The Russian war on Ukraine .. Putin orders a new attack from all sides and the West confirms Kiev's steadfastness and sends 400 missile launchers
The main thing is from the address of President Volodymyr Zelensky
▪️During March 26, the Ukrainian military destroyed 1 Russian aircraft, 12 Russian UAVs of various types, and 5 Russian cruise missiles.
▪️The United States will provide an additional $ 100 million to Ukraine. Increased funding will continue the steady flow of personal protective equipment, field equipment, tactical equipment, medical supplies, armored vehicles and communications equipment for the State Border Guard Service and the National Police of Ukraine.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called on members of the US Congress on Wednesday to devise new tools to confront Moscow and impose new sanctions to stop the Russian war machine.
In a video speech to members of the US Congress, Zelensky said that his country needs an American decision to protect the skies of Ukraine, and added that if the establishment of a no-fly zone is not possible, his country needs aircraft to defend itself.
Zelensky addressed congressional representatives, calling for pressure on American companies to withdraw from Russia to stop financing this war, stressing that the fate of Ukraine and its people is now decided, and said that Moscow attacked his country's values, dreams and desire to live in peace.
He also called on them to impose new sanctions on Moscow, and called on his American counterpart, Joe Biden, to be a leader for peace across the world
In the first US reactions after the congressional session on providing Ukraine with weapons to confront the Russian Air Force, Republican Senator Jim Risch said that he agreed with President Zelensky on providing aircraft and air defense systems to Ukraine.
As for Republican Senator Mitt Romney, he called - after Zelensky's speech to Congress - for the delivery of MiG fighters to Ukraine.
For his part, said Mike McCaul, the top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, that the "S-300" systems are now located in Ukraine.
On the other hand, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that his country will not abandon Ukraine's neutrality, disarm it and eliminate what he described as Nazism in Kyiv.
Putin added that Western countries are destabilizing the foundations of the world order and are pushing Ukraine to continue to shed blood by supplying it with weapons, stressing that Moscow will respond to the new package of sanctions.
Ukraine has rejected a proposal to turn it into a neutral country on the model of Austria or Sweden, and this comes in response to the Kremlin's statements that agreeing on this formula would be a compromise solution to end the conflict.
On the ground, Moscow's war on Ukraine ends today, Wednesday, its third week, as the Russian army continued its military operations from various axes and fronts, especially Kyiv, where sirens sounded since morning and missiles fell, amid the assertion by the Commander-in-Chief of the Ukrainian Army that defending the capital is a strategic mission.
The latest developments of the 21st day of this war
- The National Security Adviser discussed by phone with his Greek counterpart the unjustified Russian aggression against Ukraine.
- The National Security Adviser and his Greek counterpart affirmed their commitment to enabling Ukraine to defend itself.
The developments of Russia's war on Ukraine today.. The prime ministers of Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovenia arrive in Kyiv and Moscow imposes sanctions on Biden
The developments of Russia's war on Ukraine today.. accusations of Moscow targeting hospitals and talk of opening safe corridors in Mariupol
Russian forces continued to bombard several sites in Kyiv, and Ukrainian officials said that Russia is directing its efforts to control the cities of Mariupol and Mykolaiv in southern Ukraine.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has renewed his demand for NATO to impose a no-fly zone over his country "before Russian missiles fall on the alliance's territory," while Washington condemned the Russian missile attack on a Ukrainian base near the Polish border on Sunday.
Zelensky's call came after 35 people were killed and more than 130 others were injured in the missile attack on the base, which is located in Yavoriv, near the Ukrainian border with NATO member Poland.
Meanwhile, the Washington Post, The New York Times, and the Financial Times quoted US officials as saying that Russia has asked China for military equipment and economic aid to help it overcome its challenges. Western sanctions, but a spokesman for the Beijing embassy in Washington told a number of media, "I've never heard of that."
