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.

AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky

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.


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.


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.

Ukrainians urged to send in evidence of war crimes on new website

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


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.


Kyiv claims 11,000 Russian troops killed so far

Ukrainian authorities said on Sunday that since the beginning of the conflict, some 11,000 Russian troops have lost their lives.Russia admitted a week into the conflict that it had lost only 498 lives.Neither of these claims have been independently verified. 


Ukrainian refugees in Poland near 1 million

The Polish border guard said on Sunday morning that a record 129,000 Ukrainians crossed into Poland on Saturday.Nearly 40,000 had crossed the border at 07:00 on Sunday. This brings the total number of Ukrainian refugees in Poland to 922,400.


Governor announces civilian evacuation from Mariupol from 11:00 CET

Pavlo Kirilenko, governor of the Donetsk Oblast region, announced on Facebook that the “evacuation of the civilian population will begin at 12:00 (local time) on 6 March in Mariupol.”A ceasefire is scheduled to start at 10:00 local time until 21:00.A first attempt to evacuate out of the city was postponed on Saturday, with Ukrainian authorities accusing Russia of violating the ceasefire and shelling the city and its surrounding area.09:35

At least 17 dead in Chernihiv after Russian shelling

Russia has dropped powerful bombs on residential areas of the city of Chernihiv, a regional official said Saturday.

Vyacheslav Chaus posted a photo of what he said was an undetonated FAB-500, a Soviet-designed 500-kilogram (1,100-pound) air-dropped bomb.

“Usually this weapon is used against military-industrial facilities and fortified structures,” said Chaus, head of the same-named region of Chernihiv. “But in Chernihiv, against residential areas.”

The city of Chernihiv, located north of Kyiv and with a population of 290,000, has come under heavy fire from Russian forces. Officials said 17 people in the region were killed in the shelling..


WHO confirms attack on Ukrainian health care facilities

The World Health Organisation said they have verified six attacks on health care in Ukraine which have caused six deaths and 11 injuries.The UN health agency’s chief, Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus stressed that “attacks on healthcare facilities or workers breach medical neutrality and are in violations of international humanitarian law.”


Russia targeting ‘populated areas’ to ‘break Ukrainian morale’: UK

The British Defence Ministry said that Russia used similar tactics in Chechnya in 1999 and in Syria in 2016.It said that Russia has been surprised by “the scale and strength of Ukrainian resistance” and slowed down by Ukraine targeting its supply lines.


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