Due to lack of allies, Russia abandons the vote on a resolution at the UN

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The context

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  • The Russian army invaded Ukrainian territory exactly three weeks ago and, after advancing on several fronts, the lines have stabilizedThursday March 17.
  • Ukrainian authorities claimed that on Wednesday Russia opened the Drama Theater of Mariupol, where more than a thousand people had sought refuge, many of them children. The air raid shelter in which the civilians were kept has not been destroyed, said two Ukrainian parliamentarians, adding that the majority of people who were refugees there are okay.
  • Deadly Russian military attacks continued throughout Ukraine. The debris of a rocket shot down above Kiev On Thursday, at least one person was killed and three were injured. Russian forces are still trying to surround the capital and have been carrying out more bombing raids on residential areas since the beginning of the week, killing at least six people.
  • Despite the Russian bombing and fighting, talks between Kiev and Moscow continued, Wednesday. Several Russian officials have suggested that Ukraine’s neutrality, modeled on Sweden or Austria, could be a compromise — which Kiev rejected, saying it would bring no benefits. “absolute security guarantees” to his country in the event of an attack.
  • Volodymyr Zelensky receives a standing ovation from the Bundestag. Ukraine’s president urged Germany to tear down the new “wall” erected in Europe against freedom since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. He deplored the close economic relations that have been forged between Berlin and Moscow in recent years, especially in the energy field. These projects led by Germany and Russia, “it was the cement for the new wall”† He recalled Germany’s hesitation in imposing some of the toughest sanctions on Russia, fearing it would hurt the German economy.
  • Russia says it has honored a $117 million claim. This first bond-linked tranche of USD 117 million (EUR 106 million) has been paid, the Russian Ministry of Finance reported. The payment deadline was March 16 and was missed by Russia, raising fears of an early default. This was the first deadline in a series, the others are expected in March and April.
  • Joe Biden said of the President of the Russian Federation on Wednesday: Vladimir Putin, that he was a “war criminal”. The President of the United States has confirmed the sending of $800 million (equivalent to EUR 725 million) in additional military aid to Ukraine. Earlier, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky had challenged him to ask him to establish a no-fly zone over his country. Biden believes such a move would be too much of an escalation.
  • almost 700 civilians were killed since the start of the war, and more than 1,110 others have been injured, according to the UN. Since these figures are very difficult to verify, especially when fighting or bombing continues to take place on the ground, the UN emphasizes that its daily reports are likely to be much lower than reality.

Read all our articles, analyzes and reports on the war in Ukraine:

March 16 Live can be found here.

Report. Mariupol is now an open hell

analyze. Russia takes first step towards default

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Chronic. “Countries considering breaking up with the Western alliance may be inclined to hold less reserves”