Russian president says no more reservists will be called up, as UN aid chief urges safe passage for Ukrainian civilians.
- Russian President Vladimir Putin says Russia will not use conscript soldiers in Ukraine and there will be “no additional call-up of reservists”.
- Russia plans to introduce “humanitarian corridors” from Kyiv, Kharkiv, Mariupol, and other Ukrainian cities, the RIA news agency reported.
- Ukraine and Russia say small progress on evacuation logistics was made in a third round of talks.
- United Nations aid chief calls for safe passage for civilians to leave conflict areas in Ukraine “in the direction they choose”.
- US envoy to UN urges Russia to make “firm” commitment to facilitate humanitarian access.
- Russian move to longer-range attacks in Ukraine has increased civilian casualties and damage to civilian infrastructure, Pentagon says.
Here are all the latest updates:
Ukrainian civilians must be allowed safe passage: UN aid chief
Civilians stuck in areas of active hostilities in Ukraine should be allowed safe passage in any direction they choose, United Nations aid chief Martin Griffiths has said during a UN Security Council meeting.
“The parties must take constant care to spare civilians and civilian homes and infrastructure in their military operations,” Griffiths said. “This includes allowing safe passage for civilians to leave areas of active hostilities on a voluntary basis, in the direction they choose.”
Ukrainian cities under attack – including Kharkiv, Mariupol and Melitopol – desperately needed aid and medical supplies, he added.
War not going as Russia planned: UK ambassador to US
Karen Pierce, the UK ambassador to the US, has suggested that the invasion of Ukraine is not going as planned for Russia, saying that Moscow has been met with transatlantic unity and Ukrainian resistance.
“If I sat in Moscow and I were an adviser to President Putin, I would be interested in the fact that because of this invasion of Ukraine, more and more countries want a relationship with NATO. NATO members have been brought closer together, ”Pierce told Al Jazeera in an interview.
“So if I sat in the Kremlin, I do not know from a Russian perspective that this is turning out the way they want. And in addition, their forces are not doing as well as they had planned in Ukraine itself. ”
Putin says Russia will not send conscripts to Ukraine
Russian President Vladimir Putin has said he will not send conscripts or reservists to fight in Ukraine and that “professionals” fulfilling “fixed objectives” were leading the war.
“Conscripted soldiers are not participating and will not participate in the fighting. There will not be an additional conscription of reservists either, ”Putin said in a televised address. “The fixed objectives are only carried out by professional servicemen.”
US envoy to UN calls on Russia to guarantee humanitarian access
The US ambassador to the United Nations, Linda-Thomas Greenfield, has called for a break in hostilities to allow the safe passage of civilians who wish to leave conflict areas in Ukraine.
Speaking to the UN Security Council, Thomas-Greenfield called for Russia’s “firm, clear, public and unequivocal commitment” to allow and facilitate immediate, unhindered humanitarian access for humanitarian partners in Ukraine.
She added that the Biden administration was “outraged” by reports of Russian attacks harming civilians.
No major Russian progress in north and northeast Ukraine: Pentagon
The United States does not believe Russian forces have made major progress in the north and northeast of Ukraine in the last few days, the Pentagon said.
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said Russian troops had taken the city of Kherson and were attempting to encircle Mariupol, but were not in control of it.
Kirby also said Russia’s move to longer-range attacks had increased civilian casualties and damage to civilian infrastructure. “More civilians are being killed and wounded,” he said, urging Russian President Vladimir Putin to end the war.
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