War in Ukraine: Sale of currency in Russia suspended until September 9


  • Russia proposed on Wednesday to declare a truce and open humanitarian corridors for the evacuation of civilians.
  • According to the UNHCR, the threshold of two million refugees has been crossed. 5,000 of them arrived in France.
  • Joe Biden ordered an embargo on U.S. imports of Russian oil and gas.
  • Coca-Cola, McDonald’s and Starbucks have announced the suspension of their activities in Russia.


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If France closes Ukraine’s airspace, “it will become a belligerent”

“If we close Ukrainian airspace, we will become belligerents, and this is not what we want,” Anne-Claire Legendre, spokeswoman for the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, told BFMTV.


For an American official, Nord Stream 2 is “dead”

“I think Nord Stream 2 (the disputed gas pipeline between Russia and Germany) is now dead,” “it’s a big piece of metal at the bottom of the sea, and I don’t think it can be resurrected,” said Trinity American diplomat Victoria Nuland during parliamentary hearings.


Macron received Anthony Blinken

The President of the Republic and the US Secretary of State reaffirmed during talks in Paris “their commitment to imposing significant costs on President Putin and his staff as long as they continue their deliberate war in Ukraine,” State Department spokesman Ned Price said.


Sale of foreign currency in Russia suspended until September 9

Between March 9 and September 9, 2022, “banks will not be able to sell foreign currency to citizens,” the country’s central bank said in a statement, adding that Russians will still be able to exchange foreign currency for rubles during this period. .


Zelensky’s wife urged to close the Ukrainian sky

“Close the sky, and we ourselves will wage war on earth,” Ukraine’s First Lady Olena Zelenska urged in an open letter to international media. She also condemns the “massacre of civilians in Ukraine” and, in particular, children by the Russian army.


Coca-Cola also announces the suspension of work in Russia

The soft drink giant has announced it is suspending operations in Russia, following in the footsteps of several major US groups that have been accused of prolonging the sever of ties with Moscow. “We will continue to monitor and assess the situation as circumstances develop,” the group said in a statement, which did not provide details of its exact activities in Russia.


Washington ‘surprised’ by Poland’s fighter jet offer

A little earlier in the evening, the Polish government announced that it was ready to donate MiG-29s (one of the few aircraft that Ukrainian pilots can fly) to the US military based in Germany, with a view to the possible transfer of these aircraft to Ukraine. “As far as I know, they did not consult with us beforehand,” Victoria Nuland, US Diplomacy No. 3, told a parliamentary hearing. “I think this is an unexpected statement from the Poles,” she added.


The government is preparing a plan for companies affected by the conflict in Ukraine

Following consultation meetings of economic and social actors around Jean Casex, Matignon announced that next week the government would present a “resilience plan” for companies affected by the conflict in Ukraine. It is about providing “accompaniment” to companies directly affected by sanctions against Russia, about “ensuring the supply of raw materials” and, above all, about finding solutions to “cope with a sharp increase in the cost of energy”, in detail Matignon.


Starbucks will temporarily close its cafes in Russia

The firm announced that the 130 cafes bearing its name in Russia would close and that it would stop supplying its products to the country, thus becoming the latest major group in the United States to cut ties with Moscow. The Kuwaiti group, which is licensed to operate in the country, will support the nearly 2,000 employees who make a living at Starbucks,” Kevin Johnson, general manager of the coffee chain, said in a statement.


The first civilians evacuated from the city of Sumy (eastern Ukraine) are safe

The first civilians evacuated through humanitarian corridors from the city of Sumy in northern Ukraine have arrived “safely” in the center of the country, the deputy head of the presidential administration of Ukraine said. “The first convoy of 22 buses has already arrived in Poltava,” Kyrylo Tymoshenko said on Telegram, adding that a second convoy of 39 buses with civilians was on the way.


