Russia says it ‘massively’ bombed Ukraine in ‘retaliation’ for recent incursion
Russia announced on Thursday that it had carried out strikes “massive” en Ukraine“in retaliation” to a recent incursion into its territory which it attributes to «saboteurs» of Kiev.
“In response to the terrorist acts of the Kiev regime in the (Russian) region of Bryansk on March 2, the armed forces of the Russian Federation carried out massive retaliatory strikes”the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement, saying that hypersonic missiles “Kinjal” (“dagger”, in Russian) had notably been used.
Switzerland: timid step towards re-exporting arms to Ukraine
The lower house of the Swiss Parliament narrowly voted on Wednesday in favor of the re-export of Swiss-made weapons to Ukraine, on the condition, however, that Moscow does not oppose it.
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During the debates on Wednesday in Parliament, the government recalled that, in the current state of the legislation, if it were to approve the re-export of war material to Ukraine, it would also have to approve requests for the delivery of war on Russia.
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Moscow considers it “complicated” to extend the grain agreement
The head of Russian diplomacy Sergey Lavrov spoke about the negotiations aimed at extending an agreement which has made it possible to resume Ukrainian grain exports.
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Affirming that the clauses of the pact intended to benefit Russia were not “no way” applied, Sergei Lavrov said that “if the agreement is half-implemented, then the question of its extension becomes rather complicated”. This cereals agreement, vital for the world food supply, expires on March 18th.
Poland announces that its 10 new Leopard tanks have “delivered” to Ukraine as promised
Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak announced that his country had «déjà» delivered to Ukraine the 10 additional Leopard 2A4 tanks that had been promised.
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“We are talking about a battalion of heavy tanks which, in the case of Poland, have already been delivered, and in the case of our allies, will be delivered to Ukraine very soon”Mariusz Blaszczak told reporters.
War crimes: Ukrainian NGO Truth Hounds rewarded in Norway
The Ukrainian NGO Truth Hounds, which documents war crimes in the conflict in Ukraine, was awarded the Sakharov Prize for Freedom on Thursday.
Truth Hounds is made up of experts who investigate atrocities since the outbreak of hostilities in Crimea and the Donbass in 2014. The Norwegian Helsinki Committee for Human Rights has awarded her “for his work in documenting war crimes and potential crimes against humanity”.
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“Their often dangerous work is fueled by a desire to seek justice for victims and their families”noted the chair of the committee, Berit Lindeman, in a press release.
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Moldova: pro-Russian separatists accuse kyiv of planning an attack in their capital
The prosecutor of the pro-Russian separatist region of Transnistria, in Moldova, has accused Ukraine of wanting to carry out an attack in the center of Tiraspol, the capital of their self-declared state, to “eliminate” its leaders and make “a large number of victims”.
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“The place where the terrorist act was to take place shows that the objective was first the elimination of the leaders of the State and (…) to cause a large number of victims, since the act terrorist was to take place in the center of Tiraspol where many citizens were to be gathered”said, according to Russian agencies, the prosecutor of Transnistria, Anatoly Guretsky.
Zaporijjia nuclear power plant: “We are playing with fire”, according to the IAEA
The Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Rafaël Grossi has once again sounded the alarm after a Russian strike on the Ukrainian nuclear power plant in Zaporizhia (South), which now operates on emergency generators .
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“Every time we play with fire and if we allow this situation to continue, one day our luck will change”he warned before the Board of Governors of the UN body in Vienna, calling “everyone to commit to protecting security” of the site, via the creation of a special area.
Moldova: pro-Russian separatists say they have foiled a Ukrainian attack on their leaders
The authorities of Transnistria, a pro-Russian separatist region of Moldova, claimed to have foiled an attack attributed to kyiv against several senior officials.
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In a statement, the Ministry of Public Security of Transnistria said it had “foiled a terrorist attack” who was, according to this source, “prepared by the Ukrainian security services against several officials” of the separatist region. It was impossible to independently verify these claims.
Three killed in Russian bombardment in Kherson
Three people were killed in a Russian bombardment on the city of Kherson (south) on Thursday morning, said the head of the presidential administration Andriï Yermak onTelegram.
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“Russian terrorists shelled Kherson again this morning, including hitting a public transport stop”said Andriï Iermak, adding that “Three people were killed».
Zelensky slams Russian ‘miserable tactics’ after massive strikes
Volodymyr Zelensky on Thursday denounced the “wretched tactics” Russians after a new wave of massive strikes that targeted the capital and nine regions of his country.
“The enemy launched 81 missiles trying again to intimidate the Ukrainians, again using their miserable tactics”, launched the president on Telegram. The attacks targeted kyiv and nine regions in the center, south and west of the country, he added.
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Regarding the water, electricity and heating cuts, Volodymyr Zelensky informed that “The energy system is being restored. Restrictions have been imposed in all regions”.
The Ukrainian president also spoke about the victims of the attacks: “Unfortunately, there are injuries and deaths. My condolences to the families”.
Ukraine: Kyiv hit in a new wave of massive strikes across Ukraine
Kharkiv deprived of electricity, water and heating
The city of Kharkiv in eastern Ukraine found itself without electricity, water or heating on Thursday morning after massive Russian strikes hit critical infrastructure, its mayor Igor Terekhov announced. “There is no more electricity in the whole city“, he said on television:”Electric transport does not work. There is no heating and water supply, due to lack of voltage in the electrical network».
