The Russian military operation in Ukraine enters its 34th day, Tuesday, while The Russian army continues to target Ukrainian military sites and gatheringsA new round of negotiations was launched between Moscow and Kiev, with Turkish mediation.
The Russian Defense Ministry reported the destruction of a major Ukrainian refueling base in the Rivne region, confirming the destruction of 68 Ukrainian military installations and 3 marches within one day. The Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine said that Kyiv is seeking to open 3 humanitarian corridors today.
The British Ministry of Defense said that the Russian forces are in their positions and trying to reorganize their ranks, while the Ukrainian attacks succeeded in pushing the Russian forces to retreat in some locations, stressing that the city center of Mariupol is still under Ukrainian control.
British military intelligence said the Russian air strikes pose a threat to the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, through their ability to bombard, although Ukrainian forces continue to counterattack in the northwest of the city.
The coastal city of Mariupol witnessed violent confrontations between the Russian and Ukrainian armies Russian forces seek to take control of the city Just hours before the start of a new round of negotiations.
For his part, the spokesman of the Russian Defense Ministry, Major General Igor Konashenkov, announced the destruction of huge ammunition depots in the Zhytomyr region that were used to supply Ukrainian forces in the suburbs of Kyiv, and the downing of two planes and a helicopter.
Kyiv, for its part, confirmed that it had “evidence” that Russian forces had used cluster munitions in two regions of southern Ukraine, which are weapons prohibited by international conventions.
In response to a question about whether these weapons were used in the bombing of Kyiv, Ukrainian Prosecutor General Irina Venediktova said during a press conference, “I have no concrete evidence” that these weapons were used in the capital, noting that the relevant authorities continue to conduct “investigations” in this regard.
“But we have evidence that cluster bombs were used in the Odessa region and in the Kherson region,” she added.
Odessa is a coastal city located on the Black Sea and includes an important port that the Russian forces are trying to control. As for the city of Kherson, it was captured by the Russian forces.
International NGOs, such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, assert that they have collected evidence of the use of cluster munitions in civilian populated areas in Ukraine.
These munitions can contain dozens of small bombs, which spread over a large area without all of them exploding at once, turning the unexploded ones into anti-personnel mines. These small bombs explode at the slightest contact, sometimes long after the end of the war, leaving dead and wounded people.
On the ground, the Russian forces expanded their attack on the city of Mariupol, which has witnessed fierce confrontations over the past week that turned into street fighting, after the attackers succeeded in achieving wide progress in a number of neighborhoods. Russian media quoted videos that they said showed “widespread sweeps taking place in the city center to pursue and eliminate the battalions of Ukrainian nationalists.”
Officials in Donetsk said Mariupol would soon be in control, and the head of the separatist region, Denis Pushlin, said the fighting had already moved from the suburbs to the city centre.
Thousands of Chechen fighters are participating in the fighting alongside the Russian army and the Donetsk region’s forces, who were transferred from the vicinity of the capital, Kyiv, to the southern regions. Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov announced that he is “in Mariupol” with the fighters he commands.
On the other hand, the Russian Agency for the Protection of Consumer Rights announced that it is monitoring the level of radiation in the Russian Federation after increasing fears of a dangerous radiation leak due to the outbreak of fires in the exclusion zone in the vicinity of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.
A statement issued by the authority confirmed that the radiological situation in Russia is stable. Kyiv had warned of the outbreak of widespread fires in the vicinity of the station, which was tightly controlled by Moscow in the first week of the war. Although the level of fires decreased for several days, two days ago it was announced that a new huge fire broke out in the surrounding forests.
Ukrainian Ombudsman Lyudmila Denisova reported that more than 10 hectares of forest were set ablaze in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone due to military operations. And she warned of high levels of radioactive contamination as a result of the spread of fires.