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Russia bombs regular folks escaping Mariupol during ‘truce’: Mayor orders individuals to turn around after Putin’s powers break their guarantee to let great many families escape – as Zelensky tells Ukrainians to ‘battle!’

Russia bombs regular folks escaping Mariupol during ‘truce’: Mayor orders individuals to turn around after Putin’s powers break their guarantee to let great many families escape – as Zelensky tells Ukrainians to ‘battle!’

 

Ukraine has drastically dropped an arranged clearing of in excess of 200,000 regular citizens from Mariupol after it blamed Russian powers for crashing a guaranteed truce by shelling the essential port city as Vladimir Putin’s frightening conflict enters its tenth day. The Ukrainian Parliament said the departure west to Zaporizhzhia has been suspended ‘for the sake of security’, while Mariupol’s city board accused

‘the way that the Russian side doesn’t stick to the system of quiet and kept shelling of both Mariupol itself’.

Neighborhood specialists have requested that individuals scatter and find spots of asylum, adding that talks are in progress to lay out a truce and guarantee the philanthropic passageway initially concurred for five hours somewhere in the range of 12pm and 5pm Moscow time. In a rebellious location on Saturday morning, Volodymyr Zelensky asked Ukrainians to keep battling Putin’s powers. Ukraine’s comic-turned-wartime president then, at that point, roared

‘what more is expected’

to persuade Joe Biden to authorize a restricted air space, an activity which could broaden the conflict, after he blamed the West for weakness even with Russian hostility.Volodymyr Zelensky has blamed the West for forsaking a great many his kin to their demises
Ukraine’s leader has become suddenly angry at NATO abilities for declining to force a restricted air space over his country
NATO says a restricted air space could incite far reaching battle in Europe with atomic outfitted Russia
The Kremlin professes to have opened philanthropic halls around Mariupol and Volnovakha on Saturday
Russia is pursuing a

‘battle of dread’

against regular people after endeavors to quickly catch Ukraine faile
Ukraine has dropped an arranged departure of in excess of 200,000 regular people from Mariupol and Volnovakha after it blamed Russian powers for wrecking a guaranteed truce by shelling the essential port city as Vladimir Putin’s alarming conflict enters its tenth day.

Kyiv said the clearing west to Zaporizhzhia has been suspended ‘for the sake of security’s in the midst of charges that Kremlin powers are walloped the city. ‘Chats with the Russian Federation are progressing in regards to setting up a truce and guaranteeing a protected helpful hall,’ Kyrylo Tymoshenko, the delegate head of Volodymyr Zelensky’s office, said.
Neighborhood specialists have requested that individuals scatter and find spots of haven, adding that talks are in progress to lay out a truce and guarantee the philanthropic passage initially concurred for five hours somewhere in the range of 12pm and 5pm Moscow time.

Ukraine’s representative state leader Iryna Vereshchuk guaranteed Moscow additionally penetrated the arrangement in Volnovakha, telling correspondents:

‘We appeal to the Russian side to quit terminating.’

Russia’s safeguard service guaranteed that the terminating came from inside the two networks against Kremlin positions, that nobody was utilizing the two compassionate passages gave, and that Ukraine’s ‘patriots’ had kept regular folks from leaving, RIA news office detailed.

Ukraine guarantees that Kremlin powers are beating Mariupol and close to the city of Orikhiv 96 miles away. Mariupol’s agent city chairman Serhiy Orlov told the BBC:

‘The Russians are proceeding to bomb us and use big guns. It is insane. There is no truce in Mariupol and there is no truce up and down the course. Our regular people are prepared to get away yet they can’t escape under shelling.’

In a resistant location on Saturday morning, Zelensky asked Ukrainians to keep battling Putin’s powers. Ukraine’s comic-turned-wartime president then, at that point, roared ‘what more is expected’ to persuade Joe Biden to implement a restricted air space, an activity which could enlarge the conflict, after he blamed the West for weakness even with Russian animosity.

The Russian guard service said on Saturday that its units had opened compassionate passages close to the two urban areas encompassed by its soldiers for five hours somewhere in the range of 12pm and 5pm Moscow time, Russia’s RIA news organization detailed.

In Mariupol, residents would be permitted to leave during a five-hour window, it cited the city’s authorities as saying. The Russian protection service said a wide hostile would then go on in Ukraine, RIA said.

The Ukrainian government said the arrangement was to empty around 200,000 individuals from Mariupol and 15,000 from Volnovakha, and the Red Cross would be the truce’s underwriter.

The clearing would have been viewed as an introduction to a last attack that, if effective, would see the Russian armed force push north from involved Crimea and connection up with their powers from the east and assume responsibility for Ukraine’s coast on the Sea of Azov.

Since Russia attacked on February 24, Moscow has pound Ukrainian urban areas, with authorities announcing many regular folks killed. Europe’s biggest nuclear power plant has even gone under assault igniting fears of a devastating atomic mishap. In any case, Russia has up until this point just held onto two key urban areas, Berdiansk and Kherson on Ukraine’s southern Black Sea coast.

Catching Mariupol addresses a greater award for Russian powers as it would bargain a serious catastrophe for Ukraine’s sea access and interface with troops coming from attached Crimea and the Donbas.

