TRIBUNNEWS.COM – Russian troops are getting closer to the Ukrainian capital.
Most of the Russian ground forces are located about 15.5 miles or about 25 kilometers from the center of the Ukrainian capital, Kiev.
The UK Ministry of Defense said this was based on intelligence information.
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Reportedly significant damage was seen in towns and cities.
In Mariupol, satellite imagery showed damage and fires in apartment buildings and gas stations.
Quoted CNNan emergency coordinator for Doctors Without Borders that the city is in “a disaster phase right now.”
In Makariv, a village 30 miles west of Kyiv, Russian air strikes appeared to hit an apartment complex, a school and a medical facility.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said “some small towns no longer exist. … They just disappear.”
The United Nations has recorded 1,581 civilian casualties – 579 killed and 1,002 injured – since the start of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24.
Among the dead were 42 children, with 54 children among the injured, according to the latest UN report on civilian casualties.
French and German leaders talk to Putin: A French official said that Putin still seems “determined to achieve his goals in Ukraine” but the fact that he continues to speak with French and German leaders shows that “he has not ruled out the possibility of a diplomatic solution at all.”
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said he did not believe there was any hope for a negotiated settlement to end Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.