- Ukraine says it will try to evacuate civilians through six humanitarian corridors, including from the besieged southeastern port city of Mariupol.
- Russia pledges to observe a “regime of silence” in order to allow people to flee to safety.
- Moscow says “some progress has been made” in three rounds of talks with Ukrainian officials, insists offensive is going to plan.
- The United Nations says more than two million refugees have now fled Ukraine.
Here are all the latest updates:
Warning of radiation risk after power cut at Chernobyl
Ukraine’s state-run nuclear company has warned that radioactive substances could be released from the country’s defunct Chernobyl nuclear power plant because it cannot cool spent nuclear fuel after its power connection was severed.
Energoatom said work to repair the connection and restore power to the plant, which has been occupied by Russian troops, has not been possible because fighting is taking place in the area.
EU foreign policy chief says bloc preparing new sanctions
European Union governments are preparing a new round of travel bans and asset freezes on about 100 Russian nationals over Moscow’s offensive, the bloc’s foreign policy chief has said.
“Member states are working on a package of sanctions, [focused on] around 100 people responsible at different levels of government,” Josep Borrell told the European Parliament in Strasbourg.
He said he hoped for an agreement later today, without giving more details.
Kyiv unaware of what’s happening at occupied nuclear plants, minister says
Ukraine’s energy minister has warned the country’s authorities do not know what the current radiation levels are at the Chernobyl plant as they have received no information regarding the site since it was seized by Russian troops.
Herman Halushchenko said Kyiv also had no control over what was happening at the occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, which Moscow’s forces took control of last week.
Kyiv still supplied with power, heat and water, deputy mayor says
Phone connections and heat, water and power supplies are working normally in Kyiv, the city’s deputy mayor has said.
Mykola Povoroznyk added in televised remarks that authorities were working to evacuate many more people from the bombarded communities of Irpin, Bucha and Hostomel, all of which sit in the Kyiv region, to the capital.
“We have places to house [refugees], we have trains to send people west,” Povoroznyk said.
The battle for Odesa – and what it means for the war
Two weeks into Russia’s war in Ukraine, Kyiv’s forces are preparing for a potential major attack on Odesa.
Experts say the anticipated battle for control of the historic port city, located on the Black Sea, could shape the outcome of the entire war given its strategic and economic importance.
Read more here.
Russia will render Ukraine neutral, foreign ministry spokeswoman says
Moscow will achieve its goal of ensuring Ukraine is neutral, but would prefer to do that through talks rather than conflict, a spokeswoman for Russia’s foreign ministry has said.
Maria Zakharova told reporters at a media briefing that “some progress” had been made in three rounds of negotiations with Ukrainian officials.
She said the Kremlin’s aims do not include overthrowing the Kyiv government and added that Russia’s military operation was proceeding as planned so far.
‘Conflicting information about humanitarian corridors: AJE correspondent
Al Jazeera’s Natacha Butler, reporting from the city of Lviv, in western Ukraine, says there is a “lot of conflicting information about the implementation of humanitarian corridors in Ukraine”.
“What we do know is that Ukrainian authorities have confirmed that there is a humanitarian corridor from the city of Sumy,” Butler said.
She added the situation elsewhere in the country was unclear despite Ukraine’s announcement of six exit routes.
“Whether or not that actually happens and the fighting stops is another matter indeed,” Butler said.
“All we know for the time being is that Russian officials did earlier make an offer of putting in place humanitarian corridors, but so far those offers, which have been repeated over the past few days, have meant that people could flee not to Western Ukraine or neighbouring countries but to Russia and Belarus,” she added, noting Ukrainian authorities had emphatically rejected such plans.
‘Smells of genocide’: How Putin justifies Russia’s war in Ukraine
Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has been telling Russians that the objective of his war in Ukraine is the “demilitarisation and denazification” of the Ukrainian government.
He claims Kyiv has been carrying out a “genocide” against the Russian-speaking population of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, collectively known as the Donbas, where the Ukrainian army has been fighting Russia-backed separatists since 2014.
Read more here.
Poland ready to act on jets, but within NATO framework: Presidential adviser
Warsaw is ready to act on supplying MiG-29 fighter jets to Ukraine, but only within the framework of the United States-led NATO military alliance, an adviser to the Polish president has said.