Zelensky said on Saturday:

‘We figured out how to get a consent to give help to those urban communities in Ukraine that are in the critical and most horrendously terrible circumstance, Mariupol and Volnovakha, to save kids and ladies and more established individuals. To give prescription and food to the individuals who stay there in those spots.

‘Those individuals ready to leave these spots should have the option to do as such now utilizing the philanthropic hall, yet the people who can should battle.

‘We give our very best on our side to settle on certain this arrangement works, in regards to the helpful halls and we will check whether we can move considerably further about our dealings with Russia.’

Help organizations have cautioned of an unfurling compassionate debacle as food, water and clinical supplies run low and displaced people stream into western Ukraine and adjoining European nations.

In the southeastern port city of Mariupol – whose catch would be a critical award for Russia – there is no water, hotness or power and food is running out, as per Mayor Vadym Boychenko.

‘We are essentially being annihilated,’ he said.

The attack of Mariupol came as more Russian powers crept nearer to the capital Kyiv, experiencing solid obstruction and shelling the western rural areas and the northern town of Chernihiv, where there have been weighty regular citizen setbacks as of late.

In a harsh and passionate discourse late on Friday, Zelensky became suddenly angry at NATO powers for declining to force a restricted air space over his nation, advance notice that

‘every one individuals who pass on from this day forward will likewise kick the bucket as a result of you’.

He guaranteed the West’s aversion will completely loosen Russia’s hands as it heightens its air assault.

NATO says a restricted air space could incite broad conflict in Europe with atomic furnished Russia. However, as the United States and other NATO individuals send weapons for Kyiv and more than 1million exiles spill through the landmass, the contention is now attracting nations a long ways past Ukraine’s lines.

‘The partnership has given the go-ahead to the besieging of Ukrainian urban areas and towns,’ he said, cautioning that

‘the historical backdrop of Europe will recollect this for eternity’.

In a different video message to hostile to war nonconformists in a few European urban areas, Zelensky said: ‘In the event that we fall, you will fall’.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg had before precluded the chance of a restricted air space, saying Western planes would need to destroy Russian airplane.

In an advance notice of a yearning emergency on the way, the UN World Food Program says a great many individuals inside Ukraine, a significant worldwide wheat provider, will require food help ‘right away’. The UN Security Council will hold an open gathering Monday on the demolishing helpful circumstance.

Zelensky is set to brief US legislators on Saturday on a video phone call as Congress considers a solicitation for $10billion in crisis subsidizing for philanthropic guide and security needs.

While the immense Russian heavily clad segment undermining the capital remained slowed down external Kyiv, Putin’s military has besieged urban communities and different destinations the nation over.

Russian powers didn’t gain huge headway on Friday in their hostile to cut off Ukraine’s admittance to the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov, which would bargain an extreme disaster for its economy. There were additionally no progressions in the north and the east, where the Russian hostile has slowed down, meeting savage Ukrainian opposition.

Ukrainian official consultant Oleksiy Arestovich said fights including airstrikes and gunnery proceeded with north-west of Kyiv, and the north-eastern urban communities of Kharkiv and Okhtyrka went under weighty discharge. He said Ukrainian powers were all the while holding the northern city of Chernihiv and the southern city of Mykolaiv.

Ukrainian gunnery additionally safeguarded Ukraine’s greatest port city, Odesa, from rehashed endeavors by Russian boats, he said.

In excess of 840 kids have been injured in the conflict, and 28 have been killed, as indicated by Ukraine’s administration. An aggregate of 331 regular folks had been affirmed killed however the genuine number is presumably a lot higher, the UN common liberties office said.

Biden has excused the thought of restricted air spaces on account of the gamble of open clash among NATO and Russian powers, notwithstanding assessment surveying showing that a developing number of Americans need the US to make a more forceful move against the Kremlin.
Ukraine war: most recent
Russia declares a truce to permit regular folks in the attacked port of Mariupol, on the Sea of Azov, to escape following quite a while of bombardments. They additionally report a truce in the close by town of Volnovakha;
Authorities in Mariupol blame the Russians for abusing the truce by proceeding to shell the city and say they need to defer plans to empty the populace;
Mariupol has been without power, water and warming for quite a long time;
Russian powers inch nearer to the capital Kyiv from the north yet experience solid opposition en route, remembering for Kyiv’s western rural areas and the northern town of Chernihiv;
On Thursday, 47 individuals were killed in a Russian airstrike on a private area in Chernihiv, nearby specialists said;
A discharge at Europe’s greatest thermal energy plant at Zaporizhzhia is put out, with Ukraine blaming Russia for

‘atomic dread’

in shelling the plant;
Russian soldiers later assume control over the site of the reactors, which produce a fifth of Ukraine’s power, after firemen say they were kept from arriving at the blast for a really long time.
At a United Nations Security Council meeting, the US diplomat Linda Thomas-Greenfield says Russia’s

‘foolish’ short-term assault ‘addresses a desperate danger to all of Europe and the world’;

