STRAIGHT AWAY. War in Ukraine: European Union adds 160 Russian senators and oligarchs to its blacklist

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  • Russia and Ukraine agree to build humanitarian corridors to evacuate civilians from combat zones.
  • Power to the Chernobyl nuclear power plant and safety equipment has been “completely” cut off as a result of Russian military actions.
  • The United States and the United Kingdom imposed an embargo on Russian hydrocarbons on Tuesday.
  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky “tempered” his request for NATO membership and raised the possibility of a compromise over separatist areas in the east of the country.
  • The sale of foreign currency is now suspended in Russia.

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EU adds 160 Russian senators and oligarchs to blacklist

The Twenty-seven have decided to extend their sanctions against Moscow and Minsk after the invasion of Ukraine. 14 oligarchs and 146 Russian senators have been added to the blacklist of the European Union, which has also decided to ban the export to Russia of components and technologies destined for the maritime sector and include cryptocurrencies in the field of financial sanctions. Russian banks were also disconnected from the international financial platform Swift.


“No major impact on safety” of Chernobyl nuclear power plant

The power outage at the Chernobyl nuclear site has “not a major impact on safety,” says the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Considering the time elapsed since the Chernobyl accident of 1986, “the heat load of the spent fuel storage basin and the volume of cooling water are sufficient to ensure efficient heat dissipation without electricity”.


Private jet on the ground in London possibly connected to Russia

“The British government has warned the flight crew to prevent a disputed flight from taking off from Farnborough Airport,” a transport ministry spokesman told AFP. According to the AP news agency, this private jet is suspected of having ties to Russian oligarch Eugene Shvidler, a friend of Roman Abramovich, owner of the departing English football club Chelsea.


Ferrari suspends production for the Russian market

“We are playing our modest role alongside institutions that provide immediate aid” to affected populations, Ferrari boss Benedetto Vigna said in a statement, whose brand has donated one million euros in support of refugees. The Italian luxury car manufacturer, which produces its cars in Italy, sells fewer than a hundred cars in Russia every year.


Rights and war crimes

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Davos freezes relations with Russia

The World Economic Forum in Davos, which brings together the elite of the political, economic and diplomatic world in the Alps every year, will do without any relationship with Russian persons or entities targeted by sanctions. Russia non free


Corbiere “irresponsible”

For Gabriel Attal, Corbière’s comments are “irresponsible: this morning, the deputy of France Insoumise is said to have revealed secret defense information on FranceInfo about the weapons sent to Ukraine. “Communicating on this list is communicating about the weapons Ukraine needs from Russia. That a member takes the liberty to communicate is not responsible. Moreover, it is approximately done. A candid response that condemns the opposition… even if it implies that this information is true.


Measure the impact on French companies

Although Russia is close to default, according to the rating agencies, the government is carefully assessing the secondary effects on French production, which is deprived of certain raw materials and faced with very expensive energy. The executive is preparing a resilience plan for next week to deal with the Ukrainian crisis.


Government ‘concerned’ about Ukrainian nuclear sites

Will the power cut at Chernobyl affect radioactive emissions from the damaged power plant in 1986? Gabriel Attal underlines France’s “concerns” about this site, as well as that of Zaporijjia, the largest power plant in Europe, now in the hands of the Russians.


Prepare for Russian counter-sanctions

Asked about a gas embargo, the government spokesman evades and evokes the faltering effectiveness of the sanctions: “We are looking at how we can strengthen, what we are already doing and how we can prepare for counter-sanctions,” Attal indicates, and assures that talks are underway on European level, without specifying which.


Launch of an inter-ministerial unit for the reception of refugees

The government spokesman announced the creation of an inter-ministerial unit, under the auspices of the Ministry of the Interior, to ensure the reception of Ukrainian refugees in France.

Refugees from Ukraine arrive at Przemysl train station in eastern Poland, near the Ukrainian-Polish border, to be relocated to other destinations on March 9, 2022. AFP / Louisa GOULIAMAKIA


“France has never been so close to Kiev,” says Gabriel Attal

On leaving the Council of Ministers, government spokesman Gabriel Attal reaffirmed Paris’ close ties to Ukraine.

“For two weeks, the Ukrainians have fought heroically and we are by their side (…) France has never been so close to Kiev,” he recalls.

