The city of Cherniguiv in northern Ukraine was bombed “all night long”, the regional governor announced, despite Moscow’s announcement of a reduction in its military activity. In this context, Russia has announced a more “fair” world order with Beijing.
“Chernigiv was bombed all night,” Vyacheslav Tchaous told Telegram on Wednesday, adding that civilian infrastructure had been destroyed and that the city was still without water or electricity.
This city, which had 280,000 inhabitants before the war, is “without communication and we can no longer repair them”, he added on television, also referring to strikes on Nijyne, in the same region.
Russia on Tuesday had promised to “radically” reduce its military operations in the direction of Kiev and Cherniguiv following “significant” Russian-Ukrainian negotiations in Istanbul.
More than 350 died
“The situation is not changing, Cherniguiv is the subject of artillery and air bombardment,” Mr Tchaous indicated. After Mariupol in the south, Cherniguiv has been the city hardest hit by the bombings since the beginning of the aggression that Moscow launched on 24 February.
The city’s mayor, Vladyslav Atroshenko, said on Tuesday that 350 people had been killed in Cherniguiv in more than a month and more than 400 others injured, most of them civilians.
Missiles also on Kiev
“At the moment, unfortunately, we do not see the Russians lowering the intensity of hostilities in the direction of Kiev and Cherniguiv,” confirmed Vadym Denysenko, adviser to the Ukrainian Interior Minister, on Wednesday.
In Kyiv, the capital, several missiles were shot down overnight from Tuesday to Wednesday by the anti-aircraft defense, he said, quoted by the Interfax-Ukraine agency.
“Some (Russian) units and equipment are heading in the direction of Belarusian territory. It looks like rotations (…), more than a real breach of hostilities,” the official said.
A fairer world order
In this context, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced in this context a more “fair” world order in partnership with China, during his first visit to this country since the invasion of Ukraine.
“We are living in a very serious stage in the history of international relations,” the head of the Kremlin’s diplomacy said at the beginning of a bilateral meeting with his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi.
“I am convinced that by the end of this phase, the international situation will be much clearer and that we, together with you and our supporters, will move towards a multipolar, just, democratic world order,” he launched. to the Chinese Minister.
Beijing condemns the sanctions
Beijing, which shares a hostility with Moscow towards the United States, has since February 24 refused to condemn the Russian invasion of Ukraine and prefers to condemn Western sanctions against Russia.
In early March, Wang Yi even paid tribute to a “rock-solid” friendship with Moscow, defending Russia’s “reasonable” concerns for its security.
A few weeks before the war in Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin had been warmly received by his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping in Beijing. The two countries then celebrated an “unlimited” friendship and condemned the “enlargement” of NATO.
4 million refugees
The number of Ukrainian refugees who have fled their country since the invasion of the Russian army on February 24 crossed the symbolic limit of 4 million people on Wednesday, figures from the High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) show.
Europe has not seen such an influx of refugees since World War II.
Raised in Ukraine
Filippo Grandi, head of the UNHCR, has just arrived in Ukraine. “In Lviv, I will talk to the authorities, the UN and other partners to see how we can increase our support for the people affected and displaced by this senseless war,” Mr. Grandi in a tweet.
A total of 4,019,287 Ukrainians – mostly women and children – have left the country to flee the war Russia has unleashed, according to the updated figure from the dedicated UNHCR website. The number of refugees now exceeds the initial projection made by the UNHCR at the beginning of the war.
Poland alone houses more than 2.3 million of these people. The UN estimates the number of internally displaced persons at almost 6.5 million.
This article has been published automatically. Sources: ats / afp