Speaking to the Ukraine Pravda website, Petro Andryushchenko said: “Four days ago, we talked about an ‘optimistic’ scenario - about 10,000 victims.
"But with the increased intensity and the brutality that has increased many times over, we can say that if the blockade ends now and we can start at least searching for these people, the number of victims is already approaching 20,000.”
He added: “Some are being buried, some are in the yards, on the streets. Due to the intensity of the shelling, people cannot even go outside to bury their loved ones.”
Maxar has also shared images of Snake Island before and after it was captured by Russian forces.
In a video call to Boris Johnson and representatives from Baltic and northern European countries gathered in London, Zelensky said some Nato members had been “hypnotised by Russian aggression”.
He said Putin’s invasion had undermined the European security infrastructure by invading a sovereign country.
“We hear a lot of conversations about the third world war, that allegedly it could start if Nato will close the Ukrainian sky for Russian missiles and planes and, therefore, the humanitarian no-fly zone was not yet established,” he said.
“That allows the Russian army to bombard peaceful cities and blow up housing blocks and hospitals and schools.
“Four multi-storey buildings in Kyiv in the early morning were bombarded, dozens of dead.”
Zelensky expressed his frustration that Ukraine had not been allowed to join Nato, something which could have protected it from invasion because of the alliance’s mutual defence policy.
More than 300 new listings have been made under the UK’s sanctions regimes, targeting those well-connected with Russia’s leader. An update to the Gov.uk website on Tuesday said that 350 new listings had been made under the Russia sanctions regime.
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