Ground Report | New Delhi: Children killed in Ukraine; So far 136 children have been killed in the war in Ukraine, Ukraine’s prosecutor general’s office said in a message on the Telegram app on Saturday, adding that the number of children injured was 199.
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky again on Friday called on Russia to negotiate an end to the war, but said Ukraine would not agree to give up any of its territories for the sake of peace.
Nearly 300 people were killed last week in a Russian airstrike on the Mariupol Theater which was being used as a shelter, Ukrainian officials said on Friday, in what would be the deadliest known attack of the war on civilians so far. The United Nations said it had confirmed 1,081 civilian deaths and 1,707 wounded in Ukraine since the February 24 invasion, adding that the real toll was likely to be higher. Russia’s military has put its official losses in Ukraine so far at 1,351 soldiers.
A senior Russian military official says the first phase of its “special operation” – Moscow’s name for the invasion of Ukraine – has mostly been completed and the focus is now on the eastern Donbass region.
“The military potential of the Armed Forces of Ukraine has decreased significantly, which allows us to focus on achieving our main objective: to liberate the Donbass,” says Sergei Rudskoy, referring to an area where Russian Supported separatists have declared themselves “Republic”. Ukraine does not recognize its independence.
Russia’s signs of a possible reduction in its regional ambitions in Ukraine come amid reports of military failures. As The New York Times reports, citing a senior Pentagon official, the Russian military no longer has full control over Kherson, which previously occupied the major Ukrainian city.