LIVE – War in Ukraine: Mariupol tries again to evacuate its citizens

Israeli Prime Minister again exchanged with Zelensky

Naftali Bennett spoke again with Volodymyr Zelensky on Sunday, a spokesman for the Israeli prime minister told Reuters. This is the third meeting between the two leaders in two days.

For now, the spokesperson has not provided additional information to Reuters about the topics discussed during this conversation.

On Saturday, Naftali Bennett visited Moscow, where he spoke with Vladimir Putin about the Ukrainian crisis.

US ‘actively working’ with Poland to send fighter jets to Ukraine

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken says the United States is “actively working” on a deal with Poland to send fighter jets to Ukraine.

The senior US official was visiting the country yesterday, not far from the Ukrainian border.

“Impossible to talk about a timetable, but all I can say is that we are looking very, very actively,” Antony Blinken told reporters during his visit to Moldova.

More than 1.5 million refugees have fled Ukraine in ten days, UN says

According to a new count, the UN announces that more than 1.5 million Ukrainians have fled their country since the start of the Russian invasion. This figure represents the fastest refugee crisis since World War II.

“More than 1.5 million refugees from Ukraine have crossed into neighboring countries in ten days. This is the fastest growing refugee crisis in Europe since World War II,” said the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi in a tweet.

In Russia, journalists have a “sword of Damocles over their heads,” says Reporters Without Borders chairman

While several media outlets have announced in recent days to suspend their coverage or their correspondents in Russia, the president of Reporters Without Borders (RSF) this Sunday on BFMTV calls for “exceptional” measures in the face of “arbitrary” Russian laws.

“It is a sign that the sword of Damocles over the heads of journalists is so dangerous that they have no other solution but to make this decision,” said the RSF chairman.

“In Russia it has become almost impossible to work as a journalist,” Christophe Deloire confirms, as the country has imposed a law providing for severe prison terms for publishing information deemed false by the Russian authorities.

Moldova asks for more help from the United States to host Ukrainian refugees

Moldova’s Prime Minister Natalia Gavrilita on Sunday called on the United States to increase humanitarian aid to help her country host refugees fleeing Ukraine, currently 120,000 people.

An important figure for this small country of 2.6 million inhabitants, one of the poorest in Europe, she argued to US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who is currently visiting the country.

“We need help dealing with such an influx, and we need it very quickly,” she said.

“Have we done enough for Ukraine? The answer is no”, for Boris Johnson

In a message published in the New York Times this Sunday morning, the British Prime Minister confirmed that “Vladimir Putin’s act of aggression must fail and be seen as such”.

“Have we done enough for Ukraine? The honest answer is no,” Boris Johnson wrote in the columns of the US newspaper.

According to the tenant of 11 Downing Street, Vladimir Putin is “plunging further into a sordid campaign of war crimes and unthinkable violence against civilians”.

Among the six recommendations he makes at the end, Boris Johnson states in particular that the continuation of economic sanctions against Russia and the infusion of military resources for the Ukrainians are essential to confront the Russian president.

Russian central bank asks banks to stop publishing their financial statements

The Russian central bank on Sunday asked banks to stop publishing their financial statements amid Western sanctions following the invasion of Ukraine, which threaten to decimate the banking sector and the population’s savings.

“It’s about mitigating the risks for credit organizations because of the sanctions of the western countries,” the Bank of Russia said.

While some of Russia’s largest banks have been cut off from the Swift international interbank system, limiting their ability to transact with foreigners, the institution is trying to curb capital flight and avoid panic.

The United States and Poland consider sending Soviet planes to Ukraine

The United States is considering a deal with Poland to supply Ukraine with Soviet-era fighter jets in exchange for American F-16 fighter jets, multiple media reported on Saturday. Americans, including Bloomberg.

“We are working with the Poles on this issue and we are consulting our other NATO allies,” a White House official said, quoted by one of the media.

Kiev this morning urged the West to provide it with military assistance, including aircraft, to defend itself against the Russian invasion.

The city of Mariupol announces that it wants to evacuate its citizens from 12:00 (local time)

The city of Mariupol announces that it plans to evacuate its citizens from 12:00 local time (11:00 am Paris time) this Sunday, as a new temporary ceasefire has been concluded.

