A ceasefire was planned in the strategic port city of Mariupol and in Volnovakha on Saturday morning to allow for humanitarian evacuations. But life-saving efforts have stalled amid reports that Russian shelling is continuing.
“The Russian side is not respecting the ceasefire and continues to fire at Mariupol itself and its surroundings,” said Kyrylo Tymoshenko, deputy head of the office of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. “Discussions are ongoing with the Russian Federation on establishing a ceasefire and ensuring a safe humanitarian corridor.”
Meanwhile, Russian media outlet RIA Novosti brought forward a claim by the Russian Defense Ministry that the shots came from inside both communities against Russian positions.
Fierce fighting has been raging in Mariupol for days. At a hospital, a father was seen sobbing over the corpse of his 16-year-old son – deaths that could have been prevented, Ukraine insists, had NATO enforced a no-fly zone over Ukraine. She decided against it on Friday so as not to risk a direct confrontation with Russia, reports CBS News’ Chris Livesay.
Ukrainian President Zelenskyy said there was blood on her hands. “From this day forward, all people who die will die because of you,” he said.
Russia claims it doesn’t hit civilians and releases videos of missiles being fired at precision targets. But on the ground, the evidence tells a different story.
Now the frontline battles are approaching the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv. And Russian tactics are becoming more and more diabolical. The NATO Secretary General accused them of using banned weapons.
“We have seen the use of cluster bombs, which will violate international law,” said Jens Stoltenberg.
Even nuclear power plants are in the crosshairs. US officials said the world was narrowly safe from a disaster during Russia’s siege of Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, which Ukraine said could have been 10 times worse than the Chernobyl disaster.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.