War in Ukraine: Country expects ‘local ceasefire’, second nuclear power plant attacked (live)

On Monday evening, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zhelensky accused the Russian military of repeatedly failing to evacuate civilians through humanitarian corridors.

According to Ukrainian civil servants, Russia continues to deploy troops and equipment on the fringes of Ukraine’s main war zones, Kiev, Mariupol in the south and Kharkiv in the northeast.

Russia, trying to capture the city of Isiam (East) suffered losses and had to retreat. “The occupiers have ruled the city with terror by bombing civilian premises and infrastructure,” staff said, confirming that Russian forces were “depressed.”

According to the Ukrainian parliament, President Volodymyr Zhelensky has ordered the withdrawal of all Ukrainian soldiers participating in operations abroad to strengthen the national army.

The Russian military continued its offensive and bombings on Monday, killing at least 13 people at an industrial bakery in Makhri, one of Ukraine’s main axes from the west, in the wake of the Ukrainian relief. Kiev

On the thirteenth day of the invasion launched by Vladimir Putin, the Russian army advanced towards the capital, which expects an attack “in the coming days,” the Ukrainian Interior Ministry said.

Kiev’s mayor, former boxing champion Vitaly Klitschko, has vowed to “oppose every house, every street, and every checkpoint until it dies if necessary.”




The second nuclear power plant was attacked

The International Atomic Energy Agency (AEIA) said on Monday it had received reports that artillery shells had damaged a nuclear research plant in Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second besieged city, without “effects.”

According to the Vienna-based UN body, Ukrainian authorities announced an attack on Sunday and there was no increase in radiation levels in the area.

The affected facility is part of the Kharkiv Institute of Physics and Technology, a research institute that produces radioactive materials for medical and industrial applications.

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However, the IAEA argued that “the presence of radioactive material at the site is very low” and “guaranteed that the reported damage (…) would not cause radioactive effects.”

“We have already experienced many chapters that compromise the security of Ukrainian nuclear sites,” said IAEA Director-General Rafael Mariano Grozi.

In recent days, Kharkiv has been the target of heavy shelling and missile attacks from Russia as Moscow seeks to increase pressure on Ukraine to surrender.

The Russian military has been occupying the Zaporozhye nuclear plant in southeastern Ukraine since Friday, where its artillery fire, according to Ukrainians, has caused a fire – which Moscow denies has caused.

Only two of the plant’s six reactors are operational.

The IAEA’s director general said on Friday that he was ready to go to Chernobyl, the site of a major nuclear accident in 1986 and the first Ukrainian base to fall into the hands of Russian troops on February 24.

UN

The humanitarian situation is also deteriorating day by day, with many cities under siege running out of food.



In Ukraine, “the UN needs safe havens to provide humanitarian assistance in war-torn areas.” UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Martin Griffiths was attacked at the Security Council on Monday.

At the end of the discussion with the Russian side on Monday, the Ukrainians talked about “some positive results” in the humanitarian corridors. “We will provide the most effective assistance to the people suffering from the occupation of the Russian Federation,” said Mikhail Podoliyak, a member of the Ukrainian delegation.

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On key issues related to the ceasefire, he added, “serious negotiations will continue.”

Moscow already announced on Monday morning the establishment of local ceasefires and the opening of corridors allowing civilians to leave several cities in Ukraine – including Kiev and Kharkiv, the second largest cities in the north. -est – Several days in a fierce fire.

But Ukraine refused to deport its citizens – four of the six corridors proposed by the Russians went to that country or its neighbor, Belarus.

In an exchange with the President of the European Council Charles Michel, Vladimir Putin accused the Ukrainian nationalist battalions of “preventing (evictions) by carrying out violence and various provocations.”

French President Emmanuel Macron condemned the “moral and political depravity” manifested in this Russian plan to provide humanitarian corridors to “bring Ukrainians” to Russia.

“Cash shortage”

Before coming to Kiev from the west, in Irfin, the last city lock, 10,000 people marched in recent days, half drowning on an impossible wooden plank to escape the bombings.

The concrete bridge over the river was destroyed by Ukrainian forces to prevent Russian shields from crossing.

Children, the elderly – some carrying carpets that serve as stretchers – and push chairs, too heavy suitcases, to drop off families on buses and vans.

Olga, 48, who went this route with her two dogs, says, “I’m so glad I won and it’s so good now.”

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Odessa, on the shores of the Black Sea, is also under increasing threat. Distressed families have handed over their sick elderly parents to the Arkhangelsk Mikhailovsky Monastery, with its domes of gold and gray, so large that they could not leave the port city, the AFP reported.

Ukrainians are also largely on the path to deportation. According to the UN, the war has already forced more than 1.7 million people to seek refuge in neighboring countries.

Joseph Borel, the head of European diplomacy, estimates that Europe could expect five million deportations if the bombing of cities continued.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said at least 406 civilians had been killed and 801 wounded since the start of the Ukraine invasion, described as Moscow’s “special military operation.” However, UNHCR insists that its estimates may be far below reality.

“Disaster Effects”

Diplomacy is also seeking to regain its rights in Russia on Thursday with a meeting of Russian foreign ministers Sergei Lavrov, Ukrainian Dmitro Gouleba and their Turkish foreign minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu.

However, hopes of victory are slim, and Vladimir Putin continues to set all Moscow’s demands, especially Ukraine’s militarization, and Kiev’s neutral status as a precondition for any dialogue.

The White House said in a statement that US President Joe Biden, French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Olaf Scholes and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson have all “decided to continue to increase spending” imposed on Russia. House after video conference.

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