Russian forces have been accused by the Ukrainian government on Saturday of targeting fleeing civilians by blowing up train tracks.
Ukraine’s government said this morning that railway tracks are being blown up by Russian forces.
In a tweet they added, “We urgently ask all people who were waiting for the evacuation from the Irpen railway station to move to the Novoirpin highway (the village of Romanivka), where they will be evacuated by bus to Kyiv.”
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said today that at least 1.3 million Ukrainians have fled their homes since the start of the war.
“This is the fastest moving refugee crisis we have seen in Europe since the end of World War Two,” UNHCR head Filippo Grandi said.
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said on Saturday that Ukrainian’s must clearly see that NATO is not really what we had imagined it to be.
This comes as the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky slammed NATO as “weak” as his country has effectively been abandoned as people are being massacred by Russian forces.
Kuleba said, “When NATO behaves the way it does now, it only encourages the Russians and shows them that in fact NATO is strong in words, not in actions.
“There is a political agreement in NATO that allies at the bilateral level help Ukraine in any way they can.
“But the Alliance itself, as an organization, has, in fact, withdrawn. We must speak honestly about this. The Ukrainians must clearly and honestly see that NATO is not really what the Ukrainians imagined it to be, at least for now.
“If tomorrow they change their position, well done.
“But so far their position does not command respect,” Kuleba said during the national telethon on Saturday.
In a video message, Zelensky said, “All the people who will die starting from this day will also die because of you.
“Because of your weakness, because of your disunity.
“Is this the NATO we wanted? Is this the alliance you were building? …
“You will not be able to buy us off with litres of fuel for litres of our blood, shed for our common Europe, for our common freedom, for our common future.”
He branded the “narrative” that a no-fly zone would dramatically escalate the conflict “self-hypnosis of those who are weak, under-confident inside”.
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