“The evacuation of civilians will begin at 12:00 p.m.,” the municipality said via Telegram, adding that a humanitarian corridor will be set up to the city of Zaparojie, about three hours away.

The municipality adds that buses will be provided to allow the uneducated population to leave the city. The Red Cross will guide the evacuation process, she said on Telegram.

An initial evacuation attempt failed on Saturday after the municipality accused the Russian armed forces of multiple ceasefire violations.

Update on the situation at 9:00 am.

· The city of Mariupol is the target of heavy shelling. The situation is “very difficult” in the city, subject to “a humanitarian blockade” and intense shelling, the mayor of Mariupol said, strategic port southeast of the country besieged by Russian troops.

· Ongoing “heavy fighting” in the north and south. Ukrainian forces are “fighting fiercely” against Russian forces for control of the cities of Mykolayev in the south and Cherniguiv in the north, the Ukrainian General Staff said in a statement posted on Facebook Sunday morning. A Ukrainian military operation was also underway in the Donetsk region.

· Zelensky spoke with Biden. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced on Twitter on Sunday that he has again spoken by telephone with his US counterpart Joe Biden about “security issues”, “financial aid to Ukraine” and “the continuation of sanctions against Russia”.

· Florence Parly expected in Romania. The French Armed Forces Minister, as well as the President, Prime Minister and Romanian Armed Forces Minister, will this Sunday visit NATO forces deployed in Romania, not far from the border with Ukraine. In particular, the minister should visit the French camp at this base, less than 200 kilometers by road from the Ukrainian border.

· A third discussion phase on Monday. Negotiations between Ukraine and Russia are to resume on Monday, a member of the Ukrainian delegation, David Arakhamia, announced on Saturday. Beijing, for its part, called for direct negotiations between Russia and Ukraine on the same day, according to an official Chinese statement.

The city of Mariupol is the target of heavy bombing, according to the mayor

The situation is “extremely difficult” in Mariupol, subject to “a humanitarian blockade” and intense bombing, said the mayor of Mariupol, a strategic port in the southeast of the country under siege by Russian forces.

According to him, the bombings of recent days have caused “thousands of injuries” and Russian troops are preventing the arrival of food and medicine.

“The city of Mariupol no longer exists,” he said.

The evacuation of civilians was postponed on Saturday due to multiple violations of Russia’s ceasefire, Mariupol’s mayor’s office said, as Moscow accused Ukrainian “nationalists” of preventing civilians from leaving and abusing the ceasefire. to consolidate their defenses.

Putin threatens to strip Ukraine of ‘statehood’

The Russian military continues to put pressure on southern Ukraine and Kiev on the 11th day of the invasion this Sunday, with President Vladimir Putin threatening to strip the country of its “state”. On Saturday, he compared the international sanctions that hit Russia to a “declaration of war”.

According to a report by the Ukrainian General Staff published on Facebook on Sunday, the Russian army continued its offensive, “concentrating mainly on the environs of the cities of Kiev, Kharkiv (east) and Mykolaiv (south)”.

The Minister of the Armed Forces is expected in Romania this Sunday

French Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly, as well as the President, Prime Minister and Romanian Armed Forces Minister, will this Sunday visit NATO forces deployed in Romania, not far from the border with Ukraine.

After the attack on Ukraine, France and Belgium rushed nearly 800 soldiers to NATO’s Mihail Kogalniceanu base, where US soldiers are already stationed, near the port of Constanta.

In particular, the French Minister of the Armed Forces should pay a visit to the French camp at this base, less than 200 kilometers by road from the Ukrainian border.

Biden and Zelensky discussed, among other things, sanctions against Russia

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced on Sunday that he has again telephoned his US counterpart Joe Biden to discuss US financial aid to Ukraine and sanctions against Russia.

“As part of an ongoing dialogue, I had another conversation with @POTUS (the President of the United States, editor’s note). The agenda included security issues, financial support for Ukraine and ongoing sanctions against Russia,” Volodymyr Zelensky wrote. Twitter. †

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