July 25, 2024

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Ukraine: Putin Warns West On No-Fly Zone

The evacuation of Ukrainian civilians from the southeastern city of Mariupol, which has come under heavy fire, has been halted amid reports of continued shelling that violated a cease-fire, the Ukrainian president’s office said Saturday.

The decision to halt the evacuations roughly two hours after the cease-fire began comes after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy delivered a rousing speech on video to crowds of demonstrators Friday night in major European cities and Russian forces remain largely stalled in their advance on the capital city of Kyiv.

Zelenskyy urged listeners to rally behind Ukraine in its resistance against Russian invaders, warning them, “if we fall, you fall.” On Saturday, the Ukrainian president made a pitch for aid to nearly 300 U.S. lawmakers as he talked to them on an hour-long zoom call.

Meanwhile, Secretary of State Antony Blinken is warning that the crisis is likely to get worse before it gets better. And Russian President Vladimir Putin warned the West that imposing a no-fly zone over Ukraine – as Zelenskyy is demanding – would be treated as an act of war.

The Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights is reporting that 32 children were killed and 70 injured since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine began.

Evacuations of civilians in the strategic port of Mariupol in the southeast have halted amid reports of continued shelling by Russian troops that violated a cease-fire. Russian state media reported the military would observe a cease-fire in Mariupol and the eastern town of Volnovakha starting Saturday to allow civilians to evacuate.

The International Organization for Migration says the number of people who have left Ukraine since fighting began has now reached 1.45 million. Russian President Vladimir Putin warns West that trying to impose a no-fly zone over Ukraine would be seen as “participation in the armed conflict.”

Russia’s unprecedented attack on a nuclear power plant sparked worldwide alarm and astonished and worried experts, who are fearful of what the dangerous move could mean moving forward. U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield warned the U.N. Security Council that Russian troops were “20 miles and closing to Ukraine’s second largest nuclear plant.