Moldova immediately summoned the Russian ambassador in the capital, Chisinau, to express its concerns about forces potentially advancing toward the separatist region of Transnistria.
The Russian commander’s comments came after President Biden said the Kremlin was setting the stage for a new phase of the war, as he announced $800 million of new military aid for Kyiv, tailored for combat in the eastern Donbas region.
As Russia focuses its fire on Ukraine’s east and south, outgunned fighters remain with civilians in a final holdout, the Azovstal steel plant, in the southern port of Mariupol. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky acknowledged that Russian forces had captured most of the city in a crushing siege.
Mariupol’s mayor renewed his appeal Friday for a “full evacuation.” Satellite images provided to The Washington Post by U.S.-based Maxar Technologies showed a mass grave outside the city — evidence of possible war crimes, according to Ukrainian officials.