Ukraine war: Shelling halts Mariupol evacuation for second time, Kyiv says

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People cross on an improvised path under a bridge that was destroyed by a Russian airstrike, while fleeing the town of Irpin, Ukraine, March 5, 2022.

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A Ukrainian official says a second attempt to evacuate civilians from besieged Mariupol has failed due to continued Russian shelling.

The evacuation — scheduled to start at 12:00 local time (11:00 CET) with a ceasefire to be observed from 10:00 to 21:00 — was the second attempt to allow civilians to flee the city in as many days with both sides accusing each other of violating the ceasefire on Saturday.

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The key points to know

    A new attempt to evacuate civilians in besieged Mariupol failed on Sunday with Ukraine accusing Russia of once more shelling the area. It was the second attempt in two days. The first try ended for similar reasons. Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy issued a new appeal for a no-fly zone and warplanes over Ukraine after a Russian missile strike on Vinnytsia.Zelenskyy said refusal means world leaders “want us to be slowly killed.”NATO says a no-fly zone would risk a wider war in Europe. The WHO confirmed deadly attacks on Ukrainian healthcare facilitiesUkraine’s statehood is in jeopardy and sanctions on Russia akin to declaring war, says Putin.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 364 Ukrainian civilians have been killed since the beginning of the invasion.More than 1.5 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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Number of Russian anti-war protesters detained rises to over 4,300

The OVD Info monitoring group said that “as of 03/06/2022 19:27” (local time), more than 4,350 people have been detained in 56 cities across Russia while protesting the invasion of Ukraine.At least 1,635 of the detentions took place in Moscow.17:28

Humanitarian corridors ‘absolutely essential’: UN chief

Antonio Guterres called for “a pause in the fighting” to be established to allow civilians to evacuate from Mariupol, Kharkiv and Sumy and to enable humanitarian supplies to reach those who remain. 

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Ukrainians flock to Lviv to catch evacuation trains to neighbouring countries

The train station in the Ukrainian city of Lviv has become a focal point for the flow of refugees escaping the fighting.People queue to take so-called evacuation trains that will take them to neighbouring countries in particular to Poland.The city is also a hub for humanitarian aid to refugees. In the past two days, some 2,500 tons of aid have arrived from all over the world to be dispatched to various regions.WATCH OUR CORRESPONDENT’S REPORT HERE17:05

Macron told Putin safety of Ukrainian nuclear plants must be under authority of Ukrainian authorities

The Elysée has now released its own readout of the call between Emmanuel Macron and Vladimir Putin.The French presidential palace said that macron expressed his “grave concern about the risks to nuclear safety, security and safeguards resulting from the Russian military invasion of Ukraine and the imperative that concrete measures be taken to address them.””The President of the Republic stressed the importance of ensuring that the safety and security of all the country’s civilian nuclear facilities are effectively guaranteed under the authority of the competent Ukrainian authorities,” it added.The French leader also called “for respect for international humanitarian law, the protection of the civilian population and the delivery of aid. He recalled the importance of a negotiated solution that was fully acceptable to the Ukrainians.””Finally, the President of the Republic took advantage of this exchange to relay his concern about an imminent attack on the town of Odesa,” the Elysée said.16:52

‘Very credible reports’ of Russian war crimes: Blinken

“We’ve seen very credible reports of deliberate attacks on civilians, which would constitute a war crime,” the US Secretary of State said on Sunday.

Speaking to CNN talk show “State of the Union”, the US top diplomat also hailed the resilience of the Ukrainian people and said Russian leader Vladimir Putin was “destined to lose” the war that has already claimed hundreds of lives, including civilians.

Blinken is currently in Moldova where he met with President Maia Sandu and Prime Minister Natalia Gavrilita.

This followed trips to Belgium and Poland earlier this week. 

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Primate of the Orthodox Chruch of Ukraine appeals to Russian counterpart to denounce attacks on churches

“During the Russian attack on Ukraine, churches have also become targets of shelling, in addition to peaceful infrastructure and residential buildings. Even the most sacred place, the Cathedral of St. Sophia of Kyiv, was under attack,” the Primate of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine said in a statement.”As Primate, I appeal to the Russian killers not to increase the extent of their evil by destroying holy places, especially when they hypocritically present themselves as “protecting the Church”.I appeal to the international community and especially to the religious leaders to lend their voices in opposition to the black malevolence of Russia. In word and deed, do all you can to stop the shelling and bombing.”I also appeal separately to the heads of the Moscow Patriarchate in Ukraine: don’t you see how the cities on the plains, on the border and on the east coast of Ukraine are being shelled and how those who regard you as their shepherds are dying as a result of the bombing? Vocally demand from Russia, from the Moscow Patriarch to put an end to the barbaric shelling! Do not follow the general wishes of the world, but tell the truth, as the Lord commanded.”I also want to add my voice once again to the millions of Ukrainians who have appealed to the world: close the sky over Ukraine! Putin already believes that he is at war on our land “with America and NATO”.”The Russian dictator is already at war with you, he has already attacked you. So defending Ukraine, our people, our children, our homes and temples, you are defending yourselves,” he added. 16:14

Ukrainian civilian death toll rises to 364

The UN Human Rights Office announced on Sunday afternoon that the number of Ukrainian civilians who have died since the beginning of the Russian invasion has risen to 364 including “8 boys, and 4 girls, as well as 13 children” whose sex is yet unknown.A further 759 people have been injured. These include “67 men, 48 women, 11 girls, and 2 boys, as well as 28 children and 603 adults whose sex is yet unknown.”

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ICRC confirmed Mariupol evacuation ‘has failed’

The International Committee of the Red Cross said the two “failed attempts underscore the absence of a detailed and functioning agreement between parties to the conflict.”It urged the parties “to agree not just in principle but also on the details of safe passages”.”We remain in Mariupol and are ready to help facilitate further attempts – if the parties reach an agreement, which is for them alone to implement and respect,” it added.

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Macron and Putin discussed nuclear safety: Kremlin

The Kremlin has released a readout of the call between Putin and French President Emmanuel Macron.During the call, Putin claimed that Russia is protecting the Chernobyl and Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plants from “the possibility of Ukrainian neo-Nazis or terrorists to organise provocations fraught  with catastrophic consequences.”He said he is open to a meeting between Russia, Ukraine and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) — which the IAEA chief proposed earlier this week be held in Chernobyl as soon as possible — but came out in favour of “holding such a meeting via video conference or in a third country.”He also accused Ukraine of not respecting ceasefire agreements to allow for the evacuation of civilians.”Vladimir Putin also informed about the status of the negotiations between the Russian delegation and the Ukrainian representatives. He expressed readiness to continue the dialogue with unconditional fulfillment of the known Russian requirements,” the Kremlin added. 

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