Talks between Russian and Ukrainian officials began on the Belarusian border on Monday, as Russia faced deepening economic isolation four days after invading Ukraine in the biggest assault on a European state since World War Two. Russian forces seized two small cities in southeastern Ukraine and the area around a nuclear power plant, the Interfax news agency said on Monday, but ran into stiff resistance elsewhere.
Russian businessman Roman Abramovich, who owns English football Premier League club Chelsea, has accepted a Ukrainian request to help negotiate an end to the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, his spokeswoman said. The European Union is preparing to grant Ukrainians who flee the war the right to stay and work in the nation bloc for up to three years, senior EU and French officials said, thanking volunteers at the borders for helping those who arrive. At least , Ukrainian refugees have entered the EU so far, and the bloc needs to prepare for millions more, they said.
A Romanian emergency services worker hands out bags of food to Ukrainian refugees at the border in Siret, Romania. The EU temporary protection directive, drawn up after the s war in the Balkans, but never used so far, provides for the same level of protection, for one to three years, in all EU states, including a residence permit, access to employment, social welfare and medical treatment.
Separately, Deutsche Boerse, the German stock exchange operator, said that it was suspending from trading a number of securities from Russian issuers with immediate effect. Banks and their lawyers are scrambling to assess the impact of a fresh wave of sanctions and the banishment of big Russian banks from the main global payments system SWIFT on their businesses. British bank HSBC is beginning to wind down relations with a host of Russian banks including the second-largest, VTB, according to a memo seen by Reuters, as financial institutions start to implement restrictions on Russia.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has asked the European Union to allow Ukraine to gain membership under a special procedure immediately as it defends itself from invasion by Russian forces. The Russian currency dropped nearly 26 per cent to Britain has banned any transactions with the Russian central bank, finance ministry and wealth fund, and said it would prevent Russian companies from issuing transferable securities and money market instruments in the United Kingdom.
Russians queued outside ATMs on Sunday, worried the sanctions could trigger cash shortages and disrupt payments. The Australian Federation of Ukrainian Organisations on Monday wrote to the federal government urging a widespread ban on the import and distribution of Russian goods, most prominently vodka. Short of a state-mandated prohibition, the federation has called on businesses to cease selling Russian products.
We have to hit them where it hurts and that means money. Russian vodka is being dropped from the shelves in the US, while Ukrainian brands are being promoted. Gabriele Charotte. Mr Romaniw said the community lobby group wrote to supermarket giant Coles, which owns liquor store chains Liquorland and Vintage Cellars, on Monday. Coles was approached for comment. It is understood that some, but not all, of those, are imports from the Russian Federation, including Russian Standard and Beluga.
Other major vodka brands such as Smirnoff and Absolut are owned by non-Russian companies in countries including Britain and Sweden. Endeavour Group was approached for comment. But nonetheless, Mr Romaniw said the suspension of vodka sales was symbolic given the product was among the most famous of Russian exports.
He declined to name the pub in question. We are urging all Australian companies to consider helping to bring down Putin. The rouble plunged to a record low on Monday and the dollar soared against most peers after Western nations announced fresh sanctions to punish Russia for its invasion of Ukraine, and President Vladimir Putin put its nuclear forces on high alert.
The rouble dropped to as low as per dollar in early trading, tumbling beyond its previous low of 90 roubles per dollar. More than companies have halted operations in Russia since its invasion of Ukraine, the Financial Times cites a professor as saying—far more than the that quit South Africa over apartheid in the s.
The Moscow Times writes that retailers in Russia will limit sales of essential foodstuffs to limit black market speculation and ensure affordability: So said the government March 6, as sanctions imposed over Moscow's military incursion into Ukraine began to bite. With Western brands departing, Russia is running low on insulin and other important medical supplies produced abroad, The Moscow Times cites Kommersant saying.
A global food crisis sparked by Russia's invasion of Ukraine escalated this week as a growing number of key food-producing countries are seeking to keep vital food supplies within their borders, writes Reuters. As far away as Indonesia, the government tightened curbs on palm oil exports, per Reuters.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a meeting with Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko on March 11 that there were "certain positive shifts" in talks with Ukraine, though he did not elaborate, Reuters reports. Zelensky has said the war can only be ended through a meeting with Putin, which the Kremlin has not yet agreed to.
The proposal would create a pathway for the government to take over and eventually sell businesses that quit the country. CNBC , AP , That figure will swell. Estimates, should the bloody campaign continue, vary from 5 million to perhaps double that. The U. Intense Russian shelling knocked these out on March 1, then water the following day.
In recent days international condemnation has escalated over a deadly March 9 airstrike at a maternity hospital in Mariupol, which killed three and injured 17 according to city officials. Western and Ukrainian officials have called the attack a war crime. Financial Times , Images taken at the wrecked hospital showed several civilian injuries , including a bloodied pregnant woman being carried away on a stretcher.
