UKRAINE UPDATES: Putin “cannot remain in power”; Russia narrows warfare targets; Ukraine counter attacks; Auchan’s Russia stores keep open

As the Russian invasion of Ukraine continues into its second month, here’s the latest headlines…

• In a speech in Poland on Saturday, US President Joe Biden stated Russian leader Vladimir Putin “cannot remain in power.” His remarks have elevated international stress and additional united NATO allies towards Putin over his unlawful invasion of Ukraine…

“A dictator, bent on rebuilding an empire, won’t ever erase the people’s love for liberty. Ukraine won’t ever be a victory for Russia, for free people refuse to stay in a world of hopelessness and darkness.”

“For God’s sake, this man can’t stay in power.”

• In response, Kremlin press secretary Dmitry Peskov said…

“The President of Russia is elected by Russians.”

• According to the Institute for the Study of War, Commander Colonel-General Alexander Chayko of the Russian Eastern Military District, or EMD, may be personally commanding Russia’s efforts to regroup its forces in Belarus, in addition to proceed the mission to encircle Kyiv from the west.
• The report comes after the Kremlin appeared to have publicly narrowed its military objects in an effort to save face, saying its goals to take control of the Donbass region in Eastern Ukraine, with the self-proclaimed republics.
• A senior US defense official has said that Russia may have lost as a lot as 15 percent of its combat power, based on ABC. Meanwhile, more Russian troops are reported to getting into Ukraine from a Russian occupied are of Georgia. US officials estimate that as many as 10,000 Russian troops have been killed so far within the war.
• The ISW assesses that, “The Kremlin is very unlikely to have abandoned its efforts to encircle Kyiv,” but is unlikely to find a way to amass the fight energy needed to continued its major offensives across the capital anytime soon.
• In the final 24 hours, neither Ukrainian nor Russian forces conducted any main operations northwest of Kyiv. Meanwhile, fighting continued round Izyum, with minor territorial positive aspects.
• Ukrainian counterattacks east of Brovary have efficiently retaken territory on the night of March 26. Profit have additionally engaged in small-scale counterattacks in Sumy Oblast on March 26-27. Elsewhere, Russian troops are reportedly now not in ctonrol of the town of Kherson.
• In the south, Russian forces have continued their regular advances in Mariupol. Mariupol Mayor Vadim Boychenko said that half of the city’s residents have been evacuated. Some 540 thousand individuals lived in Mariupol earlier than the war. Tens of hundreds remain trapped within the cit with out adequate entry to food, water and electricity.
• Ukrainian partisans round Kherson proceed to pin down Russian Rosgvardia units within the area, hindering Russia’s capability to continue its offensive operations towards the south.

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• Videos have appeared online that allegedly present Ukrainian servicemen capturing through the legs of captured Russian troopers. A Ukrainian presidential adviser has urged the military not to mock the Russian prisoners. The country’s Investigative Committee is reportedly checking the proof.
• Turkey will host the following round of talks between Kyiv and Moscow on March 28-30.
• Leonid Pasechnik, head of the so-called LPR, said that a referendum on becoming a member of the Russian Federation could possibly be held on the territory of the unrecognized republic. But he later emphasised that the main factor now was to “end the war” and clarified that no preparations for the referendum have been underway.
• More than three.8 million individuals have left Ukraine because the start of the Russian invasion, according to the UN.
• The Ukrainian Air Forcer commander has mentioned that Russian troops fired several missiles at Lviv. Russia’s Ministry of Defense confirmed the strike on Lviv, claiming that they’d hit 67 “military facilities” in Ukraine in in the future.
• President Zelensky called for French retailer Auchan to go away the Russian market. But leadership of the grocery retailer chain mentioned they’ll continue operatations in Russia, serving the pursuits of the civilians.
• Zelensky has banned Ukrainians from publishing pictures and video footage of military movements on-line.
• Since the start of the war, 139 children have died and greater than 200 have been injured, based on official data from the Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine..

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