The fighting took place mainly in and in the Ukrainian cities of Mariupol, Mykolaiv, Kherson and Izyum. The city of Makariv was bombarded with mortar shells, causing several deaths and injuries.
At least seven civilians were killed in a mortar attack on Makariv on Saturday. Five people were also injured, Ukrainian police said.
Less than two weeks ago, air raids also took place in the city, killing several people. Thirteen civilians were killed in an attack on a bakery.
Although Russia has denied bombing civilian targets since the start of the war, at least 847 civilians have been killed, according to the United Nations. There may be even more, as the board is not yet complete due to the many battles.
According to Ukrainian adviser Oleksiy Arestovych, the fighting is currently taking place mainly in Mariupol, Mykolaiv, Kherson and Izyum.† Presidential adviser Volodomyr Zelensky also said there had been no significant movement among Russians in the past 24 hours. This claim has not yet been confirmed by independent sources.
A total of 190,000 Ukrainians have been brought to safety from besieged areas since the start of the war. Although Russia and Ukraine make daily agreements on humanitarian corridors, these agreements are not always respected in practice. For example, the evacuation of civilians from Mariupol was made more difficult on Saturday due to heavy street fighting in the besieged city.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, meanwhile, points the finger at the United States. According to him, this country would interfere with the peace negotiations between Russia and Ukraine.
“Some of the dialogue has improved, but we still feel that the Ukrainian delegation is being taken by the hand, most likely by the Americans, and shouldn’t accept demands,” said Lavrov, who believes requests “be minimal”.
Although the Russians said earlier this week they thought the talks were “halfway there”, a Ukrainian spokesman called the talks “very difficult”. The West and Ukraine accuse Russia of using delaying tactics when the invasion does not appear to be progressing.
Zelensky called on Switzerland to freeze the bank assets of Russian oligarchs. He did so when he addressed Swiss anti-war protesters via video on Saturday. “This too is a fight against evil,” was Zelensky’s message.
Traditionally neutral, Switzerland has largely embraced European Union sanctions against Russia. But there are still wealthy Russians affiliated with Putin still doing business in Switzerland who have not been affected by the sanctions.