35-Hour Curfew: Ukrainian Forces Retake Part Of Kyiv As Residents Shelter Underground
A view of the aftermath of the Retroville shopping mall following a Russian shelling attack which killed Eight people on March 21, 2022 in Kyiv, Ukraine.
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Ukrainian military forces report they have taken back a key suburban area of Kyiv on Tuesday as the battle continues with Russian forces over the capital city.

The conflict continued overnight as residents were told to shelter underground or at home as part of a 35-hour curfew that extends until Wednesday morning, according to the Associated Press.

“Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko has announced a new 35-hour curfew for the Ukrainian capital from later on March 21,” Radio Free Europe reported.

“The former boxing champion said in a statement on Telegram that the curfew will begin at 8 p.m. local time on March 21 and last until 7 a.m. on March 23,” the report added. “Klitschko said shops, pharmacies, and gas stations would not open on March 22. Parts of the city have come under fire repeatedly from Russian forces.”

East of Kyiv, the mayor of Boryspil is urging residents to flee the area if possible.

“There is no urgent need to be in the city at the moment. Fighting is already raging around the region. I appeal to the population, be smart and leave the city if you can,” Boryspil mayor Volodymyr Borysenko said in a video statement posted to Facebook, CNN reported on Tuesday morning.

Ukrainian forces are also celebrating a win west of Kyiv in the city of Makariv, about 40 miles west of Kyiv. Ukrainian forces claim they have taken back the town, as “the Ukrainian flag was raised over the town of Makariv.”

Despite the progress of Ukraine’s defense of its homeland, sirens were activated in nearly every region of the nation early Tuesday.

The United Nations reported on Monday that more than 10 million people, approximately one-fourth of Ukraine’s population, has been displaced within the country or leaving as refugees. The number includes about 3.3 million people who have left the nation since the start of the conflict.

“Among the responsibilities of those who wage war, everywhere in the world, is the suffering inflicted on civilians who are forced to flee their homes. The war in Ukraine is so devastating that 10 million have fled — either displaced inside the country, or as refugees abroad,” Filippo Grandi, the U.N. Commissioner for Refugees, said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has repeatedly claimed that Ukraine is under the thumb of a Nazi regime, as The Daily Wire reported:

Russian President Vladimir Putin issued a statement in which he said his actions were to implement the “demilitarization and de-Nazification of Ukraine.”

The president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, who was democratically elected, is Jewish. He said on Wednesday, “You are told we are Nazis, but how can a people support Nazis that gave more than 8 million lives for the victory over Nazism? How can I be a Nazi? Tell my grandpa, who went through the whole war in the infantry of the Soviet Army and died as a colonel in independent Ukraine.”

Steven Pifer, a former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, tweeted, “In his attempt to justify the unjustifiable, #Russia’s assault on #Ukraine, Putin referred to a fictional genocide & set goal of ‘denazification of Ukraine,’ a country that overwhelmingly elected a Jew president.  Goebbels & Hitler would have been impressed.”

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