LIVE – War in Ukraine: follow the evolution of the situation on the 19th day of the conflict

Chechen leader Kadyrov claims to be in Ukraine

The leader of the Russian republic of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov, a protégé of President Vladimir Putin, assured Monday that he was in Ukraine with troops from Moscow.

Ramzan Kadyrov, denounced by international NGOs for the serious human rights violations taking place in his Caucasian republic, published a video on Telegram in which he studies plans in military uniform around a table of soldiers in a room.

He then stated in a message that this video was shot at Gostomel, an airport near Kiev, the Ukrainian capital, which had been occupied by Russian forces in the early days of their offensive.

Russia reportedly asked for military aid from China

Russia has asked China for economic and military aid to wage war in Ukraine and evade Western sanctions, The New York Times reported Sunday. Yet Washington has warned Beijing not to help Moscow.

The paper, citing unnamed US officials, does not specify the exact nature of the aid requested or whether China has responded.

Emmanuel Macron called Joe Biden on Sunday

President Macron spoke to Joe Biden on Sunday evening. The two heads of state agreed to strengthen sanctions already taken against Russia, support Ukraine and jointly take all initiatives useful to stop the fighting.

Emmanuel Macron also spoke with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, “expressing his full support,” the Elysée Palace said, describing “the additional aid that the European Union decided to grant him at the Versailles Summit”.

Moscow has threatened Western companies with arrests and seizures

The Russian authorities, which have already tightened their stance against foreign companies seeking to withdraw from the country, have threatened some of them directly, warning them about possible arrests of officials or seizure of their assets, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday.

Russian prosecutors have warned against companies in all sectors by phone calls, letters or visits, including Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, Procter & Gamble, IBM and Yum Brands, the parent company of the KFC and Pizza Hut, the company says. sources familiar with the case.

American journalist shot dead

An American journalist was killed on Sunday and another wounded by bullets in Irpin, in the northwestern suburbs of Kiev, the scene of fierce fighting over several days.

Brent Renaud, a 50-year-old freelance photographer and filmmaker, is the first foreign journalist to be murdered since the start of the Russian offensive. A Ukrainian journalist has been killed in the Russian bombing of the TV tower in Kiev.

Zelensky wants a no-fly zone

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on the night from Sunday to Monday urged NATO to establish a no-fly zone over his country, warning that the organization would otherwise risk “Russian missiles” on its member states. to see fall.

New Russian-Ukrainian negotiations this Monday

A negotiating session between Russia and Ukraine will be held via video conference on Monday, an adviser to President Zelensky confirmed. A Russian negotiator on Sunday spoke of “significant progress”, Kiev for his part said that Moscow had stopped issuing “ultimatums” and “barely started to listen to our proposals”.

Three rounds of talks have taken place in Belarus since the start of the Russian offensive. They aimed at creating humanitarian corridors for civilians.

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Welcome to this directly devoted to the news of the conflict in Ukraine on Monday, March 14.