Russian army ramps up shelling in Kiev, but slow progress on the ground

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  • at 19and On the day of the war in Ukraine, the Russian military continues to relentlessly bomb several cities, triggering a series of humanitarian crises, but without any real progress on the ground.
  • In Kiev and its region, where Russian bombardments continued to intensify overnight, an adviser to the Ukrainian president admits that the “city is under siege”. In Mariupol, which has been besieged and bombed for several days, the situation is “almost hopeless”According to Doctors Without Borders, residents are hoping for a convoy of humanitarian aid to arrive on the scene Monday afternoon. In Mykolaiv, another port city on the Black Sea, the bombing also continued at night. Russian troops are approaching this city, but their target remains Odessa, to cut off Ukrainian access to the sea. On the latter, Russia has tightened its grip, the British Ministry of Defense said, which tweeted that Russian naval forces “established a remote blockade of the Ukrainian Black Sea coast”.
  • A new discussion session via videoconference will be held between Russia and Ukraine on Monday, March 14 at 9:20 a.m. (Paris time). This time there is a glimmer of hope, after the failure of the first three sessions in Belarus and then Thursday’s meeting in Turkey between Russian foreign ministers Sergei Lavrov and Ukraine’s Dmytro Kuleba.
  • the New York Times Citing US officials who asked to remain anonymous, claimed on Sunday that Russia had asked China for economic and military aid to fight the war and evade Western sanctions. US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan has warned Beijing that there will be repercussions if Chinese aid is given to Moscow to offset its sanctions-related losses.
  • Emmanuel Macron spoke to Volodymyr Zelensky on Sunday. He briefed the Ukrainian president on the details of the additional aid that the European Union decided to provide to Ukraine during the Versailles summit that was held Thursday and Friday. The French president also spoke with Joe Biden to agree on how “strengthen sanctions already taken against Russia”according to the Elysee.
  • “About 1,300” Ukrainian soldiers have been killed since February 24, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced on Saturday, as well as at least 596 civilians, according to the UN census on Sunday, which emphasizes that the toll is likely much lower than reality.
  • In 24 hours, some 100,000 people joined the refugees fleeing the fighting, bringing their number to nearly 2.7 million, according to a count released by the United Nations on Sunday.

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

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decryption. The bombing of the Yaroviv base, a serious warning to westerners

Report. “It is no longer livable”: In Mykolaiv, the Russian army deliberately targets civilians

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podcast. Ukrainian Chronicles: Everyday War

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