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Vladimir Putin angry at being ‘misled’ by his own army in Russia-Ukraine war: US

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in an address that “we don’t trust anyone,” Ukrainians will continue to “fight for every meter of our territory”. Russia’s defense ministry said it had accepted Ukraine’s plan to open a temporary evacuation corridor, after which there was least hope for some civilians captured under the horrific Russian bombardment in the southern city of Mariupol.

The ministry said the local ceasefire in Mariupol would take effect at 10:00 am (0700 GMT) on Thursday. As Russia’s attacks on populated areas continued, the head of the UN Human Rights Council stated that “indiscriminate attacks are prohibited under international humanitarian law and may be war crimes.”

More than a month after Russian troops entered Ukraine, Ukraine’s military has caused massive casualties and destroyed a staggering amount of Russian tanks and planes with the help of donated American and European weapons. US officials said on Wednesday that Putin is angry after avoiding the truth.

White House communications director Kate Bedingfield, citing US intelligence, said “he was misled by the Russian military.” A US official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said there was “persistent tension” between Putin and military personnel. In which Putin is now “distrusting” his generals. There were indications that the Russians were moving units instead of withdrawing from key areas.

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said “repositioning” was also done from Hostomel airport near Kyiv and around the Chernobyl nuclear power facility, with Russian troops moving back to neighboring Belarus, an ally of Russia. However, “we have not seen any of them in our house chowki,” he said. There is little independent information about fighting in the east of Ukraine where Ukrainian forces face a powerful array of Russian regulars and Russian-organized local militias. Regional officials said Russian forces also opened fire on a factory in the city of Novomoskovsk as well as a fuel facility in the regional capital Dnipro.

The Eastern Donetsk regional governor, Pavlo Kirilenko, wrote on Telegram that the Russian army had used phosphorus shells in the city of Maryanka. Ukrainian Ombudsman Lyudmila Denisova said in a statement on social media that in Mariupol, Russian forces bombed an International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). At the same time, Germany and Austria have feared that Russia may cut gas supplies to countries that refuse to pay its demand in rubles.

But Putin told German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on Wednesday that gas payments could continue in euros. Meanwhile, EU member Slovakia announced that it would expel 35 Russian diplomats based on information provided by intelligence services. In the town of Trostyanets, just 30 kilometers (20 miles) from the Russian border, AFP reporters watched as Ukrainian soldiers rescued abandoned Russian vehicles, astonished residents rushed out of their homes. “There was nothing left to eat, no water, no electricity in the city,” said Pavlo, who had rested in his basement last month.

Officials said they were recovering bodies on the streets and that Irpin, the entrance to Kyiv, was still being shelled by Russia. Irpin’s mayor, Alexander Markushin, said at least 200 people had been killed there since the war began. On the eastern outskirts of the second city of Kharkiv, AFP reporters saw a dozen bodies of Russian soldiers strewn across fields and homes after Ukrainian troops regained control of a highway.

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