Live Update: Russia Invades Ukraine
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky will speak to the United Nations Security Council at 10 a.m. ET on Tuesday after warning that worse atrocities could emerge amid the mounting Russian forces. retreat around Kyiv.
World leaders have continued to condemn the deaths of civilians as Ukrainian forces liberate more cities and expose the true horror of war.
Here are the latest developments on the war in Ukraine:
Freed Red Cross employees: Aid worker from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), who were initially detained in Russian-held territory while attempting to evacuate the desperate residents of Mariupol, have been released, according to the Deputy Prime Minister Ukraine Iryna Vereshchuk. An evacuation convoy of seven buses traveling with the ICRC was organized in Manhush, a Russian-administered town west of Mariupol, on Monday but was dispatched later that night.
The “difficult” situation in the Luhansk region: The situation in the Luhansk region in eastern Ukraine is “difficult” According to Serhiy Haidai, chairman of the military government of the Luhansk region, in the context of Russia being heavily bombed, according to Serhiy Haidai. It came as the Russian military said shift its focus to the eastern Donbas region after withdrawing from around Kyiv and northern Ukraine.
Zelensky on negotiations with Russia: Ukrainian leader Zelensky was suspect about the possibility of meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin after he accused Russia of genocide. Zelensky visited the Bucha suburb of Kyiv on Monday, an area that saw shocking images of civilian bodies littering the streets over the weekend. Zelensky said a meeting is possible if Russia suffers “all punishments” for committing genocide.
Satellite images undermine Russia’s claims: New satellite images from Maxar Technologies show the bodies of civilians killed in Bucha was placed on the street for weeks, even while the town was under Russian control. Moscow claims footage from Bucha is “fake” but new photos show objects in the streets of Yablunska matching the exact location where the bodies are seen on the street in the video.
The CNN team witnessed the removal of the bodies: Ukrainian officials showed international media the removal of five bodies from a basement in Bucha. A CNN team visited the basement before being taken away and saw the bodies were in a stage of heavy decomposition. Five men were tortured and executed by Russian soldiers, an adviser to Ukraine’s Interior Minister, Anton Gerashchenko, told CNN. CNN was unable to independently verify Gerashchenko’s claims.