War in Ukraine: Update on Russian invasion on Tuesday, March 1

Kharkiv city hall in Ukraine affected by Russian bombing, March 1, 2022. (©AFP/Sergey BOBOK)

The situation on the ground, the international reaction, the sanctions: the situation on the sixth day of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, while Moscow is gathering troops near Kiev.

The tweet read: “Disturbing video from the western part of the Ukrainian-Belarusian border. A column of the 38th aviation brigade of the Belarusian army near Kobrin, in the Brest region of Belarus. Most vehicles are marked with a red square. It makes sense if Lukashenka enters the war”

Kyiv TV tower was shelled

A little after 16:00 on Tuesday, March 1, 2022, a Russian shell hit a TV tower in Kyiv.

According to Kyiv independentlocal newspaper, broadcasting of several TV channels is currently stopped.

According toAFPwhich quotes the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, “the chains will not work for some time.”

Kharkov under bombs

As the Russian army continues to deploy in an attempt to take control of Kyiv, the center of Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second city close to the Russian border, is being bombarded by the Russian army, the region’s governor said Tuesday.

“Russian invaders continue to use heavy weapons against the civilian population,” Oleg Sinegubov wrote, posting footage of a powerful explosion in the central square of the city.

The city of Mariupol in eastern Ukraine on the Sea of ​​Azov was also left without electricity on Tuesday after the Russian offensive, according to the governor of the Donetsk region.

The Russian army approached the gates of the city of Kherson in the south of the country, the mayor of the city also said on the night of Monday to Tuesday.

The President of Ukraine addresses the European Parliament

On Tuesday afternoon, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky addressed the European Parliament via videoconference. The day before, he officially signed his country’s application for membership in the European Union.

However, such a decision still has to be put to the vote of the MEPs on a resolution supporting this point of view (a kind of official statement on the nomination of a candidate), and then on a unanimous decision of 27 EU member states, which is far from simple. The President of Ukraine, for his part, advocated “immediate” integration.

New victims

Two Chechen soldiers were killed and six were injured in Ukraine, Ramzan Kadyrov, the leader of the Caucasian republic, who is loyal to the Kremlin, said on Telegram on Tuesday.

Russia admitted that Russian soldiers died in Ukraine, without specifying their number. Moscow claims that it does not strike civilian areas, but bombs residential areas.

Ukraine has announced that 350 civilians have died since the start of the Russian offensive on Thursday.

The offensive of the Russian troops.
The offensive of the Russian troops. (©AFP/Clea PECULIER)

Economic sanctions

The UK government has placed the largest Russian bank, state giant Sberbank, on the UK sanctions list.

In France, TotalEnergies announced that it would “no longer provide capital for new projects in Russia”.

“We will cause the collapse of the Russian economy” with Western economic sanctions, French Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire said earlier. Now there is “a fundamental problem of working with any political or economic person close to the Russian authorities,” he said, answering a question about the activities of the French giants TotalEnergies and Engie in Russia.

Danish shipping giant Maersk has announced a suspension of new orders from and to Russian ports, with the exception of food, medical and humanitarian goods.

War crimes warning

British Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab warned on Tuesday that Russian President Vladimir Putin would be “held accountable” for possible war crimes committed in Ukraine.

International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor Karim Khan announced an investigation “as soon as possible” into the situation in Ukraine, while the NGOs Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch condemned the use of cluster bombs in Ukraine that hit civilians.

RT and Sputnik blocked in Europe

The YouTube channels of the Russian media outlets RT and Sputnik were blocked across Europe by the video platform “due to the ongoing war in Ukraine.”AFP.

On Monday, Facebook (the Meta group) has already decided to block content in the EU countries published by the RT channel (formerly Russia Today) and the Sputnik website, which are considered emanations of Russian power.

The announcements all follow a two-media ban on Sunday by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.

Over 660,000 refugees in border countries

More than 660,000 Ukrainian refugees fleeing Russia’s invasion of their country have flocked to neighboring countries since Thursday, according to the latest UN census.

China, for its part, has begun evacuating its citizens trapped in the Russian invasion of Ukraine, according to a Chinese daily.

Implications in culture

The Munich Philharmonic Orchestra has decided to “separate” from conductor Valery Gergiev, who was said to be close to Vladimir Putin, said the mayor of the German city, who criticizes the maestro for not condemning the invasion of Ukraine.

With AFP

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