The Russian Embassy in London used its official Twitter account the same day to accuse a pregnant woman believed to have been wounded in the airstrike of faking her injuries. Twitter removed the tweets within hours, after one of the photographers who took her picture as she crawled out of the rubble confirmed her identity. Insider , CNN , On March 10 Russian troops rolled their armored vehicles up to the northeastern boundary of Kyiv, edging closer in their attempts to encircle the city.
Satellite photos showed that a massive convoy that had been mired outside the city split up and fanned out into towns and forests near Kyiv, with artillery pieces moved into firing positions. Reuters , In addition to the army and police force, around 30, Kyiv residents volunteered to defend the city and have received guns, he says. Axios , Russian forces also appeared to be largely stalemated around Kharkiv and distracted from efforts to seize that city.
Russian advances in the south around Mykolayiv and toward Zaporizhya and in the east around Donetsk and Luhansk made little progress as well between March 9 and Russia likely retains much greater combat power in the south and east and will probably renew more effective offensive operations in the coming days. Institute for the Study of War , Convoys of armored vehicles are said to have run out of fuel, Russian soldiers have been left stranded not knowing directions and key Russian equipment such as Pantsir anti-aircraft missile trucks have been abandoned by their crews.
Russians had bypassed Chernihiv in the early days of the invasion. Amnesty International said March 9 that a Russian air strike on the city that reportedly killed 47 civilians on March 3 should be investigated as a possible war crime. Kharkiv has been pulverized with particular cruelty, even though almost all of its citizens are Russian-speakers, many of whom felt affinity with Russia in the past.
Few people were on the street. Around the corner from Constitution Square, the new Nikolsky shopping mall—complete with an oyster bar and virtual-reality game zone—smoldered. A Russian missile had plunged through its roof the night of March 9. Wall Street Journal , As of March 10, the Russians had launched missiles at Ukraine since the invasion began, the U. John Kirby, Pentagon spokesman, said most of the new forces had entered from the north, suggesting they would bolster Russian troops facing strong Ukrainian resistance in their advance on Kyiv.
Army War College study. In Ukraine, that would equal a force of more than 6 million Russian soldiers. The move points to a potential escalation of fighting in Ukraine, experts said. The Libya Observer , The Senate passed the measure March 10 night, and President Biden has given it his support.
The Washington Post , Defense News , In less than a week, the U. So far, Russian forces have been so preoccupied in other parts of the country that they have not targeted the arms supply lines, but few think that can last. New York Times , The Nordic states have also been transparent. So when the Russian invasion began, many experts expected the few drones that the Ukrainian forces managed to get off the ground would be shot down in hours.
But the Pentagon on March 9 said it had concluded any transfer was unnecessary and risked triggering a broader conflict. Polish leaders, too, have clearly been concerned that providing the fighters to Ukraine could make them a new target of the Russians.
Amateur footage of the testy exchange at a meeting between Sergei Tsivilyov, governor of the Kemerovo region, and locals in the city of Novokuznetsk was posted online as early as March 5. The ministry said that some of them had been taken prisoner. Citing Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov, the RIA news agency said Putin had ordered military prosecutors to investigate and punish the officials responsible for disobeying his instructions to exclude conscripts from the operation.
Since Moscow invaded Ukraine on Feb. All previous attempts to reach the city have failed with both sides accusing each other of not observing ceasefires. President Volodymyr Zelensky said the same day that three humanitarian corridors were operating from bombarded areas and, in all, about 35, people had gotten out. People left Sumy, in the northeast near the Russian border; the suburbs of Kyiv; and Enerhodar, the southern town where Russian forces took over a large nuclear plant.
The Moscow Times , Peskov said Moscow was demanding that Ukraine cease military action, change its constitution to enshrine neutrality, acknowledge Crimea as Russian territory and recognize Donetsk and Lugansk as independent states. He insisted Russia was not seeking to make any further territorial claims on Ukraine and said it was "not true" that it was demanding Kyiv be handed over.
We will finish it. But the main thing is that Ukraine ceases its military action … and then no one will shoot," he said. The defunct plant, site of a catastrophic nuclear accident, was disconnected from the grid by Russian forces, Ukrainian officials had said March 9, potentially jeopardizing the cooling of nuclear material still stored at the site. The reason for the disruption was not immediately clear. IAEA , Nuclear technicians are being forced to work under gunpoint, Kotin told local media outlets March 9.
Radiation levels at the sites were normal, it said. The sanctions, announced by the U. Treasury, targeted two Russian nationals and three Russian firms it linked to North Korea's procurement activities for its missile programs. A final text is essentially ready and on the table.
The guarantees were to ensure that U. He also said the nuclear talks in Vienna have covered most issues and, "from our point of view, if Iran agrees, this document can already be launched into the acceptance process. Guardian , President Andrzej Duda of Poland said his country needed more direct assistance from the United States to support Ukrainians fleeing the war.
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