Russia continues bombing Ukrainian sites on the 14th day of the war as Western countries pile pressure on Moscow and tens of thousands leave hamlets and cities to escape death and food shortages.
The UK hits new sanctions targeting Russia’s aviation sector
Britain has unveiled new aviation sanctions providing it the power to detain any Russian aircraft and prohibiting exports of aviation or space-related interests to Russia.
The prohibition includes any aircraft owned, worked, or chartered by anyone connected with Russia or designated individuals or entities, and will include the power to detain any aircraft owned by persons connected with Russia, the Foreign Office told in a report.
The new measures will also prevent aviation and space-related exports including insurance and re-insurance.
Aviation sanctions threaten the safety of Russian flights
Russia’s foreign ministry has told that sanctions imposed by the United States and European Union on aviation threatened the security of Russian passenger flights, the RIA Novosti news agency has said.
British transport minister Grant Shapps told Britain had used new aviation sanctions to impound an aircraft after making it a criminal offense for Russian aircraft to fly or land in the United Kingdom.
At least 10 people were killed in a Russian military attack in the eastern Ukrainian town of Severodonestk, a local official for the Lugansk region has told in a report on Telegram.
The Russian military “opened fire” on residential homes and other buildings in the town, he said, without immediately specifying whether it was an artillery attack. The region has seen heavy fighting in current days
Moves by US-led NATO have pushed tension between Russia and Ukraine to a “breaking point”, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian has said.
- At a daily news briefing, he urged the United States to take China’s concerns seriously and avoid undermining its rights or interests in handling the Ukraine issue and ties with Russia.
Ukraine will try to evacuate civilians through six “humanitarian corridors”, including from the besieged southern port city of Mariupol, Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk has told.
She expressed in a video announcement that Ukrainian armed forces had agreed to stop firing in those areas from 0700-1900 GMT (9 AM until 9 PM local) and urged
Our sanctions will hurt you, Russia warns the West
Russia has warned the West that it was working on a broad reply to sanctions that would be swift and felt in the West’s most sensitive locations.
“Russia’s reaction will be swift, thoughtful, and sensitive for those it addresses,” Dmitry Birichevsky, the director of the foreign ministry’s department for economic cooperation, was quoted as saying by the RIA news agency.
Ukraine says building defenses of key cities
The general staff of Ukraine’s armed forces has told the country is building up its defense of key cities in the north, south, and east as Russia’s advance has stalled. It told in a report that forces around Kyiv are resisting the Russian offensive with unspecified strikes and “holding the line.”
The Ukrainian general staff told that in the northern city of Chernihiv, Russian forces are placing military equipment among residential buildings and on farms. And in the south, it told Russians dressed in civilian clothes are advancing on the city of Mykolaiv.
Universal Music Group suspends all operations in Russia
“Effective immediately, we are suspending all operations in Russia and closing our offices there. We urge an end to the violence in Ukraine as soon as possible,” the company said in a statement.
Ukraine bans exports of several grains, sugar, salt, meat
- Ukraine’s government has banned exports of rye, barley, buckwheat, millet, sugar, salt, and meat until the end of this year, according to a cabinet resolution.
Ukraine’s air defenses had considerable success against Russian jets: UK
Britain has said Ukraine’s air defenses were having success against Russian jets, likely preventing Russia from controlling the airspace.”Ukrainian air defenses appear to have enjoyed considerable success against Russia’s modern combat aircraft, probably preventing them from achieving any degree of control of the air,” the Ministry of Defence intelligence update posted on Twitter said.
Russia says Ukraine planned attack on rebel region in March
The ministry published six pages of documents it said showed Kyiv planned a military assault on the Russian-backed rebel regions in Donbas.The documents, which were written in Ukrainian and appear to outline combat preparations for tactical military units, were not independently verified.
Kiev residents urged to get to bomb shelters
An air alert has been declared in and around Kiev, with residents urged to get to bomb shelters as quickly as possible.”Kiev region, air alert. The threat of a missile attack. Everyone immediately to shelters,” regional administration head Oleksiy Kuleba said on Telegram. For days, as Moscow’s forces have laid siege to Ukrainian cities, attempts to create corridors to safely evacuate civilians have stumbled amid continuing fighting.
Russian forces have seen their advances stopped in certain areas, including around Kiev, the capital, by fiercer resistance than expected from the Ukrainians
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov travels to Türkiye where he will have talks with his Ukrainian counterpart Dmytro Kuleba, the TASS news agency cited the Russian foreign ministry as saying.
AEA says loses contact with Chernobyl nuclear data systems
The Chernobyl nuclear power plant is no extended transmitting data to the UN’s atomic watchdog, the agency has told, as it voiced concern for staff working under Russian guard at the Ukrainian facility.
International Atomic Energy Agency chief Rafael Grossi “indicated that remote data transmission from safeguards monitoring systems installed at the Chernobyl NPP had been lost”, the agency expressed in a report.
Pentagon says Poland’s jet offer for Ukraine ‘not tenable’
The Pentagon has rejected Poland’s surprise statement that it would give the United States its MiG-29 fighter jets for help by Ukraine.
Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby declared Poland’s declaration that it intended to deliver the 28 jets to the US Ramstein Air Base in Germany raised the concerning prospect of warplanes departing from a US and NATO base to fly into airspace contested with Russia in the Ukraine conflict.
“We will restart to consult with Poland and our other NATO allies about this issue and the difficult logistical challenges it presents, but we do not believe Poland’s proposal is a tenable one,” Kirby told in a report.
Hungary will not support sanctions on Russia covering oil, gas imports: PM
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has declared that his country is against likely sanctions on Russia that would cover imports of its oil and natural gas. Orban told that Hungary condemns Russia’s launch of the war on Ukraine but would not allow Hungarian families “to be made to pay the price of war.” Noting
that the sanctions imposed on Russia affect all countries in Europe, he said the expansion of sanctions to Russia’s energy sector will impact Hungary “extremely seriously.”
Orban told Hungary buys most of its oil and natural gas from Russia and 90 percent of Hungarian families heat their homes with gas, adding the Hungarian economy could not function without oil and gas.
Russia’s central bank has told that it is limiting the amount of money that citizens with foreign currency accounts can withdraw as part of “a temporary procedure.”
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