“The USA does not want these planes to come to Ukraine from American bases,” Jakub Kumoch told public broadcaster TVP Info. “Poland is ready to act, but only within the framework of the alliance, within the framework of NATO.”
Kumoch’s remarks came after Washington rejected a proposal to put Polish jets at Washington’s disposal.
‘Apocalyptic’: Ukraine crisis worsens as Russia ramps up attacks
A fast-deteriorating humanitarian crisis is unfolding in Ukraine, where hundreds of thousands of civilians are trapped in besieged cities without water, food and electricity as Russian troops continue to press deep into the country.
For a breakdown on what’s happening on the ground, click here.
Civilians leaving Sumy in private cars, mayor says
Sumy’s mayor says civilians have begun leaving the northeastern city in private cars after a humanitarian corridor was established for a second successive day.
Oleksandr Lysenko’s remarks, which were televised, came after about 5,000 people were evacuated from Sumy on Tuesday after Russia agreed to pause its offensive.
Ukraine makes new attempt to get civilians out of Mariupol, other cities
Ukraine will try to evacuate civilians through six humanitarian corridors, the country’s deputy prime minister has said.
Iryna Vereshchuk said in a video statement that Ukrainian armed forces had agreed to stop firing in those areas from 9am until 9pm local time (07:00-19:00 GMT) and urged Russian forces to fulfil their commitment to local ceasefires.
She added the corridors will go from Mariupol to Zaporizhzhia; Enerhodar to Zaporizhzhia; Sumy to Poltava; Izyum to Lozova; Volnovakha to Pokrovsk; and from several towns around Kyiv, which she identified as Vorzel, Borodyanka, Bucha, Irpin and Hostomel, to the capital.
“I appeal to the Russian Federation: You have undertaken official public commitments to cease fire … We have had negative experiences when the commitments that were undertaken did not work,” Vereshchuk said.
There have been several failed attempts to open safe exit routes for trapped civilians in the past few days, with Kyiv and Moscow blaming one another for the failures.
Kyiv’s residents ‘holding their breath for what’s coming next’: AJE correspondent
Al Jazeera’s Step Vaessen, reporting from Kyiv, says people in the capital are “very well aware … [it] is the main prize in this war”.
“There’s been a very eerie silence, people who are still in the city are holding their breath for what’s coming next,” Vaessen said.
“But this silence has been interrupted in the last hour by artillery fire coming from the northeast of the city. We know there’s also heavy fighting in the northwest – if a bridge in the town of Irpin falls in to the hands of Russian troops then the next stop will be Kyiv,” she added.
Vaessen described a palpable feeling of “tension, fear and stress” in the city among those who had opted not to flee and are now readying to defend it from an anticipated Russian attack.
“They have put up barricades with whatever they could find and there are checkpoints everywhere,” she said.
“The Russian advance to the capital has been stalled in the last week, but there [are fears] the advance – and even heavy bombardment – on Kyiv could happen in the next few days.”
China to provide $791,540 worth of humanitarian assistance to Ukraine
The Chinese Red Cross will provide a batch of humanitarian assistance worth 5 million yuan ($791,540) to Ukraine, consisting of daily necessities, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian has said.
Until now, Beijing has attempted to strike a delicate balancing act over Moscow’s incursion.
It has refrained from calling Russia’s attack an “invasion” and neither openly denounced nor supported the move.
Enerhodar says civilians can be evacuated
The mayor of the southeastern Ukrainian city of Enerhodar has said a temporary ceasefire was in force, allowing the evacuation of civilians to start through a humanitarian corridor.
Mayor Dmytro Orlov said humanitarian supplies would be allowed into the city, which has been under fire from Russian forces, and added: “On the way back, buses will pick up civilians who want to leave.”
He said civilians would be able to go to the nearby city of Zaporizhzhia.
Russia’s Gazprom continues gas shipments via Ukraine at same level
Russian natural gas company Gazprom has continued gas shipments via Ukraine at the same volume of 109.5 million cubic metres a day, the company has said.
Russia warns the West: Our sanctions will hurt you
Russia has warned the West that it is working on a broad response to sanctions that would be swift and felt in the West’s most sensitive areas.
