- Ukraine said more than 5,500 people were evacuated from frontline cities on Sunday.
- Ukraine and Russia will hold a new round of talks by videoconference on Monday, officials said.
- The ICRC warned Mariupol residents to face a “worst case scenario” unless Russia and Ukraine reach an agreement to guarantee humanitarian access.
- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy once again urged NATO to impose a no-fly zone.
Here are the latest updates:
Zelenskyy hopes to have a meeting with Putin
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that the main task of his delegation at the talks with his Russian counterparts was to arrange a meeting between him and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“Representatives of our countries are talking daily via videoconference and describe the mission of the Ukrainian delegation as a ‘difficult path’,” he said.
Zelenskyy also said a humanitarian convoy to Mariupol had been blocked by Russia, who had “disrupted the movement of aid and buses”, adding that the convoy would make another attempt to move in. Monday.
Zelenskyy extends no-fly zone call
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has urged NATO to impose a no-fly zone over his country or watch member states come under attack by Russia.
“If you don’t close our skies, it’s only a matter of time before a Russian missile lands on your territory, on NATO territory,” Zelenskyy said in a video address.
Chechen leader Kadyrov says he went to Ukraine
Ramzan Kadyrov, the leader of Russia’s Chechnya region, has said that he went to Ukraine to meet Chechen troops attacking Kyiv, Reuters news agency reported.
Reuters said it could not independently verify whether he was in Ukraine or went there during the conflict.
State TV channel Chechnya Grozny posted a video on the social media channel Telegram showing Kadyrov in a dark room discussing with the Chechen army about a military operation they say is taking place manually. Ukrainian dollar 7 km (4 miles), Reuters reported.
Bermuda revokes license for Russian-operated aircraft
Bermuda’s aviation regulator said it was suspending certification for all Russian-operated aircraft registered over British overseas territories due to international sanctions over the war in Ukraine, in a move expected to affect more than 700 aircraft.
The regulator said it could not confidently approve the planes to be capable of flying due to the effect the sanctions had on their ability to perform safety oversight.
Manufacturers are no longer supplying parts to Russian airlines as part of the sanctions.
US condemns attack on base near Polish border
Foreign Minister Antony Blinken condemned Russia’s attack on a major Ukrainian base near the border with NATO member Poland, which left 35 people dead and 134 injured, according to a local official.
Blinken wrote on Twitter: “We condemn the missile attack by the Russian Federation on the Center for International Peace and Security in Yavoriv, near Ukraine’s border with Poland. “The brutality must stop.”
We condemn the missile attack by the Russian Federation on the Center for International Peace and Security in Yavoriv, near Ukraine’s border with Poland. The brutality must stop.
– Secretary Antony Blinken (@SecBlinken) March 13, 2022
Military maneuvers in the Russo-Ukrainian war: March 13
- Russian airstrikes hit a Ukrainian military training base near Lviv.
- Ukrainian officials say there has been an increase in civilian evacuations.
- The Russian military cracked down on protesters in the Russian-controlled city of Kherson in southern Ukraine.
- An American journalist was killed by Russian troops near Kyiv.
Russian defaults are no longer ‘unacceptable’
International Monetary Fund chief executive Kristalina Georgieva said Russia could default on its debt following unprecedented sanctions over its invasion of Ukraine, but it would not trigger a global financial crisis.
Georgieva told CBS’s “Facing the Nation” that sanctions imposed by the United States and other democracies have had a “serious” effect on the Russian economy and will trigger a recession. deep recession there this year.
Sanctions have limited Russia’s ability to access resources and repay debt, meaning a default is no longer considered “impossible”, the IMF official said.
When asked if such a default could trigger a worldwide financial crisis, she said, “Right now, no.”
Zelenskyy urges software giants to stop supporting their products in Russia
Volodymyr Zelenskyy has called on US software companies Microsoft and Oracle, and German business software group SAP to discontinue support services for their products in Russia.
“Stop supporting your products in Russia, stop the war!” he wrote on Twitter.
Now can’t be a ‘half’ or ‘halftone’ decision! Only black and white, good or evil! You for peace or support the bloody Russian aggressor killing Ukrainian children and women. @Microsoft @Oracle @SAPStop supporting your products in Russia, stop the war!
– олодимир (@ZelenskyyUa) March 13, 2022
‘Never heard of it’: China reacts to reports of Russia seeking military help
Spokesperson of the Chinese embassy in Washington replied Media reports that Moscow has been asking Beijing for military equipment since its invasion of Ukraine by saying, “I’ve never heard of that.”
Spokesman Liu Pengyu said China’s priority was to prevent the tense situation in Ukraine from spiraling out of control.
“The current situation in Ukraine is really worrying,” he said in an email in response to an investigation from Reuters news agency.
“The top priority right now is to prevent the situation from escalating or even getting out of control.”
Ukraine, Russia resume negotiations
Ukraine and Russia will hold a new round of talks on Monday, officials said.
Mykhailo Podoliak, an adviser to Zelenskyy and part of the negotiating team, said the talks would continue by videoconference.
His statement on Twitter confirmed the earlier statement of Dmitry Peskov, the spokesman for the Russian President.
Ukraine says thousands have been evacuated from frontline cities
Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said Ukraine was able to evacuate more than 5,550 people from frontline cities on Sunday through nine humanitarian corridors.
She said 3,950 people had been evacuated from towns and cities in the Kyiv region.
Tired staff ‘stops safety-related repairs’ at Chernobyl
Ukraine told the United Nations nuclear watchdog that the staff operating the radioactive waste facility at the Chernobyl nuclear plant had stopped carrying out safety-related repairs due to exhaustion.
“The Ukrainian regulator has informed the IAEA that staff at [Chernobyl] The International Atomic Energy Agency no longer carries out repairs and maintenance of safety-related equipment, partly due to physical and psychological fatigue after working non-stop for nearly three years. week “. said in a statement.
ICRC issues severe warning about Mariupol
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has warned that residents of the besieged port city of Mariupol will face a “worst case scenario” unless Russia and Ukraine reach an agreement to ensure immediate safety. and access to humanitarian aid.
Ukrainian authorities say the city has come under relentless shelling since Russian troops surrounded it on March 2. Read full story this.
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