- 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 navy push in the direction of Kyiv from the north “stays stalled” as a result of 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 looking for security.
Listed below are all the newest updates:
EU bars 7 Russian banks from SWIFT, however spares these in power
The European Union has stated it was excluding seven Russian banks from the SWIFT messaging system, however stopped wanting together with these dealing with power funds.
Russia’s second-largest financial institution VTB, Financial institution Otkritie, Novikombank, Promsvyazbank, Financial institution Rossiya, Sovcombank and VEB will every be given 10 days to wind-down their SWIFT operations, the EU stated in its official journal.
SWIFT stated in an announcement that it could disconnect the seven Russian banks from their community on March 12, as required by EU laws.
Warfare crimes court docket prosecutor opens Ukraine investigation
The prosecutor of the Worldwide Legal Courtroom (ICC) has confirmed he would instantly open an investigation into potential conflict 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 conflict crimes, crimes towards 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 programmes in Russia, Belarus with rapid impact
The World Financial institution has stated it had stopped all programmes in Russia and Belarus with rapid impact, following the Russian invasion of Ukraine and “hostilities towards the folks of Ukraine”.
In an announcement, the multilateral improvement financial institution stated it had not permitted 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 permitted any new lending to Belarus since mid-2020, when america 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 essential supply of worldwide and regional information at a time when entry to info is extra essential than ever,” Spotify stated in an announcement.
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 approach into the town council constructing, the Reuters information company reported.
Ukraine’s authorities had earlier performed down stories that Kherson had fallen into Russian arms.
Kolykhayev urged Russian troopers to not shoot at civilians and publicly referred to as on residents to stroll by means of the streets solely in daylight and in ones and twos. “We wouldn’t have the Armed Forces within the metropolis, solely civilians and individuals who wish to LIVE right here!” he stated in an announcement.
The town is below Russian troopers’ “full management”, Russia’s Defence Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov stated individually.
He stated that the town’s civilian infrastructure, important services and transport are working as regular and that there are not any shortages of meals or important items.
Yellen says US will deal with potential sources of leakages in Russia sanctions
America 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 laborious sanctions slapped on Russia have been having a big 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, turning into the newest carmaker to answer 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 an announcement.
German rivals BMW and Volkswagen made related bulletins earlier this week as Western corporations withdraw from sanctions-hit Russia.
Pentagon says Russian advance on Kyiv ‘stays stalled’
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby has stated the Russian navy’s push in the 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 going through 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 have now no intention in participating 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 determination evenly, however as a substitute to reveal that we’re a accountable nuclear energy.”
Civilian toll in Ukraine climbs to 227 useless, 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 means of midnight on March 1.
“Most of those casualties have been induced by means of explosive weapons with a large influence space, together with shelling from heavy artillery and multi-launch rocket techniques, and air strikes,” it stated in an announcement issued in Geneva.
The UN human rights workplace stated it believed that the true toll is “significantly greater”, particularly in government-controlled territory within the final days, as a result of reporting delays in some areas the place intensive hostilities have taken place.
In the meantime, greater than 870,000 folks have now fled Ukraine looking for security in different international locations, in line with the United Nations refugee company (UNHCR).
Wreckage from downed Russian missile induced 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 publish.
The falling particles hit a heating pipe, inflicting the blast, however induced 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 hundreds of ladies and youngsters, Ukraine’s state-run railway firm Ukrzaliznytsya stated in an announcement.
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