The shelling has not stopped in Ukraine, even after Russia announced it would scale down its military activity.
It’s thought Russia now wants to focus on securing control over the Donbas region in the east of Ukraine. Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelenskyy says his forces will fight for ”every meter of land”.
This comes as the US says its intelligence suggests Russian President Vladimir Putin is being misled by fearful advisors about his military’s poor performance in Ukraine.
Intelligence reports from the British defense ministry say Russian forces continue to hold positions to the east and west of Kyiv and that the outskirts of the Ukrainian capital are likely to see heavy fighting in the coming days.
Bombings have continued unabated in the besieged port city of Mariupol. Ukraine’s deputy prime minister says a convoy of 45 buses is on its way to the city to try and evacuate civilians – after Russia said it would pause fighting there today. Previous attempts to open a humanitarian corridor from Mariupol have failed.
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