Moscow’s UN envoy Vassily Nebenzia rejects that Russian powers had shelled the plant, saying the assertions ‘are essentially false’;
Rafael Grossi, chief general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), offers to make a trip to Ukraine to haggle with Ukraine and Russia on guaranteeing the security of atomic destinations;
One of Ukraine’s mediators says a third round of talks with Russia on finishing the battling is arranged this end of the week;
Putin in a call with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz says Moscow is prepared for exchange over Ukraine assuming every one of its requests are met;
Russian paper Novaya Gazeta says it will quit providing details regarding the conflict and the BBC suspends crafted by its columnists in Russia as Putin signs a regulation monumental unforgiving prison sentences for the distribution of

‘counterfeit news’

about the intrusion;
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken cautions that the conflict in Ukraine ‘may not be over soon’ and that the US and European partners should support intense strain on Russia until it closes;
G7 unfamiliar pastors caution that Russia will confront further ‘extreme assents’ for its intrusion, and approach Moscow to stop its assaults close to thermal energy stations;
NATO boss Jens Stoltenberg says the partnership won’t force a restricted air space over Ukraine after Kyiv calls for one to assist with halting Russia’s besieging of its urban communities;
Russia is more secluded than any other time after a notable vote at the UN Human Rights Council for a test into infringement submitted during the conflict on Ukraine, with just Eritrea favoring Moscow;
More than 1.3million individuals have escaped Ukraine into adjoining nations since Russia attacked last week, the UN says;
The United Nations’ World Food Program cautions about an approaching food emergency in Ukraine in struggle regions, while interruptions underway and commodities could prompt food weakness internationally.

Biden has dismissed the notion of no-fly zones because of the risk of open conflict between NATO and Russian forces, despite opinion polling showing that a growing number of Americans want the US to take more aggressive action against the Kremlin.

Images on social media show a long queue of civilians evacuating Mariupol as they head west during a planned ceasefire

Images on social media show a long queue of civilians evacuating Mariupol as they head west during a planned ceasefire
Debris are scattered around the hole in a road at the site where several houses have been damaged by an explosion, following an air strike in Bila Tserkva, Kyiv Oblast, March 5, 2022

Debris are scattered around the hole in a road at the site where several houses have been damaged by an explosion, following an air strike in Bila Tserkva, Kyiv Oblast, March 5, 2022
Police and State Emergency Service (SES) officers work at the scene where several houses have been damaged by an explosion, following an air strike in Bila Tserkva, Kyiv Oblast, March 5, 2022

Police and State Emergency Service (SES) officers work at the scene where several houses have been damaged by an explosion, following an air strike in Bila Tserkva, Kyiv Oblast, March 5, 2022
A Ukrainian serviceman stands near a captured Russian tank, in the north of the Kharkiv region, March 4, 2022

A Ukrainian serviceman stands near a captured Russian tank, in the north of the Kharkiv region, March 4, 2022
Since Russia invaded on February 24, Moscow has pummelled Ukrainian cities, with officials reporting hundreds of civilians killed. Europe’s largest atomic power plant came under attack sparking fears of a catastrophic nuclear accident. But Russia has so far only seized two key cities, Berdiansk and Kherson. Capturing Mariupol represents a bigger prize for Russia as it would deal a severe blow to Ukraine’s maritime access and connect with troops coming from annexed Crimea and the Donbas

Since Russia invaded on February 24, Moscow has pummelled Ukrainian cities, with officials reporting hundreds of civilians killed. Europe’s largest atomic power plant came under attack sparking fears of a catastrophic nuclear accident. But Russia has so far only seized two key cities, Berdiansk and Kherson. Capturing Mariupol represents a bigger prize for Russia as it would deal a severe blow to Ukraine’s maritime access and connect with troops coming from annexed Crimea and the Donbas
A resident walks past the remains of a house following a night air raid in Byshiv, 40 kilometres west of Kyiv, March 4, 2022

A resident walks past the remains of a house following a night air raid in Byshiv, 40 kilometres west of Kyiv, March 4, 2022
An apartment building damaged following a shelling on the town of Irpin, 26 kilometres west of Kyiv

An apartment building damaged following a shelling on the town of Irpin, 26 kilometres west of Kyiv
A residential building damaged during fierce Russian shelling of the city of Mariupol in Ukraine

A residential building damaged during fierce Russian shelling of the city of Mariupol in Ukraine
Residential buildings destroyed as Russian forces pound the port city of Mariupol in Ukraine

Residential buildings destroyed as Russian forces pound the port city of Mariupol in Ukraine
A school building damaged on March 4, 2022 in Chernihiv in Ukraine, which saw 47 people die, according to local authorities

A school building damaged on March 4, 2022 in Chernihiv in Ukraine, which saw 47 people die, according to local authorities
This map shows a planned humanitarian route from Mariupol, through Nikolske, Rozivka, Polohy and Orikhiv, to Zaporizhzhia

This map shows a planned humanitarian route from Mariupol, through Nikolske, Rozivka, Polohy and Orikhiv, to Zaporizhzhia
A serviceman of pro-Russian militia walks nest to a military convoy of armed forces of the separatist self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic on a road in the Luhansk region, February 27, 2022

A serviceman of pro-Russian militia walks nest to a military convoy of armed forces of the separatist self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic on a road in the Luhansk region, February 27, 2022
Servicemen of pro-Russian militia walk next to a military convoy of armed forces of the separatist self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic on a road in the Luhansk region, February 27, 2022