Russia fired six hypersonic missiles, Ukraine says downed 34 out of 81 missiles
Russia fired 81 missiles, including six Kinjal hypersonic missiles. Ukraine shot down 34, Commander-in-Chief of the Ukrainian Armed Forces Valery Zaluzhny saidon Telegram. None of the hypersonic missiles could be shot down, since the Ukrainian army does not have the necessary capabilities to destroy them. Four Shahed-136 drones out of the eight launched were also intercepted.
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«The launches were carried out from ten Tu-95 strategic aircraft, seven Tu-22M3 aircraft, eight Su-35 fighters, six MIG-31 and three ships in the Black Sea“Said the Ukrainian Air Force, still on Telegram.
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40% of users in kyiv deprived of heating
Forty percent of users in Kyiv were without heating on Thursday morning following massive Russian strikes on Ukraine, the capital’s military administration said. “Emergency power cuts do not provide heating for 40% of kyiv consumers“, said the administration on Telegram.
What to remember from yesterday
- The city of Bakhmout in eastern Ukraine, at the heart of fighting for months and threatened with encirclement by the Russian army and the paramilitary group Wagner, could fall”in the next few days»NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg warned on Wednesday on the sidelines of a meeting of European Defense Ministers in Stockholm.
- A boat suspected of having been used for the operation to sabotage the two Nord Stream underwater gas pipelines in September 2022 was searched in January as part of the investigation in Germany into this operation, the German federal prosecutor’s office said on Wednesday. THE New York Time mentioned Tuesday in his columns the possible responsibility of a “pro-Ukrainian groupin the sabotage, based on US intelligence information. kyiv on Wednesday denied any responsibility.
- UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said on Wednesday “capital” of extend the agreement on Ukrainian grain exports concluded with Russia, a vital text for the world food supply which expires on March 18. “I would like to stress the vital importance of the extension (of the grain agreement) on March 18 and of the creation of the conditions allowing the best use of the export infrastructures”he said during a visit to kyiv.
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In Georgia, withdrawal of a bill that provoked demonstrations
The ruling party in Georgia announced on Thursday the withdrawal of a project of “russian lawcontroversial campaign that has sparked massive protests that have been harshly repressed in the Caucasus country over the past two days. “As a party of government responsible to every member of society, we have decided to unconditionally withdraw this bill that we support.“said the Georgian Dream party in a statement posted on its website.
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IN PICTURES – kyiv wakes up under the bombs
Four dead in Lviv region
A Russian strike killed at least four civilians – two men and two women – in the Ukrainian region of Lviv (west) early Thursday morning, announced the regional governor, in the midst of a new wave of bombardments across Ukraine. A Russian missile fell on a residential area in Zolochiv district, destroying three houses, Governor Maksym Kozytsky said on Telegram. “Debris is being cleared, other people may be below“, he added.
The Russian army is still advancing in Bakhmout
The Russian paramilitary group Wagner on Wednesday claimed the capture of the eastern part of Bakhmout, a city that has been at the heart of fighting for months in eastern Ukraine, and which could fall “in the next few days“, according to the Secretary General of NATO.
However, in Chassiv Iar, a little further west, Ukrainian howitzers fired tirelessly on Russian positions and tanks brought new troops to the front. According to Director of US Intelligence Avril Haines, the major Russian offensive that was feared a few weeks ago has fizzled, and the Kremlin – except to engage in a new massive mobilization and obtain from a third party massive arms deliveries – seems to have to content itself with lowered targets.
But for now, “Wagner units took the entire eastern part of Bakhmout, everything east of the Bakhmoutka Rivercrossing the small town of Donbass, said in an audio message the boss of the paramilitary organization, Evguéni Prigojine.
15% of Kyiv residents without electricity, says mayor
Electricity supply has been cut for 15% of kyiv residents after new Russian strikes, according to Mayor Vitalii Klychko. In Zhytomyr, west of kyiv, missile strikes deprived residents of water supplies, according to the mayor. Aerial sirens sounded in Mykolaiv also on Thursday morning, the governor, Vitalii Kim, announced on Telegram.
Zaporizhia nuclear power plant ‘without electricity’ after Russian strike
The Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, occupied by the Russian army in southern Ukraine, was cut off from the Ukrainian electricity network after a Russian strike, the Ukrainian nuclear operator said on Thursday, warning of the risk of an accident. .
«The last line of communication between the occupied Zaporizhia nuclear power plant and the Ukrainian power grid has been cut due to rocket attacksRussians, Energatom said in a statement, adding that emergency diesel generators had been switched on to ensure the minimum power supply to the plant.
Explosions in kyiv, at least two injured
Explosions rumbled across kyiv this morning, the Ukrainian capital’s mayor Vitali Klitschko reported, following a wave of massive strikes across the country. “Explosions in the Holosiivskyi district of the capital. All services go on site“said the city councilor on social networks, referring to a district in the south of the city.
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The mayor of kyiv announced a new explosion a little later around 6 a.m. (Paris time) in the Sviatochyne district. “Help is on the spot. Cars are on fire in the courtyard of a residential building“Said Vitali Klitschko on Telegram, adding that two people from this neighborhood had been injured and hospitalized.
Strikes on Kharkiv and Odessa regions
Strikes have targeted Karkiv and Odessa regions in eastern and southern Ukraine, local officials said today.
«The enemy carried out about fifteen strikes on the city and the regionof Kharkiv, regional governor Oleg Synegubov said on social media. In the Odessa region, Governor Maksym Marchneko reported that “missiles hit regional energy infrastructure and damaged residential buildings“, speaking of a”massive missile strike».
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