Putin paid a visit to Mariupol – DW – 19.03.2023
On the 389th day of a full-scale military Russian invasion of Ukraine Russian troops continue to try to keep the captured settlements of the neighboring country under control. The armed forces and units of the territorial defense of Ukraine resist aggression. It is impossible to verify the statements of representatives of both sides from independent sources. According to the UN, more than 16 million Ukrainians have already left their homes. DW is watching developments Sunday, March 19 (Moscow time).
Russian President Vladimir Putin made a working trip to Mariupol, the Kremlin press service reported. He arrived in the city by helicopter, drove around several districts and talked to local residents, the report said. This is the first trip of the head of the Russian state to the Donbass.
The Ukrainian military from the territorial defense made an unsuccessful attempt tosuch is the Russian position from the village of Novodarovka in the Zaporozhye region. This was stated by the head of the press center of the grouping of the Russian Armed Forces “Vostok” Alexander Gordeev.
Ukraine demanded that Russia provide it with lists of all orphans and children deprived of parental care taken to the territory of the Russian Federation. This is stated in a statement by Deputy Prime Minister – Minister for Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories of Ukraine Iryna Vereshchuk. With him, she turned to the Russian commissioner for human rights Tatyana Moskalkova and for children’s rights Maria Lvova-Belova.
Zelensky: Russia should be punished for other cases of aggression
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belgium welcomes the extension of the grain deal. Brussels claims to be facilitating the export of fertilizers owned by Russian companies. “In the context of the shortage, Belgium is working closely with the UN and the World Food Program to facilitate the transport of fertilizer components owned by Russian companies that are in Belgian ports to third countries,” the statement reads. message on the website of the Belgian Foreign Ministry.
Canada sent to Ukraine another batch of military aid, including armored vehicles. Defense Minister Anita Anand posted on Twitter a video of the loading of armored vehicles on board the Ukrainian An-124 Ruslan cargo plane. Judging by the video, this is the Bergepanzer 3, a joint development of Germany and the Netherlands based on the German Leopard 2 tank. The main task of this armored vehicle on the battlefield is to evacuate damaged tracked armored vehicles from it for its subsequent repair.
“We will support Ukraine for as long as it takes,” Canada’s defense minister wrote in a commentary on the video.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in an evening video message that The Kremlin must answer for aggression not only against Ukrainebut also in relation to other countries – including Syria: “The people of Syria did not receive proper international protection, and this gave the Kremlin and its accomplices a sense of impunity. Russian bombs destroyed the cities of Syria in the same way as our Ukrainian cities. It is with this impunity largely explains the Kremlin’s current aggressiveness.”
The President also spoke about the new sanctions of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine. According to him, in the sanctions list “bmore than 400 people and companies. Most of them are Russian. This is the military-industrial complex of a terrorist state. But they are also Iranian, Syrian people, those who help terror.” “Everyone who produces weapons for terror against Ukraine, who helps Russia to foment aggression, in particular by supplying Shaheda, who supports the destruction of international law by Russia, can only be marginalized for the world,” Zelensky stressed, expressing confidence in the inevitable responsibility for these people and companies.
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