Servicemen of pro-Russian militia walk next to a military convoy of armed forces of the separatist self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic on a road in the Luhansk region, February 27, 2022
Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelensky has accused the West of abandoning millions of his people to their deaths

Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelensky has accused the West of abandoning millions of his people to their deaths

A woman and child look on as they flee towards Poland, in the train station in Lviv, March 5, 2022

A woman and child look on as they flee towards Poland, in the train station in Lviv, March 5, 2022
A child has a drink at the border crossing in Medyka, Poland, Saturday, March 5, 2022, after fleeing from Ukraine

A child has a drink at the border crossing in Medyka, Poland, Saturday, March 5, 2022, after fleeing from Ukraine

A woman reacts as she stands in front of a house burning after being shelled in the city of Irpin, outside Kyiv, on March 4A woman reacts as she stands in front of a house burning after being shelled in the city of Irpin, outside Kyiv, on March 4
A Ukrainian soldier was pictured rescuing a tiny baby from a scene of total devastation in Irpin, including what appeared to be a bombed-out bridge, in a harrowing image that summed up the atrocity of the ongoing warA Ukrainian soldier was pictured rescuing a tiny baby from a scene of total devastation in Irpin, including what appeared to be a bombed-out bridge, in a harrowing image that summed up the atrocity of the ongoing war
A man stands in front of a residential building damaged in yesterday's shelling in the city of Chernihiv on March 4 after 47 people died in the city on March 3, according to officials

A man stands in front of a residential building damaged in yesterday’s shelling in the city of Chernihiv on March 4 after 47 people died in the city on March 3, according to officials
Ukrainian troops take cover from Russian shelling in the city of Bucha, located to the west of Kyiv

Ukrainian troops take cover from Russian shelling in the city of Bucha, located to the west of Kyiv

Refugees, mostly women with children, arrive at the border crossing in Medyka, Poland, March 5, 2022

Refugees, mostly women with children, arrive at the border crossing in Medyka, Poland, March 5, 2022
Joe Biden has dismissed the notion of no-fly zones because of the risk of open conflict between NATO and Russia, despite opinion polling showing that a growing number of Americans want the US to take more aggressive action against the Kremlin

Joe Biden has dismissed the notion of no-fly zones because of the risk of open conflict between NATO and Russia, despite opinion polling showing that a growing number of Americans want the US to take more aggressive action against the Kremlin

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On Friday, the United States flew B-52 Stratofortress bombers over NATO’s eastern flank above Romania, exercising with the German and Romanian militaries.

The largest strategic bombers in the US Air Force took off from RAF Fairford, a Royal Air Force station in England, and conducted

‘close air support and integration mission training’,

according to a statement from US Air Forces in Europe. The B-52s then flew to Romania, where they conducted more close air support training as part of the Bomber Task Force (BTF) missions.

The White House announced that US Vice President Kamala Harris will travel to Poland and Romania next week to meet with officials to discuss the Russian invasion of Ukraine and impact the war is having on the region.

Harris’ agenda for the March 9-11 visit to Warsaw and Bucharest is expected to centre on economic, security and humanitarian assistance for Ukraine.

‘The Vice President’s meetings will also focus on how the United States can further support Ukraine’s neighbours as they welcome and care for refugees fleeing violence,’ Harris’ deputy press secretary Sabrina Singh said.

Biden spoke on Friday with Poland’s President Andrzej Duda. Poland is assisting about 700,000 Ukrainians and others who have fled the war so far. The United States has also more than doubled its military presence in Poland, which is a member of NATO, to 9,000 troops in recent weeks.

While the vast Russian armoured column threatening Kyiv remained stalled outside the capital, Putin’s military has launched hundreds of missiles and artillery attacks on cities and other sites across the country.

Russian forces did not make significant progress Friday in their offensive to sever Ukraine’s access to the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov, which would deal a severe blow to its economy. There were also no changes in the north and the east, where the Russian offensive has stalled, meeting fierce Ukrainian resistance.

Invading Russian troops have blockaded the strategic Ukrainian port city Mariupol, its mayor announced Saturday, as Moscow and Kyiv aimed to hold new talks over the weekend.

While laying siege to Mariupol for days, Russian forces also cut its electricity, food, water, heating and transportation in the depths of winter, prompting comparisons to the Nazi blockade of Leningrad in World War II.

Ukraine’s foreign minister Dmytro Kuleba claimed that Russian troops have raped women in cities they have already captured. He did not give evidence to back his claim, but Ukrainian media reported that 11 cases of rape had been reported in Kherson, the only major city captured by Russia after more than a week of fighting.

Earlier, it was revealed that no radiation was released from a Russian attack at Europe’s biggest nuclear power plant in Ukraine.

The International Atomic Energy Agency’s director-general, Rafael Mariano Grossi, said on Friday the building hit by a Russian ‘projectile’ at the Zaporizhzhia plant was

‘not part of the reactor’

but instead a training centre at the plant.

Nuclear officials from Sweden to China said no radiation spikes had been reported, as did Grossi.

Ukrainian officials have said Russian troops took control of the overall site, but the plant’s staff were continuing to ensure its operations. Grossi said the Ukrainians were in control of the reactor.

