Russia has attacked Lviv’s airport
As per the latest information, Russia has attacked Lviv’s airport and also destroyed an aircraft repair plant. Amid tightening sanctions against Russia, Japan has arrived up with more sanctions on 15 Russian individuals and nine organisations. One person was killed and 4 wounded after parts of a Russian missile fell on a residential building in the northern part of the Ukrainian capital Kyiv.
Russia strikes near Lviv airport
- Russian missiles struck around Lviv’s airport in the far west of Ukraine earlier Friday, as Moscow expanded a countrywide aerial bombardment campaign that has intensified allegations of war crimes and deliberate targeting of civilians.
Lviv Mayor Andriy Sadovyi said Russian forces had destroyed an airplane repair plant — which sits around the Polish border. Ambulance and police vehicles raced to the scene, while motorists were turned away at checkpoints. An AFP journalist saw a thick pall of smoke billowing over the airport. “Several missiles hit an airplane repair plant,” the mayor told on the messaging app Telegram, counting that the plant had been destroyed.
Japan imposes more sanctions on Russia
Japan told on Friday it will impose sanctions on 15 Russian individuals and nine organisations, including defence officials and the state-owned arms exporter Rosoboronexport. The sanctions, which include the freezing of assets, are the latest in a series of measures by Japan following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine that began on Feb. 24. Japan has now put sanctions on 76 individuals, seven banks and 12 other organisations in Russia, according to the finance ministry.
- Ukraine Prez to address Japan parliament
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky may deliver an online speech to Japan’s parliament as soon as March 22, broadcaster TV Asahi told on Friday, citing a ruling party lawmaker.
- 1 killed, 4 hurt in missile attack
One person was killed and 4 wounded after parts of a Russian missile fell on a residential building in the northern part of the Ukrainian capital Kyiv on Friday morning, emergencies services said. The services said in a statement that 12 people were rescued and 98 were evacuated from the 5-storey building.
Putin’s ominous speech on Wednesday likened competitors to “gnats” who try to weaken the country at the behest of the West — crude comments that set the stage for sweeping repressions against those who dare to talk out against the war in Ukraine.
Saudi Arabia raises Ukrainians’ visas
Saudi Arabia gave a royal directive extending tourist and business visas of Ukrainian citizens without fees or fines for humanitarian considerations, state news agency SPA told on Friday. The extension will be automatic without the requirement to visit the migration authorities.
More than 350,000 people are sheltering in the besieged southern port of Mariupol, officials said. Rescuers are combing the rubble of a theatre in Mariupol bombed on Wednesday for survivors. Russia denies striking it. Italy told it will reconstruct it.
The governor of the northern Chernihiv region told 53 civilians had been killed in the past 24 hours. The dead included a U.S. resident as he waited in a bread line, his family expressed. Russia denies targeting civilians. The U.N. told it had recorded 780 confirmed civilian deaths since the invasion started, and 3.2 million have fled.
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very big gap between Ukraine and Russia
A “very, very big gap” remains between Ukraine and Russia, Western officials told after another day of peace talks.Russian President Vladimir Putin shows little desire to compromise, they told, while Ukraine wants to have sovereignty over places occupied since 2014 by Russia and pro-Russian forces.
German Economy Minister Robert Habeck called on Friday for Russian President Vladimir Putin’s power to be reduced and ultimately destroyed.
“We should do everything we can to reduce Putin’s power and, in the end, to destroy it,” Habeck, who is also German vice-chancellor, said ARD television. Habeck resisted calls for an immediate stop to energy imports from Russia, adding: “When we can express with oil and gas we have secured supply chains, then we can take the next step.”
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