President Volodymyr Zelensky warned Russia is consolidating and making ready “highly effective strikes” within the nation’s south, together with besieged Mariupol, the place a brand new try might be made on Friday to evacuate civilians from the devastated metropolis.
In peace talks this week, Russia stated it will cut back assaults on the capital Kyiv and town of Chernihiv, however Ukrainian and Western officers have dismissed the pledge, saying Moscow’s troops had been merely regrouping.
“That is a part of their techniques,” stated Mr Zelensky in a late-night deal with.
“We all know that they’re shifting away from the areas the place we’re beating them to concentrate on others which might be crucial… the place it may be troublesome for us,” he stated.
Particularly, he warned, the state of affairs within the nation’s south was “very troublesome”.
“In Donbas and Mariupol, within the Kharkiv route, the Russian military is accumulating the potential for assaults, highly effective assaults,” he stated.