War in Ukraine: Kiev bombed, Mariupol evacuated, negotiations interrupted

WAR IN UKRANE – Russian army advance on the ground, resistance or evacuations of Ukrainians, international reactions, sanctions… The HuffPost takes stock of the Russian invasion of Ukraine since February 24.

Situation on the ground this Monday 14 March

About 160 cars were able to leave on Monday, March 14 via a humanitarian corridor from the Ukrainian city of Mariupol, under siege by Russian troops and pro-Russian separatists, the municipality said.

The convoy of vehicles was able to cover the road connecting this strategic port of the Sea of ​​Azov with the city of Zaporozhe around 1:00 PM local time (11:00 GMT). The information was released by the Mariupol City Council’s Telegram account, which did not specify how many people were able to flee the city, where conditions are catastrophic after days of bombing and sieges.

Nine people were killed and nine injured on Monday in a Russian military attack on a TV tower near the city of Rivne in western Ukraine, local authorities said.

“At 16:00 GMT we can declare that there are 9 dead and 9 injured,” Vitali Kobal, the head of the local government, told the press, adding that “two rockets” had hit the city’s television tower. Antopil, 15 kilometers east of Rivne, and an administrative building next to it.

On Monday, Ukraine accused the Russian army of once again cutting power to the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. The site’s Ukrainian operator, Ukrenergo, said on Facebook that its technicians had repaired a power line supplying the site in Chernobyl and the city of Slavoutitch. This line has been damaged again and, according to this source, other workers will have to return to the site to “repair this new damage”.

Two people were killed Monday in Russian bombing of Kiev that targeted a residential building and the Antonov aviation factory, the city hall of the Ukrainian capital announced. Two people have been killed in a bombing raid by the Russian army in Kharkiv, in the northeast of Ukraine, according to the regional prosecutor’s office.
The Russian military does not rule out launching attacks to take “total control” over major Ukrainian cities, the Kremlin has warned as many urban centers, such as Kiev, have been surrounded.

More than 2.8 million people have fled Ukraine since the Russian invasion began on February 24, according to the latest count released by the UN on Monday. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees listed exactly 2,808,792 refugees from Ukraine on its dedicated website. That is 110,512 more than during the previous position on Sunday.

The UN has also identified about 2 million IDPs. According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), about 127,000 of these refugees are third-country nationals. According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi, Europe had not seen such a rapid influx of refugees since World War II.

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

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

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Monday again urged NATO to establish a no-fly zone over his country, warning that otherwise the organization risked seeing “Russian missiles” fall on its members. . “If you don’t close our skies, it’s only a matter of time. Russian missiles will fall on your territory, on NATO territory,” Zelensky said in a video address released shortly after midnight.

How Russia progressed

Russia said Monday it could launch attacks to take full control of major cities in Ukraine on the 19th day of its invasion, notably marked by the evacuation of thousands of civilians from besieged Mariupol (south).

The Russian army, which continues its maneuvers to encircle the capital Kiev, does not rule out excluding “complete control of the major cities already surrounded”. armed forces, as claimed by Western officials and experts.

The Russian president’s order so far has been “no rapid attack on major urban centers, including Kiev,” to minimize civilian casualties, his spokesman assured, while according to the British Ministry of Health Defense “random Russian shelling and airstrikes are causing widespread destruction.” “.

New international reactions

The fourth round of talks between Ukraine and Russia will resume on Tuesday after a “technical break” on Monday, a negotiator in Kiev said. “We are taking a technical break in negotiations until tomorrow” to allow for “additional work by sub-working groups and clarification” of certain terms, Mykhaïlo Podoliak, a negotiator and adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, said on Twitter.

The European Union has decided to impose sanctions on new Russian oligarchs, including billionaire Roman Abramovich, owner of English club Chelsea, in retaliation for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, diplomats told AFP on Monday.

These measures are part of a fourth round of EU sanctions against Moscow. Before this extension, 862 people and 53 Russian entities were already on this blacklist, which prohibits entry into EU territory and allows the seizure of their property.

The United States is “deeply concerned” at the stance “of China’s alignment with Russia” in light of the war in Ukraine, a senior White House official said Monday after a several-hour high-level meeting in Rome. .

France supplied military equipment to Russia between 2015 and 2020, following European sanctions following the annexation of Crimea in 2014, under previous contracts, according to online media Disclose. France has issued at least 76 export licenses for war materials to Russia since 2015, the online media said Monday.

“France strictly respects its international obligations, in particular the Arms Trade Treaty and the EU common position,” Armed Forces Ministry spokesman Hervé Grandjean said on Twitter.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky will address the entire US Congress virtually on Wednesday at 2 p.m. (Paris time, 1 p.m. Ukraine), House of Representatives and Democratic Senate officials Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer. Many elected members of Congress, both Democrats and Republicans, are urging Joe Biden to step up his response against Moscow in response to the invasion of Ukraine.

Russia has asked China for economic and military aid to wage war in Ukraine and evade Western sanctions, the US daily said on Sunday. The New York Timesas Washington warned Beijing against aiding Moscow.

Beijing reacted angrily to this information, but did not specifically deny it. “The United States has been constantly spreading false news against China lately,” Chinese diplomacy spokesman Zhao Lijian told the press.

Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Chmygal on Monday called on the Council of Europe for the “immediate expulsion” of Russia from this pan-European human rights organization. “We are asking for a decision on the immediate removal of Russia from the Council of Europe,” the head of the Ukrainian government launched, speaking via videoconference from Kiev at an extraordinary session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe ( PACE), operating in Strasbourg.

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