Russia claims it will allow civilians to evacuate despite breaking previous agreements
As the war enters its third week, the destruction and death toll mounts. If you’re reading along, here are the latest developments between Russia and Ukraine:
Evacuated residents killed: A Russian military strike hit an evacuation crossing in a Kyiv suburb on Sunday, killing a family with two children and several other civilians trying to flee the Russian invasion, according to the city’s mayor.
Two mortar or artillery shells hit the checkpoint in the Irpin suburb, northwest of Kyiv, Ukrainian authorities said, which has been the scene of intense shelling by the Russian military in recent days.
Irpin Mayor Oleksandr Markushyn said eight civilians were killed across the district and international media filming at the checkpoint reported that a grenade landed as a stream of civilians came through.
A fiery Zelensky: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy accused Russia of planning “premeditated murder” when shelling Ukrainian territory. In a Facebook video on Sunday, Zelensky added that “God will not forgive” on “Forgiveness Sunday.”
Zelenskyi said he had not heard from allies on Sunday.
“And I haven’t heard a reaction from any world leader today,” he said. “By no western politician. There are no reactions to this announcement. Think of the occupiers’ sense of impunity: they announce the planned atrocities. Why?”
Nuclear Fears: French President Emmanuel Macron and Russian President Vladimir Putin have discussed the safety of nuclear power plants in Ukraine, the Kremlin said in a statement.
Macron also spoke to Zelenskyy afterwards and reiterated “the absolute necessity of avoiding any attack on the integrity of Ukraine’s civilian nuclear facilities.”
Russia steps up its attack: Russia has fired a total of 600 missiles since it began invading Ukraine, a senior US defense official said, and Russia has deployed about 95% of its accumulated combat capability inside Ukraine.
The US observed ongoing fighting in Kherson and Mykolaiv on Monday, the official said, and Russian forces are still trying to encircle Kyiv, Chakhiv and Chernihiv and Mariupol.
Anti-war protests: At least 4,640 people were arrested in Russia on Sunday for taking part in nationwide anti-war rallies, according to an independent human rights monitoring group that tracks arrests.
Protesters in St. Petersburg, Russia, were brutally beaten by police, videos posted to social media show. CNN geolocated and verified the authenticity of the videos captured Sunday night.
Companies withdraw: Netflix said on Sunday it would stop selling and providing its streaming video service in Russia for the time being. Major Hollywood studios have also delayed new film releases in the country. Earlier Sunday, TikTok and American Express also suspended service within Russia.