Russia says it will provide humanitarian corridors to evacuate Ukrainian civilians after effort in Mariupol fails.
- Russia says it is ready to provide humanitarian corridors on Wednesday to evacuate civilians from Kyiv and other Ukrainian cities.
- Evacuations from southeastern city of Mariupol failed again, a Ukrainian official says, accusing Russia of firing on a humanitarian corridor.
- European Commission announces plan to cut Russian gas imports by two-thirds this year.
- US President Joe Biden bans imports of Russian oil and gas, while Britain says it will phase out Russian energy products by year’s end.
- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy calls for more Western action against Moscow as Russian advance continues.
Here are all the latest updates:
Russia ready to provide humanitarian corridors from Kyiv, other cities: Tass
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.
Information about corridors from Kyiv, Chernihiv, Sumy, Kharkiv and Mariupol will be sent to Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk, said Mikhail Mizintsev, who heads the Russian National Defense Control Center.
Vereshchuk said earlier on Tuesday that authorities had once again not been able to evacuate civilians from Mariupol.
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 Russia 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 authorizing 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 finalizing the agreement. I expect there will be text released in a few hours, ”Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer told reporters at a midafternoon news conference.
Blinken holds ‘productive conversation’ on Ukraine with UAE counterpart
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has said he 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 favor 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 US 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 during bombardment without water or power as attempts to create corridors to safely evacuate civilians have stumbled amid continuing 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 southeastern 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.
See the pictures here.
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