Zelensky warns that the destruction of the Ukrainian army in Mariupol “will end the negotiations”

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has warned Russia, in an address to Ukrainian state media, that the continued siege of Mariupol or the relentless assaults and bombardments on Ukrainian military barracks will “put an end to negotiations” with Moscow. “The destruction of all our guys in Mariupol – what they’re doing now – can end any format of negotiations,” Zelenskyy said in an April 16 interview, Saturday, as the capital Kyiv braced for another onslaught. Russian military.

While the president’s office said on Saturday that Ukrainian soldiers were still holding the besieged port city of Mariupol, heavy shelling and missile attacks rocked several areas as Russian forces stepped up their offensive after the loss of their strategic vessel and one of the largest lighthouses on the Black Sea. .

Ukraine’s Defense Ministry claimed its forces hit two Neptune missiles that sank the Russian warship. In a fierce response on April 16, the Russian military command warned of further missile strikes on the Ukrainian capital, kyiv. Officials in Moscow said they were targeting Ukrainian military sites.

Firefighters work to put out several fires after a Russian attack in Kharkiv, Ukraine. Credit: Associated Press/Felipe Dana

An explosion is seen in a building after a Russian army tank fired in Mariupol, Ukraine. Credit: AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka

On April 16, rockets fell on the residential area of ​​Kharkiv, a city in northeastern Ukraine, killing eight civilians, including a child. Elsewhere, the bodies of more than 900 civilians, mostly shot at close range, have been dug up. Mayor Vitali Klitschko said on his Telegram channel that the Russian missile assault that hit Kyiv’s Darnytskyi district killed one person and injured several others in a new targeting of the capital. He called on civilians who fled the city earlier in the war not to return.

“We do not rule out further strikes on the capital,” Klitschko said. “If you have the opportunity to stay a bit longer in the cities where it’s safer, do it.”

Russian soldiers target Ukrainian army armored vehicle factory

Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said his soldiers targeted a Ukrainian army armored vehicle factory, that is, a factory in Darnytskyi district. Although he did not give specific details. The factory is among multiple Ukrainian military sites that were hit by “air-launched high-precision long-range weapons” on Saturday. Residents also reported seeing Russian soldiers digging up bodies from residential yards and banning further burials.

Republic reported earlier, in reference to the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense account, that in an apparent attempt to hide war victims, Russian soldiers were operating mobile crematoria in Mariupol. “In order to hide the evidence of their crimes, [Russian] the occupiers used mobile crematoria in Mariupol,” the Ukrainian Defense Ministry said. The bodies of hundreds of tortured and murdered citizens were burned by Russian troops. “The world has not seen a tragedy on the scale of Mariupol since the Nazi camps,” added the mayor of the beleaguered port city of Mariupol, Vadym Boichenko.

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