Ukraine-Russia news – live: Russian shelling kills 21 in Kharkiv as plot to assassinate Zelensky foiled

Ukraine-Russia news – live: Russian shelling kills 21 in Kharkiv as plot to assassinate Zelensky foiled

NewsWorldEuropeReported explosion in Kyiv may leave parts of the city without heating, says Ukrainian official

Building on fire in shelling attack in Kharkiv, rescuers work on the spot

Russia’s troops have taken “complete control” of Ukraine’s port city of Kherson, a spokesperson for Moscow’s defence ministry has claimed.

Major General Igor Konashenko said the city is still running as normal and that there are no food or essential goods shortages.

He claimed on Wednesday that talks are underway between Russian personnel and city administrators on maintaining order in the city.

Kherson mayor, Igor Kolykhayev, has since urged Putin’s soldiers not to shoot at civilians and publicly called on civilians to walk through the streets only in daylight and in ones and twos.

It comes after a senior US defence official said on Wednesday that Kherson “is very much a contested city at this point.”

Meanwhile, Britain and dozens of allies are pressing for an investigation to be launched rapidly into Vladimir Putin’s bombardment of Ukrainian cities after Boris Johnson accused the Russian president of war crimes.

The prime minister said Mr Putin “cannot commit these horrific acts with impunity” after 37 countries joined the UK on Wednesday in referring Moscow to the International Criminal Court (ICC).

1646287427War crimes investigation on Putin beginsThe war crimes investigation accusing Vladimir Putin of committing atrocities in his process of invading Ukraine, bombarding civilian infrastructure and killing more than hundred civilians has begun.

The investigation by the International Criminal Court opened on Wednesday night after Britain and 37 allies took Russia to the court over invading a sovereign country and carrying out “abhorrent” attacks.

Russia’s advance on Ukraine appeared to have gathered pace as its capital city remains under grave threat while its second largest city Kharkiv was battered with strikes and Kherson – a major city – fell on Wednesday.

My colleague Sam Blewett has the full report here:

Arpan Rai3 March 2022 06:03

1646286466One million have fled Ukraine in seven daysAt least one million people have fled Ukraine in the last seven days of Russian invasion, said the United Nations’ refugee agency.

“In just seven days we have witnessed the exodus of one million refugees from Ukraine to neighbouring countries,” Filippo Grandi, the UN high commissioner for refugees (UNHCR), said in a statement on Twitter.

The agency’s data shows that the refugees have crossed the one million mark “as of midnight in central Europe based on counts collected by national authorities”, said UNHCR spokesperson Joung-ah Ghedini-Williams.

Sravasti Dasgupta has the full report here:

Arpan Rai3 March 2022 05:47

1646286099Military faculty building shelled in Ukraine’s SumyRussian troops shelled a building of the Ukrainian military faculty in the Sumy state university in the northeastern city, confirmed Dmytro Zhyvytsky, the head of Sumy regional military administration, reported The Kyiv Independent.

Arpan Rai3 March 2022 05:41

1646285425India denies its students held hostage in UkraineIndia has denied reports of its students being held hostage in Ukraine after Russia accused Ukraine of forcibly keeping a large group of Indian students in Kharkiv as “human shields”.

“We note that with the cooperation of the Ukrainian authorities, many students have left Kharkiv yesterday,” Indian foreign ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said.

“We have not received any reports of any hostage situation regarding any student.”

Russian embassy in India has said they are facilitating an urgent evacuation of Indian students from Kharkiv through a “humanitarian corridor” to Russia.

The students will then be flown back to India, the embassy said.

The embassy had alleged: “These students are actually taken hostage by the Ukrainian security forces, who use them as a human shield and in every possible way prevent them from leaving for Russia.”

Arpan Rai3 March 2022 05:30

1646284120Spotify shuts office in RussiaSpotify has closed its office in Russia indefinitely against Moscow’s “unprovoked attack on Ukraine”, its officials said on Wednesday.

