8:40 a.m .: Public evacuation from Mariupol will begin at 10 a.m.
The Ukrainian city hall Mariupol on Saturday announced the start of the evacuation of civilians from this strategic port in the Sea of Azov, surrounded by Russian and pro-Russian forces.
“The evacuation of civilians will begin at 11:00 am (0900 GMT),” the town hall said of the ceasefire agreement with Russia, which will be in effect from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (0800-1400) Saturday, local time. GMT). ).
“Overall, it will take several phases and spread over several days, so every person who wants to leave can do so,” he added to his Telegram account.
The evacuation route goes to the Ukrainian city of Saboroshi, 220 kilometers northwest.
6:38 am: Russia announces ceasefire to allow civilians to be evacuated from Mariupol
Russia announced a ceasefire on Saturday to allow the evacuation of civilians from two cities in eastern Ukraine, including the strategic port of Mariupol, under siege, after consultations between representatives of Kiev and Moscow.
07:00 GMT First, the Russian Defense Ministry quotes Russian news agencies as saying, “The Russian side is declaring a silent regime (weapons) and opening humanitarian corridors for the evacuation of civilians from Mariupol and Volnovoka.”
Russia’s crackdown on the media and social media signals the government’s determination to drown out any protests in the Ukraine conflict, which experts say could cut off Russia’s Internet from the rest of the world.
In fact, between the ban on Facebook and the new strict law against the independent media, the Russian people now have no access to official speeches.
President Vladimir Putin wants to impose his official story on the invasion of Ukraine, which is being touted as a limited peacekeeping operation aimed at protecting Russian-speaking Ukrainians from “genocide.”
“This is a last-ditch audit. The Russians are very pessimistic at this point, cutting off a site instead of blocking certain pages as they usually do,” said Steven Feldstein, an expert at the Carnegie Think Tank. International Peace Foundation.
Russia’s media regulator on Friday ordered the banning of Facebook, accusing it of blocking media (RT Channel and Sputnik platform) close to power in Europe.
Russia joins China and North Korea, the world’s most restricted group of countries blocking the world’s largest social network.
4:25 am: King Philip cancels his ski vacation due to Ukraine invasion
King Philip did not go on a skiing vacation with the royal family because of the war in Ukraine, and with the confirmation of the palace write Head Newsplot, de Standard and Head Belong von Limburg.
During this leisure time skiing holidays were on the agenda of the royal family. King Philip finally canceled the voyage when the children of Queen Modilde and the royal couple departed.
According to the palace, this decision was related to the war in Ukraine. As commander-in-chief of the army, the king wants to keep abreast of the situation.
The royal couple were also scheduled to travel to the Congo next week for an official visit but that trip was postponed due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
3:50 am: The strategic port of Mariupol is under “siege” by Russian forces
The strategic port of Mariupol in eastern Ukraine is under siege and “ruthless” attacks by the Russian military, and the mayor on Saturday called for the establishment of a corridor of humanity.
“At the moment we are looking for solutions to humanitarian problems and we are looking for all possible ways to get Mariupol out of the siege,” Vadim Botchenko said in a statement posted on Townhall’s Telegram account at midnight local time.
“Our priority is to establish a ceasefire so that vital infrastructure can be restored and a humanitarian corridor can be set up to bring food and medicine into the city,” he continued.
The capture of Moscow, a city of about 450,000 people on the shores of the Sea of Azov, was a major turning point in the invasion of Ukraine. This enables contact between the Russian forces coming from annexed Crimea, which have already captured the main ports of Berdyansk and Gerson, and the separatist and Russian troops at Donbass.
3:10: Moody’s downgraded Ukraine by two points
Credit rating agency Moody’s announced on Friday that it had downgraded Ukraine’s long-term credit rating by two points due to the war triggered by Russia, and threatened to downgrade it further.
The rating was changed from B3 to Caa2, in other words, Moody’s overestimated the credit risk. “The decision to keep two downgrades and a further downgrade of Ukraine’s rankings was triggered by the intensity of Russia’s military invasion of Ukraine,” Moody’s said in a statement.
The company insists that the invasion affects Ukraine’s ability to repay its debt. Moreover, the invasion had a serious “impact” on Ukraine’s economic and financial strength “due to significant damage to its productivity”.
Moody’s also believes that the forthcoming international financial assistance will not be “sufficient to fully cover the liquidity risks” and the financial requirements for repaying the debt in view of the cost incurred by the invasion.
2:30 am: Biden wants to “strengthen ties” with Finland
Joe Biden felt that there was currently “an opportunity to further strengthen ties” between the United States and Finland, with the acquisition of his Finnish ally on Friday, but the two did not openly discuss NATO membership.
Finland, a country bordering Russia, is “a key ally of the United States, a strong partner in defense matters, and a NATO partner in strengthening the security of the Baltic Sea”, the president said. Said the American in the Oval Office. “I want to thank your leadership. We need it today,” said Finnish President Sauli Ninisto. “We have a long-standing partnership, we have very good relations and I hope we can strengthen them between the United States, Finland and all the Nordic countries,” he added. The two leaders did not talk about the question of Finland’s potential membership in NATO.
1:20 am: New meeting of the UN Security Council on the humanitarian aspect Monday
At the request of the United States and Albania, the UN Security Council requested that in addition to the International Atomic Energy Agency’s ongoing inspections in Ukraine, that it monitor Russia’s compliance with “the steps required by the IAEA Board”. The Security Council convenes on Monday at 3:00 pm (9:00 pm in Belgium). From diplomatic sources.
Following this public session, consultations will continue behind closed doors between the 15 members of the Security Council, this time at the request of Mexico and France, at the initiative of a draft resolution, an ambassador told AFP. .
12:50 am: A British journalist ambushed near Kiev is shot dead
A British journalist has been shot dead in an ambush near the Ukrainian capital. Stuart Ramsay, chief correspondent for Sky News, was shot in the back of the head and wounded in the back of a car carrying his team to Kiev on Monday.
Cameraman Richie Mogler was also hit by two bullets, but was protected by his body armor before the crew escaped. They were later rescued by Ukrainian police.
Sky News aired footage of the incident on Friday evening. According to the victims, the attack was carried out by Russian commandos.
The Sky News team has since returned to the UK.
Russia on Friday shut down Facebook, restricting access to Twitter and cracking down on the media, introducing harsh sanctions for spreading “false information about the military” in the midst of the Israeli invasion. ‘Ukraine.
The measures strengthened the arsenal of officials to control their account of the Russian occupation of Ukraine, which was proposed as a limited measure aimed at protecting Russian-speaking Ukrainians from “genocide.”
An amendment carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison for spreading information aimed at “discrediting” the Russian armed forces.
The “calls for sanctions on Russia” in the face of fierce Western retaliation for its occupation of Ukraine provide a moment of sanctions.
12:10 am: Italy seizes Russian oligarchy boat
Italy announced on Friday that it had seized a boat belonging to a Russian oligarchy close to Vladimir Putin and that Moscow had been targeted by EU sanctions following its invasion of Ukraine.
“Italian police have seized 65 million euros worth of Lady M’s boat belonging to Alexei Mortashov, anchored in Imperia (Liguria, northwestern Italy), in accordance with the latest EU sanctions,” he said on his Twitter account. Ferdinando Ciugliano, press adviser to Mario Draci, head of the Italian government.
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