Despite artillery strikes defending Ukraine throughout Kiev, Russian troops are advancing into the depths of the capital to occupy it.
Media, Ukraine – Russia’s attack on Ukraine approached the center of Kiev on Tuesday, and several neighborhoods were hit as leaders of the three NATO member states planned to visit the troubled Ukrainian capital.
Shortly before dawn, Ukrainian authorities said artillery shelling had caused large explosions throughout Kyiv. As a result of the shooting, a large fire and wild rescue operations began in a 15-storey residential building. At least one person was killed and others remained inside.
Shock waves from the blast also damaged the entrance to a subway station in the city center that was used as a bomb shelter. The city government tweeted a picture of the collapsed façade, saying the trains would no longer stop at the station.
As Russia stepped up its attack on Kiev, the leaders of Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovenia planned to travel to the Ukrainian capital on Tuesday on an EU mission to support the country.
“The purpose of the visit is to express the EU’s unequivocal support for Ukraine, its freedom and independence,” Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala tweeted.
It will be attended by Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and Polish Deputy Prime Minister for Security, leader of the conservative ruling party Jaroslaw Kaczynski.
As Russia’s attack on Ukraine enters its 21st day, Russian and Ukrainian negotiators also plan to hold a second day of talks.
When Russia started the war about three weeks ago, fears of an imminent invasion of the Ukrainian capital surfaced, and residents slept in subway stations or took refuge on trains to escape. However, as Russia’s attack subsided, Kyiv became relatively calm.
Fighting has intensified on the outskirts of the city in recent days, and raid sirens are sounding from the air around the capital.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is trying to extend the martial law until April 24 and demand that men between the ages of 18 and 60 remain in the country to fight. Zelensky introduced the extension in parliament, and parliament is expected to vote on it this week.
In Washington, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said that while the Biden administration supports Ukraine’s participation in talks with Russia, Russian President Vladimir Putin will have to show signs of easing tensions in order to show goodwill.
US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan warned China not to help Russia during a meeting with a senior Chinese diplomat in Rome.
Speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive information, the two administration officials said China had signaled Moscow’s readiness to provide financial support to Ukraine to prevent the impact of Western sanctions, including both military support and fourth sanctions. The EU announced sanctions late on Monday.
The Kremlin has refused to ask China for military equipment to be used in Ukraine.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Russia had been able to continue the operation on its own and that “it was going according to plan and would be completed on time and in full.”
The Ukrainian military says the early morning bombings in Kiev were artillery shelling. They struck the Svyatoshinsky district west of Kiev, around Irpin, where the worst fighting took place.
A fire broke out in a 15-story apartment building as firefighters climbed the stairs to rescue people. The smoke suffocated the air. A firefighter at the scene confirmed that one person was killed and several others were rescued, but others remained inside as rescuers tried to reach them.
Another incident caused damage to an unknown ammunition in a 10-storey residential building in the Podilsky district of Kiev, north of the government block. According to the Ministry of Emergency Situations, one person was hospitalized.
The head of the Kyiv region, Alexei Kuleba, said that Russian forces had also stepped up their strikes in the northwestern part of Irpin, Hostomel and Bucha overnight.
“Many streets (in those areas) have become a mushroom of steel and concrete. “People have been hiding in basements for weeks and are even afraid to go out for evacuation,” Kuleba told Ukrainian television.
A senior U.S. defense official said Russian troops were still about 15 kilometers (9 miles) from downtown Kiev on Monday. An official, who did not want to be named to discuss the Pentagon’s assessment, said that in general, almost all Russian military attacks over the weekend had made little progress.
The official said that Russian forces fired more than 900 missiles, but did not take control of the air over Ukraine.
On Tuesday, the Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine announced the details of two deadly Russian attacks a day earlier. The office said 10 people were killed in an artillery barrage at the university and the open-air market, and that a 65-year-old woman was shot dead on a bus evacuating civilians from a suburb of Kiev.
Russian artillery fire also hit a nine-story apartment building in the northern Obolonsky district, killing two people, officials said. Officials say a member of the Brovary city council, east of Kiev, was killed during the fighting.
According to the Ukrainian Emergency Situations Agency, the Russian air strike near the Ukrainian checkpoint caused severe damage to the central district of Kiev, killing one person.
Kateryna Lot said that when the child was doing homework, he heard a loud explosion and ran to his apartment to take refuge.
“The child was hysterical. Our windows and balcony were broken. Part of the floor fell to the ground, “he said. “It was very, very scary.”
Fox News correspondent Benjamin Hall was injured and taken to hospital outside Kiev, the network said.
A woman who entered the studio holding an anti-war poster for an evening news program broadcast live on state television in Russia was briefly cut off. The OVD-Info website, which tracks political arrests, said he was an employee of Channel 1 and had been taken into police custody.
The city council said on Monday that there was a glimmer of hope in the besieged port city of Mariupol after a convoy of 160 civilian cars set off on a designated humanitarian route. For about 10 days, the deadly siege destroyed homes and other buildings, leaving people stranded for food, water, heat, and medicine.
In Mariupol, where the war has caused the most suffering, the city council did not say how many people were in the convoy heading west to Zaporozhye. However, it appears that a ceasefire is maintained along the route.
Efforts to evacuate civilians and deliver humanitarian aid to the 430,000-strong southern city have been repulsed by fighting.
The Ukrainian army said on Monday that Russian forces, forced to retreat, had repulsed an attempt to seize control of Mariupol. Satellite images from Maxar Technologies showed fires burning across the city, severely damaging or destroying many high-rise apartment buildings.
Ukraine claims that its forces destroyed 150 Russian soldiers and two Russian tanks in the battle for Mariupol.
The Kremlin-backed leader of Russia’s Chechen region said in a message that Chechen fighters were leading the attack in Mariupol.
The Russian military says 20 civilians have been killed in a separatist-held town of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine by a ballistic missile fired by Ukrainian forces. The case could not be independently investigated.
The United Nations says at least 596 civilians have been killed since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, although it estimates the death toll is much higher. More than 2.8 million people, whom the United Nations has called Europe’s biggest refugee crisis since World War II, have fled to Poland and other neighboring countries, leaving millions more displaced.
Russia’s army is larger and better equipped than Ukraine’s, but its troops have faced tougher resistance than expected.
Associated Press writer Lolita C. Baldor in Washington and AP journalists from around the world contributed to the report.
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