A closeup view of fires in an industrial area and nearby fields in southern Chernihiv, 10 March 2022
It’s day 21 of Russia’s war in Ukraine, which was launched by Vladimir Putin on 24 February.
The fighting has forced more than three million Ukrainians to flee their homes, with thousands of people killed or wounded.
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Here are the latest key developments:
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- 0.1 Here are the latest key developments:
- 0.2 Russian troops bomb theatre where residents were hiding, Mariupol city council says
- 0.3 Russians set to launch new ‘Rossgram’ photo-sharing app after Instagram blocked by the Kremlin
- 0.4 NATO vows more forces, exercises to face ‘new reality’ of Russian aggression
- 1 ICJ ordered Russia to suspend its invasion in genocide case
- 2 Ten people queuing for bread killed by Russian gunfire, prosecutor’s office says
- 3 Japanese authorities: Russian fleet spotted elevates fears of escalating tensions
- 4 Direct plea to Biden
- 5 Zelenskyy proposes new alliance
- 6 ‘Europe has not seen terror like this for 80 years’
- Ten civilians were killed on Wednesday morning while waiting in a line for bread in Chernihiv, Ukrainian State Prosecutor’s Office said.Ukrainian President Zelenskyy has addressed the US Congress, invoking Pearl Harbour and 9/11, calling Russia’s invasion the worst conflict since World War II.The Council of Europe in Strasbourg voted to expel Russia from the human rights body over its invasion of Ukraine.The International Court of Justice, or ICJ, delivered a verdict on the Russia vs Ukraine case, ordering it to suspend its invasion.Another round of negotiations between Russia and Ukraine is taking place by videoconference today. President Zelenskyy said overnight that Russian demands are becoming “more realistic” and that “patience is needed”. Turkey’s foreign minister is in Moscow today, and will visit Ukraine on Thursday, in a new round of ‘shuttle diplomacy’ to try and negotiate a ceasefire in the war, which is now in its 21st day. Fighting continues in Ukraine with loud explosions heard Wednesday morning in Kyiv, and the city of Zaporizhzhia was bombarded for the first time.Meanwhile, Britain’s Ministry of Defence says Russian forces are “struggling” to overcome challenges posed by Ukraine’s terrain, and that Ukraine’s destruction of bridges has stalled them.
Russian troops bomb theatre where residents were hiding, Mariupol city council says
Russia bombed a theatre where hundreds were sheltering, Mariupol’s city council said on Wednesday.
The besieged port city has come under heavy shelling from Russia, with repeated calls for humanitarian corridors to evacuate civilians.
Around 20,000 people were eventually evacuated from the city yesterday, a Ukrainian official said. It is unknown how many have died in the city, where there is no electricity and food and water are sparse.
Last week, a Russian airstrike hit a maternity hospital in the city.
Russians set to launch new ‘Rossgram’ photo-sharing app after Instagram blocked by the Kremlin
Russian tech entrepreneurs are set to launch a picture-sharing application on the domestic market to help fill the void left by Instagram, which the authorities blocked this week.
The new service, known as Rossgram, will launch on March 28 and have additional functions such as crowdfunding and paid access for some content, its website said on Wednesday.
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NATO vows more forces, exercises to face ‘new reality’ of Russian aggression
NATO defence ministers tasked military commanders on Wednesday to come up with measures to bolster the alliance’s posture due to the “new reality” ushered in by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
“We face a new reality so we must reset our collective defence and deterrence for the longer term,” NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg told reporters after the meeting.
He added that ministers have tasked military commanders to come up with options to present NATO leaders.
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ICJ ordered Russia to suspend its invasion in genocide case
The International Court of Justice (ICJ) delivered a verdict on the Russia vs Ukraine case, ordering it to suspend its invasion.
Ukraine sought an emergency order from the United Nations’ highest court on Monday to halt hostilities on its territory, arguing that Russia – which boycotted the hearing – had falsely applied genocide law to justify its invasion.
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Ten people queuing for bread killed by Russian gunfire, prosecutor’s office says
10 civilians were killed after the Russian armed forces opened fire on a line for bread near a grocery store in one of the residential districts of Chernihiv, the Ukrainian State Prosecutor’s Office said.
The attack on civilians took place at 10 am local time on Wednesday. There was no further information available on the victims.
“A pre-trial investigation is underway into violations of the laws and customs of war, combined with premeditated murder,” the office said in a statement.
Japan’s Defence Ministry said on Wednesday it has spotted Russian warships crossing a strait in northern Japan this week as Russia’s maritime activity in the area has escalated.
A pair of Russian tank-landing ships crossed the Tsugaru Strait between Aomori on the northern end of Japan’s main island and Hokkaido on Tuesday night, and another pair of tank carriers were spotted in similar waters Wednesday. The ships moved west to the Sea of Japan.
Larger fleets of Russian warships have been repeatedly seen in northern Japanese waters in recent months.
The ministry said that it has also spotted an unmanned Chinese aircraft BZK-007 violating the Japanese Defence Identification Zone over the East China Sea, causing the Air Self-Defense Force to scramble fighter jets and conduct surveillance activity.
China and Russia have stepped up their military collaboration recently, causing concerns in Japan about escalating tension in East Asia.
Direct plea to Biden
Zelenskyy ends by speaking in English and with a direct plea to his US counterpart Joe Biden.
I wish you to be the leader of the world, he told Biden. To be the leader of the world, he added, is to be the leader of peace.
Earlier, Zelenskyy spoke of how the war was denying Ukrainians the fundamental right to die “when it’s your time, not when someone else decides, like your neighbour”.
“I see no sense in life if it can’t stop death,” he added.
Zelenskyy proposes new alliance
Zelenskyy has been talking about the possibility of a new global alliance that is able to respond to conflicts and climate-related disasters.
He has now given way to a film that shows the alleged result of Russia’s invasion on Ukraine.
The video ends with the text: ‘Close the sky over Ukraine’.
‘Europe has not seen terror like this for 80 years’
Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelenskky has been telling the US Congress that Russia’s invasion has sparked the worst war since World War II.
He has urged members to remember Pearl Harbour and 9/11 when thinking about what is going on in Ukraine.
“This is a terror Europe has not seen for 80 years and we are asking for an answer from the world. Is it too much to ask for a humanitarian no-fly zone?”
Watch his speech live, here.