Ukraine ticker: Selenskyj – Moscow wants the greatest possible destruction

6:02 a.m.: Zelensky insists on an exchange of prisoners

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has appealed to allied states for more support for a prisoner exchange with Russia. It is important “to exert political pressure at every level, through powerful companies, through the closure of companies, oil embargo” and “to actively promote the exchange of our people for Russian soldiers,” he said. Ukraine is ready for an exchange tomorrow.

05:39: Selenskyj – Moscow wants the greatest possible destruction

Almost three months after the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy accused the attacking troops of blind destructiveness. Russia is waging a “total war” against his country, Zelenskyy said in his video address to the people. Moscow is about killing as many people in Ukraine and destroying as much infrastructure as possible. Since the beginning of its war of aggression on February 24, the Russian army has carried out 1,474 rocket attacks. Most civilian targets were hit.

5:27 a.m.: Rockets destroy train tracks in eastern Ukraine

Russian rocket attacks in eastern Ukraine have destroyed railway infrastructure, according to Ukrainian sources. Four rocket hits in the Dnipropetrovsk region severely damaged tracks and overhead lines, Governor Valentyn Resnichenko said. So nobody was injured. It is not yet known when train services can be resumed.

5:14 a.m .: Pentagon contact group promises Ukraine more weapons

According to the Pentagon, Ukraine can count on additional weapons for the fight against the Russian attack troops. Around 20 states have pledged additional security support, said US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin. Denmark wants to send Ukraine an anti-ship missile and other missiles, and the Czech Republic recently sent attack helicopters, tanks and missiles to Kyiv. Italy, Greece, Poland and Norway had promised artillery systems and ammunition.

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