Civilians, mostly women and children rush to board any train car that still has any room on it in Irpin on Friday
A house in Irpin, west of Kyiv, is pictured on fire on Friday as the town came under heavy Russian bombardment

A house in Irpin, west of Kyiv, is pictured on fire on Friday as the town came under heavy Russian bombardment
A burnt car stands next to the remains of the local house of culture on Friday, following a night air raid in the village of Byshiv, 20 miles west of Kyiv

A burnt car stands next to the remains of the local house of culture on Friday, following a night air raid in the village of Byshiv, 20 miles west of Kyiv
The city of Kharkiv, pictured, has been devastated by the Russian invasion. The city, to the east of Ukraine, has been under near constant bombardmentThe city of Kharkiv, pictured, has been devastated by the Russian invasion. The city, to the east of Ukraine, has been under near constant bombardment
A woman walks amidst the debris of a school building destroyed by shelling, as Russia's invasion of Ukraine continues, in Zhytomyr on March 4A woman walks amidst the debris of a school building destroyed by shelling, as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues, in Zhytomyr on March 4
A local resident walks past the remains of a house of culture following a night air raid in the village of Byshiv, 40 kilometres west of Kyiv

A local resident walks past the remains of a house of culture following a night air raid in the village of Byshiv, 40 kilometres west of Kyiv
Destroyed Russian armored vehicles in the city of Bucha, west of Kyiv, which has been under heavy attack in recent days

Destroyed Russian armored vehicles in the city of Bucha, west of Kyiv, which has been under heavy attack in recent days
Jens Stoltenberg (left) and Antony Blinken (right) have today warned Putin that NATO is ready to defend 'every inch' of its territory in the event of a Russian attack, but is not seeking a war

Jens Stoltenberg (left) and Antony Blinken (right) have today warned Putin that NATO is ready to defend ‘every inch’ of its territory in the event of a Russian attack, but is not seeking a war
A delusional Putin has again insisted that Russia is not bombing Ukrainian cities, despite fears that 100 people are buried under rubble after an apartment block near Kyiv was struck and after an attack on the city of Chernihiv which killed 49

A delusional Putin has again insisted that Russia is not bombing Ukrainian cities, despite fears that 100 people are buried under rubble after an apartment block near Kyiv was struck and after an attack on the city of Chernihiv which killed 49

Military analysts say there is no chance that the US, Britain and their European allies will impose a no-fly zone because it could easily escalate the war in Ukraine into a nuclear confrontation between NATO and Russia.

WHAT IS A NO-FLY ZONE?

A no-fly zone would bar all unauthorized aircraft from flying over Ukraine. Western nations imposed such restrictions over parts of Iraq for more than a decade following the 1991 Gulf War, during the civil war in Bosnia and Herzegovina from 1993-95, and during the Libyan civil war in 2011.

WHY WON’T NATO TAKE THIS STEP IN UKRAINE?

In simple terms, because it would risk a direct military conflict with Russia that could escalate into a wider European war with a nuclear-armed superpower.

While the idea may have captured the public imagination, declaring a no-fly zone could force NATO pilots to shoot down Russian aircraft.

But it goes beyond that. In addition to fighter planes, NATO would have to deploy refueling tankers and electronic-surveillance aircraft to support the mission.

To protect these relatively slow, high-flying planes, NATO would have to destroy surface-to-air missile batteries in Russia and Belarus, again risking a broader conflict.

‘The only way to implement a no-fly zone is to send NATO fighter planes into Ukrainian airspace, and then impose that no-fly zone by shooting down Russian planes,’

NATO Secretary Jens Stoltenberg said Friday.

‘We understand the desperation, but we also believe that if we did that, we would end up with something that could end in a full-fledged war in Europe.’

‘We have a responsibility as NATO allies to prevent this war from escalating beyond Ukraine,’ he said.

WHAT WOULD A NO-FLY ZONE ACHIEVE?

Ukrainian authorities and people cowering night after night in bomb shelters say a no-fly zone would protect civilians – and now nuclear power stations – from Russian air strikes.

But analysts say it’s Russia’s ground forces, not aircraft, that are causing most of the damage in Ukraine.

What Ukrainians actually want is a broader intervention like the one that occurred in Libya in 2011, when NATO forces launched attacks on government positions, said Justin Bronk, a research fellow at the Royal United Services Institute in London. That’s not likely to happen when the opponent is Russia.

‘They want to see the West kind of sweeping in and taking out the rocket artillery that’s pummeling Ukrainian cities,’ Bronk said.

‘We’re not going to go to war against the Russian army. They are a massive nuclear-armed power. There is no way that we could possibly model, let alone control, the escalation chain that would come from such an action.’

WHAT IS HAPPENING IN THE SKIES OVER UKRAINE?

Predictions that Russia would quickly control the skies over Ukraine have not come to fruition.

Military experts are wondering why Russia has chosen to leave most of its fixed-wing combat aircraft on the ground during this massive land offensive.

One explanation may be that Russian pilots aren’t well trained in supporting large-scale land operations, engagements that require coordination with artillery, helicopters and other assets in a fast-moving environment.