“Russia’s reaction will be swift, thoughtful and sensitive for those it addresses,” Dmitry Birichevsky, the director of the foreign ministry’s department for economic cooperation, was quoted as saying by the RIA news agency.
EU’s von der Leyen says have enough gas for this winter
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has said that the bloc has bought enough liquefied natural gas that it should be independent of Russian imports up until the end of the winter.
Von der Leyen also told Germany’s ARD television that sanctions against Russia were designed to cause maximum impact on Moscow, while causing the least damage possible to Western economies.
UK’s Mothercare suspends all business in Russia
UK baby products retailer Mothercare has said all its business in Russia, including shipment of all products, has been suspended.
The company said its local partner in Russia will be pausing operations in about 120 stores and online.
Russia represents around 20 to 25 percent of Mothercare’s worldwide retail sales and was previously expected to contribute around 0.5 million pounds ($0.7m) per month to group profit.
Top US lawmakers reach deal on Ukraine aid
Congressional leaders have reached a bipartisan deal providing $13.6bn to help Ukraine and European allies plus billions more to battle the pandemic as part of an overdue $1.5 trillion measure financing federal agencies for the rest of this year.
Though a tiny portion of the massive bill, the money designated for Kyiv ensured robust bipartisan support for the legislation.
US President Joe Biden had requested $10bn for military, humanitarian and economic aid last week, and Democratic and Republican backing was so staunch that the figure grew to $12bn on Monday and $13.6bn just a day later.
Ukraine bans exports of several grains, sugar, salt, meat
Ukraine’s government has banned exports of rye, barley, buckwheat, millet, sugar, salt, and meat until the end of this year, according to a cabinet resolution.
Russia reducing use of US dollar: Foreign ministry
Russia is reducing the use of US dollars in its reserves and external settlements after the West slapped sanctions on Russia, the RIA news agency has quoted the foreign ministry’s director of economic cooperation as saying.
Russia says Ukraine planned attack on rebel region in March
Russia’s defence ministry has said it has obtained secret documents which prove that Ukraine planned a March attack on Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine.
The ministry published six pages of documents that it claimed showed Kyiv planned a military assault on the Russian-backed rebel republics in the Donbas region.
Al Jazeera was unable to independently verify the documents – written in Ukrainian – which appear to outline combat preparations for tactical military units.
Ukraine’s largest party proposes new security agreement
The largest political party in Ukraine’s parliament has proposed that Kyiv should sign a new security guarantee agreement with the US, Turkey and Russia instead of pursuing NATO membership, according to a report by the Ukrayinska Pravda news website.
“The alliance is not ready to admit Ukraine over the course of at least the next 15 years and has made this clear,” the Sluha Narodu (Servant of the People) party was quoted as saying.
Therefore, it said, it was time to discuss concrete security guarantees with Russia.
By signing the agreement, Sluha Narodu suggested “Russia will be under a legal obligation to recognise Ukrainian statehood and refrain from threatening the Ukrainian people and its government,” Ukrayinska Pravda reported.
UAE minister, US’ Blinken discuss two-way ties, Ukraine: Report
The foreign minister of the UAE has discussed developments in Ukraine and ways to strengthen two-way ties during a telephone call with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, the state news agency has said.
Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan and Blinken discussed the importance of reaching a political settlement to the Ukrainian crisis, it said.
UK says Ukraine’s air defences having considerable success against Russian jets
The UK has said Ukraine’s air defences were having success against Russian jets, likely preventing Russia from controlling the airspace.
“Ukrainian air defences appear to have enjoyed considerable success against Russia’s modern combat aircraft, probably preventing them achieving any degree of control of the air,” the Ministry of Defence intelligence update posted on Twitter said.
The UK’s assessment also said Russian forces had failed to make any significant breakthroughs in fighting northwest of Kyiv.
French company Dassault Systemes suspends new business in Russia and Belarus
French technology company Dassault Systemes has said it has decided to suspend its new business in Russia and Belarus, joining a raft of companies.
“We stand in solidarity with the people of Ukraine,” it said in a statement. “Dassault Systèmes has decided to suspend all new business in Russia and Belarus, and set the framework for it to take effect this week.
“We may maintain some minimal support activities for our existing customers who are not subject to sanctions, and will continue complying with all applicable export control restrictions and sanctions laws relevant to our operations as well as with the rules of ethics and international standards,” it said.
