Latest Ukraine-Russia: Second evacuation from Mariupol halted as civilians killed near Kyiv
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The safe passage of civilians from the beleaguered Ukrainian port city of Mariupol was “halted” for a second day in a row on Sunday, after the agreed ceasefire was breached hours after its scheduled implementation.
Vadym Prystaiko, Ukraine’s ambassador to the UK, called Vladimir Putin’s troops “animals” when asked what was wrong. “That’s the only reaction we have right now,” he said.
After the Kremlin tried again to blame Ukraine for the failed mission, the intelligence services of the Ministry of Defense (MoD) said that it was probably “an additional attempt to reduce responsibility for civilian casualties caused by the continued Russian strikes on the city”.
Elsewhere, three civilians were reportedly killed by Russian shelling as they tried to flee the town of Irpin, near the Ukrainian capital, Kiev. Two were children from the same family and they died after Russian mortar shells hit a damaged bridge they were trying to cross, according to various reports.
Ukraine’s top security official said earlier that the Russian war command had shifted its focus to the southern front in order to cut the country off from the Black Sea.
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sam hancockMarch 6, 2022 7:04 p.m.
Ukraine has ‘plans in place’ if Zelensky kills, US says
The Ukrainian government is prepared for the possibility of its President Volodymyr Zelensky being killed in a Russian strike or an assassination attempt, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has revealed.
Speaking on CBS’ Confront the Nation earlier. Mr Blinken said there were ‘plans in place’ for such an outcome amid Russia’s bloody onslaught, but declined to give many details, our DC correspondent reports. John Bowden.
“The Ukrainians have plans in place, which I won’t go into or go into in detail, to ensure that there is what we would call ‘continuity of government’ one way or another. And leave it at that,” he told Ms Brennan.
sam hancockMarch 6, 2022 7:02 p.m.
Watch: Blinken discusses the possibility of Russia killing Zelensky
Blinken discusses the possibility of Russia killing Zelensky
sam hancockMarch 6, 2022 6:34 p.m.
American Express suspends operations in Russia and Belarus
American Express has joined Visa and Mastercard in suspending all operations in Russia following the invasion of Ukraine.
He said American Express cards issued globally will no longer work at merchants or ATMs in Russia, while cards issued locally in Russia by Russian banks will no longer work outside the country on the global network. American Express.
The company said it was also ending all business activities in Belarus.
“One of our company values is to ‘do what’s right,'” a statement read.
“This principle has guided us through this difficult crisis and will continue to do so, as we stand with our colleagues, our customers and the international community in the hope of a peaceful resolution to this crisis. .”
sam hancockMarch 6, 2022 6:33 p.m.
Ukraine open to ‘non-NATO future’, negotiator tells Fox News
Ukraine is unwilling to compromise on its territorial integrity in talks with Russia, but is open to discussing ‘non-NATO models’ for its future, one of its negotiators told Fox News .
The Eastern European nation has pursued membership in the EU and NATO, both opposed by Moscow. Vladimir Putin cited Ukraine’s potential NATO membership as evidence of what he describes as alliance aggression against Russia.
“The answer we’re getting from NATO countries is that they’re not even ready to discuss our presence in NATO, not for the next five or 10 years,” negotiator David Arakhamia said in a statement. remarks published by Fox News on Saturday evening. .
“We are ready to discuss certain non-NATO models. For example, there could be direct guarantees from different countries like the US, China, UK, maybe Germany and France. We are open to discussing such things in a wider circle, not only in bilateral talks with Russia, but also with other partners.
Ukrainian and Russian officials have held two rounds of talks since Russia launched an invasion of its neighbor on February 24. Both failed.
sam hancockMarch 6, 2022 6:26 p.m.
Anti-war protesters briefed on nuclear threat during protest in Ukraine
Back in London, thousands of anti-war protesters gathered in the city center to hear former Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn alongside other speakers sound the alarm over the ‘undoubted nuclear threat’ from the conflict in Ukraine .
On Sunday, protesters waved Ukrainian flags and banners reading “Putin=Hitler” and “Putin in the trash” as they marched from outside the BBC towards Trafalgar Square.
“If this war is not stopped very quickly, it will degenerate into a global conflict between nuclear power blocs in which there will be no, no, no winners, only millions and millions of losers,” he said. Mr. Corbyn to hundreds of people.
sam hancockMarch 6, 2022 6:19 p.m.
Russia only blames Ukraine for failed ceasefire to absolve responsibility, Defense Ministry says
The UK Ministry of Defense (MoD) has confirmed that a second ceasefire attempt in Ukraine has again not been confirmed.
In an intelligence update posted to Twitter on Sunday afternoon, the Ministry of Defense said: “For the second day in a row, a ceasefire agreement to allow the evacuation of civilians from Mariupol has failed. The ceasefire was scheduled between 10:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. local time, but the agreement was breached hours after its scheduled implementation.
The update said Russian artillery strikes on the port city “probably remained at the high level seen in recent days.”
“Like yesterday, Russia accused Ukraine of breaking the ceasefire agreement. This is likely a further attempt to reduce liability for civilian casualties caused by the continued Russian strikes on the city,” the update adds.
sam hancockMarch 6, 2022 6:09 p.m.
Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant ‘under Russian control’ – IAEA
For the past hour or so, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said Ukraine had informed it that the Zaporizhzhia power station was now under Russian control.
It comes after footage emerged of Europe’s biggest nuclear power plant on fire earlier in the week due to nearby Russian shelling.
As the flames were brought under control and eventually extinguished, the site was taken over by Russia and is now believed to be under the command of the Russian military commander, according to Reuters.
“I am extremely concerned,” IAEA chief Rafael Grossi said in a statement, adding that Russian forces had cut off some mobile networks and the internet, complicating communications with the plant.
“Management and staff must be allowed to carry out their vital functions under stable conditions without interference or undue outside pressure.”
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sam hancockMarch 6, 2022 6:04 p.m.
Watch: Kiev church continues services despite raging war
Kiev church continues services despite raging war
sam hancockMarch 6, 2022 5:54 p.m.
Blinken promises US will match Russia’s ‘aggression’
Antony Blinken reiterated US intention to protect Ukraine from “Russian aggression” during visit to Moldova.
The US Secretary of State said “where and when this aggression may appear, we will do the same”, while addressing a room of reporters in the European country.
It comes after spending most of Saturday meeting Ukrainian officials on the border with Poland, as well as refugees trying to flee the country.
“Countries have the right to choose their own future,” Mr Blinken said today.
sam hancockMarch 6, 2022 5:54 p.m.