Update on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on March 17

Ground conditions, international reactions, sanctions: an update on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

US diplomat Antony Blinken on Thursday termed Russian attacks on civilians in Ukraine as “war crimes”.

G7 Foreign Ministers have warned that war criminals in Ukraine must be “held accountable” and stressed that “evidence gathering” is ongoing.

Mr Blingen also ruled that Moscow had not made a “significant effort” in its talks with kyiv, and pointed out that during a meeting with US President Joe Biden’s envoy Xi Jinping on Friday, he threatened to retaliate against China if it sent military aid to Russia.

  • A “thousand” Chechen volunteers on their way to Ukraine

Ramzan Kadyrov, President of the Russian Republic of Chechnya, a staunch supporter of Vladimir Putin, promised on Thursday that “thousands” of Chechen volunteers would go to war in Ukraine.

This information could not be verified independently and was questioned by Ukrainian authorities. Mr. Troops under Kadro’s control have been accused of engaging in a number of atrocities in Chechnya.

  • Moscow rejected the ICJ decision

The Kremlin on Thursday overturned a ruling by the UN High Court, the International Court of Justice (ICJ), and ordered Russia the previous day to suspend its military operations in Ukraine.

The Kremlin insisted that both sides agree to implement such a decision and that it was not.

Human Rights Watch, a non-profit organization, has called on Ukraine to stop detaining Russian prisoners of war in violation of the Geneva Conventions.

  • More than three million refugees

The UN says more than 100,000 refugees have been added within 24 hours to the 3 million people who have already fled Ukraine since the Russian military occupation on February 24. Country.

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The European Council, for its part, warned on Thursday against the risk of Ukrainian refugees falling into human trafficking networks.

  • Mariupol: 30,000 people were evicted in a single week

Authorities in the Ukrainian city of Mariupol, which has been besieged by Russian forces, announced on Thursday that they would evacuate 30,000 people a week, and said the number of bombings at the theater where civilians had taken refuge was still unknown.

Moscow has denied the bombing, claiming it was a Ukrainian nationalist Azov battalion.

About 350,000 people are still in the city, and “continue to hide in dormitories and cellars,” according to the town hall, with an average of “50 to 100 bombs” being dropped by Russian planes each day.

  • Deadly strike near Kharkiv

A Russian artillery attack on Thursday killed at least 21 people and wounded 25 others, according to the regional prosecutor’s office in the besieged town of Marefa, near the eastern city of Kharkiv.

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