Associated Press journalists in Ukraine and beyond document military activity during the Russian invasion. With widespread misinformation and social media amplifying military claims and counterclaims, it’s hard to pinpoint exactly what’s going on. Here’s a look at what could be confirmed on Monday as Russia’s military assault on Ukraine entered its fifth day.
WITNESS DIRECTLY – Explosions and gunfire appeared to subside overnight around the capital Kiev before Ukrainian and Russian delegations met on the Ukraine-Belarus border on Monday. — At the end of the talks, several explosions could be heard in Kiev.
— Russian forces shelled Ukraine’s second largest city, Kharkiv. The video showed bombed residential areas, with apartment buildings rocked by repeated and powerful explosions. Flashes of fire and plumes of gray smoke could be seen.
— Pro-Russian separatists took control of the town of Nikolayevka in the eastern region of Donetsk. The AP saw burned trucks and the corpse of a man in camouflage. — In the resort town of Berdyansk, dozens of protesters chanted angrily in the main square at the Russian occupiers, shouting at them to go home and singing the Ukrainian national anthem. They described the soldiers as exhausted young conscripts.
SATELLITE IMAGERY — Russian troops slowly advanced on Kiev from the north. A large convoy of armored vehicles, tanks, artillery and support vehicles lay 25 kilometers from the center of the city and stretched 40 miles, according to satellite imagery from Maxar Technologies.
– The latest Maxar photos also showed deployments of ground forces and ground attack helicopter units in southern Belarus.
ANNOUNCED BY RUSSIAN AUTHORITIES – The Russian military has offered to allow residents to leave Kiev through a safe corridor, raising fears that another attack could occur. — For the second day in a row, the Kremlin raised the specter of nuclear war, announcing that its nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missiles, submarines and long-range bombers had all been placed on high alert, following orders from President Vladimir Putin this weekend.
ANNOUNCED BY UKRAINIAN AUTHORITIES – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said at least 16 children had been killed and 45 injured, among hundreds of casualties. The UN human rights chief said 102 civilians had been killed and hundreds injured – warning the figure was likely a vast undercount. — The Ukrainian Emergencies Ministry released a video showing damaged buildings and destruction in the northern city of Chernihiv. The ministry says the shelling hit a residential building, a central market building and a kindergarten.
— Zelenskyy said that Mariupol, a port city on the Sea of Azov, “holds on.” ANNOUNCED BY OFFICIALS ELSEWHERE — The UN refugee agency said more than 520,000 refugees had fled Ukraine and their numbers were “growing exponentially, hour by hour”. The UN expects the total to reach 4 million in the coming weeks.
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