The audio streaming platform added that it has reviewed thousands of pieces of content from the time invasion was ordered into Ukraine.

“Our first priority over the past week has been the safety of our employees and to ensure that Spotify continues to serve as an important source of global and regional news at a time when access to information is more important than ever,” Spotify said.

It added that the platform has also restricted the discoverability of shows owned and operated by Russian media houses.

Arpan Rai3 March 2022 05:08

1646282804Canada sanctions 10 more key Russian figures, Trudeau talks to ZelenskyCanada moved to sanction 10 more key Russian officials from the oil and gas industry and two more companies from Russia’s energy sector — Rosneft and Gazprom as the western nations look to pressure Vladimir Putin into pulling out his troops from Ukraine.

Canada’s foreign affairs minister Melanie Joly announced today that it was expanding its sanctions to 10 more Russians in the oil and gas industry, and two energy companies as well.

Alongside, Canadian president Justin Trudeau spoke with his Ukrainian counterpart and vowed “unwavering” support.

“Spoke with President @ZelenskyyUa today. I applauded his leadership and the courage of Ukrainians. Volodymyr, Canada and the world stand with you – and call for an immediate end to President Putin’s illegal attacks that have resulted in the deaths of civilians,” he said in a tweet.

Mr Trudeau said that he will keep working with allies and partners to hold Russia accountable, “including with severe and coordinated sanctions – and we’ll continue to be there for the people of Ukraine”.

Arpan Rai3 March 2022 04:46

1646281164US asks Russia to ‘immediately cease this bloodshed’The US department of state slammed the Russian government’s attempts of a widespread media crackdown in Moscow, as reports of quelling dissent of anti-war protests in Russia emerged.

“At home, the Kremlin is engaged in a full assault on media freedom and the truth, and Moscow’s efforts to mislead and suppress the truth of the brutal invasion are intensifying,” the US state department said today.

Russia is “throttling Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram platforms that tens of millions of Russia’s citizens rely on” to get their “independent information and opinions and to connect with each other and the outside world”, the statement read.

It added: “The people of Russia did not choose this war. Putin did. They have a right to know about the death, suffering and destruction being inflicted by their government on the people of Ukraine.”

“The people of Russia also have a right to know about the human costs of this senseless war to their own soldiers,” the state department said, adding that it called upon Vladimir Putin and his administration to immediately end this “bloodshed” to honour Russia’s international obligations.

Arpan Rai3 March 2022 04:19

1646280482Fall of Kharkiv looms as Russian troops advanceKherson, one of Ukraine’s prominent urban centre is at risk of falling as Russian troops inch closer to capturing it from Volodymyr Zelensky’s hands.

Conflicting claims emerged from Kherson where the mayor Igor Kolykhayev said that the Russian troops had entered the streets and pushed their way into the council building.

Civilians in Kharkiv have been asked to only step put in the streets in daylight and in ones and twos.

“There were armed visitors in the city executive committee today,” Mr Kolykhayev said in a statement.

“I didn’t make any promises to them … I just asked them not to shoot people.”

Russia’s defence ministry on Wednesday said that it had wrestled control of Kherson, alarming authorities in Ukraine of fall of another city.

An adviser to Mr Zelensky said that the Ukrainian forces continued to defend the Black Sea port of about 250,000 people.

Arpan Rai3 March 2022 04:08

1646278684Russia engaged in ‘full assault on the truth’, says USRussia engaged in “full assault on the truth” over war in Ukraine, the US state department said on Thursday.

Arpan Rai3 March 2022 03:38

1646278374More than 700 civilians killed in Russia’s war in UkraineA total of 752 civilian casualties have been recorded in Ukraine in a week of Russian invasion, said UN body as many non-military areas in the country continue to be targeted.

As of 1 March midnight, the United Nations Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine said it has recorded 752 civilian deaths since the beginning of Russian invasion.

Arpan Rai3 March 2022 03:32

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