‘I think that maybe they’re a little bit worried that that is a very constrained area. It’s not like the Middle East, where there’s all kinds of space to roam around in the air,’

said Robert Latif, a retired U.S. Air Force major general who now teaches at the University of Notre Dame.

‘They could very easily stray over borders,’ he explained.

‘With both Ukrainian and Russian air defense systems and Ukrainian, what little they have, and Russian airplanes all flying around – that could be a very confusing. I think maybe they’re a little bit worried about actually being able to pull it off.’

In the frenzied initial aftermath when the risk of a radiation release was not clear, the attack caused worldwide concern – and evoked memories of the world’s worst nuclear disaster, at Ukraine’s Chernobyl.

Facing worldwide indignation over the attack, Russia sought to deflect blame. Without producing evidence, defence ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov blamed arson rather than artillery fire.

He claimed a Ukrainian ‘sabotage group’ had occupied the training building at the plant, fired on a Russian patrol and set fire to the building as they left.

There had been conflicting reports earlier over which part of the Zaporizhzhia facility had been affected in the attack, with an official saying at one point that shells fell directly on the facility and set fire to a reactor not in operation as well as a training building. Grossi later said that the fire was in the training centre.

The confusion itself underscored the dangers of active fighting near a nuclear power plant. It was the second time since the invasion began just over a week ago that concerns about a nuclear accident or a release of radiation materialized, following a battle at Chernobyl.

Grossi said only one reactor of six at Zaporizhzhia is currently operating, at about 60 per cent capacity, and that two people at the site were injured in the fire.

Ukraine’s state nuclear plant operator Enerhoatom said three Ukrainian soldiers were killed and two wounded.

The plant fire came as the Russian military advanced on a strategic city on the Dnieper River near where the facility is located, and gained ground in their bid to cut the country off from the sea.

That move would deal a severe blow to Ukraine’s economy and could worsen an already dire humanitarian situation.

With the invasion in its second week, another round of talks between Russia and Ukraine yielded a tentative agreement to set up safe corridors to evacuate citizens and deliver humanitarian aid to the country, overturned by a war that has sent more than 1million fleeing over the border and countless others sheltering underground.

A handful of cities are without heat and at least one is struggling to get food and water.

In the centre of the capital, Kyiv, frequent shelling could still be heard Friday, although more distant than in recent days, with loud thudding every 10 minutes resonating over the rooftops.

The West has heaped sanctions on Russia, and most of the world lined up to demand Russia withdraw its troops in a vote in the UN General Assembly this week.

In the latest show of international opposition to the invasion, the UN’s top human rights body voted 32-2 on a resolution that would among other things set up a panel of experts to monitor human rights in Ukraine. Only Russia and Eritrea opposed; there were 13 abstentions.

The attack on the nuclear facility led to phone calls between the Ukrainian president and Biden and other world leaders. The US Department of Energy activated its nuclear incident response team as a precaution.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson called for an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council to raise the issue of Russia’s attack on the plant.

In an emotional speech in the middle of the night, Zelensky said he feared an explosion that would be ‘the end for everyone. The end for Europe. The evacuation of Europe’. But most experts saw nothing to indicate an impending disaster.

‘The real threat to Ukrainian lives continues to be the violent invasion and bombing of their country,’ the American Nuclear Society said in a statement.

Putin’s forces have brought their superior firepower to bear over the past few days, launching hundreds of missiles and artillery attacks on cities and other sites around the country and making significant gains in the south.

The Russians announced the capture of the southern city of Kherson, a vital Black Sea port of 280,000, and local Ukrainian officials confirmed the takeover of the government headquarters there, making it the first major city to fall since the invasion began just over a week ago.

A Russian airstrike destroyed a power plant in Okhtyrka, leaving the northeastern city without heat or electricity, the head of the region said on Telegram.

‘We are trying to figure out how to get people out of the city urgently because in a day the apartment buildings will turn into a cold stone trap without water, light or electricity,’

Dmytro Zhyvytskyy said.

Another strategic port, Mariupol on the Azov Sea, was ‘partially under siege,’ and Ukrainian forces are pushing back efforts to surround the city, Ukrainian presidential adviser Oleksiy Arestovich said.

‘The humanitarian situation is tense,’

he told reporters, adding that Ukrainian authorities are in talks with Russian representatives and international organisations to set up humanitarian corridor to evacuate residents and supply food.

Battles in the area have knocked out the city’s electricity, heat and water systems, as well as most phone service, officials said. Food deliveries to the city were also cut.

Video from the port city showed the assault lighting up the darkening sky above deserted streets and medical teams treating civilians, including a 16-year-old boy who could not be saved.

The child was playing football when he was wounded in the shelling, according to his father, who cradled the boy’s head on the trolley and cried.

Ukraine’s defence minister said Friday that the flagship of its navy has been scuttled at the shipyard where it was undergoing repairs in order to keep it from being seized by Russian forces.

Oleksii Reznikov said on Facebook that the commander of the frigate Hetman Sahaidachny decided to flood the ship.

Ukraine’s state emergency agency issued mass text messages on Friday with advice on what to do in case of an explosion: Lie on the ground and cover your head with your hands; use available shelter; do not rush to leave the shelter; help the wounded; do not enter damaged buildings.

