Ukraine: Zelenskyy tells EU 'we have actually shown our strengths'


German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said Tuesday that Russia should right away withdraw its soldiers and end the "bloodshed" in Ukraine.He also cautioned that Moscow might face more sanctions if it continued its intrusion." We will definitely add more to the plans (of sanctions) that we have actually decided up until now," he informed reporters in Berlin, adding that "Ukraine is literally defending survival."Russia should "right away stop all hostilities, withdraw Russian soldiers to Russia and go back to dialogue," Scholz stated.

German previous chancellor Schröder's staff stopped

The entire personnel of previous German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder's workplace at the chancellery have actually stopped, while the retired statesman faces criticism for ties to Russian businesses.Staffer Albrecht Funk told Reuters that he and three other employees at Schröder's workplace had actually asked to be reassigned to other jobs in the chancellery. According to Reuters, Funk decreased to talk about the factor for the request.
Schröder, of Germany's Social Democratic Party (SPD), took numerous jobs at Russian energy business after leaving office in 2005.SPD leaders and previous French prime minister Francois Fillon advised Schröder to give up his Russian posts over the weekend. The SPD is the senior party in Germany's judgment coalition.

Schröder slammed Russia's intrusion on Thursday, while also stating that mistakes had actually been made "on both sides."

Indian trainee killed in Kharkiv shelling
India's Foreign Ministry has validated that an Indian trainee was killed by shelling in Kharkiv, as Delhi stepped up needs for safe passage to evacuate thousands of its nationals from Ukraine.Roughly a quarter of the 76,000 foreign trainees in Ukraine are from India, without a doubt the biggest number of any nation, according to Ukrainian government data.The Indian government has sent four ministers to nations surrounding Ukraine to help in the rescue efforts of the trainees.Up until now, 4,000 Indians have been left, but 16,000 stay trapped since the intrusion, the Foreign Ministry stated.

European Council head says Russia picked 'geopolitical terrorism'.

European Council President Charles Michel, mixing French and English in a speech to EU parliamentarians, demanded that Russia "stop the war, go home.".

" Once again, blood and war are on the soil of Europe," he said, adding that Putin "did it for only one factor," he stated. " You, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, you the people of Ukraine, in Maidan, you made the option of democracy.".Michel said Russia's option, in response, was one of "geopolitical terrorism pure and simple.".

' We have actually proven our strengths,' Zelenskyy says.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy dealt with the European Parliament in a psychological message, discussing that he was doing so amidst a break in missile strikes.The president detailed his belief that Ukraine was worthy of to be part of the EU and had revealed so in its defend survival and to be "equal" members of Europe.

" I think that we, today, we're providing lives for the desire to be equal, as much as you are. We are handing out our best people."." Nobody is going to break us. We are strong. We are Ukrainian," Zelenskyy added. "We have actually shown our strengths. We have shown that as a minimum we are exactly the like you are.".
" Prove that you are with us. Do prove that you will not let us go. Do show that you certainly are Europeans.".

European Parliament chief condemns 'Putin's war'.

Ahead of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy's address, European Parliament chief Roberta Metsola said she condemned the Russian intrusion of Ukraine "in the strongest possible states."." We are here in the dark shadow of Putin's war, a war we did not provoke. A war we did not begin. An invasion of a sovereign independent state.".She stated the EU would support war crimes investigations against both Russian President Vladimir Putin and Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko.
Metsola likewise underlined the EU's sanctions against Russia and said: "This must be our whatever it takes moment.".

Ukraine president to resolve European legislators.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy will make a virtual address to a special sitting of the European Parliament.
Zelenskyy is urging the bloc to right away accept his country amid Russia's assault, stating he is convinced Ukraine had actually made the right to be confessed.
Kyiv's push to be accepted begins the 6th day of Russia's intrusion of Ukraine, and amidst rising concerns about civilian casualties.

