Ukraine war: Russian general ‘killed near Kharkiv’, Ukrainian intelligence claims

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Ukrainian police officers help a woman fleeing as the artillery echoes nearby in Irpin, in the outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, Monday, March 7, 2022.

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Ukraine’s military intelligence said on Tuesday that Ukrainian forces have killed a Russian general near the besieged city of Kharkiv. The claims have not been confirmed.

Russian officials said they planned to carry out a limited cease-fire on Tuesday to allow civilians to safely flee besieged Ukrainian cities.

Ukrainian President Zelenskyy’s office said those plans can be believed only if a safe evacuation begins.

Follow our live blog below for Tuesday’s main developments:

06:44Tuesday’s key points:

    Unconfirmed claims by Ukraine say they have killed Major General Vitaly Gerasimov, first deputy commander of Russia’s 41st army, near Kharkiv. Russia is proposing another ceasefire Tuesday morning, with humanitarian corridors from Mariupol, Sumy, Kyiv and Chernigov. Kyiv has reacted with scepticism. Monday’s plan was blasted as ‘cynical’ by France’s President Macron as civilians would have been taken to Belarus and Russia.The UN humanitarian chief, Undersecretary-General Martin Griffiths, urged safe passage for people to go “in the direction they choose.”Ukrainian officials say Russian forces have bombed cities in eastern and central Ukraine, and stepped up shelling of suburbs of Kyiv.A third round of talks between Russian and Ukrainian officials on Monday made little progress. More are expected soon.Brussels will unveil new plans on Tuesday to ditch Russian fossil fuels to achieve greater energy independence following Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.

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Latest from around Ukraine on Russia’s offensive

Russian troops have been making significant advances in southern Ukraine but stalled in some other regions. Russian planes dropped bombs Monday night on the northeastern city of Sumy, damaging homes in residential areas, Dmytro Zhivitsky, the city’s military administration chief, said on Telegram. “There are dead and injured,” he said.Ukrainian officials said Russian forces carried out airstrikes after dark Monday on oil depots in Zhytomyr and Cherniakhiv, two towns west of Kyiv. Officials said the strikes blew up 26 oil tanks and nearby residents were being evacuated.In the city of Irpin, on the northwest edge of Kyiv, residents have been fleeing intense Russian shelling.In the Kyiv suburb of Bucha, the mayor reported heavy artillery fire. In the capital itself, soldiers and volunteers fortified the streets with hundreds of checkpoints and barricades designed to thwart a takeover. Mariupol in the southeast is short on water, food and power, and cellphone networks are down. Stores have been looted as residents search for essential goods. Hospitals in the city are facing severe shortages of antibiotics and painkillers, and doctors performed some emergency procedures without them.In Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city, with 1.4 million people, heavy shelling has slammed into apartment buildings.In the south, Russian forces continued their offensive in Mykolaiv, opening fire on the Black Sea shipbuilding centre of half a million people, according to Ukraine’s military. Rescuers said they were putting out fires caused by rocket attacks in residential areas. (AP,  AFP and Reuters)07:05

The details of Russia’s latest ceasefire proposal

Safe corridors intended to let Ukrainian civilians escape the Russian onslaught could open Tuesday, Kremlin officials said, though Ukrainian leaders greeted the plan with skepticism since prior efforts to establish evacuation routes crumbled amid renewed attacks.In one of the most desperate cities, the encircled southern port of Mariupol, an estimated 200,000 people — nearly half the population of 430,000 — were hoping to flee, and Red Cross officials waited to hear when a corridor would be established.Russia’s chief negotiator said he expected the corridors to be in use on Tuesday. The Russian U.N. ambassador forecast a potential cease-fire for the morning and appeared to suggest that humanitarian paths leading away from Kyiv and other cities could give people choice in where they want to go — a change from previous proposals that offered only destinations in Russia or Belarus.But doubts abounded, fueled by the failure of previous attempts to lead civilians to safety amid the biggest ground war in Europe since World War II. The office of embattled Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy would not comment on the latest Russian proposal, saying only that Moscow’s plans can be believed only if a safe evacuation begins.Russia’s U.N. Ambassador, Vassily Nebenzia, told the U.N. Security Council that Russia would carry out a cease-fire Tuesday morning and made the suggestion that humanitarian corridors leading away from Kyiv, Mariupol, Sumy and Chernigov could let people choose where they want to seek safety.The U.N. humanitarian chief, Undersecretary-General Martin Griffiths, addressed the Security Council and urged safe passage for people to go “in the direction they choose.” (AP)06:53

EU seeks energy independence from Russia

Oil prices see-sawed on Tuesday with Brent crude futures trading at $125 (€115) per barrel, around 10% below a 14-year high struck in the last session, reflecting relief that European allies were not planning to join a possible U.S. ban on Russian oil imports. (Reuters)Late on Monday officials said the United States was willing to move ahead with a ban alone, and Germany, the biggest buyer of Russian crude, rejected plans for an energy embargo.The EU is to unveil plans today for greater energy independence, ditching Russian fossil fuels.READ MORE FROM EURONEWS on that story here.

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Russian general ‘killed near Kharkiv’, Ukraine claims

Reuters and other agencies are reporting on Tuesday claims by Ukrainian military intelligence that a senior Russian general has been killed near the besieged city of Kharkiv.If true, he would be the second senior Russian commander said to have died in the invasion.Major General Vitaly Gerasimov, first deputy commander of Russia’s 41st army, was killed on Monday, the Chief Directorate of Intelligence of Ukraine’s defence ministry said in a statement.Russia’s defence ministry did not immediately comment and the report cannot be confirmed.Another Russian general, Andrei Sukhovetsky, also a deputy commander of the 41st army, was reported killed at the end of February.Russia has confirmed around 500 losses in the war so far, whereas Ukraine claims to have killed more than 11,000 Russian troops.06:32Good morning. This is Alasdair Sandford with the latest updates from Russia’s war in Ukraine on Tuesday.

Additional sources • Reuters

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