Russian forces still attempted to encircle Kiev on Saturday, March 12, as they continued their offensive in southern and eastern Ukraine. During a meeting with Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Emmanuel Macron called on his Russian counterpart to end “the abuses of the Russian army” in the neighboring country. The French president said he… “determined to use all means of diplomacy”but also sanctions, to respond to the invasion of Ukraine.
Mariupol is in an “almost hopeless” situation
After twelve days of siege by the Russian army, Mariupol had no water, gas, electricity or communications on Saturday, March 12. In a situation “almost hopeless” sAccording to Doctors Without Borders, residents have been fighting over food lately. According to the head of Ukrainian diplomacy, some 1,582 civilians have been killed and buried in mass graves in this strategic port in southeastern Ukraine.
Russian troops also continued their offensive on Saturday in Kiev, which they tried to surround. The soldiers, who were present on the outskirts of the capital, tried to take out the Ukrainian defenses west and north of the city before the “to block”, said the Ukrainian General Staff. In Vassylkiv, south of Kiev, Russian missiles “completely destroyed” the local airport and an oil terminal also caught fire, according to local authorities.
In the south of the country, the port city of Mykolaiv, near Odessa, was bombed from Friday to Saturday. Shots struck a cancer center where its occupants were empty and an eye hospital housing an undisclosed number of patients.
“About 1,300” Ukrainian soldiers have been killed since Feb. 24, Volodymyr Zelensky said, in the first official count provided by Ukrainian authorities since the invasion began. Russia had reported 498 deaths among its troops on March 2, and has not communicated another assessment to date.
Zelensky greets ‘Russian signal’ in talks
Ukrainian president welcomed an approach on Saturday “fundamentally different” of Moscow in its recent talks with Kiev, stressing that Russia is no longer satisfied with “give ultimatums”† The day before, Vladimir Putin had said: “Advanced” in negotiations with Ukraine. Volodymyr Zelensky replied to be Saturday “happy with signal from Russia” in these exchanges, during a press conference in Kiev broadcast on the Telegram account of the Ukrainian presidency.
Putin accuses Kiev of humanitarian law violations, Paris calls out ‘lies’
Vladimir Putin accused Ukrainian troops of “gross violations” of humanitarian law, during a telephone conversation with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz. The Russian president spoke of “extrajudicial executions of opponents”from “civil hostage” and their “use as a human shield”like “deployment of heavy weapons in residential areas, near hospitals, schools and kindergartens”†
These costs are: “lies” the Elysée reacted after this exchange of 75 minutes, the second brought the three leaders together in three days. The exchange took place “focused” at the request of Paris and Berlin to“an immediate ceasefire and the beginning of a diplomatic solution”mentioned separately the French Presidency and the German Chancellery.
Emmanuel Macron told his Russian counterpart that: “The extortion of the Russian army had to stop” and that the “violations” from “the worst way” could be, “within the meaning of international law and subject to an ongoing investigation”† “classified as war crimes”† Europeans are currently examining new sanctions against Moscow and the ambassadors of the 27 member states will meet in Brussels on Sunday 13 March to discuss them. For his part, Joe Biden opened the road Friday to punitive tariffs against Russia.