Russia announced a new humanitarian truce on Wednesday morning

“Russia declares a ceasefire from 10:00 Moscow time on March 9 and is ready to create humanitarian corridors,” the unit in charge of these issues in the Russian government said, TASS quoted the agency as saying. According to Moscow, this proposal will be passed on to the Ukrainian authorities, who, as on the previous day, must confirm by midnight GMT the location of the humanitarian corridors and when they will be put into operation.


Poland is ready to supply fighter jets to the US armed forces for possible transfer to Ukraine

Poland says it is ready to provide – immediately and free of charge – all of its Soviet MiG-29 fighters (the only planes that Ukrainian pilots can fly) to the American military forces based in Germany. Then these planes could be sent to Ukraine. “The authorities of the Republic of Poland are ready to transfer all their MiG-29 aircraft to the Ramstein Air Base (in western Germany) and provide them to the government of the United States of America in exchange for equivalent American aircraft,” the Polish government said in a statement.


US intelligence describes Putin as isolated and angry

“I think Putin is now angry and upset. It is likely that he will redouble his efforts and try to defeat the Ukrainian army without worrying about civilian casualties,” CIA Director William Burns said during a hearing in the US Congress. He also described him as increasingly isolated.


Almost 70 objects are under police surveillance in the suburbs of Paris

A few hours after a Molotov cocktail was thrown at the Russian House of Science and Culture in Paris, police officers were reminded to be vigilant. All confidential sites are listed. The Russian embassy (our photo) barricaded itself. Explanations.


McDonald’s temporarily closes all 850 restaurants in Russia

The American fast food restaurant chain is also suspending all of its operations in the country. The group will still continue to pay its 62,000 employees in the country, CEO Chris Kempczynski said in a statement.


Andy Murray to donate his tournament winnings

The former world No. 1 Briton will donate to UNICEF as part of an appeal for donations for Ukraine from his tournament winnings until the end of the tennis season. “Anyone in the UK can support UNICEF humanitarian assistance by responding to our call for donations,” he tweeted.


Gerald Darmanin will travel to Poland and Romania on Thursday and Friday.

Accompanied by her German counterpart Nancy Feiser, the interior minister will coordinate the arrival of refugees fleeing the Ukraine conflict en masse and will “consider security issues.”


Why the war in Ukraine is fueling the diesel boom

For the first time, two fuels have the same average price at a gas station, and diesel fuel is still taxed less than gasoline. But the war in Ukraine, now in its 13th day, is causing panic in the market where these two types of fuel are traded. Decryption.


English football suspended broadcast in Russia

“The Premier League and its clubs have unanimously decided today to suspend our agreement with Russian broadcaster Rambler (Okko Sport) with immediate effect,” the Premier League organizer said in a statement. The deal is valued at £6m, which is a drop of water compared to the £1.3bn that Premier League rebroadcasting overseas brings in annually over the 2019-2022 period.


The World Tourism Organization wants to suspend the work of Russia.

This decision, adopted by a majority of the members of the executive board of the UNWTO (the United Nations agency responsible for the promotion of tourism in the world), must be ratified by the organization’s General Assembly in order for it to enter into force.


Matteo Salvini caught in pro-Putin positions

During a trip to Poland to help Ukrainian refugees, a far-right Italian politician was ridiculed by the mayor of the city of Przemysl. The chosen one waved in front of the journalists a T-shirt in praise of Vladimir Putin, which Salvini … once wore in Moscow.


Russia seeks sports justice against FIFA and UEFA sanctions

The Russian Football Federation (RFF) has just filed a lawsuit against the exclusion of Russian teams from participation in all international competitions, adopted last week by FIFA and UEFA, according to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).


Volodymyr Zelensky addressed the British Parliament

“We will fight to the end. The Ukrainian president, who mentioned Winston Churchill, spoke on video before the British Parliament. The British MPs greeted him with a standing ovation.


MP Joachim Son-Forge left for Ukraine by car

Erik Zemmour’s selective support during this presidential election was heavily criticized by his colleagues in the Assembly. “I will stay as long as it takes,” he said. Our journalist spoke to him.

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