Parliament chief Roberta Metsola tweeted that Zelenskyy would "join and speak with the world" when EU lawmakers debate the war.The presidents of the Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia on Monday all signed an open letter requiring Ukraine to get EU candidate status.Romanian President Klaus Iohannis on Tuesday also backed the subscription plea for Ukraine, in addition to Moldova, Hungary and Georgia.European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has actually spoken in favor of Ukraine joining the EU, however the decision must be taken unanimously by all EU member states rather than the executive arm in Brussels.
However, German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock on Monday cautioned against a hasty accession of Ukraine.
" EU accession is not something that can be achieved in a couple of months," Baerbock stated, while emphasizing that Ukraine is "part of the house of Europe.".

NATO urges Russia to withdraw its forces.

NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg urged Russia to withdraw its forces from Ukraine on Tuesday." The Russian assault is completely inappropriate and it is made it possible for by Belarus," Stoltenberg stated.Stoltenberg added that NATO would not send soldiers or fight jets to support Ukraine." NATO is a defensive alliance, we do not seek conflict with Russia," Stoltenberg said. "Russia needs to right away stop the war, pull all its forces from Ukraine and take part in good faith in diplomatic efforts.".

Italy's Draghi calls for action against Russian oligarchs.

Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi urged tougher action against Russian oligarchs on Tuesday, including that more pressure should be exerted on Russia's Central Bank.Draghi said in a Senate address that Italy is "prepared for additional restrictive measures, should they be necessary.".
" In particular, I have actually proposed to take more targeted measures against oligarchs," Draghi stated." The idea is to develop a global public register of those with properties of more than EUR10 million.".Draghi said that the international neighborhood should "magnify even more the pressure on Russia's Central Bank" and prompted the Switzerland-based Bank of International Settlements (BIS) to take part in sanctions.

South Korea reveals sanctions on Russian banks.

South Korea revealed sanctions on a number of Russian banks on Tuesday.
The country's Finance Ministry stated it would suspend financial deals with 7 significant Russian banks-- Sberbank, VEB, PSB, VTB, Otrkitie, Sovcom and Novikom. This would consist of subsidiaries subject to US sanctions.On Monday, South Korea stated it would tighten export controls on Russia and ban shipments of tactical products that may include electronics, semiconductors and computer systems.

Refugee numbers 'tremendously increasing,' states UN.

More than 660,000 refugees have actually gotten away the conflict in Ukraine for surrounding countries since Russia got into 6 days back, the UN Refugee Agency stated Tuesday." The numbers are tremendously increasing," spokeswoman Shabia Mantoo told reporters in Geneva. "At this rate, the scenario looks set to end up being Europe's largest refugee crisis this century.".She said there were reports of people waiting on as much as 60 hours to get in Poland. Queues of people waiting at the Romanian border were 20 kilometers (12.5 miles) long, she said.

Maersk to stop taking brand-new orders to and from Russia.

Danish shipping company Maersk stated on Tuesday that it would stop taking brand-new inessential orders to and from Russia." Bookings to and from Russia will be briefly suspended, with exception of Foodstuffs, Medical and Humanitarian supplies", Maersk stated.Maersk added that it would try to honor bookings positioned before the imposition of Western sanctions against Russia.
" We will keep monitoring the situation and reviewing effects from sanctions to return our offering in Russia back to regular as quickly as we have the ability to make sure stability and security of our operations by means of Russian seaports," the business stated.

TotalEnergies to cease funding jobs in Russia.

French energy giant TotalEnergies revealed on Tuesday that it will no longer fund new projects in Russia. It added that it has not withdrawn from current projects." TotalEnergies supports the scope and strength of the sanctions put in place by Europe and will implement them no matter the consequences (currently being examined) on its activities in Russia," TotalEnergies stated in a statement.

Russia's Lavrov: Ukraine still has 'Soviet nuclear innovation'.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov declared on Tuesday that Ukraine still has Soviet nuclear technology, adding that Russia needs to respond to this threat, Russian news outlet RIA novosti reported.
Lavrov urged Western nations not to construct military centers in the territory of the former Soviet Union, adding that US nuclear weapons in Europe should be returned home.Lavrov added that Russia is ready to participate in work with the United States over joint stability, while accusing the European Union of going with the path of sanctions rather than dialogue with Russia.

