War in Ukraine, day 28: in front of the French Parliament, Volodymyr Zelensky asks for help



On the 28th day of the Russian invasion, the armies of Moscow seem not to progress despite massive and destructive bombardments and see the Ukrainians launching counter-offensive operations. “Russian forces are likely moving towards a prolonged bombardment of Ukrainian cities due to the failure of their initial campaign to encircle kyiv and other major cities”says the American Institute for the Study of War (ISW).

► Zelensky in front of Parliament

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky addressed the French parliament on Wednesday, saying he expected France to help Ukraine end this “war against liberty, equality and fraternity” and eventually join the European Union. “We expect from France, from your leadership (…), that you help restore the territorial integrity of Ukraine”said the Ukrainian president who spoke by videoconference to the deputies and senators who had returned to sit exceptionally for the occasion.

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Volodymyr Zelensky also urged French companies operating in Russia to stop supporting “the war machine” Russian and to leave this country, citing Renault, Auchan and Leroy Merlin.

► 100,000 people besieged in Mariupol, the Russian offensive is bogged down

Pending the possible beginning of a ceasefire, “nearly 100,000 people” are still blocked “in inhumane conditions” in the ruins of Mariupol, “under total siege, without food, without water, without medicine, under constant bombardment”lamented Volodymyr Zelensky.

kyiv remains an objective of the Russian army, but it has been blocked in recent weeks northwest and east of the Ukrainian capital. Russian forces have had to retreat in recent days on several of these fronts, Mayor Vitali Klitschko said on Wednesday. At least four people were injured in Russian shelling, which hit a shopping center, houses and apartment buildings.

The Russian offensive in Ukraine “is bogged down despite all the destruction it causes day after day”, also estimated Olaf Scholz. The “The truth is that war destroys Ukraine, but by waging war Putin also destroys the future of Russia”added the German Chancellor before the Bundestag.

► More than 3.6 million refugees

More than 3.6 million people have fled Ukraine and the fighting sparked by an invading Russian army on February 24, according to the UN tally released on Wednesday. A total of ten million people, or about a quarter of the population, have been forced to leave their homes.

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At least 925 civilians have been killed in Ukraine, including 75 children, according to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), which stresses that the real toll is probably much higher.

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