Live: Russian forces leaving ‘complete disaster’ behind, Zelenskyy says

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Sasha, 50, waits for his dog Druzhok before crossing a bridge destroyed by the Russian army when it retreated from villages in the outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine.

AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd

Russia’s war in Ukraine is now in its second month and even as Vladimir Putin’s forces retreat in the north, Ukraine and its allies have warned that the Kremlin could redeploy its forces to escalate in the east of the country.

The war has forced millions to flee their homes, creating Europe’s worst refugee crisis since World War II. Thousands of civilians and military personnel have been killed, and the Russian bombardments have left widespread devastation.

The invasion has also caused political and shockwaves around the world, deepening the rupture between Moscow and the West.


Here are the latest updates on the war:

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned that retreating Russian forces were creating a “complete disaster” outside the capital as they leave mines across “the whole territory”.The International Committee of the Red Cross said they would try once again to facilitate a safe passage out of Mariupol after the conditions forced them to turn around.The US announced they would provide an additional $300 million in military equipment to Ukraine.The secretary of Ukraine’s national security council has denied the country was responsible for a reported attack on a Russian fuel depot.


Retreating Russian forces leave behind ‘complete disaster’, Ukrainian president says

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Russian forces were leaving behind “a complete disaster” as they retreat from the north, including towns just outside Kyiv, and he warned residents to beware of more Russian shelling and of land mines.

“They are mining the whole territory, they are mining homes, mining equipment, even the bodies of people who were killed,” he said in his nighttime video address to the nation late Friday.

He urged residents to wait to resume their normal lives until they are assured that the mines have been cleared and the danger of shelling has passed.

Zelenskyy warned of difficult battles ahead as the Russians redeploy troops in eastern Ukraine.



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