Lavrov added that Moscow is taking all possible measures to prevent the look of nuclear weapons in Ukraine.
The foreign minister's remarks belonged to a pre-recorded address to a disarmament conference in Geneva. Nevertheless, only a few people existed to hear him speak since lots of diplomats, consisting of France and Britain, staged a walk-out to oppose Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

UK adds Sberbank to sanctions list.

Britain's Treasury said on Tuesday that it was including banking firm Sberbank to its list of sanctioned Russian entities.
The relocation comes after the UK government said on Monday that it would freeze the UK assets of all Russian banks.
The business had previously been approved by the European Union. The European Central Bank said on Monday that the business was dealing with "personal bankruptcy or likely bankruptcy.".Since late February, Sberbank held around one-third of total Russian bank possessions.

Port of Mariupol holds out, loses power.

The southeastern Ukrainian city of Mariupol on the Azov Sea has actually been left without electrical energy following attacks from advancing Russian forces, the head of the region Pavlo Kyrylenko stated Tuesday.Along with the smaller city of Volnovakha, Mariupol lies between area held by Russian-backed separatists and the Ukrainian Crimean peninsula that was annexed by Moscow in 2014.

Mariupol, a port city of between 400,000 and 500,000 people, has been under attack since Russia launched its invasion last week. Volnovakha, on the other hand, has a population of some 20,000." Mariupol and Volnovakha are ours!" Kyrylenko composed on Facebook. "The 2 cities are under pressure from the opponent however they are hanging on. In Mariupol, electricity lines have been cut and the city lacks power.".The head of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, Denis Pushilin, has actually stated he hopes soldiers fighting on Moscow's behalf can encircle the city today (Tuesday)..

Munich mayor sacks philharmonic conductor.

Munich's mayor, Dieter Reiter, has actually sacked the chief conductor of the city's philharmonic orchestra, Valery Gergiev, after he did not condemn Russia's attack on Ukraine.Reiter had given Gergiev a due date of Monday to denounce Russia's actions. Reiter said on Tuesday that Gergiev had actually made no such declaration.In 2014, Gergiev signed an artists' petition backing the Russian addition of Crimea.

German foreign minister prompts EU unity.

Ahead of talks with her French and Polish equivalents, German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock has actually required EU-wide unity when it pertains to Russia's war in Ukraine." Our unity has ended up being a question of survival for Europe, has become a concern of survival today," she stated." If our 3 countries pull together-- as they are doing now in their Ukraine support-- Europe pulls together," she added, referring to the 3 nations, which consist of the so-called Weimar Triangle.

France: Russian economy will collapse under sanctions.

France stated on Tuesday that sanctions against Russia will cause the Russian economy to collapse." We will cause the collapse of the Russian economy," Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire informed the Franceinfo broadcaster. He spoke a day after a brand-new round of sanctions was announced by France and the EU." The economic and financial balance of power is absolutely in favor of the European Union which remains in the procedure of finding its own financial power," he added." We are waging overall economic and monetary war on Russia.".

Hungary's Orban: no transit for weapons shipments to Ukraine.

Hungarian President Viktor Orban stated that Western weapons shipment to Ukraine will not be enabled to transit throughout Hungary." We have decided that we won't permit any such deliveries," Orban stated in a statement dispersed by the Hungarian news agency MTI.Orban stated that the security of Ukraine's ethnic Hungarian minority would be threatened by permitting the shipments. There are around 100,000 ethnic Hungarians residing in Ukraine's southwestern Zakarpattia region." It's in the interests of the Hungarian people that Hungary stay out of this war," said Orban.

YouTube obstructs RT and Sputnik across Europe.

Video-sharing platform YouTube has actually obstructed the Russian channels RT and Sputnik in Europe "taking into consideration the ongoing war in Ukraine."." We are blocking the YouTube channels of RT and Sputnik in the whole of Europe with immediate impact," the business said.." Our systems require a little time before being fully operational," YouTube added.The actions come after Facebook moms and dad company Meta on Monday said it would limit access to tv network RT and Sputnik.Twitter Inc has likewise said that it will lower the exposure of Russian state-controlled media tweets and identify them appropriately.

