- Ukraine calls on China to condemn “Russian barbarism”, support “civilised countries’ coalition”.
- Poland PM calls for total trade ban between the EU and Russia.
- Russia says it used its newest Kinzhal hypersonic missiles for the first time in Ukraine.
- Biden did not offer incentives to Xi in video call between two leaders, White House says.
- Ukraine says over 9,100 people evacuated from Ukraine through humanitarian corridors on Friday.
- More than half left the besieged city of Mariupol.
- UN says 6.5 million people internally displaced due to the war.
Kyiv says 228 killed in capital since start of war, including four children
Kyiv city authorities say 228 people have been killed in the capital since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine began, including four children.
A further 912 people have been wounded, the Kyiv city administration said in a statement.
The casualty figures cannot be independently confirmed.
Russians push deeper into Mariupol as locals plead for help
Russian forces have pushed deeper into Ukraine’s besieged and battered port city of Mariupol where heavy fighting shut down a major steel plant and local authorities pleaded for more help.The fall of Mariupol, the scene of some of the war’s worst suffering, would mark a crucial battlefield advance for the Russians, who are largely bogged down outside key cities more than three weeks into the biggest land invasion in Europe since World War II.
Scores feared dead in Mykolaiv barracks attack
Scores of people are feared dead following a Russian airstrike on Friday that hit an army barrack housing about 200 soldiers in the southern city of Mykolaiv, Al Jazeera’s Zein Basravi reported from Lviv.
“That airstrike resulted in dozens of soldiers who were sleeping in these barracks [to die], as many as 50 according to some eyewitnesses’ accounts. We also hear reports that that number is as high as 100 as rescue efforts are underway,” Basravi said.
“The state of the remains of so many people who were at the barracks at the time are such that is making it difficult to have an accurate account of exactly how many people were killed or injured in that strike,” Basravi reported, citing an eye witness on the ground. “That gives you an idea on how grim the situation on the ground is.”
Ukrainian refugees in Poland unsure of future
Monika Matus, an activist with human rights organisation Grupa Granica, told Al Jazeera refugees from Ukraine in Poland have little idea about their future, and where they will eventually end up.
“The big cities are at the moment absolutely overstretched in terms of resources … in terms of places to sleep … providing food,” she said from Hajnowka.
“Most of these people are actually in private homes, where Poles were really kind enough to take them. But we basically know that this is not going to last,” Matus added.
“These kinds of arrangements are really temporary. Most of these people don’t know what’s going to happen and you know, where are they going to go. We are also quite sure that not all of them will be able to actually get their work in Poland … to be able to send children to school in Poland.”