that several residential areas in Ukraine’s second-largest city, Kharkov, had been bombed. “These are quiet areas with no military infrastructure,” he told national television, according to CNN.
Sinihubov said the most bombing point in the region was in the direction of Isiam, from where Ukrainian officials say Russian forces are trying to advance on the Donbass.
“Enemies are taking place and our armed forces are intercepting the enemy so that they can not move their equipment to the Luhansk and Donetsk regions,” he said.
Cinihubov said authorities were trying to “organize evacuation” of two cities in the southern Kharkov region, Parvinkov and Losova.
Update 01:10 Air alarms across Ukraine, Nexta announces.
Update 00:55 Ukraine police say 503 civilians, including 24 children, have been killed in the Kharkov region during a 50-day war between Russia and Ukraine.
ECB President Christine Lagarde has warned that sanctions on the war in Ukraine and Russia will affect the pace of the post-epidemic economic recovery in the eurozone and continue to push up inflation.
Update 00:20 Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense says two more children were killed in an attack on a Gramadorsk railway station last week, bringing the death toll to 59, including seven children.
Ukrainian officials said their forces had hit the ship with rockets, while Russia acknowledged that the Moscow ship was on fire, but was not attacked. U.S. officials and other Western officials could not confirm the cause of the fire.
The loss of the warship, named after the Russian capital, was a catastrophic symbolic defeat for Moscow, which is re-mobilizing its troops for a new offensive in eastern Ukraine after retreating from much of the north, including the capital.
Russia’s Defense Ministry says the ship sank in a storm while being towed to port. Russia has previously said it was forced to evacuate its entire crew by the flames, which normally had 500 sailors on board. He later said the fire had been brought under control and the ship would be towed to port with rocket launchers.
- Joe Biden has announced that he is ready to go to Ukraine
- Mayor Ivan Fedorov said more than 100 Melitopol residents in southern Ukraine had been abducted by Russian forces occupying the city since the war began.
- Bucea Mayor Anatolii Fedoruk told UNIAN News Agency: “73 bodies have already been exhumed from the Bucea mass grave.”
- CIA Director Bill Burns said the United States was considering the possibility of using tactical nuclear weapons in Ukraine, given Russia’s difficulties on the battlefield.
- Lithuanian President Kitanas Nouseta proposes to Ukraine to use Baltic Sea State Port Glybeda to boost grain exports
- Verkhovna Rada, the Ukrainian parliament, recognizes the actions of Russia and its military as genocide of the Ukrainian people.
- French President Emmanuel Macron holds a new telephone conversation with Ukrainian Volodymyr Zhelensky.
- Posts personal information on Facebook about two Russian generals involved in Ukrainian intelligence atrocities
- Putin threatens to target Russia’s energy exports to Asia, leaving Europe in the sun
- 30 Ukrainians released in exchange for new prisoners with Russia. This was announced by the Kiev government
- The Ukrainian war ‘severely affects’ confidence in the eurozone, reducing energy demand and reducing production
- Russia has warned NATO that action could be taken in the Baltic region if Finland and Sweden join a military alliance. Dmitry Medvedev said: “The balance must be restored.”
- Russia’s Commission of Inquiry has opened a series of criminal cases alleging torture of Ukrainian soldiers.
- The governor of the Kharkov region of Ukraine said on Thursday that four Russian civilians had been killed and 10 wounded in a Russian bombing raid on the city.
- Ukrainian forces claim to have destroyed a bridge at Izium in the Kharkov region when a Russian military convoy crossed the bridge.
- Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister Irina Vareshchuk has announced that nine humanitarian routes will be available today. The public must use private cars to escape the besieged Mariupol city. Other escape routes are to Berdyansk, Tokmak and Enerhodor, and those in the eastern Luhansk region will only operate if Russian occupying forces stop their bombing.
- US President Joe Biden has announced $ 800 million in military aid to Ukraine, including heavy artillery, ahead of a major Russian offensive in eastern Ukraine.
- The UNHCR estimates that the number of people fleeing Ukraine abroad since the beginning of the invasion is 4,697,964.
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