“Instead of forgiveness, there will be judgment,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a video shared on Sunday, the last Sunday before Lent.
Driving the news: “Today is Forgiveness Sunday. But we cannot forgive the hundreds upon hundreds of victims. Nor the thousands upon thousands who have suffered,” according the latest video that the leader posted to his Telegram account on Sunday night local time. “God will not forgive. Not today. Not tomorrow. Never.”
- “Today, a family of four, parents and two children, were killed in Irpin as they were trying to leave the city,” Zelensky said. “We will not forgive. We will not forget.”
The latest: The outskirts of Kyiv, the second largest city of Kharkiv, Chernihiv in the north and Mykolaiv in the south came under heavy shelling later in the day on Sunday local time, Zelensky adviser Oleksiy Arestovich said on Ukrainian television.
- “The latest wave of missile strikes came as darkness fell,” Arestovich said.
- The planned evacuation of civilians on Sunday from the Ukrainian coastal city of Mariupol was canceled for the second time after Ukrainian officials accused Russian forces of violating of a limited ceasefire agreement, the New York Times reported.
The International Atomic Energy Agency warned on Sunday that Russian forces have placed the staff at the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power station under their direct command and are requiring any actions taken by plant management to be pre-approved by the Russian commander.
- They have also taken steps to restrict the staff’s ability to ability to communicate with the outside world.