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UT NEWS (Ukraine Today) — Day 16

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UT NEWS (Ukraine Today) — Day 16

Friday, March 11. The Latest News in Ukraine Today:

  • According to multiple reports, Russian troops are targeting airports across Ukraine. Four missiles struck the airport of Lutsk, and a similar attack was carried out against an airfield near Ivano-Frankivsk. Residential streets and the city infrastructure of Dnipro have reportedly also been the subject of shelling.
  • Providing humanitarian corridors in the country remains the Ukrainian government’s most important objective. On Thursday, more than 12,000 people were safely evacuated from the Sumy region, while on Friday, Ukrainian authorities are hoping to establish 12 more corridors.
  • According to a Facebook post by the Air Force Command of UA Armed Forces, in the afternoon, Russia carried out a false flag operation by striking Kopani, a small village in Belarus. The attack precedes an official meeting between Lukashenko and Putin that is scheduled to take place on Friday. Both Ukraine’s Minister of Defence and NATO leaders have previously warned about Russian acts of provocation, as a means of goading Belarusians into the war and of garnering further support at home.
  • The Russian invasion of Ukraine could potentially take a darker turn still, as Ukraine’s military intelligence warns of a terror plot at the Chernobyl power plant. Russian troops have not only managed to seize control of the compound, but they have also cut off the power supply and are not allowing Ukrainian personnel to enter. Instead, they are only admitting “Belarusian specialists,” which according to the received intelligence, contain Russian insurgents among them. It is believed that Russian saboteurs might be disguising as Ukrainian soldiers. 
  • Satellite imagery provided by Maxar Technologies suggests that Russian forces are currently regrouping and might be planning to attack Kyiv in the coming days.The British Ministry of Defence has taken a similar view of the matter, whilst simultaneously praising Ukrainian resistance.
  • Yesterday, Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov claimed that “Russia will not attack other countries, and did not attack Ukraine”.
  • Following the exodus of a number of companies from Russia, Putinland officials are considering a squeeze-out of foreign shareholders to repossess their assets. There is also talk of not returning aeroplanes after the end of their leasing agreements. Similarly, some are calling for the nationalisation of defecting foreign factories and plants. 
Companies leaving Russia
  • How far exactly have Russian troops advanced? The map below should provide some perspective:
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  • According to Ukraine’s Border Force, the number of refugees at the Western border of the country has decreased.

Why is Russia attacking Ukraine?

Putin claims that this "special operation" was needed to protect Ukraine’s Russian-speaking population. But what language do people speak in Ukraine anyway? In actuality, while Russian is spoken by approximately a third of the Ukrainian people, it is Ukrainian that firmly prevails with ⅔ of the country being native speakers. Furthermore, since these latest attacks, many Russian speakers have switched exclusively to Ukrainian.

 

Stay tuned for more of the latest Ukraine news!

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