The Russian military said so keep the fire burning and open humanitarian corridors in several cities of Ukraine since Monday to allow citizens to flee, but he continued to beat cities with rocket-propelled grenade launchers that hit homes.
Ahead of the third round of talks scheduled for Monday, Russia’s Defense Ministry said a ceasefire would begin in the morning and safe passages would open for civilians from the capital Kyiv, the southern port of Mariupol and Belarusian cities. Kharkiv and Sumy. However, some evacuation routes would direct civilians to Russia or its ally Belarus, an unlikely destination for many Ukrainians who would prefer to travel to countries on the western and southern borders.
Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Iryna Verashchuk called the proposed ways of evacuation to Russia and Belarus “unacceptable.” Belarus is a key ally of Putin and has served as a launching pad for the invasion.
The Ukrainian government is proposing eight humanitarian corridors, including one from Mariupol, that will allow civilians to travel to the western regions of Ukraine, where there is no Russian shelling.
“Giving evacuation routes into the arms of a country that is currently destroying yours is nonsense,” said Britain’s European Minister James Cleverley.
It was not immediately clear whether the fighting would stop outside the mentioned areas or when the ceasefire would end. Hopes were dim that the last round of talks would lead to some breakthroughs.
The General Staff of Ukraine said on Monday morning that Russian troops continue the offensive, opening fire on the city of Nikolaev 480 kilometers south of the capital Kiev. Rescuers said they were putting out fires in residential areas caused by rocket fire.
The ceasefire was also announced after two failed attempts to evacuate civilians from Mariupol in previous ceasefire reports. The International Committee of the Red Cross estimated that 200,000 people tried to flee, and Russia and Ukraine exchanged blame for the failure.
►The International Atomic Energy Agency has said that Russian forces are tightening control over the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant, the largest in Ukraine, which they seized last week.
►The number of people killed in the conflict was difficult to measure. The UN Office for Human Rights has said at least 364 civilians have been killed since the February 24 invasion, but the figure is likely to be much higher.
►Netflix said on Sunday that it is suspending service in Russia, joining a growing list of companies avoiding the country. Earlier in the day, TikTok and American Express said they would suspend work in the country following the announcement. Saturday Visa and Mastercard. TikTok also said it would start labeling content from accounts used by state media.
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The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) says the number of people fleeing the war in Ukraine has risen to more than 1.7 million.
The UN High Commissioner for Refugees on Monday said the number of people arriving in other countries since the Russian invasion began on February 24 is about 1.735 million. That’s more than 1.53 million on Sunday.
Nearly three-fifths of the total – almost 1.03 million – arrived in Poland, the agency said. More than 180,000 went to Hungary and 128,000 to Slovakia.
In Montpellier, France, EU foreign policy chief Joseph Barrel called for mobilizing “all the bloc’s resources” from 27 countries to help countries hosting refugees from Ukraine, including neighboring Poland and Romania. Barrel addressed a meeting of EU development ministers.
– Associated Press
Russia has refused to hear in the UN Supreme Court as Kiev’s legal request to stop Moscow’s destructive invasion of Ukraine. On Monday morning, a number of seats reserved for Russian lawyers at the International Court of Justice were empty.
The chairman of the court, American judge Joan E. Donahue, said that the Russian ambassador to the Netherlands had informed the judges that “his government does not intend to participate in the oral proceedings.” The hearing took place without the Russian delegation.
The International Court of Justice is opening a two-day hearing at its headquarters, the Palace of Peace, over Ukraine’s request to judges to order Russia to stop its invasion. Ukraine is due to present its arguments on Monday morning, and Russia has the opportunity to respond on Tuesday.
It is expected that a decision on the request will be made within a few days, but this does not mean that Russia will comply with any court order.
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken has begun a lightning-fast visit to the three Baltic states, which are increasingly tense, watching as Russia continues to invade Ukraine.
The former Soviet republics of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia are members of NATO, and Blinken is seeking to assure them of defending the alliance in the event that Russia decides to expand its military operations to other neighboring countries.