For the French government, there is no indication of a quick end to this war; Attal even argues for an “intensification of the conflict”.

In response, France wants to “raise the cost of war until it becomes unsustainable” while maintaining international dialogue.


If the state doesn’t block Russian gas, some activists already will

In England, France, Germany or the Netherlands, NGOs and dock workers are blocking ships carrying Russian gas, accused of financing Vladimir Putin’s war. Our story.

The “Boris Vilkitsky” was set to land on the Isle of Grain, south of London, on Saturday, March 5. But the dockers refused to touch the Russian gas. It was diverted to the port of Montoir-de-Bretagne (Loire-Atlantique). Reuters/Stephane Mahe


Cut off Russian gas imports? “Not today”, for the Netherlands

During a visit to France, the Prime Minister of the Netherlands confirms that it is not possible to do without Russian hydrocarbons in the near future and emphasizes the importance of rapid independence, in particular through European Union investments in renewable energy sources.

Mark Rutte, left, and Emmanuel Macron, next Wednesday, March 9, 2022. AFP / Ludovic MARIN.


Emmanuel Macron welcomes European coordination

“European coordination has been very close, (…) with massive sanctions, which have been taken very quickly. Our line is clear and simple: condemnation of the aggression (…), support to the Ukrainians and sanctions to stop this aggression,” said the French president before a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister of the Netherlands, Mark Rutte, also a NATO contributor. . “We are working together on several defense projects,” the president continues.

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The leaders of the countries bordering Russia face Putin

Moldova, Georgia, Estonia, Lithuania, Finland, Sweden… Ruled by women, these countries were geographically and historically concerned about Russia. take a hard line on Putin. Our article.


Driver Nikita Mazepin, expelled from F1, will set up a foundation to support Russian athletes.

Russian driver Nikita Mazepin, expelled from the Haas Formula 1 team last week after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, announced the creation of a foundation to support athletes who lose their jobs “for political reasons”. This foundation “will be committed to helping athletes who, for political reasons beyond their control, lose their ability to compete at the highest level,” the pilot explained. This foundation is funded by Uralkali, the former sponsor of the Haas team.


African Union president asks Putin for ceasefire in Ukraine

Senegalese head of state Macky Sall, the current African Union (AU) president, who spoke with Vladimir Putin, called for “a lasting ceasefire” in Ukraine.


China sends humanitarian aid to Ukraine

China, which did not condemn Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, sent humanitarian aid worth €720,000 to the country, Chinese diplomacy announced.

However, in an interview with French leaders Emmanuel Macron and German Olaf Scholz, Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday called for “the greatest restraint” in Ukraine and announced the sending of humanitarian aid.

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Demonstration in Iraq against rising food prices

Hundreds of people in impoverished southern Iraq demonstrated rising food prices officials say are linked to the conflict in Ukraine.

Over the past week, edible oils and flours have increased sharply in the country.


Mig-29 aircraft offered by Warsaw: “a dangerous scenario”, according to the Kremlin

The Kremlin denounced Poland’s proposal to transfer MiG-29 fighter jets to the Americans and then send them to Kiev. “This is a highly undesirable and potentially dangerous scenario,” said Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov. Our decoding.

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The Kremlin denounces an ‘economic war’

As the United States secedes from Russian gas and oil, Russia condemns a form of “economic warfare”.

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Chernobyl stopped

The Chernobyl plant has been “completely shut down” as a result of the Russian offensive, according to the Ukrainian operator responsible for maintenance and refrigeration. Earlier in the morning, the IAEA said it had lost contact with systems that control nuclear materials.

“I am deeply concerned about the difficult and stressful situation for the staff of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant and the possible risks this poses to nuclear safety,” warns Director-General Rafael Grossi.


The blunder of Corbiere

Has the Member La France insoumise said too much? It seems that Alexis Corbière disclosed the contents of the French armaments shipped to Ukraine this Wednesday morning on France Info, while the French military has not communicated this content, which is a defense secret.


Zelensky pushes for military aircraft deal

“Choose a decision as soon as possible, send us planes!” The Ukrainian president is pushing for military equipment as the United States and Poland have not agreed on an exchange of aircraft for Ukraine.