Evacuations halted as Ukraine accuses Russia of continued bombing
A ceasefire was planned in the strategic port city of Mariupol and in Volnovakha on Saturday morning to allow for humanitarian evacuations. But the rescue effort has stalled amid reports that Russian shelling is continuing.
“The Russian side does not respect the ceasefire and continues to fire on Mariupol itself and its surroundings,” said Kyrylo Tymoshenko, deputy head of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s office. “Talks with the Russian Federation are ongoing regarding the establishment of a ceasefire and the guarantee of a safe humanitarian corridor.
Meanwhile, Russian media RIA Novosti told the Russian Defense Ministry that the fire came from inside the two communities against Russian positions.
Heavy fighting has been raging for days in Mariupol. In a hospital, a father was seen sobbing over the body of his 16-year-old son – deaths that could have been avoided, Ukraine insists, if NATO had imposed a no-fly zone over it. over Ukraine. He decided against it on Friday for fear of risking a direct run-in with Russia, CBS News’ Chris Livesay reports.
Ukrainian President Zelensky said there was blood on their hands. “From this day on, everyone who dies will die because of you,” he said.
Russia says it does not strike civilians, releasing videos of missiles being launched at precision targets. But on the ground, the evidence tells a different story.
Today, the frontline fighting is closing in on the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv. And the Russian tactics are getting more and more diabolical. The NATO Secretary General accused them of using banned weapons.
“We have seen the use of cluster bombs, which will be a violation of international law,” Jens Stoltenberg said.
Even nuclear power plants are in the crosshairs. U.S. officials say the world narrowly avoided a disaster during Russia’s siege of Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, a disaster Ukraine says could have been 10 times worse than the Chernobyl disaster .
The Associated Press contributed to this report.