Although it has not been proven, Russian forces’ alleged death of a Ukrainian prisoner of war has aroused anger and led Ukraine’s senior prosecutor to open a criminal probe.
A uniformed, unarmed Ukrainian soldier was seen standing and smoking in a video that was making the rounds on social media. Glory to Ukraine! the soldier cries out before being struck by a barrage of gunshots and falling into a pit that has been excavated in the ground. Afterward, insulting and disparaging remarks are spoken in Russian by voices.
Even if the video’s veracity has not been established, a wave of outrage that included the Ukrainian military, which referred to the brief footage as “further confirmation of war crimes,” and the nation’s president nonetheless spread throughout the world.
President Volodymyr Zelenskyy brought up the video and the deceased soldier in his evening address, saying, “I want us all together, in unity, to answer to his words: ‘Glory to the hero! Honor to the brave! Praise be to Ukraine! And we’ll track down the murderers.
Russian military targeted Ukraine’s central and eastern regions with Iranian-made Shahed drones, according to Ukraine Air Force spokesman Yurii Ihnat. Thirteen of Russia’s 15 drones were shot down.
Since the start of the war, 464 Ukrainian children have been killed and 931 have been injured in Russian assaults on civilians, according to Ukraine’s prosecutor general’s office.
In an apparent attempt to strengthen Russia’s grasp on the regions it has occupied and annexed, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu visited Mariupol and viewed some of the city’s repaired infrastructure.
Marta Kostyuk of Ukraine defeated Russian Varvara Gracheva 6-3, 7-5 in the ATX Open final on Sunday in Texas. Kostyuk dedicated her award to the Ukrainian people during the trophy ceremony.
As Russian attacks on Bakhmut escalate, Ukraine promises to defend it
Despite the enormous firepower Russian soldiers have rained down on the Donetsk area city for months, Ukraine’s military authorities remain dedicated to protecting Bakhmut, Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s office declared Monday.
Ukraine’s army chief, Valery Zaluzhny, and regional commander Oleksandr Syrskyi “talked in favor of continuing the defense operation and further bolstering our positions in Bakhmut,” according to a statement from Zelenskyy’s office.
Military strategists have questioned Russia’s determination to conquer the city, considering the high fatalities and seeming little military worth. Authorities in Ukraine have already discussed a tactical retreat. According to US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, losing Bakhmut would be a minor setback because its significance is more symbolic than strategic.
According to Bild, the main reason the Ukrainians continue to defend Bakhmut is the massive casualties Russia is suffering. According to a Ukrainian military analyst quoted in the German newspaper, Russia suffers seven deaths for every Ukrainian one in the Bakhmut assault.
Russian shells hit the city and adjacent villages again on Monday, in an apparent attempt to destroy Bakhmut’s months-long resistance, Donetsk Governor Pavlo Kyrylenko said.
“Civilians are fleeing the region to avoid Russian shelling, which is ongoing around the clock as more Russian troops and weapons are deployed there,” he claimed.
Russia is relying on battle tanks that are 60 years old
According to the British Defense Ministry, the Russian military is responding to massive armored vehicle losses by deploying 60-year-old battle tanks on Monday.
Even units of Russia’s top tank force, the 1st Guards Tank Army, maybe reequipped with “vintage” T-62s to replace more modern tanks damaged in the battle, according to the ministry’s most recent assessment of the situation. According to the evaluation, some 800 T-62s have been removed from storage since last summer, with some receiving improved sighting systems to boost their efficacy at night.
The study notes that Russian BTR-50 armored personnel carriers, which saw service for the first time in 1954, are currently being used in Ukraine.
The study notes that the lack of contemporary explosive reactive armor is one of many weaknesses that both of these vintage vehicle types will exhibit on the contemporary battlefield.
“Red tape or treason”: The Kremlin splits between mercenary
In Ukraine’s Donbas region, the conflict between the Russian military and the private mercenary company that has served as the Kremlin’s spearhead has gotten worse. On Monday, the owner of the Wagner group again accused Russian authorities of withholding munitions.
Yevgeny Prigozhin, a close friend of Russian President Vladimir Putin, questioned whether the delay in delivering the promised ammunition was brought on by “red tape or treachery” and lambasted top military officials for their tardy response. Moreover, Prigozhin lamented that his team had been penalized for writing a message to a Russian commander asking for extra ammo on the social media platform VK.
“My representative at the headquarters had his pass canceled on March 6 at 8 a.m. and was denied admission to the group’s headquarters,” Prigozhin wrote.
Two weeks ago, Prigozhin filed his lawsuit, accusing the Russian military of engaging in “direct resistance” to eliminate Wagner. He also charged the Russian Defense Minister and the Chief of General Staff with treason.
Russia forbids a worldwide anti-corruption organization
By designating Transparency International as “undesirable” on Monday, the Russian government strengthened its response to criticism and virtually barred it from conducting business there. The Berlin-based organization is most recognized for a yearly index that ranks nations on their levels of corruption, including Russia.
The United States is ranked as the 24th least corrupt out of 180 nations in the most recent rankings from 2022. Russia came in at number 137, tied for 116th place with Ukraine. The least corrupt country was Somalia, and the most corrupt country was judged to be Denmark.
Nuclear chief: ‘Urgent need’ to safeguard the plant from conflict
Rafael Grossi, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, said on Monday that increased fighting and demanding working circumstances at Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant pose a threat to safety and security at the facility. He said that there has been “open conversation” about offensives and counteroffensives in the region, noting that the agency team at the site of Europe’s largest nuclear facility has reported increased military activity nearby.
The circumstance highlights the “urgent need” to create a nuclear safety and security protection zone at the location, he claimed. Grossi informed the board of governors of the organization that he is in discussions with both parties to secure such protection.
My straightforward inquiry is: Do we wait for a nuclear emergency before we act? he asked.