Sunday, February 25, 2024

No safe place in Ukraine: Interior minister

A mother holds her newborn baby at a hospital in Kyiv, Ukraine.

Ukraine’s Interior Minister Denys Monastyrsky has said that Russian spies and diversion groups are omnipresent throughout Ukraine.

“Unfortunately, there are no places in Ukraine without an obvious military threat. We can’t name a region where there has been no shelling or where we haven’t found diversion groups,” he was quoted by the Unian news agency as saying.

He said that such groups or fire spotters are detained almost daily in Kyiv and are present even in the western Ukrainian regions where hostilities have been limited to rare cruise missile strikes on strategic sites such as military bases or airports.

“The problem is everywhere,” Monastyrsky said.

Meanwhile, US President Joe Biden has called his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, a “war criminal,” and announced an additional $800m in security assistance to Ukraine.

It comes after Ukraine’s President Volodomyr Zelenskyy addressed United States Congress and repeated calls for a no-fly zone.

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