War in Ukraine: 20,000 people evacuated from Mariupol


IThe pressure of the Russian army on Kyiv is intensifying. The mayor’s office of the Ukrainian capital has imposed a 36-hour curfew since Tuesday evening in the city, which is going through a “dangerous and difficult moment,” Mayor Vitali Klitschko said. Traffic in the city will be prohibited until 7 am Thursday, as Kyiv was bombed several times on Tuesday morning. Travel will be prohibited without special permission, with the exception of visiting underground bomb shelters.

The fourth round of talks between Ukraine and Russia resumed on Tuesday after a break the day before. The menu of discussions includes a ceasefire and the withdrawal of Russian troops from the territory of Ukraine. There has been some optimism on both sides in recent days, although the Kremlin said on Tuesday it was premature to make any “predictions”. The President of Ukraine admitted on Tuesday that his country cannot join NATO. Such commitment is one of the reasons that prompted the invasion of Russian troops. “For years we have heard that the doors are open, but we have also heard that we cannot join. This is true, and it must be recognized,” Volodymyr Zelenskyy said via videoconference on Tuesday.

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Humanitarian resolution proposed by Russia

For its part, Russia invited its 14 partners in the UN Security Council to vote Wednesday on a “humanitarian” resolution related to Russia’s “special military operation” in Ukraine. During a press conference, Russia’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Vasily Nebenzya, expressed regret that France and Mexico refused to put this draft resolution to a vote after 15 days of discussion, preferring to request a vote directly from the United States. General Assembly of Nations.

Russia also announced unspecified sanctions against Joe Biden and 12 senior US officials, including Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, in response to Washington’s crackdown on Moscow over Ukraine. This measure is “an inevitable consequence of the extremely Russophobic course pursued by the current American administration,” according to a press release from the Russian Foreign Ministry. At the same time, on Tuesday, Moscow decided to initiate the procedure for withdrawing from the Council of Europe, accusing NATO and the EU of making it an instrument in the service of “their military-political and economic expansion in the East.”

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New sanctions against the Russian elite

The European Union on Tuesday banned the export to Russia of its luxury sedans, champagne, jewelry and other items prized by elites who support President Vladimir Putin. Task: to punish their wild way of life during the war in Ukraine. The list of luxury goods and goods approved by Member States is published in the Official Journal. It consists of 14 pages and covers products from the leisure, luxury and technology sectors of the EU.

An extraordinary summit of the leaders of the Alliance will be organized on March 24 in Brussels, where a meeting of EU heads of state and government will also take place in the presence of Joe Biden. The NATO summit will focus on the aftermath of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, strong support for Ukraine, and strengthening NATO’s deterrence and defense in the face of the new reality of European security.

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Conditions in Mariupol are terrible

A total of 97 children have been killed since the start of the war, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky told the Canadian Parliament on Tuesday, which called on Kyiv’s allies to “step up aid.” They died during Russian bombardments in “schools, hospitals, residential buildings.” “We are not asking for much. We ask for real support to help us win,” he added to the Canadian MPs, who cheered him on for several minutes.

The airport in the eastern city of Dnipro suffered “massive destruction” after two Russian bombing raids on the night of Monday to Tuesday, authorities in the region said. After several days of bombardment and siege, conditions in Mariupol, besieged by Russian troops and pro-Russian separatists, became dire. About 2,000 vehicles were able to leave the port city along the humanitarian corridor, according to the municipality.

“Today, about 20 thousand people left Mariupol along the humanitarian corridor. Of the 4,000 vehicles that left the city, 570 have already arrived in Zaporozhye,” Deputy Head of the Ukrainian Presidential Administration Kyrylo Tymoshenko said on Tuesday evening, about 230 kilometers to the northwest.


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