Russian strikes in Kiev intensified on Tuesday, March 15, 20 days after the Russian invasion of Ukraine began, as the fourth round of negotiations to find a solution to the conflict resumed, after a pause on Monday. From “deep contradictions” persist in the Russian-Ukrainian talks that will continue on Wednesday, but “compromise” is still possible, said an adviser to Ukrainian President Mykhaïlo Podoliak.
Two Fox News journalists murdered
Two journalists, a Fox News Franco-Irish cameraman and a Ukrainian journalist who accompanied him, were killed near Kiev in an attack that also left one injured, the US television channel announced on Tuesday.
Pierre Zakrzewski and Oleksandra Kuvshynova died Monday in Horenka, northwest of the capital, “when their vehicle was the target of fire”Fox News Media CEO Suzanne Scott said in a statement. Reporter Benjamin Hall, who was with them, was injured in the attack.
A curfew declared in Kiev
The mayor of the capital, faced with mounting Russian strikes, has declared a 36-hour curfew between 8 p.m. (7 p.m. Paris time) on Tuesday and 7 a.m. (6 p.m. Paris time) Thursday. The city is alive “a dangerous and difficult moment”, said Vitali Klitschko.
At least four people have been killed in a strike in an apartment building, according to the mayor of Kiev. In this region, Dnipro . airport suffered “mass destruction” according to regional authorities after two Russian bombings.
20,000 people evacuated from Mariupol
About 20,000 people were able to leave the besieged Ukrainian port of Mariupol, Tuesday, March 15, through a humanitarian corridor, announced the Ukrainian presidency. These civilians were evacuated in 4,000 cars, the deputy head of Ukraine’s presidential government, Kyrylo Tymoshenko, said in a press release. Yet up to 300,000 people remain trapped, locked in cellars and robbed of everything.
A total of 29,000 people were evacuated on Tuesday from several cities in Ukraine under siege by Russian forces, according to the same source.
Russian journalist Marina Ovsiannikova fined
Marina Ovsiannikovaa Russian TV channel employee who broke into a newscast to denounce the offensive in Ukraine was fined 30,000 rubles (about 250 euros at the current rate) and released on Tuesday. However, this The public was not directly committed to her action on the air, but to a video broadcast simultaneously broadcast on the Internet, in which she denounced the entry of Russian troops into Ukraine.
Although she has been released, she continues to face criminal charges, punishable by heavy prison terms. She can be convicted for publication“false information” about the Russian army, a crime that carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison.
French President Emmanuel Macron has said he is ready to offer him “consular protection”either at the embassy or by granting him asylum.
European leaders meet Volodymyr Zelensky
Polish, Czech and Slovenian Prime Ministers met in Kiev on Tuesday with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to “to reaffirm the unequivocal support of the entire European Union for the sovereignty and independence of Ukraine and to present a comprehensive package of measures in support of the Ukrainian state and society”. it’s about the first visit by foreign leaders to the besieged Ukrainian capital since the start of the Russian invasion.
After the meeting, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki called on the EU to: “very quickly give Ukraine candidate status”, and ensure that “we will try to organize defensive weapons”†
‘Ukraine cannot join NATO’
“It Must Be Admitted” that Ukraine cannot join NATO, Volodymyr Zelensky declared, while this issue is one of the reasons the Kremlin is citing to justify its invasion of the country.
“We heard for years that the doors were open, but we also heard that we couldn’t come. It is the truth and it must be recognized”said the Ukrainian president.
Three million refugees
More than three million people have fled Ukraine since the start of the invasion by the Russian army, an International Organization for Migration (IOM) spokesman said in Geneva on Tuesday. Every second that passes, a child in Ukraine becomes a refugee, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said. According to President Zelensky, a total of 97 children have died since the start of the war.
New European sanctions
The European Union has banned the export to Russia of its luxury sedans, champagne, jewelry and other items prized by elites who support Vladimir Putin.
A list of luxury products and goods approved by the Member States has been published in the Official Journal. It is 14 pages long and covers products from the EU’s leisure, luxury and technology sectors. These measures are the fourth series of sanctions adopted by the European Unione against Moscow, since the Kremlin’s decision to attack Ukraine militarily.