Russia has unleashed a barrage of deadly missiles at a military compound just 10 miles from Ukraine’s border with NATO member Poland — and shelled a train carrying 100 refugee children, Ukrainian officials said.
The bloodshed came as Ukrainian officials said they were also preparing for a renewed Russian offensive against the country’s capital, Kyiv.
The chain of bombs targeted a training facility in the western city of Yavoriv on Sunday, killing at least 35 people and wounding another 134, Ukraine said. The site will be used to acclimate foreign soldiers as part of the new International Legion that Ukraine has formed to help fight Russia, the government said.
Then a train evacuating refugees, including about 100 children, was hit by Russian shelling in Donetsk, killing a male conductor and wounding a woman, according to the country’s national railways and a report.
The company said the train was attacked near Brusyn station as it headed north into the town of Lyman to pick up more fleeing residents.
Meanwhile, a Ukrainian official said the country’s army was preparing for another intense battle for control of Kyiv.
“We are waiting for the attacker to enter the city,” said Markian Lubkivsky, an adviser to Ukraine’s defense minister. told ABC’s This Week. “The president stays in Kyiv. The government works. This is where the Ukrainian parliament works. Therefore, it will not be an easy way for the attacker to invade Kyiv.”
The development came as follows:
- Another Russian airstrike killed nine civilians in the heavily contested southern port city of Mykolaiv.
- National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said Russia’s false accusations that the US is funding a biological program in Ukraine indicate President Vladimir Putin plans to use chemical weapons himself.
- The mayor of the city of Dniprorudne in southern Ukraine has been kidnapped by Russian troops, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said. Pole is the second Ukrainian mayor to be held hostage.
- Ukrainian officials said power has been restored to the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.
Hopefully Ukraine and Russia both reported great progress in their ongoing informal peace talks over the weekend, gave their most positive assessments since the outbreak of war and the start of negotiations.
“As a matter of principle, we will not give up on any positions. Russia understands that now. Russia is already starting to speak constructively,” Ukrainian negotiator Mykhailo Podolyak said in a recorded statement. “I think we’re going to see some results literally in a matter of days.”
Russian state media reported that Russian negotiator Leonid Slutsky also said that “progress could be made in the coming days” and that it was possible that both sides could sign documents.
According to government and news agencies, around 1,300 Ukrainian soldiers and 12,000 Russian soldiers have died since the war began.
Ukraine has come forward 1,581 civilian casualties, including 79 children. was among them award-winning journalist Brent Renaud, a former New York Times contributor who was killed by Russian forces near Kyiv, the region’s police chief said on Sunday.
A bus with Ukrainian refugees overturned on a road in northern Italy Sunday, killing of a 32-year-old mother.
Noting that nearly 125,000 people have been evacuated from conflict zones through humanitarian corridors, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a video address that a convoy carrying humanitarian supplies is now just 40 miles from the port city of Maripol, where more than 400,000 people are said to be Food, including water supplies, are running out.
https://nypost.com/2022/03/13/russia-unleashes-attack-on-military-site-near-poland-border-as-ukraine-braces-for-kyiv-battle/ Russia attacks military base near Polish border as Ukraine prepares for battle in Kyiv