Deadly bombings hit Ukraine, where the Russian offensive spread across the country on Monday, March 14. The fourth round of negotiations between Moscow and Kievwhich started on Monday will continue on Tuesday after a “technical interruption”reported Mykhailo Podoliak, a negotiator and adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Several thousand soldiers have been killed since the launch of the Russian invasion of Ukrainian territory on February 24. At least 596 civilians were killed, according to a UN count that is likely much lower than the reality. Finally, pMore than 2.8 million people have fled Ukraine since the start of the conflict, according to the UN, which also has about 2 million internally displaced persons.
Nine killed in western strike
An attack by Russian troops on a television tower in Antopil, near the city of Rivne in western Ukraine, left nine people dead and nine injured on Monday, local authorities said. “Two Rockets” hit the village television tower, as well as an administrative building next to it.
In Kiev, two people were killed in Russian bombings targeting 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 northeastern Ukraine, according to the regional prosecutor’s office.
In the east of the country, in Donetsk, pro-Russian separatists, backed by Moscow, claimed that a Ukrainian army strike attacked the city center, killing at least 16 people and killing 23, according to the local “ministry of health”. powerful Russian Commission of Inquiry. The Ukrainian military has vehemently denied these allegations.
Moscow threatens to take ‘complete control’ over major Ukrainian cities
“By ensuring maximum security for the civilian population, the Department of Defense does not rule out the possibility of taking full control of the major cities already surrounded”, spokesman for the Russian presidency, Dmitry Peskov, announced on Monday. He assured that humanitarian corridors would be preserved where necessary.
In recent days, fighting has intensified around Kiev, which is almost completely surrounded. The capital is “a besieged city”, said an adviser to the Ukrainian president on Sunday. On the northwestern outskirts of Kiev, the scene of fierce fighting for several days, the first foreign journalist, American Brent Renaud, died on Sunday, after being hit in the neck by a bullet of unknown origin.
Another power outage in Chernobyl
Ukraine on Monday accused the Russian military of once again cutting power to the former Chernobyl nuclear power plant and detonating munitions near a reactor at the large Moscow-controlled Zaporozhya power plant.
Ukrainian authorities had indicated on Sunday that they had restored power to the former Chernobyl nuclear power plant, which still requires energy to ensure the optimum safety of the fuel assemblies stored on site. †But before power was fully restored, the occupation forces damaged it again.”The site’s Ukrainian operator, Ukrenergo, said on Facebook on Monday. So far, Moscow has not responded to this accusation.
About 150,000 people evacuated through humanitarian corridors
Since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, “about 150,000 people” were able to leave bombed regions thanks to humanitarian corridors, assistant to the head of Ukraine’s presidential government Kyrylo Tymoshenko said on Monday, quoted by the Interfax-Ukraine news agency. “We have set up 26 humanitarian corridors. Thanks to them, buses have been able to evacuate a very large number of people,” he assured.
These humanitarian corridors have been set up in the regions of Kiev, Sumy, Kharkiv, in the northeast of the country and in Zaporozhye (east). Similarly, corridors in the pro-Russian separatist regions of Donetsk and Lugansk have helped civilians flee the fighting, the official said.
For the first time in days, a convoy of 210 cars was able to leave the strategic port of Mariupol (southeast) towards Zaporozhye, but stopped in Berdyansk, according to Ismail Hacioglu, president of the association of the Suleiman Mosque in Mariupol. A humanitarian aid convoy, which has been trying to enter the city for days, was also blocked by Russian soldiers in Berdyansk on Monday, according to Ukrainian authorities.
New European sanctions
The European Union has decided to impose sanctions on new Russian oligarchs, in particular billionaire Roman Abramovich, owner of English football club Chelsea.
These measures are part of a fourth series of European sanctions against Moscow, approved Monday afternoon by the ambassadors of the 27 in Brussels. She “will enter into force as soon as they are published in the Official Journal of the European Union”, the French Presidency of the Council of the EU said on Twitter. This publication is expected during the daytime on Tuesday.
Before the renewal, 862 persons and 53 Russian entities were on this blacklist, which prohibits entry into the territory of the EU and allows the freezing of the assets of the persons and companies involved.
“A hurricane of famines”
The UN Secretary-General has warned of the consequences of the war in Ukraine, which could lead to: “a hurricane of famines” in many countries. Ukraine is indeed a major producer and exporter of cereals, especially wheat.
†Ukraine is on fire” and “the country is being decimated before the eyes of the world (…). We must do everything possible to avoid a hurricane of famine and a collapse of the world food system”said Antonio Guterres to the media in New York.
The IMF, for its part, estimates that Ukraine’s economy could shrink by up to 35% if the war stalled.