Shortly afterwards, several thick columns of black smoke were seen in the sky of the city, just like the day before, where several Russian strikes had hit residential buildings. Other explosions were heard early in the morning. Local authorities did not immediately provide a review or details, while the press was not allowed to circulate under tension in the city due to the curfew.
On Tuesday, at least four people were killed and about 40 others were rescued in an apartment building in Kiev’s western Svyatoshin neighborhood after a Russian attack that started a fire. At least two other attacks injured several people in the city.
US President Joe Biden will make the announcement of this 800 million after a video intervention by his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky before Congress.
Mr Zelensky will speak at 1pm GMT before US lawmakers, who are urging President Biden to sharpen his tone against Russia. US elected officials from both camps are also urging Joe Biden to facilitate the delivery of Polish Mig-29 aircraft to Ukraine, which Washington has refused.
Despite these pleas for help, Russian fire on Ukrainian cities intensified on Tuesday. The situation remains dramatic in Mariupol, another martyr town in southeastern Ukraine, but according to the Ukrainian presidency, some 20,000 citizens were able to leave the port on Tuesday in 4,000 cars.
They all described a grueling journey that involved driving off the road to evade Russian troops and checkpoints, in constant fear of enemy fire.
Russia is extending its offensive to all of Ukraine, now also targeting the West. After attacks on a military base near Poland on Sunday, an attack on Monday against a television tower near Rivne (northwest) left 19 dead.
In this context of intense strikes, the negotiations between Moscow and Kiev, which started on Tuesday, will resume on Wednesday.
The Ukrainian president brought some hope on Tuesday, ruling that positions were now “more realistic”. He also gestured to Moscow, saying he was ready to renounce any of his country’s membership in NATO, a casus belli for Russia.
Not enough to bow to Russian President Vladimir Putin, who “emphasized that Kiev showed no serious commitment to find acceptable solutions”.
The mediation efforts of Turkey, a member of NATO but which refused to join the sanctions against Moscow, are also continuing. The Turkish foreign minister is in Moscow and will then go to Ukraine to seek a ceasefire.
An extraordinary NATO summit dedicated to the conflict is scheduled for March 24 in Brussels, as is a summit of EU leaders. Joe Biden will go there to affirm the United States’ “castle devotion” to its allies. And in the absence of military intervention, the European Union will adopt a fourth package of sanctions against the Russian oligarchs. The UK followed suit and added punitive vodka tariffs and additional asset freezes.
Moscow responded with counter-sanctions against Joe Biden, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and several members of their governments.
Russia is also trying to submit a “humanitarian” draft resolution to the UN Security Council, which could be put to a vote on Thursday.
He expressed the “deep concern” of the Security Council “over reports of civilian casualties, including children, in and around Ukraine”. As it stands, it is unlikely to garner the necessary votes.