A new satellite image shows that the bombed theater in Mariupol was completely destroyed as the City Council said the imprisoned residents are being taken to Russia against their will. Meanwhile, dozens of Ukrainian soldiers reportedly died in the attack on military barracks in Nikolaev.
Here are the latest developments:
Russia did not gain air advantage: British military said Russian forces had still not managed to take control of Ukraine’s airspace. An intelligence assessment provided by the UK Ministry of Defense concluded that Russia has failed to gain an air advantage over Ukraine and is largely dependent on ranged weapons, “fired from the relative security of Russian airspace to attack targets in Ukraine.”
Inhabitants of Mariupol forced to leave for Russia: According to the Mariupol City Council, the inhabitants of besieged Mariupol are deported to Russia against their will by the Russian forces. The captured residents were taken to camps where Russian forces checked their phones and documents, the city council said. They were then redirected to distant Russian cities. According to the major of the Ukrainian army, the besieged city of Mariupol is almost constantly bombed, and the inhabitants ration food and water, leaving the bodies on the streets. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that what Russian forces did to Mariupol was “an act of terror that will be remembered for centuries.”
Ukrainian soldiers killed in a rocket strike: Rescue operations are underway in the southern city of Mykolaiv at the site of a rocket attack on military barracks, Vitalli Kim’s regional official said. According to journalists from the Swedish branch of CNN Expressen who were on the scene, dozens of soldiers were killed in the attack by Russian forces.
Russia uses a hypersonic missile: US officials confirmed that Russia fired supersonic missiles against Ukraine last week, the first known use of such missiles in combat. Russia said it had deployed powerful supersonic missiles on Friday to destroy an ammunition depot in western Ukraine.
The Russian bombing of civilians continues: Two children and a woman died in the eastern city of Rubizhne after a residential building was pulled out of the rubble, hit by Russian artillery fire, emergency services reported. According to the Ohmatdit National Specialist Children’s Hospital in Kiev, a mother covered her month-old baby with her body while their house was under fire. The hospital said the baby was not injured, but the mother suffered multiple injuries. US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said Russia is continuing “rampant gains” in southern Ukraine and is using “brutal wild techniques” to target civilians.
Over 6,600 people evacuated through emergency corridors: At least 6,623 people were saved through evacuation corridors from besieged Ukrainian cities on Saturday, said Kyryl Tymoshenko, a high-ranking official in President Volodymyr Zelensky’s office. Tymoshenko said 4,128 people, including 1,172 children, were evacuated from Mariupol to Zaporizhia. Zelensky said that there were eight escape corridors in operation on Saturday, but due to the Russian shelling, the authorities were unable to evacuate people from Borodianka in the Kiev region. The authorities were also unable to deliver humanitarian aid to cities in the southern Kherson region.
Zelenskiy distinguishes Nestle: Zelensky addressed Swiss citizens via a video link urging Switzerland to take further action against Russia. He distinguished the Swiss company Nestle, which, unlike many other large brands, did not leave the Russian market. “Your company that refuses to leave Russia. Even now – when Russia is threatening other European countries. Not only us. When there’s even nuclear blackmail from Russia, ”he said.