- Ukraine says more than 5,500 people were evacuated from frontline towns on Sunday.
- Ukraine and Russia will hold a new round of talks via video conference on Monday, officials said.
- The ICRC warns residents of Mariupol face a “worst-case scenario” unless Russia and Ukraine reach an agreement guaranteeing humanitarian access.
- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has urged NATO to impose a no-fly zone.
Here are the latest updates:
Zelensky renews call for no-fly zone
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has urged NATO to impose a no-fly zone over his country or risk seeing its member states attacked by Russia.
“If you don’t close our skies, it’s only a matter of time before Russian rockets fall on your territory, on NATO territory,” Zelensky said in a video address.
Chechen leader Kadyrov says he visited Ukraine
Ramzan Kadyrov, the head of Russia’s Chechnya region, said he had traveled to Ukraine to meet Chechen troops attacking Kiev, Reuters news agency reported.
Reuters said it could not independently verify whether he was in Ukraine or had traveled there during the conflict.
Chechen TV channel Grozny posted a video on its social media channel Telegram showing Kadyrov in a darkened room chatting with Chechen troops about a military operation they say took place 7 kilometers (4.3 miles) away. ) from the Ukrainian capital, Reuters reported.
Bermuda revokes Russian aircraft licenses
Bermuda’s aviation regulator said it was suspending certification of all Russian planes registered in the British Overseas Territory due to international sanctions linked to the war in Ukraine, a move expected to affect more than 700 planes.
The regulator said it was unable to confidently approve the planes as airworthy due to the impact of sanctions on its ability to provide safety oversight.
Manufacturers no longer supply parts to Russian airlines under sanctions.
US condemns attack on base near Polish border
Secretary of State Antony Blinken condemned a Russian attack on a large Ukrainian base near the border with NATO member Poland that left 35 dead and 134 injured, according to a local official.
“We condemn the missile attack by the Russian Federation against the International Center for Peacekeeping and Security in Yavoriv, near the border between Ukraine and Poland,” Blinken wrote on Twitter. “The brutality must stop.”
We condemn the missile attack by the Russian Federation against the International Center for the Maintenance of Peace and Security in Yavoriv, near the border between Ukraine and Poland. The brutality must stop.
— Secretary Antony Blinken (@SecBlinken) March 13, 2022
Russian-Ukrainian War Military Dispatch: March 13
- Russian airstrikes hit Ukrainian military training base near Lviv
- Ukrainian officials said there was an increase in civilian evacuations
- Russian troops cracked down on protesters in the Russian-held southern city of Kherson
- An American journalist was killed by Russian troops near Kiev
Here’s a roundup of all the key military developments from Sunday – Day 18 of the Russian invasion.
Russian default no longer ‘unlikely’
Russia could default on its debts following unprecedented sanctions over its invasion of Ukraine, but that would not trigger a global financial crisis, International Monetary Fund Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva has said.
Georgieva told CBS’s “Face the Nation” program that sanctions imposed by the United States and other democracies are already having a “serious” impact on Russia’s economy and will trigger a deep recession there this year.
The sanctions limited Russia’s ability to access its resources and repay its debts, meaning a default was no longer considered “unlikely”, the IMF official said.
When asked if such a default could trigger a financial crisis in the world, she replied: “At the moment, no.”
Zelenskyy urges software giants to stop supporting their products in Russia
Zelenskyy called on US software companies Microsoft and Oracle and German enterprise software group SAP to suspend support services for their products in Russia.
“Stop supporting your products in Russia, stop the war! “, he wrote on Twitter.
Now, there can be no “half” or “half-hearted” decisions! There is only black and white, good or bad! Either you are for peace or you support the bloody Russian aggressor to kill Ukrainian children and women. @Microsoft @Oracle @SAPstop supporting your products in Russia, stop the war!
— Володимир Зеленський (@ZelenskyyUa) March 13, 2022
‘Never heard of this’: China responds to reports that Russia has asked for military aid
The spokesperson for the Chinese Embassy in Washington responded to media reports that Moscow had asked Beijing for military equipment since launching its invasion of Ukraine by saying, “I have never heard of that”.
Spokesman Liu Pengyu said China’s priority was to prevent the tense situation in Ukraine from spiraling out of control.
“The current situation in Ukraine is indeed disconcerting,” he said in an email response to a Reuters news agency inquiry.
“The high priority now is to prevent the tense situation from escalating or even spiraling out of control.”
Ukraine and Russia to resume talks
Ukraine and Russia will hold a new round of talks on Monday, officials said.
Talks would resume via videoconference, said Mykhailo Podoliak, an adviser to Zelenskyy and a member of the negotiating team.
His statement on Twitter confirmed an earlier statement by Dmitry Peskov, the Russian presidential spokesman.
Ukraine says thousands have been evacuated from frontline towns
Ukraine was able to evacuate more than 5,550 people from frontline towns on Sunday via nine humanitarian corridors, Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said.
She said 3,950 people had been evacuated from towns and villages in the Kyiv region.
Tired staff ‘stop safety-related repairs’ at Chernobyl
Staff operating the radioactive waste facilities at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant have stopped carrying out safety-related repairs due to exhaustion, as they have not been relieved since Russia seized the site last month, Ukraine told the UN nuclear watchdog.
“The Ukrainian regulator has informed the IAEA that the personnel of [Chernobyl] no longer carried out repair and maintenance of safety-related equipment, in part because of their physical and psychological fatigue after working non-stop for nearly three weeks,” the International Atomic Energy Agency said. in a press release.
ICRC issues stern warning to Mariupol
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has warned that residents of the beleaguered port city of Mariupol face a ‘worst-case scenario’ unless Russia and Ukraine reach an agreement to ensure their safety immediately and their access to humanitarian aid.
Ukrainian authorities say the town has been under constant shelling since Russian troops surrounded it on March 2. Read the full article here.
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