Russian troops shell Kharkiv's central square.

Advancing Russian forces Tuesday shelled the central square of Ukraine's 2nd city, Kharkiv, local governor Oleg Sinegubov stated.The attack hit the structure of the local administration, he stated. "This early morning the central square of our city and the headquarters of the Kharkiv administration was criminally assaulted," Sinegubov said in a video." Russian occupiers continue to use heavy weaponry against the civilian population," he said, including that the number of victims was not yet understood.Russia launched GRAD and cruise missiles on Kharkiv, said Sinegubov, who added that the city's defenses were holding.

" Such attacks are genocide of the Ukrainian people, a war crime against the civilian population!" he stated.Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba pressed for more global sanctions against Russia after what he stated was a "barbaric" attack. "Barbaric Russian missile strikes on the central Freedom Square and residential districts of Kharkiv."." Putin is not able to break Ukraine down. He commits more war crimes out of fury, murders innocent civilians," Kuleba said.

UK recommends attempting Putin for war crimes.

The UK government said on Tuesday that Russian President Vladimir Putin could face prosecution for war crimes.British justice secretary Dominic Raab stated throughout an interview for BBC that for Putin, in addition to for Russian generals and soldiers, "there's a very genuine threat that they'll wind up in the dock of a court in The Hague."." If and when the [International Criminal Court] chooses to act, I'm sure the UK and allies will want to support them virtually, logistically.".
Raab stated that Britain and its allies would wait as long as it takes to bring any lawbreakers to court.

Meanwhile, the mayor of the northeastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv stated that Russian shelling had destroyed a school. At least 11 civilians passed away in the attack, according to Kharkiv's mayor.
Additionally, Amnesty International reported on Sunday that cluster munitions had 2 days previously hit a preschool in the northeastern Ukrainian town of Okhtyrka, killing 3 civilians, consisting of one child. Amnesty stated that the attack" [appeared] to have been performed by Russian forces.".

350,000 refugees have entered Poland: deputy minister.

Around 350,000 refugees have gone into Poland from Ukraine since Russia released its invasion, Polish Deputy Interior Minister Maciej Wasik stated on Tuesday.
" Over the last 24 hours, 100,000 people crossed the Polish-Ukrainian border," Wasik informed public broadcaster Polskie Radio 1, as mentioned by Reuters.
" In overall, since Thursday, there have actually currently been 350,000 refugees.".
According to UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi, the number of people leaving the war in Ukraine has risen to over half a million.On the other hand, a Polish government representative said that Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki would go over assistance for Ukraine's accession to the European Union in Brussels on Tuesday.Morawiecki will go over the subject with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.

UK Defense Ministry: Russian advance on Kyiv made 'little development'.

Britain's Ministry of Defense said in a Tuesday intelligence update that the Russian advance on Kyiv had made "little development" over the past 24 hours.
The ministry cited "logistical troubles" as the reason for the absence of development made by Russian forces.According to the update, Russian forces have "increased their use of weapons" north of the Ukrainian capital Kyiv and in the vicinities of the northeastern city of Kharkiv and northern city of Chernihiv.The ministry added that "Russia has actually failed to gain control of the airspace over Ukraine," triggering it to take part in night operations as a way to decrease losses.

Turkey's Erdagon speaks with Belarus' Lukashenko.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan's office said early on Tuesday that he had actually talked with Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko over the phone.Erdogan and Lukashenko went over cease-fire talks in between Russia and Ukraine, Erdogan's workplace stated.Erdogan's office told Lukashenko that Turkey will continue to make efforts to stop the war.Erdogan stated on Monday that Turkey would not desert its ties with Russia or Ukraine. He added that Ankara would carry out arrangements of an international pact which enable Turkey to block the passage of warships through straits in Turkish waters causing the Black Sea.

