A Russian missile strike on Odesa airport has damaged the runway and it can no longer be used, the Ukrainian military said on Saturday. Meanwhile, Ukrainian forces fought village by village Saturday to hold back a Russian advance through the country’s east, while the United Nations worked to broker a civilian evacuation from the last Ukrainian stronghold in the bombed-out ruins of the port city of Mariupol. Stay with TOI for latest updates:Read Less
20 civilians leave Mariupol’s Azovstal site, Ukrainian regiment says
Read: Russia says it hit 17 Ukrainian facilities, killed more than 200 troops
In an online post, the defence ministry also said air force strikes during the day killed more than 200 Ukrainian troops and destroyed 23 armoured vehicles. The post made no mention of an attack on Odesa airport which the local governor said had been hit by a Russian missile, putting the runway out of action.
Russia says it hit 17 Ukrainian facilities, killed more than 200 troops, reports Reuters
War unleashes flooding in Ukraine town, reports AFP
Russian foreign ministry says dialogue on strategic stability with US can be resumed once ‘special operation’ in Ukraine is complete, reports Reuters quoting Russian media agency TASS
Ukraine’s military says Russian missile hit runway of airport in Odesa, reports Reuters
Ukraine evacuates more from besieged east, reports AP
Ukraine carries out prisoner exchange with Russia on Saturday, says seven soldiers and seven civilians coming home, reports Reuters quoting deputy Ukraine PM
Russia says checkpoint in Kursk region shelled from Ukraine, reports Reuters
Read: Bodies with hands tied found in Ukraine as Russia shells east
Ukrainian police on Saturday reported finding three bodies with their hands tied behind their backs as Russia continued shelling the east and Washington slammed Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “depravity”. The bodies were found on Friday in a pit near Bucha, a town close to Kyiv that has become synonymous with allegations of Russian war crimes.
France promises to increase military and humanitarian aid to Ukraine, reports Reuters
Russia says risks of nuclear war must be kept to minimum, reports Reuters quoting Russian news agency TASS
Ukraine says Russia stole ‘several hundred thousand tonnes’ of grain, reports Reuters
Three bodies with hands tied found in Bucha area grave, say Ukraine police (AFP)
French President Macron in Saturday phone call with Ukraine President Zelenskyy promised to strengthen military and humanitarian support to Ukraine, reports Reuters quoting French President’s office Elysee
Ukrainian women train in Kosovo to find, clear landmines, reports AP
Read: Ukraine fights to hold off Russian advances in south, east
Ukrainian forces fought on Saturday to hold off a Russian advance in their country’s south and east, where the Kremlin is seeking to capture the industrial Donbas region and Western military analysts said Moscow’s offensive was going much slower than planned. The United Nations continued trying to broker an evacuation of civilians from the increasingly hellish ruins of Mariupol, a southern port city that Russia has sought to capture since it invaded Ukraine more than nine weeks ago.
Ukrainian villagers freed from Russian occupation, reports AFP
Ukraine fights to hold off Russian advances in south, east, reports AP
Putin, Zelenskyy both invited to G20, says Indonesian President, reports ANI