- Ukrainian official says an explosion close to Kyiv’s central prepare station was brought on by falling wreckage from a Russian missile that was downed by Ukrainian air defence.
- Pentagon says Russian army push in direction of Kyiv from the north “stays stalled” attributable to regrouping and logistical challenges.
- The UN says 227 civilians have been killed and 525 injured in Ukraine because the begin of Russia’s invasion.
- Russia’s negotiator says a second spherical of talks will happen on Thursday, whereas Ukraine is casting doubt on the plan.
- President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says Moscow is aiming to “erase” Ukraine.
- The UN says greater than 870,000 folks have fled Ukraine in quest of security.
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Struggle crimes court docket prosecutor opens Ukraine investigation
The prosecutor of the Worldwide Prison Court docket (ICC) has confirmed he would instantly open an investigation into doable struggle crimes dedicated in Ukraine, following a request to take action by 39 of the court docket’s member states.
“These referrals allow my workplace to proceed with opening an investigation into the state of affairs in Ukraine from 21 November 2013 onwards, encompassing any previous and current allegations of struggle crimes, crimes in opposition to humanity or genocide dedicated on any a part of the territory of Ukraine by any particular person”, prosecutor Karim Khan stated.
World Financial institution halts all packages in Russia, Belarus with fast impact
The World Financial institution has stated it had stopped all packages in Russia and Belarus with fast impact, following the Russian invasion of Ukraine and “hostilities in opposition to the folks of Ukraine”.
In a press release, the multilateral improvement financial institution stated it had not authorized any new loans to or investments in Russia since 2014, the yr Russia annexed the Crimea area of Ukraine.
The financial institution stated it had not authorized any new lending to Belarus since mid-2020, when the USA imposed sanctions on the nation over a disputed presidential election.
Spotify closes its workplace in Russia
Spotify stated it has closed its workplace in Russia indefinitely in response to what the audio streaming platform described as Moscow’s “unprovoked assault on Ukraine”.
“Our first precedence over the previous week has been the security of our staff and to make sure that Spotify continues to function an vital supply of world and regional information at a time when entry to data is extra vital than ever,” Spotify stated in a press release.
Kherson mayor says Russian troops within the streets
The mayor of the southern Ukrainian port metropolis of Kherson, Igor Kolykhayev, has stated Russian troops have been within the streets and had compelled their method into the town council constructing, the Reuters information company reported.
Ukraine’s authorities had earlier performed down studies that Kherson had fallen into Russian fingers.
Kolykhayev urged Russian troopers to not shoot at civilians and publicly referred to as on residents to stroll by the streets solely in daylight and in ones and twos. “We do not need the Armed Forces within the metropolis, solely civilians and individuals who need to LIVE right here!” he stated in a press release.
The town is underneath Russian troopers’ “full management”, Russia’s Defence Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov stated individually.
He stated that the town’s civilian infrastructure, important amenities and transport are working as normal and that there aren’t any shortages of meals or important items.
Yellen says US will handle potential sources of leakages in Russia sanctions
The US will proceed to handle potential sources of “leakages” within the sweeping sanctions imposed on Russia over its invasion of Ukraine, US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen has stated.
Yellen stated the exhausting sanctions slapped on Russia have been having a major influence, as mirrored within the rouble’s sharp fall. Requested whether or not power sanctions might observe, she stated nothing was off the desk with regard to sanctions.
Mercedes-Benz halts Russia exports over sanctions
Mercedes-Benz has stated it was suspending automobile exports to Russia and native manufacturing within the nation, changing into the newest carmaker to reply to Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.
“Mercedes-Benz will droop the export of passenger vehicles and vans to Russia in addition to the native manufacturing in Russia till additional discover,” it stated in a press release.
German rivals BMW and Volkswagen made related bulletins earlier this week as Western firms withdraw from sanctions-hit Russia.
Pentagon says Russian advance on Kyiv ‘stays stalled’
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby has stated the Russian army’s push in direction of Kyiv from the north “stays stalled”.
“From our greatest estimates, [Russian forces] haven’t made any considerable progress geographically talking, within the final 24 to 36 hours,” Kirby informed reporters.
He stated the Pentagon believes the advance has slowed down as a result of Russian forces are intentionally regrouping whereas additionally dealing with unanticipated logistical challenges and resistance from Ukrainians.
US postpones ballistic missile take a look at: Pentagon
The Pentagon says the US has postponed an intercontinental ballistic missile take a look at beforehand set for this week to keep away from escalation with Russia.
“In an effort to reveal that we now have no intention in partaking in any actions that may be misunderstood or misconstrued, the secretary of protection has directed that our Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile take a look at launch scheduled for this week to be postponed,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby informed reporters.
“We didn’t take this choice frivolously, however as an alternative to reveal that we’re a accountable nuclear energy.”
Civilian toll in Ukraine climbs to 227 lifeless, 525 injured, UN says
The United Nations’ human rights workplace has stated that 227 civilians had been killed and 525 others have been injured in Ukraine from when the Russian assault started by midnight on March 1.
“Most of those casualties have been triggered by means of explosive weapons with a large influence space, together with shelling from heavy artillery and multi-launch rocket programs, and air strikes,” it stated in a press release issued in Geneva.
The UN human rights workplace stated it believed that the true toll is “significantly increased”, particularly in government-controlled territory within the final days, attributable to reporting delays in some areas the place intensive hostilities have taken place.
Wreckage from downed Russian missile triggered blast close to Kyiv station
An explosion close to Kyiv’s central prepare station was brought on by falling wreckage from a Russian missile that was downed by Ukrainian air defence, Inside Ministry adviser Anton Herashchenko has stated in a web based submit.
The falling particles hit a heating pipe, inflicting the blast, however triggered far much less injury and casualties than if the missile had hit its goal in central Kyiv, he stated, with out saying if anybody had been harm within the explosion.
The station was getting used to evacuate 1000’s of girls and kids, Ukraine’s state-run railway firm Ukrzaliznytsya stated in a press release.
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