Ukraine war: Mariupol announces new evacuation plan

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Ukrainian paramedics cover a grave with their country's flag of a colleague killed by Russian troops in a cemetery in Kyiv, Ukraine, March 5, 2022.

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Authorities in besieged Mariupol announced on Sunday a new evacuation plan after a first failed attempt the day before.

The evacuation is to start at 12:00 local time (11:00 CET) with a ceasefire to be observed from 10:00 to 21:00. On Saturday, both sides accused each other of violating the ceasefire.

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The key points to know

    A new attempt to evacuate civilians in besieged Mariupol will take place on Sunday.On Saturday, Russia said it would allow the evacuation of civilians from Mariupol and Volnovakha. But evacuations were postponed in Donetsk Oblast amid claims Russian troops had violated the ceasefire. The WHO confirmed deadly attacks on Ukrainian healthcare facilitiesUkraine’s statehood is in jeopardy and sanctions on Russia akin to declaring war, says Putin.NATO’s failure to set up a no-fly zone over Ukraine is a “sign of weakness”, says Ukraine’s foreign minister.NATO says such a move would risk a wider war in Europe. Ukraine’s president made a ‘desperate plea’ to US lawmakers for planes and drones.Russian forces advance on a third nuclear site. Radiation levels at Zaporizhzhya, Europe’s largest, are normal, says IAEA.The next round of talks between Russia and Ukraine will take place on Monday. The UN Human Rights Office said that 351 Ukrainian civilians have been killed since the beginning of the invasion.More than 1.3 million people have fled Ukraine since Russia’s invasion began 10 days ago. Facebook and Twitter are blocked in Russia. Other independent media have also been forced off-air, while many foreign media have stopped their reporting from Russia because of a new law.

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‘Sadly, we’re kinda experts on Nazism’: German embassy rebukes Russian counterpart

The German embassy in South Africa rebuked the Russian embassy after it claimed to have received many letters of solidarity and thanked people who “decide to stand with us today, when Russia, like 80 years ago, is fighting Nazism in Ukraine!”The German embassy riposted that “what Russia is doing in Ukraine is slaughtering innocent children, women and men for its own gain. It’s definitely not “fighting Nazism”.””Shame on anyone who’s falling for this. (Sadly, we’re kinda experts on Nazism.),” it added.

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Hundreds of anti-war protesters detained across Russia on Sunday

According to the OVD Info monitoring group, 696 people have been detained so far across Russia on Sunday for taking part in anti-war protests.Since the beginning of the invasion, 9,055 people in Russia have been detained for taking part in such action, the group said. 11:07

Moldova deserves the world’s gratitude’: Blinken

The US “will do all that we can to help Moldova as it cares for people” who have fled Ukraine following “Russia’s unprovoked, unwarranted war on Ukraine”, the US Secretary of State said during his joint presser with Sandu.He stressed that the humanitarian crisis triggered by the war is far from over and that the number of refugees “will grow””Moldova deserves the world’s gratitude,” he said.He highlighted that US President Joe Biden has asked Congress to approve a $2.75 billion emergency package to deal with the humanitarian crisis and “to help countries like Moldova supporting refugees”.11:01

Moldova President calls for ‘urgent’ and significant’ assistance to cope with Ukrainian refugees

In a joint press conference with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Maia Sandu said that the influx of Ukrainian refugees represents a “significant effort for a country”.About 240,000 Ukrainians have sought refuge in Moldova since the beginning of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.Sandu stressed however that despite the challenges, “we cannot turn our back to these people” and that it is “our moral duty to help them out””The Republic of Moldova does need assistance,” she added, calling for “significant contribution from the international community”.She said Moldova needs “urgent assistance for the temporary accommodation of these people.”10:49

‘Fastest growing refugee crisis in Europe since WWII’: UN

Filippo Grandi, the UN High Commissioner for refugees, said on Sunday that more than 1.5 million Ukrainian refugees crossed into neighbouring countries in the first 10 days of the war. 

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Kharkiv awaiting ‘green corridors’ to evacuate civilians: Region head

Oleg Sinegubov, head of the Kharkiv regional state administration, said on Sunday morning that “fights are being waged” around the city.”We are waiting for the opening of the so-called “green corridors” to evacuate the population and deliver humanitarian goods. Organisationally, we are completely ready,” he added.He also said that “every day about 30,000 people leave Kharkiv railway station to safe places.”10:30

Russia worried about black market for necessities as sanctions bite

The largest federal and regional supermarket networks have decided to minimise the risk of purchases by “resellers” of basic goods, the Russian trade and industry ministry said in a statement on Saturday.
“In several regions (…) these products have been bought in bulk, up to several tons, more than enough for personal use, and in order to resell them,” the ministry continued.
As a result, it said it supported rationing measures adopted by large retailers, without giving any guidelines for the time being.
Retailers themselves will determine which products will be restricted and how they will be restricted, it said.
The list of essential products concerns goods whose prices can be limited by the Russian government. It includes some 20 basic foods: meat, fish, milk, flour, sugar, oil, cereals, butter, rice, bread, cabbage, carrots, onions and potatoes.
Since the massive sanctions against the Russian economy, the authorities have been stepping up measures to limit panic and capital flight.
The Kremlin has admitted that these measures are hurting the economy, but vowed that it will rebound “spectacularly” in the medium term.
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Ukrainians urged to send in evidence of war crimes on new website

The Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine has launched a website, warcrimes.gov.ua, calling on people to send evidence of war crimes committed by Russian troops.

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Russian troops take hostage 500 patients in psychiatric hospital: Ukraine

Ukrainian authorities affirmed on Sunday that Russian troops have taken over a psychiatric hospital near Kyiv and are keeping the 500 patients hostage.

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