Ukraine is facing very difficult hours since Russia launched its offensive against the country last Thursday. This Saturday, hours after the Russian army entered Kiev, the president, Volodímir Zelenski, has assured that they have managed to “derail” the Russian attack plan for the capital, although the fight continues and “the destiny of the nation is being deciding right now.”
Zelenski has published this Saturday a video of himself in the streets of Kiev in which he assures that Ukraine is “successfully rejecting” the attacks coordinated by Russian President Valdimir Putin, although only tonight at least 35 people have been injured in the capital.
The advance of Russian tanks towards the Ukrainian capital, the curfew, the constant anti-aircraft alarms and the exodus of its population have turned Kiev into a ghost town.
For his part, the president of Russia, Vladimir Putin, has used this Saturday that this Friday he was going to stop the offensive pending a response from Kiev on a negotiation process to stop the war, but he ordered its restart after accusing his counterpart of refusing to dialogue.
“Yesterday, due to pending talks with the Ukrainian leadership, the Commander-in-Chief and President of Russia ordered a halt to the advance of the bulk of the Russian troops. But when the Ukrainian side rejected the talks, the advance of the Russian troops was resumed in accordance with the plan of the operation”, the spokesman for the Russian Presidency, Dmitri Peskov, has transmitted.
300 Russian soldiers detained, according to Ukraine
The Ukrainian government announced this Saturday the capture of 300 Russian soldiers since the beginning of the invasion of Ukraine and has made a direct line available to their families and relatives so that they can try to communicate with someone who knows their status.
“We have captured more than 300 unfortunates,” said the deputy to the Office of the President, Oleksiy Arestovich, at a press conference collected by Ukrinform.
In the same appearance, Arestovich described the opening of the line as “a gesture of goodwill towards the mothers of Russia, whose children are being killed by the insane regime of (Russian President) Vladimir Putin.”
According to the adviser, the Russian military is “surrendering en masse”, including officers such as a tank battalion commander.
Russia has not commented on these statements or published estimates of its figures for those killed or captured during the invasion.
The deputy himself estimated in his appearance that more than 1,000 Russian soldiers had died and 2,500 had been wounded, figures substantially lower than those presented by other Ukrainian officials.
Without going any further, the also advisor to the head of the President’s Office, Mijail Podoliak, had declared this Saturday that 3,500 Russian soldiers had died since the beginning of the war and less than 200 were taken prisoner.
Arestovich wanted to clarify that these figures are constantly being reviewed due to the conflictive situation on the ground.