UK announces new aviation sanctions against Russia
The UK has unveiled new aviation sanctions giving it the power to detain any Russian aircraft and banning exports of aviation or space-related goods to Russia.
The UK will also strengthen its ban on Russian aircraft, making it a criminal offence for any to fly or land in the UK.
“The ban includes any aircraft owned, operated or chartered by anyone connected with Russia or designated individuals or entities, and will include the power to detain any aircraft owned by persons connected with Russia,” the Foreign Office said in a statement.
Russia’s Lavrov to hold talks with Ukrainian counterpart in Turkey
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has traveled to Turkey where he will have talks with his Ukrainian counterpart Dmytro Kuleba, the TASS news agency has cited the Russian foreign ministry as saying.
Evacuation from Sumy to continue on Wednesday: Regional governor
A humanitarian corridor out of the besieged city of Sumy will continue to function on Wednesday, regional governor Dmytro Zhyvytskyy has said.
About 5,000 people rode buses out of the northeastern city on Tuesday after Moscow and Kyiv agreed on the corridor, he said, and about 1,000 cars were also able to leave, moving towards the city of Poltava.
Air alert declared in Kyiv as fighting continues
An air alert has been declared in and around Kyiv, with residents urged to get to bomb shelters as quickly as possible.
“Kyiv region – air alert. Threat of a missile attack. Everyone immediately to shelters,” regional administration head Oleksiy Kuleba said on Telegram.
IAEA loses contact with Chernobyl nuclear data systems
The UN’s nuclear watchdog says the Chernobyl nuclear power plant is no longer sending it data and voiced concern for staff working under Russian guard there.
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Rafael Grossi “indicated that remote data transmission from safeguards monitoring systems installed at the Chornobyl NPP had been lost”, the agency said in a statement.
The situation for the staff was also “worsening” at the site, the IAEA said, citing the Ukrainian nuclear regulator.
In Thailand, businesses feel economic shock of Ukraine war
Purithai Produce, a Bangkok-based produce exporter, says getting Thai fresh fruit and vegetables onto Russian supermarket shelves has become an almost impossible task amid Western sanctions on Moscow.
“We’ve basically lost market access to Russia,” said Peyton Enloe, managing director of Purithai Produce, which ships fresh and frozen produce to Europe, the US and Russia.
“My Russian customers told me people don’t have money to even buy the basics, let alone ‘exotic’ produce like mangos, durians, rambutans.”
Read more here.
Hungary opposes ban on Russian energy
Viktor Orban, Hungary’s prime minister, has opposed a ban on Russian oil and gas, saying it “would represent a disproportionately large burden” for his country.
“While we condemn Russia’s armed offensive and we also condemn the war, we will not allow Hungarian families to be made to pay the price of the war; and so the sanctions must not be extended to the areas of oil and gas,” he said in a statement.
Ukraine civilian death toll now at 474, says UN
The United Nations human rights office says at least 474 civilians have been killed in Ukraine since the Russian invasion began.
Another 861 have been wounded, it said, adding that the real figures were likely considerably higher as reports of hundreds of casualties from the towns of Volnovakha, Mariupol and Izium are yet to be corroborated.
“Most of the civilian casualties recorded were caused by the use of explosive weapons with a wide impact area, including shelling from heavy artillery and multi-launch rocket systems, and missile and air strikes,” it said.
The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in #Ukraine @UNHumanRightsUA recorded 1,335 civilian casualties in the country (474 killed & 861 injured) between 24/02/2022, when #Russia’s armed attack against Ukraine started, & Monday 07/03/2022.https://t.co/WVe7Y3fmSL pic.twitter.com/R5PrTS5TRZ
— UN Human Rights (@UNHumanRights) March 8, 2022
At least 27 killed in Kharkiv in single day, says official
A Ukrainian police official has said that at least 27 people were killed in the eastern city of Kharkiv on Tuesday.
In a Facebook post, Sergey Bolvinov said a total of 170 civilians including five children have been killed in the besieged city since the Russian invasion began.
Four in five Americans support US ban on Russian energy
A large majority of Americans supports an end to US imports of Russian energy despite surging gasoline prices, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll.