Sparks erupt from an administration building (bottom right) as a live steam video shot from a larger office block behind it films Russian tanks opening fire on the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in the early hours of Friday morning

Sparks erupt from an administration building (bottom right) as a live steam video shot from a larger office block behind it films Russian tanks opening fire on the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in the early hours of Friday morning
Rafael Mariano Grossi, head of the UN's nuclear energy watchdog, outlines where the building that caught fire was in relation to the six reactors at Zaporizhzhia

Rafael Mariano Grossi, head of the UN’s nuclear energy watchdog, outlines where the building that caught fire was in relation to the six reactors at Zaporizhzhia
As fears of a nuclear disaster continue, Russian planes also bombed a thermal power plant in Okhtyrka (pictured), 220 miles east of Kyiv, on Friday

As fears of a nuclear disaster continue, Russian planes also bombed a thermal power plant in Okhtyrka (pictured), 220 miles east of Kyiv, on Friday
Russian armoured vehicles and troops attacked the nuclear power plant in the early hours of Friday, shooting and shelling guards holed up in administrative buildings near the nuclear reactors - setting one of them on fire

Russian armoured vehicles and troops attacked the nuclear power plant in the early hours of Friday, shooting and shelling guards holed up in administrative buildings near the nuclear reactors – setting one of them on fire
Fire-damaged buildings at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear complex are pictured on Friday morning after coming under attack by Russian forces overnight, leading to international condemnation

Fire-damaged buildings at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear complex are pictured on Friday morning after coming under attack by Russian forces overnight, leading to international condemnation
In the early hours of Friday, the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant was attacked. A damaged Russian attack vehicle is seen outside the power plant

In the early hours of Friday, the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant was attacked. A damaged Russian attack vehicle is seen outside the power plant (left) while firefighters work to extinguish a fire that broke out inside a training complex (right)

Overall, the outnumbered, outgunned Ukrainians have put up stiff resistance, staving off the swift victory that Russia appeared to have expected.

But Russia’s seizure of the Crimean Peninsula in 2014 gives it a logistical advantage now in the country’s south, with shorter supply lines that smoothed the offensive there, said a senior US defence official.

Ukrainian leaders called on the people to defend their homeland by cutting down trees, erecting barricades in the cities and attacking enemy columns from the rear.

In recent days, authorities have issued weapons to civilians and taught them how to make Molotov cocktails.

As the Russian and Ukrainian negotiators met in Belarus on Thursday, Putin warned in a call with Macron that Ukraine must quickly accept the Kremlin’s demand for its

‘demilitarisation’

and declare itself neutral, renouncing its bid to join NATO.

The two sides said they tentatively agreed to allow cease-fires in areas designated safe corridors, and that they would seek to work out the necessary details quickly.

A Zelensky adviser also said a third round of talks will be held early next week.

The Pentagon set up a direct communication link to Russia’s ministry of defence earlier this week to avoid the possibility of a miscalculation sparking conflict between Moscow and Washington.

A military quagmire, Putin ousted or Russian victory: Experts outline five ways the Ukraine war could go, 10 days into Putin’s invasion 

Ten days into Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Vladimir Putin shows no sign of pulling back.

This morning Russia’s defence ministry declared a ceasefire for the ‘opening of humanitarian corridors to allow civilians to leave Mariupol and Volnovakha’ expected to have started from 10am Moscow time (7am GMT).

Distressing images from the scene continue to emerge, including an image of a baby being rescued from the scene of a brutal attack near Kyiv, while other photos showed a terrified woman walking past a burning house after Irpin was pounded by Kremlin forces.

Russia is continuing to advance in southern Ukraine, with Mariupol under bombardment and Odessa and Mykolaiv under threat. Chernihiv, in the north, and Kharkiv, in the east, continue to come under heavy bombardment. The capital Kyiv is also under threat, though Ukrainian counter-attacks took out some Russian forces early on Friday

Russia shows the movement of its forces in Kyiv region. Troops invaded on February 24 and have continued with brutal attacks
Russia shows the movement of its forces in Kyiv region. Troops invaded on February 24 and have continued with brutal attacks
Russia's forces pictured in Kyiv. After Ukraine, some speculate that Putin might also be eyeing Moldova, a former Soviet state wedged between Ukraine and Romania
Russia’s forces pictured in Kyiv. After Ukraine, some speculate that Putin might also be eyeing Moldova, a former Soviet state wedged between Ukraine and Romania

Despite this Putin is insisting that Russia is not bombing Ukrainian cities, amid mounting fears that 100 people are buried under rubble after an apartment block near Kyiv was struck and after a cluster bomb attack on the city of Chernihiv killed 49.

Here are possible scenarios for the weeks and months ahead, according to Western government sources and think-tank experts.

Military quagmire

Ukrainian forces have resisted Russia’s invasion so far, defeating an attempt by paratroopers to seize the capital in the opening days and keeping control over major cities such as Kharkiv and Mariupol.

Although Russia claims it has full air superiority, Ukraine’s air defences around the capital Kyiv and in other areas appear to be degraded but still working, Western officials say.

‘That’s caused them so many problems,’

a European source told reporters yesterday on condition of anonymity.

