News about the Russian invasion of Ukraine

The situation on the ground, international reaction, sanctions: on the issue of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

– Nothing “promising” in the negotiations –

Talks between Russians and Ukrainians in Istanbul on Tuesday produced nothing “promising” or “breakthrough,” the Kremlin said Wednesday, dampening hopes for real progress towards peace.

“There’s a lot of work to be done,” a spokesman for the Russian president confirmed, calling it “positive” that the Ukrainians “have finally begun to formulate (their) proposals concretely and put them into writing.” “.

However, the day before, the head of the Russian delegation reported on “substantial discussions” and said that Ukraine’s “clear” proposals would be “examined and presented very soon” to President Putin.

– Despite promises, Chernihiv was bombed –

The city of Chernihiv (North) was bombed “all night,” the region’s governor said on Wednesday, despite Moscow’s announcement the day before of reducing military activity in the area.

“Chernihiv was shelled all night” from artillery and aviation, Vyacheslav Chaus said, adding that the civilian infrastructure was destroyed, and there was no water or electricity in the city.

On Tuesday, Russia announced a “decrease in military activity” around Kyiv and Chernigov following peace talks.

– Capturing a strategic highway –

The Ukrainian army has regained control of a strategic highway linking Kharkiv, the country’s second largest city, with Chuguev (east), a city of 30,000 people located 50 kilometers to the southeast, AFP notes.

These two cities were heavily bombarded for more than a month, but did not fall.

– Mariupol maternity hospital was forcibly evacuated –

News about the Russian invasion of Ukraine

Mariupol City Hall on Wednesday condemned the forced evacuation to Russia of a maternity hospital in the besieged city (southeast), where another maternity hospital was blown up on March 9.

– More than 4 million refugees (UNHCR) –

In five weeks, more than 4 million Ukrainians left their country, an unprecedented flow of refugees since the Second World War. The specialized website of the High Commissioner for Refugees showed on Wednesday morning 4,019,287 people, 90% of whom were women and children.

News about the Russian invasion of Ukraine

More than 10 million people, more than a quarter of the population, have been forced to leave their homes in another country or seek refuge elsewhere in Ukraine.

– Lavrov proclaims a more “fair” world order –

Russia’s foreign minister on Wednesday hailed the prospect of a “more just” world order thanks to Russia’s partnership with China, where he arrived for the first time since invading Ukraine.

“We are going through a very serious stage in the history of international relations,” Sergey Lavrov said. “I am convinced that at the end of this stage, the international situation will become much clearer, and together with you and with our supporters we will move towards a multipolar, just, democratic world order.”

– Norwegian to investigate violations by Russia –

News about the Russian invasion of Ukraine

The UN Human Rights Council on Wednesday appointed a Norwegian judge who has served on several international tribunals to lead an investigation into Russian abuses in Ukraine.

Eric Mose, a former justice of the Supreme Court of Norway and the European Court of Human Rights, who also presided over the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, has been appointed chairman of the independent international commission of inquiry, approved on 4 March.

– Gas: Germany activates its contingency plan –

News about the Russian invasion of Ukraine

Germany on Wednesday activated the first level of its emergency plan to guarantee natural gas supplies in the face of the threat of Russia cutting off supplies after Berlin rejected Russia’s request to pay in rubles.

The reserves are now 25% full, the economics minister said, noting that cutting off supplies would have “serious consequences” but Germany “can handle it.”

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