Memories of the Soviet occupation of the Baltic states are still fresh, and after the invasion of Ukraine last month, NATO quickly increased its troop presence on the Allies’ eastern flank, while the United States promised additional support.
Blinken’s Baltic tour opened on Monday in the Lithuanian capital Vilnius, where support for Ukraine’s resistance to the government’s invasion is palpable with signs of solidarity with Ukrainians at many businesses as well as in public buildings and buses.
While much of the world is shying away from President Vladimir Putin over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, one of the few leaders who maintains an open line of communication is French President Emmanuel Macron.
Macron’s diplomatic efforts to prevent war have failed, but he does not give up: the two men have spoken four times since Russian troops attacked Ukraine on February 24 and 11 times in the past month.
The French leader, whose country holds the EU presidency, is now one of the few outsiders to look to Putin’s mind during the largest military invasion of Europe since World War II. Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett is also mediating by meeting with Putin on an unexpected visit to Moscow on Saturday and talking to him again on the phone on Sunday.
Macron’s relentless commitment to dialogue reflects France’s tradition after World War II to pave its own geopolitical path and its refusal to blindly follow the United States. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken will travel to Paris on Tuesday to hear directly from Macron about his recent talks with Putin.
The New Zealand government said Monday it plans to rush into a new law that would allow it to impose economic sanctions on Russia for its invasion of Ukraine.
Unlike many countries that have already imposed sanctions, New Zealand’s existing laws do not allow it to apply significant measures unless they are part of a broader United Nations effort. As Russia has a veto in the UN Security Council, it has left New Zealand with difficulty.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the new legislation would allow him to target people, companies and assets related to individuals in Russia related to the invasion, including oligarchs. This will allow New Zealand to freeze assets and stop the arrival of superyachts or aircraft.
The bill will only apply to the invasion of Ukraine, but could allow New Zealand to impose sanctions on countries that appear to be helping Russia, such as Belarus.
The Prime Minister of Australia described the closer relations between Russia and China as opportunistic rather than strategic.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Monday called the Arc of Autocracy alliance and said Russia and China prefer a new world order than one that has existed since World War II.
Morrison criticized Beijing’s inability to condemn Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the expansion of China’s trade in Russian wheat while other countries impose sanctions.
Last week, Australia promised Ukraine $ 50 million in missiles, ammunition and other military equipment to fight Russian invaders.
On Monday, Morrison said, “Our missiles are now on the ground.”
The price of oil exceeded $ 10 a barrel when shares fell sharply on Monday.
Brent crude rose more than 12 percent in Asia in a day, while U.S. benchmark crude rose about $ 10 from more than $ 125 a barrel.
The the effects of rising gas prices are growing worldwide and in the USwhere the national average gas price exceeded $ 4 a gallon for the first time in ten years. US futures also fell: the contract for the benchmark S&P 500 fell 1.6%, and for Dow Industrials fell 1.3%.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Sunday night that Congress is examining “strong legislation” that bans imports of Russian oil and energy products in the US If passed, legislation will almost certainly affect oil and gas prices around the world.
Russia does not export much oil to the United States, but it is enough that the threat of banning oil from the American shores is driving gas prices and leaving some regions, particularly the West Coast, facing the prospect of processing at refineries with less raw materials and increased pumping costs, experts say.
– Selina Tebar and Craig Harris
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The Biden administration has requested $ 10 billion in humanitarian, military and economic support for Ukraine, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a press release Sunday night.
Biden has firmly confirmed that he will not send US troops to fight in Ukraine, but the funds, which will be part of the general legislation on federal government funding, are likely to provide military equipment and support US allies that supply aircraft to Ukraine, according to Pelosi. said.
She also said that the US House of Representatives was studying “strong legislation” banning Russian oil and energy imports into the United States, canceling normal trade relations with Russia and Belarus, and taking the first step toward denying Russia access to the world. Trade organization.
– Selina Tebar
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