Russia stepped up its attack on Ukraine –

Russia stepped up its attack on Ukraine –

The bombings in Járkov (east), the country’s second largest city with 1.4 million inhabitants, have already left 18 dead and 26 injured, according to emergency services.

The attack on the television tower in the capital Kiev left 5 dead and 5 injured.

Satellite images captured a column of more than 60 kilometers of Russian armored vehicles and artillery advancing north towards Kiev.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson condemned the bombings as “absolutely sickening”.

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Russian advance in the south

The Russians seemed to be making a profit in the region of the Sea of ​​Azov, in the south of the country.

Port Mariupol was without electricity due to the bombing and the district governor said the city of Volnovakha, with a population of 20,000, was almost “destroyed”.

The Russian Defense Ministry reported that its forces are advancing along the coast from the Crimean peninsula (annexed in 2014) with the support of pro-Russian separatist militias from Donetsk, providing strategic territorial continuity for the invading forces.

This information cannot be verified at this time.

The Russian army also controls access to the coastal town of Kherson (population 290,000), which is further west than the mayor.

Ukraine’s call to end the invasion

The UN estimates that more than 677,000 people have left Ukraine, with one million internally displaced. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Filippo Grandi said this migration could “become the most significant refugee crisis in Europe this century”.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, in a telephone conversation known to American Joe Biden, stated the need to “stop the Russian invasion as soon as possible”.

Zelensky also made a videoconference speech to the European Parliament, reiterating his demand that Kiev join the EU immediately.

“Europe will be stronger with Ukraine in the middle. Without you, Ukraine will be alone. We have proven our strength. Therefore you will prove that you are with us, you will prove that you are not leaving us.” a dramatic speech welcomed by the plenary.

Economic, media, culture and sports fence

27 EU countries decided to ban the broadcast of Russian state media RT and Sputnik, allowing “some Russian banks” to be removed from the Swift interbank messaging system.

The United States, Europe and allied countries have announced their intention to introduce unprecedented sanctions, from banning Swift from the currency bloc to punish Moscow, to individual sanctions against Russia’s political, government and business elites.

The rain of sanctions was also reflected in sports, culture and business circles.

The World Athletics International Athletics Federation banned athletes from Russia and Belarus (a country affiliated with Moscow) from all competitions; The organization of the Volleyball World Cup has withdrawn from Russia and its skaters will not be able to compete “until the new order” alongside the tennis and cycling teams.

Several orchestras and festivals have canceled commitments to Russian musician Valeri Guérguiev to defend Putin, who was fired from the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra (South Germany) on Tuesday.

Technology giant Apple has suspended sales of all its products in Russia.

During the UN meeting in Geneva, several delegations, including Ukraine and Western countries, left the room almost empty and organized the online intervention of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in a disarmament conference and a session of the Human Rights Council.

Despite this unprecedented pressure, Putin decided to continue the offensive and end Ukraine’s desire to join the EU and NATO.

Faced with the disaster, the UN has launched a $1.7 billion emergency plan for Kiev. It is estimated that 12 million people in Ukraine will need help, and they estimate that about four million displaced people need help. in neighboring countries in the coming months.

troubled markets

The invasion of Ukraine and the sanctions against Russia are hurting global markets, which again suffered heavy losses in the US and Europe this Tuesday.

The price of a barrel of WTI oil fell more than 10% and more than 9% of Brent.

Source: Ulti Mahora