👉 The more than month-old war has killed thousands and driven more than 10 million Ukrainians from their homes, including almost 4 million from their country.
U.S. President Joe Biden said Monday that he would make “no apologies” after his recent comment that Russian President Vladimir Putin “cannot remain in power,” stressing he was “expressing moral outrage” and not actually calling for regime change in Moscow.
Russian troops have stopped ground advances toward the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv as they appear refocused on regions in eastern Ukraine, according to senior official from the U.S. Department of Defense.
Moscow’s latest military shift appears to be an effort to cut off Ukrainian forces in the eastern region, according to the official, adding that the move “could be an attempt by the Russians to gain negotiating leverage” in peace talks with Ukrainian representatives trying to end the war.
Nearly 5,000 people, including more than 200 children, have been killed in the southern city of Mariupol, which Russia has heavily bombarded since the invasion started last month, according to the mayor’s office.
Originally posted 2022-03-29 08:12:21.