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Russia suffers its worst massacre of military leadership since the Second World War

Vladimir Putin’s Russian Army has lost one other commander – the fifteenth  of Putin’s prime military leaders to be killed as the nation’s invasion of Ukraine heads into its second month. 

Colonel Alexei Sharov turned the newest high-ranking Russian official to die in what has change into the nation’s largest loss of military higher-ups since World War II. His demise was introduced by Ukrainian armed forces on social media Tuesday. 

The commander of the 810th Guards Separate Order of Zhukov Brigade in the Russian Marines, Sharov was reportedly killed in Mariupol, a metropolis wherein over 100,000 individuals have been trapped amid a siege by the invading Russians. 

At least 902 civilians have been killed and 1,459 wounded in Ukraine as of midnight on March 19, the UN human rights office stated.

Ten million individuals have been displaced, together with almost 3.4 million who’ve fled the nation, the U.N. refugee company stated. 

Russian President Vladimir Putin listens to Novgorod Region Governor Andrei Nikitin during a meeting in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, March 22

Russian President Vladimir Putin listens to Novgorod Region Governor Andrei Nikitin throughout a meeting in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, March 22

In this image from video provided by the Ukrainian Presidential Press Office, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy speaks from Kyiv, Ukraine, Tuesday, March 22

In this picture from video supplied by the Ukrainian Presidential Press Office, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy speaks from Kyiv, Ukraine, Tuesday, March 22

Russian media had reported that they’ve lost nearly 10,000 troops of their very own since the invasion started however the tabloid paper Komsomolskaya Pravda has since said they had been hacked and this was not the case.  

Russia has not formally up to date its casualty figures since stating on March 2 that 498 servicemen had been killed and 1,597 wounded. Since then its offensive has run into additional heavy resistance from Ukraine’s military and volunteer defence forces.

Russian prime military officers killed throughout invasion 

  • Lieutenant General Andrei Mordvichev
  • Major General Vitaly Gerasimov
  • Major General Andrei Kolesnikov
  • Major General Andrei Sukhovetsky
  • Colonel Nikolay Ovcharenko
  • Colonel Sergei Porokhyna
  • Colonel Sergei Sukharev
  • Colonel Andrei Zakharov
  • Colonel Konstantin Zizevsky
  • Lieutenant Colonel Yuri Agarkov
  • Lieutenant Colonel Denis Glebov
  • Lieutenant Colonel Dmitry Safronov
  • Major Viktor Maksimchuk
  • General Magomed Tushaev
  • Captain Andrey Paliy
  • Captain Alexey Glushchak
  • Colonel Alexei Sharov

Sharov’s demise comes after the demise of Colonel Nikolay Ovcharenko, Commander of the forty fifth Engineering Regiment.  

Sharov is the fifth colonel to die and marks 15 of Russia’s military commanders to have died in the invasion, in keeping with The Sun. Foreign Policy reported that Moscow has suffered its highest casualty rate amongst prime brass since the WWII.   

The information comes as Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky stated some 100,000 are nonetheless in the besieged metropolis of Mariupol, trapped ‘in inhumane situations’ whereas low on provides and underneath fixed assault.  

In his common night handle the Ukrainian president stated that one group fleeing alongside an agreed humanitarian route had been ‘merely captured by the occupiers.’

He added: ‘There are about 100,000 individuals in the metropolis – in inhumane situations, in a whole blockade, no meals, no water, no medication, underneath fixed shelling.’ 

Zelensky additionally accused Russian forces of not solely blocking a humanitarian convoy attempting to take desperately wanted support to Mariupol however seizing what one other Ukrainian official stated had been 15 of the bus drivers and rescue employees on the support mission, together with their automobiles.

The Ukrainian president stated the Russians had agreed to the route forward of time.

‘We are attempting to organise secure humanitarian corridors for Mariupol residents, however nearly all of our makes an attempt, sadly, are foiled by the Russian occupiers, by shelling or deliberate terror,’ he added in a nightly video handle to the nation. 

Two ‘tremendous highly effective bombs’ hit Mariupol yesterday as officers tried to evacuate hundreds of civilians from the besieged metropolis, which has been described as a ‘hell-scape riddled with useless our bodies’ by humanitarian employees.

Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk stated there ‘is not going to be sufficient house for everybody’ to go away the metropolis on Tuesday – amid estimates that as much as 300,000 individuals stay there – however ‘we are going to attempt to perform the evacuation till we’ve got gotten all the inhabitants.’

