The besieged factory is now a prison and, without prompt intervention, potentially a grave.
A woman showed where they slept, children without fresh diapers, walls covered in mold. Once again today, the Russians assured that a route from the installation would be safe. Once again, the Ukrainians refused to trust Moscow’s guarantees.
Above ground, Putin’s forces focused on the safe passage of their own troops. Elsewhere, no respite from Russian strikes. Overnight, missiles hit nearly 60 targets supporting Ukraine’s war effort, including five railway sites. To the West, in Lviv, this burnt station.
Meanwhile, in Russia, a much larger fire burned for hours at an oil depot in Bryansk, near the border with Ukraine. It is not yet clear what caused the fire, but last week Russian officials said kyiv forces attacked the same area.
Here in the town of Dnipro, about six hours southeast of the capital, in the country’s industrial heartland, homes and shelters are rapidly filling with refugees who have fled the fighting for the east. And, Judy, we have seen with our own eyes how strained the health care system, including hospitals, is by the high number of casualties, both civilian and military.