Here are the latest developments on the 19th day of this war
Here are the latest developments on the 18th day of this war:
Boeing suspends parts, maintenance and support for Russian airlines
World’s biggest shipping groups suspend Russian deliveries
Visa, Mastercard block Russian financial institutions
Residents in shelters
It was also announced that the capital's metro is now a refuge for its residents and will not provide transportation service for the time being.
The British Ministry of Defense said today that Russian forces continue to advance towards Kiev, and that the bulk of these forces are now 30 km from the city center.
Britain confirmed that the Ukrainian army was displaying fierce resistance throughout the country, and earlier denied Russian reports that the attacking forces had seized the city of Melitopol (southeast of the country).
Britain's Ministry of Defense said Russia had not yet controlled the airspace over Ukraine, "which significantly reduces the effectiveness of the Russian air force. Russian losses are likely to be greater than what the Kremlin had anticipated or admitted."
The local governor of the Kiev region, Oleksiy Kuleba, said that Russian forces are strengthening their presence on the Ukrainian border in the Kiev region. He added that 71 wounded are currently being treated in hospitals in the region, including soldiers and civilians.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky confirmed today that Ukraine "derailed" the Russian attack plan on the third day of the invasion of his country, calling on the Russians to pressure President Putin to stop the war.
"We have withstood and succeeded in repelling the enemy's attacks," Zelensky said in a video clip on Facebook. "Fighting continues in many towns and regions of the country, but it is our army that controls Kiev and the main cities throughout the capital."
The Ukrainian president announced that his Western partners would send new weapons and equipment to Ukraine, and called not to believe the "false information" circulating on the Internet that he called his army to hand over his weapons, and said, "Our weapon is the truth. This is our land, this is our country, these are our children, we will defend all this." .
The Ukrainian Defense Minister announced that they had thwarted "the plans of the Russian enemy completely after 55 hours of resistance," noting that the Russian forces were targeting hospitals and civilian and educational facilities.
The Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine also announced the death of more than 3,000 Russian soldiers, and appealed to the Red Cross to intervene to transport the dead.
The Western powers stressed the strength of the Ukrainian resistance, which they say the Russian army was surprised by, and stressed that it continues to send weapons and military equipment despite the air battles.
A senior official in the US Department of Defense (Pentagon) said that the Russians are frustrated by the Ukrainian resistance that slows down their progress, which came more than they expected, according to his expression.
The US official stated that the heaviest fighting in Ukraine currently is taking place in and around Kharkiv (northeast). He also stressed that the resistance is strong in the north of Kiev, and that the Russian forces are now 30 kilometers from the capital and have not advanced further.
The same source indicated that more than half of the Russian forces mobilized by Putin entered Ukraine, but stressed that the United States continues to send military aid.
The US official said that the Pentagon will send Javelin anti-armor missiles as part of an additional aid package to Ukraine, and indicated that transporting military aid by land is one of the options.
In the same context, the US Politico website quoted European officials as saying that Germany had agreed to send 400 missile launchers to Ukraine via the Netherlands.
Fears of a chemical explosion
With regard to the eastern and southern fronts, the Ukrainian State Security Service said that Russia had distributed gas masks to its forces in the separatist Donetsk region, located in the Donbas region (east) and that it might be preparing to detonate chemical containers.
On the other hand, TASS news agency quoted the Russian Defense Ministry as saying that Donbass forces advanced to a depth of up to 46 kilometers and took control of new areas.
For his part, the spokesman for the Moscow-backed Ukrainian separatists said that their forces are launching a large-scale military operation across two axes south of Donetsk, and have seized 5 towns in their latest attacks.
The spokesman stressed that they have no intention of storming the major cities under the control of the Ukrainian forces in the Donbass region so as not to cause civilian casualties.
Today, the Ukrainian Ministry of Interior reported that 3 people were killed and others wounded, including children, in a Russian air raid on the village of Sartana in Donetsk.
The Ukrainian Prosecutor General also announced the death of a girl as a result of Russian missile strikes on the city of Sumy, northeastern Ukraine.