Ukraine war live: Russia seizes humanitarian convoy, Ukrainian leaders say

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People carry wooden boards to cover the windows of a building damaged by a bombing the previous day in Kyiv, Ukraine, Monday, March 21, 2022.

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The war in Ukraine rages on after the invasion was launched by Moscow on 24 February.

Fighting has forced more than ten million Ukrainians to flee their homes and more than 3.5 million to flee the country, with thousands of people killed or wounded and widespread damage in the wake of shelling and aerial bombardments.

Follow our live updates below.

07:07

Latest updates:

    The United Nations will consider three resolutions on the Ukrainian humanitarian crisis.

    Russia seized a humanitarian convoy on route to the port city of Mariupol, Ukrainian leaders claimed.

    French President Emmanuel Macron held a one-hour phone call with Vladimir Putin on Tuesday, but could not reach an agreement on a ceasefire in Ukraine. 

    Ukrainian President  Volodymyr Zelenskyy told Italian MPs on Tuesday the death of 117 children so far in the war is ‘the price of procrastination’ over Russia.

08:29

Russian forces attempt to ‘envelop Ukrainian forces’ in east, UK defence intelligence says

Russian forces are attempting to “envelop Ukrainian forces” in the east of the country by advancing from Kharkiv in the north and Mariupol in the south, the UK’s defence ministry said in a defence intelligence update.

The intelligence update added that Russian forces were likely reorganising before “resuming large-scale offensive operations.”

The Russians are “still attempting to circumvent Mykolaiv” in an effort to head west towards Odesa, the defence intelligence update said.

08:22

Biden expected to impose further sanctions on Russia

US President Joe Biden will impose further sanctions on Russia, his national security adviser said ahead of a trip to Brussels and Poland.

Biden will take part in a NATO meeting and European Council summit while in Brussels on Thursday.

“He will join our partners in imposing further sanctions on Russia and tightening the existing sanctions to crack down on evasion and to ensure robust enforcement,” said White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan.
 

07:47

Kremlin spokesman Peskov says Putin hasn’t ‘yet’ achieved military goals

When asked what Russia has achieved in Ukraine, Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Putin “hasn’t achieved yet” in an interview with CNN.

He said it was a “serious operation” and insisted Russia was only attacking military infrastructure. He said that Putin’s main goals were to “get rid of the military potential of Ukraine” and “ensure that Ukraine changes from an anti-Russian centre to a neutral country.”

He refused to rule out that Russia would consider using nuclear weapons.

07:32

Russians destroy laboratory at Chernobyl, Ukrainian agency says

Russian military forces have destroyed a new laboratory at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant that among other things works to improve management of radioactive waste, the Ukrainian state agency responsible for the Chernobyl exclusion zone said on Tuesday.

The Russian military seized the decommissioned plant at the beginning of the war. The exclusion zone is the contaminated area around the plant, site of the world’s worst nuclear meltdown in 1986.

The state agency said the laboratory, built at a cost of 6 million euros with support from the European Commission, opened in 2015.

The laboratory contained “highly active samples and samples of radionuclides that are now in the hands of the enemy, which we hope will harm itself and not the civilized world,” the agency said in its statement.

(AP)

06:54

UN faces 3 resolutions on Ukraine humanitarian crisis

The UN will consider three resolutions on Wednesday on the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine.

Russia decided to call a vote on its Security Council resolution that makes no mention of its attack in the country.

The General Assembly is scheduled to start considering two rival resolutions Wednesday morning: one supported by Ukraine and Western nations that makes clear Russia is responsible for the escalating humanitarian crisis and the other sponsored by South Africa that doesn’t mention Russia.

(AP)

06:45

Russia seizes Mariupol humanitarian convoy, Ukrainian leaders claim

Ukraine’s president accused Russia of seizing rescue workers from a humanitarian convoy trying to get supplies to the port city of Mariupol which has been under heavy attack for weeks.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said around 100,000 civilians remained in Mariupol. Those who have escaped the port city described days of constant bombing. Some 7,000 people were rescued from Mariupol on Tuesday, Volodymyr Zelenskyy said.

 

Additional sources • AP, AFP

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