The poll, conducted on Monday and Tuesday, suggests Biden has broad support from voters of his Democratic Party and from Republicans for the ban on Russian oil and natural gas imports.
Some 80 percent of respondents in the poll said Americans should not buy oil or gas from Russia during the conflict even if it causes gasoline prices to increase. The overall level of support was unchanged from a poll last week even though the average US price at the pump rose to a record on Tuesday of about $4.17 per gallon.
Georgia’s ex-defence minister fighting in Ukraine
Georgia’s former Minister of Defence Irakli Okruashvili has arrived in Ukraine, along with other Georgian volunteers, according to Ukraine’s defence ministry.
Okruashvili is “in Ukraine alongside Georgian volunteers to help us fight against the Russian occupying forces,” the ministry said.
Former Defence Minister of Georgia Irakli Okruashvili arrived in Ukraine together with Georgian volunteers to fight against the racist occupiers pic.twitter.com/RMTtBEnrLL
— Hromadske Int. (@Hromadske) March 8, 2022
Russian troops ‘damaged 61 hospitals’
Ukraine’s Health Minister Viktor Liashko has told a local television channel that Russian forces have attacked 61 hospitals in Ukraine, damaging windows, walls and medical equipment, according to news outlet UkrInform.
“As many as 61 hospitals have been damaged as a result of actions of the Russian aggressor. At the same time, due to the public services of the State Emergency Service, which help doctors, and due to health workers, these hospitals have not closed, they continue working,” Liashko was quoted as saying.
This includes the main hospital in the city of Izium, near Kharkiv, he said.
Russia default on debt is ‘imminent’: Fitch
Ratings agency Fitch has again downgraded Russia’s sovereign debt rating further into junk territory from “B” to “C,” saying the decision reflects the view that a default is “imminent”.
It justified the further downgrade by saying recent developments had “further undermined Russia’s willingness to service government debt”.
Airbnb users send $1.9m to Ukraine through reservations
Thousands of Airbnb users have booked vacation rentals in war-battered Ukraine, not to visit but to provide aid to local hosts struggling to survive the Russian invasion.
Over a two-day period last week, some $1.9m was spent on reservations for more than 61,000 nights in Ukraine, according to a spokesperson for the San Francisco-based company.
At first I was sceptical about the @Airbnb initiative to help Ukrainians by renting apartments. But today a friend in Lviv said he received $15 000 over the past week for his apartments, bought medicines, including insulin for diabetics, and will be driving them to Kyiv today.
— Kateryna Yushchenko (@KatyaYushchenko) March 7, 2022
Meghan Bamford of Edmonton, Canada, told AFP that she and her husband had made reservations in the besieged cities of Kyiv and Kharkiv.
“You have people that are in the middle of an active crisis,” she said. “If you can get money directly into their accounts, that’s the difference between somebody being forced to stay in somewhere like Kyiv or surrounding communities or potentially being able to get out.”
Poland’s jet offer for Ukraine ‘not tenable’, says US
The Pentagon has appeared to dismiss Poland’s offer to give its MiG-29 fighter jets to the US so they can be passed to Ukraine.
Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby said in a statement that the prospect of jets departing from a US/NATO base in Germany “to fly into airspace that is contested with Russia over Ukraine raises serious concerns for the entire NATO alliance”.
“We will continue to consult with Poland and our other NATO allies about this issue and the difficult logistical challenges it presents, but we do not believe Poland’s proposal is a tenable one,” he added.
Americans donating body armour, ammunition
A Texas marketing executive is among several American donors shipping body armour to Ukrainians through relief groups in the US.
Bret Starr told Reuters news agency he expects to send 20 sets of helmets and bullet-proof vests through the Ukranian American Coordinating Council this week, followed by up to 2,000 more through cash donations and gear.
In New York state, the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office has given around 450 pieces of body armour to the Long Island-Ukraine Emergency Response Drive.
Ammunition companies are also sending donations, with Ammo Inc saying it has already sent one million rounds to Ukraine and Remington Ammunition pledging to donate one million rounds to the Ukraine Armed Forces.
Zelenskyy praises US oil ban as ‘powerful signal’
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has thanked Biden for his “leadership” in banning Russian oil, calling the decision a “powerful signal to the whole world”.
