Russian troops continue to bomb Ukrainian cities after pledging to scale back

Russian forces bombed the outskirts of Kiev and the besieged city of Chernihiv in northern Ukraine, a day after promising to wind down operations — a promise the West dismissed as a ploy to allow the invaders to regroup after taking heavy casualties. have suffered.

Nearly five weeks after an invasion in which it failed to take major cities, Russia said it would curtail operations near Kiev and Chernihiv “to increase mutual trust” ahead of Tuesday’s peace talks.

But on Wednesday morning, intensified bombing could be heard in Kiev from the direction of the suburbs, where Ukrainian forces have been retaking territory in recent days.

The capital itself was not hit, but windows rattled from the relentless artillery on the outskirts.

Reuters journalists southeast of Irpin, a suburb of Kiev that had been in heavy fighting for weeks, heard the sound of frequent shelling and exploding ammunition on the ground and in the air.

Ukrainians who evacuated the areas spoke of heavy shelling north of Irpin, grenades that had landed in Irpin itself and corpses on the street.

Chernihiv Mayor Vadyslav Atroshenko says Russia lied about their intentions in the area as he oversees the latest destruction.AP: Vladislav Savenoki

Chernihiv mayor Vladyslav Astroshenko said Russian bombing of that city had intensified in the past 24 hours, with more than 100,000 people trapped inside and just enough food and medical supplies to last about another week.

“This is yet another confirmation that Russia is always lying,” he told CNN.

The mayor added that “a colossal mortar attack in the center of Chernihiv” on Wednesday injured 25 civilians.

Reuters was unable to verify the situation in Chernihiv and the Russian Defense Ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Irpin itself was recaptured by Ukrainian troops this week.

Reuters journalists who came in on Tuesday saw Ukrainian troops patrolling an abandoned ghost town with ruined buildings, with the body of an old man and woman on the street.

A Ukrainian soldier hugs his sedentary elderly mother, who looks sad.
Residents continue to evacuate from the now ghost town of Irpin, located northwest of Kiev, which was recaptured by Ukrainian forces this week.Reuters: Zohra Bensemra

In a late-night speech, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy made it clear that he would not take anything Moscow said at face value.

“Ukrainians are not naive people,” he said.

Zelenskyy adviser Oleksiy Arestovych said Moscow was moving some troops east from northern Ukraine in an attempt to encircle the main Ukrainian force there.

Russian forces also hit industrial facilities in western Ukraine last night with three strikes, a regional governor said.

Putin misled by advisers, US says

The British Ministry of Defense said the announcement that Moscow is concentrating on the Donbas was “probably a tacit admission that it is struggling to advance more than one major advance”.

It said the heavy losses had forced Moscow to pull troops into Russia and Belarus for supplies and reorganization.

Those comments came as US officials said they believe Putin was being misled by advisers who were too afraid to tell him how badly the war in Ukraine is going and how damaging Western sanctions have been.

Russian officials line up to watch the weapons test with Putin in the middle.
US officials say Vladimir Putin was misinformed by his advisers about how poorly the Russian military was performing.AP: Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik

“We have information that Putin felt misled by the Russian military,” a US official said on condition of anonymity.

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