As the evacuation acquired underneath manner two ‘tremendous highly effective bombs’ struck the port metropolis, native officers stated, with out saying whether or not they killed anybody. ‘It is evident that the occupiers aren’t considering the metropolis of Mariupol, they need to raze it to the floor, to scale back it to ashes,’ they stated.  

Two 'super powerful bombs' hit Mariupol today as officials tried to evacuate thousands of civilians from the besieged city, which has been described as a 'hell-scape riddled with dead bodies' by humanitarian workers

Two ‘tremendous highly effective bombs’ hit Mariupol as we speak as officers tried to evacuate hundreds of civilians from the besieged metropolis, which has been described as a ‘hell-scape riddled with useless our bodies’ by humanitarian employees

It got here as UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres referred to as for an finish to the ‘absurd struggle’ began when Vladimir Putin gave the order to invade nearly precisely a month in the past, warning that the battle is ‘going nowhere quick’ and that the Ukrainian persons are ‘enduring a dwelling hell.’

‘Continuing the struggle in Ukraine is morally unacceptable, politically indefensible and militarily nonsensical,’ Guterres stated. ‘Even if Mariupol falls, Ukraine can’t be conquered metropolis by metropolis, avenue by avenue, home by home. 

‘This struggle is unwinnable. Sooner or later, it should transfer from the battlefield to the peace desk. It is time to finish this absurd struggle,’ he added. 

President Zelensky stated Ukraine is ‘on the brink of surviving’ its struggle as he instructed lawmakers in a video handle yesterday that Italy should cease being ‘a resort for murderers’ and urged the nation to ban Russian ships from its ports.

In a speech to the Italian parliament, Zelensky urged the nation’s MPs to freeze all property belonging to the Russian elite and to declare a full commerce embargo, beginning with oil.

A handout satellite image made available by Maxar Technologies shows a burning high-rise apartment buildings in Mariupol, Ukraine

A handout satellite tv for pc picture made obtainable by Maxar Technologies exhibits a burning high-rise condominium buildings in Mariupol, Ukraine

Russian troops entered Ukraine on 24 February prompting the country's president to declare martial law and triggering a series of announcements by Western countries to impose severe economic sanctions on Russia

Russian troops entered Ukraine on 24 February prompting the nation’s president to declare martial legislation and triggering a collection of bulletins by Western nations to impose extreme financial sanctions on Russia

He stated: ‘You know very properly who orders troops to go to struggle and who propagates this. Almost all of them use Italy as a spot to relaxation. Do not be a resort for murderers.

‘Freeze all their property, accounts and yachts. Freeze all the property of those that have affect, allow them to use it for peace. Support sanctions in opposition to Russia, a full commerce embargo, beginning with oil.’

He additionally requested Italy to take away enemy troops from Ukraine and to assist perform the de-mining and reconstruction of the nation ‘after this struggle’.

‘Together with you, along with Italy. Together with Europe. Together – in the European Union,’ he added.

He additionally begged the nation’s MPs to step up sanctions on the Russian financial system, saying ‘extra stress’ can assist Ukraine face up to the Kremlin assault.

US President Joe Biden will meet with European leaders at a unprecedented NATO summit in Brussels on March 24. He will attend a scheduled European Council summit, the place efforts to impose sanctions are underway. 

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki stated: ‘While he is there, his objective is to satisfy in individual face-to-face along with his European counterparts and discuss, assess the place we’re at this level in the battle in the invasion of Ukraine by Russia.

‘We’ve been extremely aligned up to now. That would not occur by chance. The president is an enormous believer in face-to-face diplomacy. So it is a possibility to do precisely that.’

The journey follows Kamala Harris’s go to to japanese flank NATO nations of Poland and Romania final week to debate with leaders the rising refugee disaster in japanese Europe and to underscore the US’s assist for NATO.

Poland’s overseas minister Zbigniew Rau stated Tuesday a go to by Biden to Poland was ‘very possible’ when he involves Europe. 

More than 1.8million Ukrainians have fled to Poland since the begin of the struggle, in keeping with the UN. More than three million individuals have fled Ukraine since Russian launched its invasion.

Rau instructed Polish state TVP INFO: ‘It can be arduous to think about a greater place for the United States and for the total alliance to emphasize their position than the brightest hyperlink on the japanese flank, that Poland is.’

Psaki stated she didn’t have extra particulars about whether or not Biden would go to Poland throughout the journey.

The latest attacks come ahead of Biden's trip to Europe next week for face-to-face talks with European leaders about the Russian invasion, White House press secretary Jen Psaki (pictured)

 The newest assaults come forward of Biden’s journey to Europe subsequent week for face-to-face talks with European leaders about the Russian invasion, White House press secretary Jen Psaki (pictured)

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