On the 14th day of the conflict, Russia and Ukraine reached an agreement to open six humanitarian corridors for the evacuation of civilians, but the ceasefire was once again violated and the exchange of accusations continues. President Putin blames “Ukrainian nationalists”, Kyiv points the finger at Russian troops. Already this afternoon, in the port city of Mariupol, a maternity and children’s hospital was completely destroyed. There are at least 17 confirmed injuries. President Zelensky once again asked the West for help to “close airspace now”. Balances updated by the United Nations and WHO show that since the beginning of the war more than 510 civilians have died and 18 health facilities have been the target of attacks. From Poland comes the call of the day: “Cut off the oxygen of the Russian war machine”. How? “Sanctioning the oligarchs”, and from the UK a warning: Russia is using banned weapons.
“Alone, UKRAINE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO BEAT RUSSIA”
Who says it is the Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelensky, in an interview with Sky News, reinforcing the appeal to the world to act now or “it will be too late”.
From Kyiv, where he will not leave, Zelensky again called for the airspace to be closed, accusing the West of being indecisive against Russian troops, which he called “Nazis”.
Our special correspondent @AlexCrawfordSky has spoken to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy about the help he is asking for from the international community.https://t.co/3ehb2QnirW pic.twitter.com/y4TeNSXH3x
— Sky News (@SkyNews) March 9, 2022
“LOW EXPECTATIONS” FOR MEETING WITH LAVROV
The Ukrainian and Russian Foreign Ministers will meet in Turkey tomorrow.
Russian Sergei Lavrov is already in the country and to be confirmed this will be the first meeting between the two since the invasion of Ukraine began.
It should be noted, however, that Ukrainian minister Dmytro Kuleba has already said that his expectations for this meeting “are low”.
Ukraine wants a ceasefire, the liberation of all cities taken or besieged by Russian troops and all humanitarian issues resolved. Russia, on the other hand, demands that Kyiv take a neutral position and drop its aspirations to join NATO.
“VIOLENT” DETENTIONS IN RUSSIA
The Russian authorities “arbitrarily and violently” arrested thousands of anti-war protesters, who took to the streets in several cities in Russia, denounced Human Rights Watch (HRW).
HRW accuses Russian police of having used excessive force in detaining protesters and, in several cases, having inflicted abuses on detainees amounting to torture or inhuman and degrading treatment, a situation that was reported by the Russian non-governmental organization (NGO) OVD-Info, specialized in monitoring demonstrations.
END OF GOLDEN PASSPORTS AND TIGHT CONTROL ON GOLD VISAS REQUIRED
The European Parliament today demanded the end of citizenship-by-investment regimes, golden passports, and tighter regulation of residency regimes, ‘gold’ visas, stressing that both should not be granted to Russian oligarchs.
At a time of heated armed confrontation in Ukraine caused by the Russian invasion, and in a context in which many Russian oligarchs linked to President Vladimir Putin are beneficiaries of these schemes in the European Union (EU), “MEPs want to put an end to citizenship-by-investment regimes and call for EU rules for greater control of residency regimes,” the institution said in a statement.
MAIDAN SQUARE WAS THE STAGE THIS AFTERNOON FOR A CONCERT
With Russian forces at the door, this afternoon in the Ukrainian capital, musicians from the Kyiv Classical Orchestra perform a concert in the emblematic Maidan Square.
Leading the musicians in this unique moment in the middle of the war was maestro Dr. Herman Makarenko.
VIDEO: Dr. Herman Makarenko, the conductor of the Kyiv Classic Orchestra says their concert on Kyiv's Maidan Square is a concert "for peace" and asks that the world's governments heed President Volodymyr Zelensky's call to stop the war in #Ukraine pic.twitter.com/2qkLoxsaMO
— AFP News Agency (@AFP) March 9, 2022
A GROUP OF BRITISH SOLDIERS WILL LEAVE FOR UKRAINE
The BBC is advancing at the last minute that a small group of British soldiers will have disobeyed orders and traveled, by their own means, to Ukraine.
The information has already been confirmed by the British Army, which says it is “actively” trying to appeal to them to return.
Faced with this situation, the British Army banned all elements from traveling to Ukraine until further notice.
END CEASE-FIRE AWAKE
The 12 hours agreed between Ukrainians and Russians for the ceasefire is over.
Six regions were covered, but not all were met, as in the cities of Mariupol and Kharkiv.
Still, 40,000 citizens managed to leave the country through humanitarian corridors.
Source: with agencies