Under the 1936 Montreux Convention, Turkey has control over the Bosporus and Dardanelles straits. On Sunday, Turkey called Russia's intrusion a war, permitting it to invoke the convention and block the straits to warships.Turkey had formerly used to moderate in the dispute between Russia and Ukraine, 2 nations with which it shares maritime borders.

70 Ukrainian soldiers killed in Okhtyrka.

More than 70 Ukrainian troops were killed when Russian soldiers shelled a military base in the town of Okhtyrka, regional governor Dmytro Zhyvytskyy stated on Facebook.Okhtyrka lies in between Kyiv and Kharkiv in Ukraine's northeastern Sumy region, which surrounds Russia.
Zhyvytskyy likewise published photos revealing the charred shell of a four-story building and rescuers browsing debris.

Mastercard obstructs banks.

Mastercard Inc. said late on Monday that it had actually blocked several banks from its payment network as a result of sanctions troubled Russia.Mastercard said in a declaration that it would continue to deal with regulators in the coming days. The company likewise assured to contribute $2 million (EUR1.8 million) for humanitarian relief in Ukraine.Visa also said in a statement that it was acting to make sure compliance with sanctions.

Hollywood business 'time out' releases in Russia.

US Film company Warner Bros said it will be stopping the release of "The Batman" in Russia.A spokesperson for the studio stated it was because of the "humanitarian crisis in Ukraine.".On Monday, Walt Disney Co. said it was "pausing" the release of films in Russia, mentioning the "unprovoked invasion" as the reason.
Sony did the same, stating it would delay its release of the comic book film "Morbius" in Russia.

Australia commits millions in ammo and hardware.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has actually supplied more information on the plan to offer Ukraine with funds.
Canberra has devoted $50 million (EUR44.6 million) to offer both lethal and non-lethal protective assistance to Kyiv. Morrison stated most of the support "will be in the deadly classification.".

Convoy of military vehicles longer than initially thought.

An enormous Russian military convoy consisting of hundreds of tanks, trucks, towed artillery pieces and support vehicles has actually been visualized slowly making its way toward Kyiv.
Satellite images offered by the US company Maxar Technologies reveal the convoy spanning a distance of about 40 miles (65 kilometers). The Ukrainian news agency UNIAN also reported the exact same length early on Tuesday.The convoy, which is longer than formerly believed, is inching slowly toward the outskirts of the Ukrainian capital.Up previously, Ukrainian forces have handled to slow the Russian invasion, however it is uncertain simply how long they will be to fend off the Russian push for the capital.This satellite image offered by Maxar Technologies shows the northern end of a convoy northwest of Kyiv.

UN confirms more than 100 civilian casualties.

UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet has actually confirmed the deaths of 102 civilians, including 7 kids, since the Russian invasion started on Thursday. Hundreds more had actually been injured, and the figures offered were most likely to be undercounted.Homeowners of Kyiv who have actually remained in the city have actually hunched down in the subway stations.

Summary of events in Ukraine-Russia crisis on Monday.

Russia and Ukraine broke off peace talks Monday, which were held on the Ukrainian-Belarusian border. A follow-on round will occur in the coming days.
Ukraine had actually required an immediate Russian cease-fire and troop withdrawal as its delegation showed up in Belarus for talks with Russian arbitrators.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy signed a formal request for his country to sign up with the European Union as EU leaders said they might talk about the possibility of Ukraine joining the 27-nation bloc at an informal top in March.The UN said that more than 500,000 people had actually fled the nation and were seeking security in surrounding nations.

The US bought 12 members of Russia's diplomatic mission to the United Nations in New York to be expelled, mandating their departures by March 7, said Russia's ambassador to the UN, Vasily Nebenzya.
Sanctions have taken a toll on Russia's economy, with the Central Bank announcing that it will raise its crucial rates of interest to an unmatched 20%, up from 9.5%, in the face of brand-new sanctions following the invasion of Ukraine.The Russian ruble plunged practically 30% against the dollar.On Monday, numerous anti-war protesters were detained in both Russia and Belarus, according to human rights watchdogs.

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