War in Ukraine: Zelenskyy slams ‘deliberate murder’ by Russian forces as cities pounded

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In this image from video provided by the Ukrainian Presidential Press Office, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy speaks in Kyiv, Ukraine, Sunday, March 6, 2022.

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said late on Sunday that Ukraine will not forgive Russia for all the victims and suffering the war it started had caused.

Civilians, including a family, were killed in shelling in a city outside Kyiv on Sunday, while a second attempt to evacuate civilians from besieged Mariupol failed due to continued Russian shelling.

The latest call between Vladimir Putin and Emmanuel Macron on Sunday focused primarily on the safety of Ukraine’s nuclear plants.

Thousands of Russians were arrested for protesting against the invasion.

Follow the latest developments in our live blog below:

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Monday’s key points:

    President Zelenskyy warned that Russia intends to attack Ukraine’s defence enterprises on Monday, saying hundreds of thousands of civilians live nearby. Earlier he issued a new appeal for a Western-imposed no-fly zone and warplanes.A new attempt to evacuate civilians in besieged Mariupol failed on Sunday with Ukraine accusing Russia of once more shelling the area.Civilians were killed in shelling outside of Kyiv, officials said.At least 4,640 people were arrested in anti-war protests in Russia on Sunday in 65 cities, according to OVD-Info.The IAEA said Ukraine is having issues communicating with staff at  Zaporizhzhya, who reported being ordered to run things past Russian authorities first. The next round of talks between Russia and Ukraine will take place on Monday. The UN Human Rights Office said that 364 Ukrainian civilians have been killed since the beginning of the invasion.More than 1.5 million people have fled Ukraine since Russia’s invasion began 10 days ago. More tech companies, including TikTok and Netflix, suspended their services in Russia.

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Zelenskyy slams ‘deliberate murder’ by Putin’s forces

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on Sunday that Ukraine will not forgive Russia for all the victims and suffering the war it started had caused.

The address came on a special religious day known as “Forgiveness Sunday” on which according to the Eastern Orthodox Church tradition people ask each other for forgiveness, usually answering “God forgives and I forgive.”

“We will not forgive the shelled houses. We will not forgive the missile that our air defence shot down today over Okhmatdyt. And even the more than five hundred other such missiles that hit our land in Ukraine, our people, our children,” Zelekskyy in his speech.

About eight civilians were killed by Russian shelling in the town of Irpin on Sunday, on the northwest outskirts of Kyiv, according to Mayor Oleksander Markyshin. The dead included a family.

“Today a family was killed in Irpin. Man, woman and two children. Right on the road. As in a shooting gallery. When they tried to just get out of the city, to be saved. Whole family,” the Ukrainian president said, adding “And how many such families in Ukraine died?”

He also said that Russia officially announced it will shell Ukraine’s defence enterprises on Monday, that were built back in the Soviet time. “Thousands of people work there. Hundreds of thousands live nearby. This is murder. Delibarate murder,” Zelenskyy said. (AP)

06:25Good morning. This is Alasdair Sandford with the latest updates on the Russian invasion and war in Ukraine on Monday.

Additional sources • Reuters

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