“It is very simple: every penny paid to Russia turns into bullets and projectiles that fly to other sovereign states,” he said.
“Either Russia will respect international law and will not wage wars, or it will not have the money to start wars.”
Russia’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline ‘dead’, says US
A senior US official says the controversial Nord Stream 2 pipeline that was halted over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is “now dead”.
“It is a hunk of metal at the bottom of the sea,” Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland told US legislators. “I don’t think it will ever be revived.”
Thousands evacuated in Sumy
Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk says 5,000 people, including 1,700 foreign students, were evacuated from the eastern city of Sumy.
Vereshchuk said the city faced a “catastrophic situation”, cut off from water, power and communications.
She also said that Ukraine will not accept Moscow’s offer to establish safe corridors for civilians to head towards Russia, saying it will only agree to safe exits leading westwards.
Universal Music Group suspends operations in Russia
Universal Music Group says it is suspending all operations in Russia and closing its offices – joining a growing list of companies protesting against the war in Ukraine.
“We urge an end to the violence in Ukraine as soon as possible,” the company said in a statement.
“We are adhering to international sanctions and, along with our employees and artists, have been working with groups from a range of countries (including the U.S., U.K., Poland, Slovakia, Germany, Czech Republic and Hungary) to support humanitarian relief efforts to bring urgent aid to refugees in the region.”
It’s ‘clear’ Russia will lose conflict, says US official
Nuland, who is speaking at a congressional hearing, says Russia is destined to lose its war in Ukraine.
“It is clear that Russia will lose this conflict – whether they lose it quickly or whether they lose it extremely slowly, it is only a matter of time,” said the State Department under secretary.
“The problem is that if this can be lost quickly, many, many, many lives will be saved, which is why we have to continue to pour on the economic pressure; we have to continue to support the defensive needs of the Ukrainian people.”
Coca-Cola, Pepsi suspend sales in Russia
Coca-Cola and Pepsi say they are suspending sales in Russia.
Coca-Cola said its business in Russia and Ukraine contributed about 1 to 2 percent of the company’s net operating revenue in 2021.
Pepsi, whose company is officially known as PepsiCo and whose drinks were one of the few Western products allowed in the Soviet Union before its collapse, said it would continue to sell daily essentials, such as milk, baby formula and baby food.
‘This war is not good for China,’ says US
Nuland, who is speaking at a continuing congressional hearing, says US officials’ engagements with China – including a recent call between the US secretary of state and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi – aimed to get Beijing to influence Moscow to end the invasion.
“Our intention in our regular engagement with China, including Secretary Blinken’s call with his counterpart, was to underscore that this war is not good for China, that we want to see China use its influence with Russia to get this war ended, and at a minimum to help get these humanitarian corridors going,” Nuland told US legislators.
“And that if they are concerned about their economic situation as they should well be, with the lowest growth rates in 15 years, that this war is contributing to it.”
Ukraine first lady condemns ‘mass murder’ of civilians
Olena Zelenska, the Ukrainian president’s wife, has thanked Kyiv’s allies for their support and urged them to do more to deter Russia.
Zelenska also said in an open letter that the Russian invasion of Ukraine amounted to “the mass murder of Ukrainian civilians”.
“The most terrifying and devastating of this invasion are the child casualties,” she said, mentioning eight-year-old Alice, who died on the streets of Okhtyrka while her grandfather tried to protect her, and Polina, a child from Kyiv, who died in shelling alongside her parents.
She also cited 14-year-old Arseniy, who was hit in the head by wreckage and could not be saved because an ambulance could not get to him on time because of intense fires.
Bumble stops service in Russia
Bumble, the dating platform, has announced it is discontinuing its service in Russia, joining other companies that have suspended their operations in the country over the war in Ukraine.
The company said it is removing all of its apps from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store in Russia and Belarus. Bumble said it expects to lose about $2m in first-quarter revenue as a result.
FIFA postpones Ukraine’s World Cup qualification playoff against Scotland
FIFA has postponed Ukraine’s World Cup qualification playoff match against Scotland on March 24, citing Russia’s invasion.
“Following consultation with UEFA and the four participating member associations in Path A of the European qualifying play-offs, it was unanimously agreed in the spirit of solidarity to accept,” FIFA said in a statement.
