Vladimir Putin Steps Up Shelling; Volodymyr Zelensky Renews Plea For No-Fly Zone

Russia-Ukraine War Live: Russia To Open Humanitarian Corridors in Several Ukrainian Cities

Hundreds of civilians have been killed and thousands wounded

Russia announced Monday it will open humanitarian corridors to allow the evacuation of civilians from several Ukrainian cities experiencing heavy fighting, including the capital Kyiv and besieged port city Mariupol.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, now in its twelfth day, has seen more than 1.5 million people flee the country in what the UN has called Europe’s fastest-growing refugee crisis since World War II. Vladimir Putin has said his campaign in Ukraine will not end until Kyiv stops fighting. 

Hundreds of civilians have been killed and thousands wounded, with hundreds of thousands of people — mostly women and children — pouring into neighbouring countries such as Poland, Romania or Moldova for refuge.

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Britain may ease immigration rules for Ukrainian refugees
British interior minister Priti Patel wants to set up a new scheme to allow more refugees fleeing conflict in Ukraine to come to Britain, The Sun newspaper reported on Monday.

PM Modi speaks to Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky
Prime Minister Modi spoke on phone to President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine. The phone call lasted for about 35 minutes. The two leaders discussed the evolving situation in Ukraine. The Prime Minister appreciated the continuing direct dialogue between Russia and Ukraine: 

More than 261,000 Ukrainians fled to Romania since Russian invasion
A total of 261,445 Ukrainians have fled to Romania since a Russian invasion on Feb. 24, including 33,969 on Sunday, border police data showed on Monday.

Hardeep Singh Puri reaches Delhi with last batch of students from Budapest
Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri returned from Hungary on Monday along with the last batch of 6711 stranded Indian students from Budapest after overseeing the ‘Operation Ganga’ launched by the government to bring back people from war-torn Ukraine.

Tennis-Djokovic offers financial help to Ukraine’s Stakhovsky amid war
Novak Djokovic has offered financial support and any other help required to Ukrainian former world number 31 Sergiy Stakhovsky, who has enlisted in his country’s reserve army amid Russia’s invasion of its neighbour.

Russia to open humanitarian corridors on March 7

The Russian military will hold fire and open humanitarian corridors in several Ukrainian cities including the capital Kyiv at 1000 Moscow time (0700 GMT) on Monday, the Interfax news agency cited Russia’s defence ministry as saying.

The corridors, which will also be opened from the cities of Kharkiv, Mariupol and Sumy, are being set up at the personal request of French President Emmanuel Macron and in view of the current situation in those cities, it said.

Russian forces restrict access to mobile networks

Russian forces at the Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) have switched off some mobile networks and the internet so that reliable information from the site cannot be obtained through the normal channels of communication, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) informed in a press release on Sunday.

Ukraine asks UN court to end Russia invasion
Ukraine will square off with Russia at the UN’s top court on Monday, with Kyiv asking judges in The Hague to order Moscow to immediately halt its invasion.

Ukrainians trapped in besieged city as fighting blocks evacuation efforts
About 200,000 people remained trapped in the besieged city of Mariupol on Monday after fighting stopped evacuation efforts over the weekend, with no sign that massive international sanctions were deterring Moscow from its invasion of Ukraine.

West asks for Russia to be suspended from Interpol
Several Western countries, including the UK and the United States, have called on Interpol to suspend Russia from the international law enforcement organisation, according to British Home Secretary Priti Patel.

China says most of its citizens evacuated from Ukraine
Beijing’s embassy in Ukraine announced Monday that most of the approximately 6,000 Chinese nationals previously in the country had been evacuated, as Russia stepped up the shelling of multiple cities.

US officials say Russia recruiting Syrians to fight in Ukraine
Russia is recruiting Syrian fighters experienced in urban combat as it ramps up its assault on Ukraine, according to US officials quoted by the Wall Street Journal on Sunday

New Zealand expands sanctions on Russia over Ukraine invasion

New Zealand’s government said on Monday that it will introduce legislation to allow it to bring first-of-its-kind sanctions against Russia following its invasion of Ukraine.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the sanctions will give the country the ability to freeze Russian assets in New Zealand, prevent people and companies from moving their money and assets here to escape sanctions imposed by other countries, and stop super yachts, ships and aircraft from entering the country’s waters or airspace.

Ukraine Introduces Export Licences For Key Agricultural Commodities
Ukraine has introduced export licences for its key agriculture commodities wheat, corn and sunflower oil, Interfax Ukraine news agency quoted a government resolution as saying on Sunday.

TikTok suspends livestreaming In Russia citing Moscow’s “Fake News” law
Social media giant TikTok announced Sunday it is suspending the posting of all video content from Russia in order to keep its employees safe and comply with the country’s new “fake news” regulations.

Second attempt to evacuate civilians fails
A civilian disaster is growing in Ukraine as attempts to evacuate residents of besieged port city Mariupol failed for a second day, with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky denouncing “murder” as he warned of more shelling to come on Monday

Netflix suspends service in Russia

Netflix Inc has suspended its service in Russia to protest the country’s invasion of Ukraine, Variety reported on Sunday.

Earlier this week, Netflix temporarily stopped all future projects and acquisitions in Russia as it assessed the impact of Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.

Ukraine and Russia to face off at World Court over genocide claim

Ukraine will ask the United Nations’ top court on Monday to issue an emergency ruling requiring Russia to stop its invasion, arguing that Moscow’s justification for the attack is based on a faulty interpretation of genocide law.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said Russia’s “special military action” is needed “to protect people who have been subjected to bullying and genocide” – meaning those whose first or only language is Russian – in eastern Ukraine. Ukraine’s suit argues that the claim of genocide is untrue, and in any case does not provide legal justification for invasion

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