LIVE – Ukraine: Local ceasefires promised by Moscow at 8am to evacuate civilians

Ukraine: The threshold of two million refugees crossed “today or tomorrow”

The milestone of two million refugees caused by the Russian military offensive in Ukraine must be crossed “today” or “tomorrow”, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi estimated Tuesday.

“I think we will cross the two million mark today or maybe tomorrow at the latest,” Filippo Grandi said at a press conference in Oslo. “So it doesn’t end.”

Will humanitarian corridors be respected?

Will the civilians be able to evacuate the cities without further Russian bombing? The local ceasefires announced by Moscow in several major cities will take effect Tuesday at 8 a.m. These are the five courses that should apply.

Five humanitarian corridors of March 8. © BFM TV

At least nine people killed in bombing in Sumy

At least nine people, including two children, were killed Monday night in an airstrike on the city of Sumy, about 350 km east of Kiev, Ukrainian emergency services said on Tuesday.

“Enemy planes treacherously attacked residential buildings,” emergency services said on Telegram, who arrived at the scene around 11 p.m. local time. Sumy, near the Russian border, has been the scene of fierce fighting for several days.

The most important information at 7.30 am.

· Moscow-promised ceasefire at 8 a.m. to evacuate civilians. Will Russia keep its promise? Ukraine expects on Tuesday morning the imposition of local ceasefires in several of its cities, which should allow the evacuation of civilians through humanitarian corridors. Russia announced Monday evening the imposition of these ceasefires “from 8 a.m. French time on March 8” for the evacuation of civilians from Kiev, as well as the cities of Sumy, Kharkov, Cherniguiv and Mariupol.

· Bombings at night in Sumy. Russian planes dropped bombs on the northeastern city of Sumy from Monday to Tuesday, damaging homes in residential areas.

· Moscow has deployed almost all troops on the border. Russia has sent almost all of the troops that have gathered at the border between the two countries in recent months, more than 150,000 soldiers, the Pentagon said Monday, which has sent 500 additional soldiers to Europe to bolster the country’s security. .’ NATO.

· A bombed nuclear facility. The International Atomic Energy Agency said Monday it had received reports that artillery shells had damaged a Ukrainian nuclear research center in Kharkiv, without “radiological consequences”.

Zelensky confirms he is still in Kiev and films himself from the presidential office

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky accused the Russian military on Monday of frustrating the evacuation of civilians through the humanitarian corridors to be set up in the country after talksin a video with him at his office in Kiev and posted on the Telegram network.

“I’m staying, I’m not afraid of anyone,” he says in this video.

According to the Pentagon, Moscow has deployed almost all troops at the border

Russia has sent to Ukraine nearly all of the troops that have gathered at the border between the two countries in recent months, more than 150,000 soldiers, the Pentagon estimated Monday, which has sent 500 additional soldiers to Europe to protect the country’s security. strengthen. †

Dissonances between Westerners over Russian oil and gas

If France, the United Kingdom and the United States have expressed a desire to impose new sanctions on Moscow, Germany, which relies more on Russian fossil fuels than its main partners, is reluctant.

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How the “Z” Became a Rally Symbol for the Russian Army

It was on the back of Vladimir Putin’s armored vehicles returning to Ukrainian territory on February 24 that the letter “Z” appeared. Negligently painted with white paint or spray paint, it first aroused the questioning of international observers. †

The Kremlin quickly understood the power of its “Z” and did not hesitate to establish it as a symbol of its armed forces and its military operation.

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The cold will increase in Ukraine, with negative temperatures day and night

As thousands of civilians evacuate the country, a harsh winter will invade Ukraine this week, accompanied by temporary snowfall.

In Kiev, temperatures remain largely negative day and night for a number of days and the north wind is blowing.

A second nuclear center struck, according to the IAEA

The International Atomic Energy Agency (AEIA) said Monday it had received reports that artillery shells had damaged a nuclear research facility in Ukraine’s second besieged city of Kharkiv without “radiological effects”.

According to the Vienna-based UN body, Ukrainian authorities reported an attack on Sunday, adding that no increase in radiation levels at the site had been reported.

The affected facility is part of the Kharkiv Institute of Physics and Technology, a research institute that produces radioactive materials for medical and industrial applications.

UN calls for safe access for humanitarian aid in combat zones

The UN “needs secure corridors to deliver humanitarian aid into enemy territory” in Ukraine, UN Undersecretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Martin Griffiths told the Security Council on Monday.

“Citizens in places like Mariupol, Kharkiv, Melitopol and elsewhere are in dire need of assistance, especially life-saving medical supplies,” he added during an emergency public meeting of the Council on the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine, which lasted two and a half hours. sometimes characterized by very tense exchanges, even insults, between Russian and Ukrainian ambassadors.

At the request of France and Mexico, who indicated that they would continue to prepare a draft resolution to demand a “cessation of hostilities”, a closed session of one hour followed. But during those talks, Moscow, backed by Beijing (both veto-powered), flatly refused any mention of “politics” unrelated to humanitarian aid, diplomats said.

Local ceasefires expected at 8 a.m.

Ukraine expects Tuesday morning the imposition of a local ceasefire in several of its cities, intended to allow the evacuation of civilians through humanitarian corridors, at a time when the Russian army, according to Kiev, remains committed to large combat zones.

Russia announced on Monday evening the imposition of these ceasefires “from 10:00 Moscow time (0700 GMT) on March 8” for the evacuation of civilians from Kiev, as well as the cities of Sumy, Kharkov, Cherniguiv and Mariupol, the cell of the Russian Ministry of Defense, tasked with humanitarian operations in Ukraine, said in a press release.

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Welcome to this live broadcast dedicated to the 13th day of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.