“The match between Scotland and Ukraine … will now be postponed to the existing June window, and consequently, the match between the winners of Scotland v Ukraine and Wales v Austria will also be postponed.”
Poland to donate fighter jets to Ukraine
Ukraine has pleaded for more warplanes, and now Poland said it would give all of its MiG-29 fighter jets to the US, agreeing to an arrangement that would allow them to be used by Ukraine’s military.
The Polish foreign ministry said in a statement that Poland is ready to deliver the jets to the US Ramstein Air Base in Germany.
“At the same time, Poland requests the United States to provide us with used aircraft with corresponding operational capabilities,” it said.
Russia ready to provide humanitarian corridors from Kyiv, other cities
Russian forces will stop firing from 10am Moscow time (07:00 GMT) on Wednesday and are ready to provide humanitarian corridors so people can leave Kyiv and four other cities, the TASS news agency reported, citing a senior Russian official.
Mikhail Mizintsev, the head of Russia’s national defence control centre, said information about corridors from Kyiv, Chernihiv, Sumy, Kharkiv and Mariupol will be sent to Ukraine’s deputy prime minister.
“Given the deteriorating humanitarian situation … and in order to ensure the safety of civilians and foreign citizens, Russia will observe a regime of silence from 10 am Moscow time on March 9 and is ready to provide humanitarian corridors,” Tass cited Mizintsev as saying.
Mizintsev earlier said Ukrainian authorities had endorsed only one civilian evacuation route from areas affected by fighting out of 10 that were proposed by Moscow, including five towards territory controlled by Kyiv.
US House set to pass Russia sanctions bill, Pelosi says
Nancy Pelosi, speaker of the US House of Representatives, has said the chamber is set to pass a Russian sanctions bill later on Tuesday. She said the legislation would support Biden’s decision to ban Russian oil imports.
“Our bill has three major provisions: it will ban the import of Russian oil & energy products into the US, it will take steps to review Russia’s access to the WTO and explore how we can diminish Russia in the global economy & it will reauthorize & strengthen the Magnitsky Act,” Pelosi wrote on Twitter.
US Congress edges closer to authorising aid for Ukraine
The US Congress appears to be on the cusp of an agreement that would allocate billions of dollars in emergency aid for Ukraine, among other things.
Sweeping legislation, awaiting final approval from Democratic and Republican congressional leaders, was expected to provide as much as $14bn to help Ukraine respond to Russia’s invasion.
“Republicans and Democrats are very, very close to finalising the agreement. I expect there will be text released in a few hours,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer told reporters at a mid-afternoon news conference.
Blinken holds ‘productive conversation’ on Ukraine with UAE counterpart
The US Secretary of State says he has held a “productive conversation” with his UAE counterpart Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
“We value the close coordination on Ukraine and a strong international response to support Ukrainian sovereignty,” Blinken, who is currently in Europe, said on Twitter.
The UAE had abstained from a UN Security Council proposal condemning the Russian invasion but voted in favour of a similar resolution in the UN General Assembly last week.
Productive conversation today with UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs @ABZayed. We value the close coordination on Ukraine and a strong international response to support Ukrainian sovereignty. The U.S. will continue to bolster strong UAE defenses to deter regional threats.
— Secretary Antony Blinken (@SecBlinken) March 8, 2022
Evacuation from Mariupol fails again, Ukrainian official says
Ukraine has said residents of Mariupol seeking to leave the city along a safe corridor came under Russian fire on Tuesday.
“Ceasefire violated! Russian forces are now shelling the humanitarian corridor from Zaporizhzhia to Mariupol,” the Ukrainian foreign ministry spokesperson, Oleg Nikolenko, wrote on Twitter.
Hundreds of thousands of people in Mariupol have been sheltering under bombardment without water or power as attempts to create corridors to safely evacuate civilians have stumbled amid continued fighting and objections to the proposed routes.
Photos: Residents suffer as Russian forces lay siege to Mariupol
Civilians in the besieged port of Mariupol in southeast Ukraine are anxiously waiting for news of evacuation efforts as they struggle to survive in a city where bodies have been left uncollected on the streets.
An estimated 200,000 people – nearly half the population of about 430,000 – hope to flee the city.
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