May 26, 2022

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Things to remember from Tuesday, March 15th

Twenty days after the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Russian strikes intensified in Kyiv on Tuesday, March 15, while the fourth round of talks aimed at resolving the conflict resumed after a break on Monday. From “Deep Contradictions” Russia-Ukraine talks will continue on Wednesday, but A. “Compromise” Mikhail Podoliyak, an adviser to the Ukrainian president, said more was possible.

Two journalists working for Fox News have been killed

Two journalists, a Franco-Irish Fox News cinematographer and a Ukrainian journalist who accompanied him were killed in an attack near Kiev, and one person was injured, the American television channel reported on Tuesday.

Pierre Zakrzevsky and Oleksandra Kuvshinova died Monday in Horenka, northwest of the capital. “When their vehicle caught fire”, Fox News Media CEO Suzanne Scott said in a statement. The reporter who was with them in the attack, Benjamin Hall, was injured.

A curfew order was issued in Kiev

The mayor of the capital, in the face of increasing Russian strikes, imposed a 36-hour curfew until 8pm on Tuesday (7pm Paris time) and 7am on Thursday (6am Paris time). The city is inhabited “A dangerous and difficult moment”, Vitaly Klitschko said.

The mayor of Queue said the strike on an apartment building had killed at least four people. In the area, Dinibro Airport was affected “Disaster” After the two Russian bombings, according to regional officials.

20,000 were expelled from Mariupol

About 20,000 people were able to leave Mariupol, a besieged Ukrainian port, Tuesday, March 15, through a humanitarian corridor, announced the presidency of Ukraine. The civilians were evacuated in 4,000 cars, said Kirilo Tymoshenko, deputy head of the Ukrainian presidential administration, in a statement. Nevertheless, up to 300,000 people are trapped, trapped in the foundations and losing everything.

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In all, about 29,000 people were evacuated Tuesday from several cities in Ukraine besieged by Russian forces.

Russian journalist Marina Ovsyanikova has been fined

Marina OvsyanikovaAn employee of a Russian television channel who entered a news broadcast condemning the attack in Ukraine has been fined. 30,000 rubles (about 250 euros at current rates) And released on Tuesday. However, this Audiences did not dedicate their action directly to the broadcast, but at the same time a video was broadcast on the Internet in which he denounced the entry of Russian troops into Ukraine.

Despite his release, he still faces criminal charges punishable by severe imprisonment. She may be punished for publishing“Misinformation” On the Russian military, the offense is punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

French President Emmanuel Macron has said he is ready to deliver “Diplomatic Security”At the embassy or by offering him asylum.

European leaders met with Volodymyr Zhelensky

The Prime Ministers of Poland, Czech and Slovenia met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zhelensky in Kiev on Tuesday. “Reaffirm the clear support of the entire European Union for the sovereignty and independence of Ukraine and present a comprehensive package in support of the Ukrainian state and community.” This is about Foreign leaders are visiting the Ukrainian capital for the first time since the start of the Russian invasion.

After the meeting, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki called on the European Union “Give Ukraine candidate status very quickly”, Promised that “We will try to organize defensive weapons.”.

“Ukraine can not join NATO”

“It must be acknowledged” Volodymyr Zhelensky declared that Ukraine could not join NATO, while the issue was one that justified the Kremlin’s invasion of the country.

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“We heard for years that the doors were open, but we also heard that we could not join. This is true, it must be recognized.”Said the President of Ukraine.

Three million refugees

A spokesman for the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Geneva said on Tuesday that more than three million people had fled Ukraine since the start of the Russian military invasion. The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says that every second a child becomes a refugee in passing Ukraine. President Zhelensky said a total of 97 children had been killed since the war began.

New European sanctions

The European Union (EU) has banned Russia from exporting luxury sedans, champagne, jewelery and other items gifted by pro-Vladimir Putin elites.

The list of luxury goods and products approved by the member countries is published in the official journal. It is 14 pages long and includes products from the EU leisure, luxury and technology sectors. The fourth of these measures A set of sanctions adopted by the European UnionSince the Kremlin’s decision to launch a military offensive against Ukraine against Moscow.