Situation update at noon
Intensive diplomacy in Brussels
As the Russian invasion enters its second month, Western heads of state and government will have three summits in Brussels on Thursday – NATO, the G7 and the European Union. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Thursday asked NATO countries to provide “unlimited military aid” to his own country so that he could face the Russian army that Kyiv is now facing. “under uneven conditions”. “To save people and our cities, Ukraine needs unlimited military assistance. Just as Russia will use its entire arsenal against us without restrictions.”– said Mr. Zelensky in a video message published on his Telegram account for the attention of the heads of state and government of the North Atlantic Alliance.
NATO strengthens defenses on the eastern flank
The President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin made ” big mistake “ with the invasion of Ukraine, which he “underrated” resistance,” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Thursday ahead of the opening of the Alliance’s Extraordinary Summit. NATO will deploy four new battlegroups in Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria and Slovakia to bolster its defense against Russia on its eastern flank, he said.
Deadly shelling near Lugansk
At least four people have died, including two children, and six more have been injured in Russian strikes on the eastern Ukrainian town of Rubizhne near Lugansk, the region’s governor Serhiy Gaidai said on Thursday. The balance sheet can “prove your superiority”, he said, accusing the Russians of using phosphorus bombs. Other officials in the region have accused the Russians of using such bombs in recent days, and these allegations cannot be immediately verified.
Kyiv claims to have destroyed a Russian ship
The Ukrainian Navy said on Thursday it had destroyed a Russian military aircraft carrier anchored in the port of Berdyansk, near Mariupol on the Sea of Azov. The information was immediately unverified, the Russian army very rarely gave information about their losses. The port of Berdyansk is located 80 kilometers west of the strategic port of Mariupol, a city that has been besieged by the Russians since the end of February and has been under relentless shelling.
The director of the Kherson theater was released
We told you about his abduction in this live broadcast, the director of the Kherson theater Alexander Kniga was released, he found out Peace, in contact with him on Thursday. He was abducted the day before in this Russian-occupied Ukrainian city, where kidnappings are on the rise and anti-occupation demonstrations are taking place every day. The release of Mr. Kniga was confirmed to us by one of his colleagues, the actor Alexander the Wise. Mr. Book is undergoing an examination, but everything is fine with him.
London imposes new sanctions
The British government announced on Thursday a new round of sanctions targeting 59 Russian and six Belarusian individuals and companies. Companies such as the Russian diamond giant Alrosa or the private military group Wagner, or even the founder of Tinkoff Bank Oleg Tinkov, the influential head of the first Russian bank Sberbank German Gref, and Polina Kovaleva, the daughter of an alleged mistress, have been hit. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. Prime Minister Boris Johnson also called for Russia to be prevented from using its large gold reserves.
4.3 million displaced children
UNICEF said on Thursday that more than half of the children in Ukraine have been forced to leave their homes to escape the dangers and fighting provoked by the February 24 invasion of the Russian army. “A month of war in Ukraine resulted in the displacement of 4.3 million children, more than half of the country’s estimated child population of 7.5 million.”This is reported by the United Nations Children’s Fund in a press release.
Resumption of work of the Moscow Exchange
The stock market partially resumed trading Thursday on the Moscow Stock Exchange after a month-long hiatus, a very controlled reopening following the West’s imposition of unprecedented sanctions over Russia’s intervention in Ukraine. At the time of this partial takeover, only about thirty shares were available. “What we are seeing is a masquerade: the opening of the Potemkin market”responded in a press release, Deputy White House National Security Adviser Duleep Singh.