Ukraine crisis: Over 3,000 people detained for anti-war protests in Russia

Moscow, Russia): Amid Russia’s ongoing military operations in Ukraine, more than 3,000 people in Russia have been detained for participating in anti-war protests, according to the protest monitoring group OVD-Info.

OVD-Info tweeted, “In the last three days, at least 3,052 people have been arrested.”

It further reported that 467 people were arrested in 34 cities on Saturday alone.

Meanwhile, the Russian Defense Ministry has informed that its troops have been ordered to resume their offensive “in all directions” after a suspension was ordered for talks with the Ukrainian government.

Defense Ministry spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov said in a statement on Saturday, “(On Friday), following the Kiev regime’s announcement of its readiness for talks, active hostilities in the main directions of the operation have been suspended,” CNN reported. been done.”

“After the Ukrainian side abandoned the negotiation process, today all units were ordered to continue their offensive in all directions in accordance with the operation plan,” it added.

On the other hand, an adviser to Ukraine’s president denied early Saturday that Ukraine had refused to hold talks, CNN reported.

Konashenkov’s remarks came after Western officials said the Russian offensive was not progressing as fast as Moscow had hoped.

According to media reports, the Russian army is continuously advancing in the capital of Ukraine. Explosions were heard in parts of Kiev on Friday as Russian forces approached the city, media reports said on Saturday.

Video from eyewitnesses showed explosions in Ukraine’s capital city as some media reports said Ukraine and Russia are discussing a place and time for talks.

First published:February 27, 2022, 2:40 am

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