Vast numbers of Ukrainians have also joined territorial defence units and questions remain about the morale of the Russian army and its logistical support.

Ten days into Russia's invasion of Ukraine, which began on February 24, President Vladimir Putin (pictured) shows no sign of pulling back

Ten days into Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which began on February 24, President Vladimir Putin (pictured) shows no sign of pulling back

Deepening Western sanctions that are strangling the Russian economy might force Putin to change his calculations.

This week Samuel Charap from the RAND Corporation, a US think-tank, wrote:

‘The West could leverage some sanctions to push Putin to abandon his core war aim of decapitating the Ukrainian government and installing a pro-Russian puppet.’

Pressure from Beijing, increasingly a Kremlin ally under President Xi Jinping, might also be necessary.

Domestic Russian change

Russian President Vladimir Putin is keeping a close eye on domestic dissent.

A crackdown on independent media and foreign news providers has removed alternative sources of information about the war, cementing the grip of the ultra-loyal Russian state media.

Nevertheless, small anti-war demonstrations have taken place in cities from Saint Petersburg to Moscow, with at least 6,000 people arrested, according to local rights groups.

There are also signs of cracks in the ruling elite, with some oligarchs, MPs, and even private oil group Lukoil calling openly for a ceasefire or an end to fighting.

A woman reacts as she stands in front of a house burning after being shelled in the city of Irpin, outside Kyiv yesterday

A woman reacts as she stands in front of a house burning after being shelled in the city of Irpin, outside Kyiv yesterday
Russian policemen detain a protester during rally against Russia entering troops into Ukraine in St Petersburg, Russia, yesterday

Russian policemen detain a protester during rally against Russia entering troops into Ukraine in St Petersburg, Russia, yesterday

Though not seen as likely at this stage, the possibility of Putin being brought down in a popular backlash or even a palace coup is not being ruled out.

‘His personal security is very good and it will be very good until the moment it isn’t,’

said Eliot A. Cohen from the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington-based think-tank.

‘That’s happened numerous times in Soviet and Russian history.’

Russian military success

Given Russian troops’ superior weapons, air power and devastating use of artillery, Western defence analysts expect them to continue grinding forward.

A huge convoy of vehicles has been assembled outside of Kyiv ahead of what is expected to be an assault on the capital.

French President Emmanuel Macron concluded that ‘the worst is still to come’ after a call with Putin on Thursday morning.

A Ukrainian soldier was pictured rescuing a tiny baby from a scene of total devastation in Irpin, including what appeared to be a bombed-out bridge

A Ukrainian soldier was pictured rescuing a tiny baby from a scene of total devastation in Irpin, including what appeared to be a bombed-out bridge
Pictured, Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky. Distressing images from the scene continue to emerge

Pictured, Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky. Distressing images from the scene continue to emerge

Putin wants ‘to seize control of the whole of Ukraine’, an aide told reporters afterwards.

But even if Russian troops depose Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and overrun Ukraine’s resistance elsewhere, Putin would then face the challenge of occupying a nation of 40 million.

Lawrence Freedman, a British warfare historian and King’s College London professor, wrote on Substack this week:

‘Getting into a city is not the same as holding it.’

Conflict spreads

Ukraine has a border with four former Soviet states that are now members of the US-led NATO military alliance, which considers an attack on one member to be an attack against all.

Putin’s nostalgia for the Soviet Union and his pledge to protect Russian minorities – which are found in the Baltic States – has left an open question about his territorial ambitions.

After Ukraine, some speculate that Putin might also be eyeing Moldova, a former Soviet state wedged between Ukraine and Romania.

Workers pictured yesterday clearing the debris of a school building destroyed by shelling, as Russia's invasion of Ukraine continues, in Zhytomyr, Ukraine

Workers pictured yesterday clearing the debris of a school building destroyed by shelling, as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues, in Zhytomyr, Ukraine

‘Neutral Sweden is keeping a watchful eye on Russia’s intentions towards the Gotland island in the Baltic Sea,’

wrote analyst Bruno Tertrais for the Montaigne Institute, a French think-tank.

Charap warned of the

‘risks of an accident, incident, or miscalculation that spirals into a NATO-Russia war’,

with anything from a stray missile to cyberattacks providing the spark.

NATO confrontation

This was always thought to be impossible because of the nuclear weapons’ mutual guarantee of destruction.

The US and Russia have opened up a so-called ‘deconfliction line’ over which they can exchange military information quickly to reduce the chances of a misunderstanding.

The same method is employed in Syria, where US and Russian forces have been active on opposite sides of the country’s civil war since 2015.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, pictured, has warned that a third world war can 'only be a nuclear' one

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, pictured, has warned that a third world war can ‘only be a nuclear’ one

But Putin has ordered Russia’s nuclear deterrent forces onto high alert and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has warned that

‘World War Three can only be a nuclear war’.

Western analysts say such warnings should be taken as posturing to deter the United States and Europe from considering ideas such as a ‘no-fly zone’ over Ukraine.

Gustav Gressel, an expert on missile defence at the European Council on Foreign Relations, said:

‘These announcements are predominately addressed to a Western audience to make us fear and our societies insecure.’They use nuclear deterrence as a form of information operation. There’s no substance.’

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