| 22 February 2024, Thursday |

Russian army ordered to broaden Ukraine advance: Defense ministry

After Kyiv declined to undertake negotiations in Belarus, the Russian army has been given orders to expand its operation in Ukraine “from all angles,” according to the Russian military ministry.

On the third day of President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, Russian soldiers advanced towards Kyiv before retreating to the outskirts, encountering stiff opposition.

“Today, all troops were given instructions to develop the advance from all directions in line with the operation’s preparations,” Russian army spokesperson Igor Konashenkov said in a statement after the Ukrainian side rejected the dialogue process.

Putin was willing to send a delegation to Belarus for talks with Ukraine, the Kremlin said Friday, but Ukraine preferred discussions in Warsaw.
Ukraine claims it is under attack from a variety of sources, including Belarus.

Despite abundant evidence, Konashenkov claims that Russian soldiers have not targeted civilian locations.

Since Moscow initiated the bombardment, Ukraine reported at least 198 people, including three children, had been dead.

Russia has not revealed the number of soldiers killed in the invasion, which it describes as a “special military operation.”
The objective of Moscow is to “de-Nazify” Ukraine, according to Moscow.

Russian soldiers occupied Melitopol in southern Ukraine earlier on Saturday, according to Russia’s Interfax news agency, as Moscow conducted synchronized cruise missile and artillery assaults on multiple towns, including Kyiv, the capital.

Later on Saturday, Ramzan Kadyrov, the head of Russia’s Chechnya province and a close supporter of Russian President Vladimir Putin, announced the deployment of Chechen militants to Ukraine and urged Ukrainians to topple their government.

  • AFP