UPDATES ON RUSSIA VS UKRAINE WAR
RUSSIA THWARTED SECOND CIVILIAN EVACUATION ATTEMPT, WILL BOMB ODESSA– UKRAINE
Foreign countries have been warned by
Russia against hosting Ukrainian fighter planes
Civilians were killed in evacuation attempts near a destroyed bridge in a town outside Kyiv
Zelensky: Russian forces are preparing to bomb Odessa: this would be a war crime
In a new video posted on March 6, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky warns that Russian forces are preparing to bomb Odessa. Ukrainian officials said the Russian bombing thwarted another temporary ceasefire to evacuate civilians from combat zones, as Russian President Vladimir Putin vowed to keep fighting until Ukraine retreats. In the southern city of Mariupol, local officials said it was impossible to get people out safely after two rescue attempts failed in less than 24 hours, trapping more than 200,000 residents in areas under fire, according to an ICRC count. In Irvine, a town outside of California Some who tried to flee the violence were killed in an explosion, photos verified by The Washington Post. One of the photos shows an abandoned suitcase in the wreckage.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has warned that more civilian lives are at risk as Russian forces prepare to attack the main port city of Odessa. ‘This would be a war crime,’ he said in a touching video on Sunday. Russia eliminated heat, electricity, and water sources in residential areas with siege tactics that a Western intelligence official described as ‘semi-medieval.’ Russian forces have also bombed a Ukrainian military air base, as well as a commercial airport, according to Russian and Ukrainian officials — strikes that could impede Ukraine’s access to airstrips. A Russian Defense Ministry spokesman has warned foreign countries that hosting Ukrainian combat aircraft will be seen as ‘these countries’ participation in the armed conflict,’ comments that come as Ukrainian officials have called on Western allies to fight. To supply combat aircraft to help repel the invasion of Moscow.
Britain’s Ministry of Defense said Russia is responding to the sudden
‘size and strength’ of the Ukrainian resistance by targeting residential areas in several cities – Kharkiv, Chernihiv, Mariupol – in an apparent attempt to ‘break Ukrainian morale.’
Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said Sunday that the United States is discussing a Russian oil embargo with European partners, a potentially critical step in the ongoing effort to cripple the Russian economy. Many US lawmakers have indicated support for such a move.
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said Sunday that the number of foreigners who have registered to fight for Ukraine in its war against Russia is ‘close to 20,000,’ and that volunteers are from 52 countries.
About 1.5 million people have fled the fighting in Ukraine, and at least 364 civilians have been killed, according to UN agencies.
In a similar development, since Western governments began imposing severe sanctions on Russia last week, some crypto boosters have raised the possibility that altcoins could be a useful tool for banks and other companies that still want to do business in the country. Tristan Rosendahl, CEO of Centralex, a cryptocurrency exchange registered in Estonia, wrote in an email to reporters last week, noting that cryptocurrency has made it easier for his company to pay employees in Russia. But according to experts, larger and more legally questionable transactions are unlikely. Maddie Kennedy, a spokeswoman for crypto-data monitoring firm Chainalysis, said the group has seen little activity over the past week to indicate an active cryptocurrency-based black market. According to her, there was ‘no evidence of extensive attempts to evade sanctions.’