Ukraine Daily Summary | 1 March 2022
A major missile strike has been carried out on Freedom Square in central Kharkiv on Tuesday morning, hitting the regional government’s headquarters. Some residential areas have also been hit, while dozens of civilians are said to have died in Kharkiv strikes on Monday. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has condemned the bombing as a war crime and a form of state terrorism, claiming Russian strikes were intentionally targeting civilians. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has also condemned the strike, saying he believed Russian President Vladimir Putin is prepared to use “barbaric and indiscriminate tactics against innocent civilians".
Elsewhere, at least 70 Ukrainian soldiers are said to have died in a missile strike on a military base in Okytyrka, while the southern city of Kherson is reportedly surrounded by Russian troops, who have established checkpoints and blockades. A huge Russian army convoy continues to steadily advance on Kyiv, with satellite images showing an armoured convoy approximately 40 miles long. Alarm sirens have been ringing in Kyiv on Tuesday, as well as in the cities of Ternopil, Vinnytsia, Rivne, Cherkasy, and Kropyvnytskyi. More explosions have been reported in cities throughout the country and shelling has also continued in Donetsk, with several districts in the rebel-held city partially losing power following a series of explosions on Tuesday.
Ukraine's government has stated that it plans to sell war bonds to increase military funding. Military officials claim Russian losses of over 5,700, while Ukraine’s health ministry claims a civilian death toll of at least 352, including 14 children. The UN estimates more than 520,000 people have fled Ukraine since the invasion began. Delegations for Russia and Ukraine met for peace talks at the Ukraine-Belarus border on Monday; however, no agreements have been reached, other than a commitment to meet again for a second round of talks. Meanwhile, Zelenskyy has called for a no-fly zone over his country and for Russia to be removed as a permanent member of the UN Security Council. A formal request for Ukraine to join the EU has also been submitted and has been backed by at least eight existing EU members.
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