Today is the fifth day of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. There is heavy fighting around the capital Kyiv and the second largest city Karkhiv. Civilian volunteers have been helping Ukraine’s army and many people are shooting guns for the first time in their lives. Governor of Kharkiv oblast Oleh Syneubov said yesterday that soldiers and residents of Kharkiv had stopped Russian soldiers from entering the city. According to Ukraine over 4,000 Russian soldiers have been killed and many captured. According to Ukraine 200 civilians have been killed. Civilian buildings have been hit with missiles. Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said that ten Greeks had been killed by a Russian air strike in Mariupol in Southern Ukraine. Sattelite images have shown a convoy of 3 miles of Russian forces heading towards Kyiv
There have been reports of surrendered Russian soldiers saying that they don’t know why they are in Ukraine. I
In Kyiv there was a curfew from Saturday until this morning. The mayor of Kyiv Vitali Klitchiko yesterday told Russian soldiers to go back home....
“We fight for our independence, for our family, for our futures, for our values. Russians have just expectation of rebuild empire. We don’t want the Russian empire. We want to fight for our independence. That's the main message. And the message - go back home from our country - away.”
Yesterday Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered his nuclear forces to be on high alert. Today Ukrainian officials will meet Russian officials in the town of Pripyat, in an area of Ukraine now controlled by Russia. President Zelensky said that he did not expect much from the meetings.
Around 100,000 Ukrainians have crossed into Poland in the last few days, and many more thousands have crossed into Moldova, Romania, Slovakia and Hungary Almost all refugees are women and children. The United Nations has said that 5 million refugees may leave Ukraine. Men between 18 and 60 have been told that they are not allowed to leave Ukraine. Some Ukrainian men who live outside of Ukraine have returned to help to fight. The United State has offered to take President Zelensky out of Ukraine, however he has refused, saying “I need ammunition, not a ride”.
United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson made a speech yesterday in which he spoke directly to Russian people, saying that this war is not in their name, and that it is the fault of President Vladimir Putin. Johnson spoke some words of Russian, saying “this was is not in your name” as well as some Ukrainian, saying “glory to Ukraine”...
“This is a tragedy for Ukraine and so too it is a tragedy for Russia. But Putin’s actions are leading to complete isolation for Russia. Shunned by the rest of the international community - hit by immense economic sanctions. And facing a needless and bloody war the t is already costing countless lives from innocent Ukrainians to your Russian soldiers who will never see their family again. And to my Russian friends (This war is not in your name). This tragedy can and must come to an end. Slava Ukraini.”
The European Union will spend €450 million euros on weapons to give to Ukraine. Germany will send a thousand anti-tank weapons and 500 anti-aeroplane missiles to Ukraine. This is the first time Germany has sent weapons to another country since the second world war. Sweden is sending anti-tank weapons, helmets and body armour. This is the first time Sweden has sent weapons to another country since 1939. Belgium is sending machine guns and anti tank weapons. UK foreign secretary Liz Truss said yesterday that if British people wanted to volunteer to fight in Ukraine, that they would be given support.
There have been large protests around the world against the invasion of Ukraine with some protests attracting hundreds of thousands of people. In Russia there have been protests every day, with thousands of people being arrested. Czechia, Poland and Sweden have refused to play football against Russia in World Cup qualifying matches. Russian aeroplanes have been banned from landing or flying over the European Union and some other countries. The European Union is banning state media channels Russia Today and Sputnik. There has also been admiration around the world for the bravery of Ukrainian people.
Rest of the world
France has seized a Russian cargo ship in the English channel. France says that the ship is related to Russian companies that are now under European sanctions.
In Vietnam a tourist boat sank on Saturday. At least 13 people were killed in the sea close to Hoi An.
In China, the coronavirus came from a market in Wuhan and not from a laboratory, according to two scientific studies released this weekend. The international studies both said that it was much less likely that COVID19 was leaked from a laboratory.
US billionaire Elon Musk has said that starlink has been activated in Ukraine. Starlink allows people to access the internet via a satellite.
SEND7 listeners. This week, we will broadcast some listeners thoughts and feelings about the invasion of Ukraine. If you would like to give your thoughts or feelings, then send a voice message at speakpipe.com/send7, that is speakpipe.com/send7 I am Stephen Devincenzi. Tomorrow you will be with Juliet Martin. Have a peaceful day.