Fighting in Mariupol
While Russia and Ukraine are still negotiating the war, fighting is taking place again in Mariupol on Friday and Russian bombs landed on Lviv. Already 3.3 million Ukrainians fled the country, most of whom crossed the border with Poland.
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The port city of Mariupol is again under fire on Friday. The Russian army announced on Friday morning that the army is fighting together with the separatists from Donetsk in the center of the port city.
In recent days, tens of thousands of residents of the city have been evacuated via humanitarian corridors to Zaporizhzhia, a city that lies slightly to the west. Also on Friday, the Ukrainian authorities are trying to evacuate residents from the city.
The Ukrainian government claims that about 90 percent of Mariupol has been destroyed and residents have long been without electricity, gas and water.
At the theatre in Mariupol, which was bombed on Wednesday, about 130 people have been rescued so far. The rescue operation will continue on Friday, but due to the Russian attacks it is difficult to remove debris, says a Ukrainian parliamentarian to BBC News. In the air raid shelter under the theater there were possibly 1,200 civilians. It is not known whether there are any deaths and injuries.
In the western Ukrainian city of Lviv, several Russian missiles came down on Friday morning. The missiles would have destroyed a building where aircraft were maintained. There would have been no casualties.
The television channel Ukraine 24 reported at least three explosions in Lviv. In the city, which is tens of kilometers from Poland, it has been relatively quiet compared to other large cities since the war broke out three weeks ago.
Fighting in Mariupol, two million Ukrainians fled to Poland
Of the nearly 3.3 million Ukrainians who have fled the country, 2 million have now crossed the Polish border. Especially women and children cross the Polish border, because men aged up to sixty years are not allowed to leave Ukraine. According to the border guard, fewer and fewer Ukrainian citizens are crossing the Polish-Ukrainian border.
It is not clear how many of them have remained in Poland, and how many have travelled on to other countries. In Germany, nearly 200,000 Ukrainian refugees have been registered through Friday.
The actual number is probably higher, the Germans say, because the refugees do not have to report.
In the meantime, the two countries continue to discuss the war, but not much substantive information is revealed about it. Military, political and humanitarian issues are being discussed, Russia reported earlier this week.
A Ukrainian spokesman on Friday spoke of “very difficult” talks.
In a conversation with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Russian President Vladimir Putin accused Ukraine of delaying talks by making unnecessary proposals. A day earlier, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said he had not seen any “meaningful contribution” from Russia.
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