It is already the fourteenth day of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the number of Ukrainian refugees, which has already exceeded two million, continues to grow. The evacuation of the besieged city of Sumy was completed and successfully resumeddiplomatic activity continues in the West and the multinationals that are symbols of Western capitalism have already joined the economic sanctions against Russia.
These are the latest developments in the Russian invasion of the Ukraine, which reaches the 14th.
Sumy evacuation completed
The evacuation operation of the besieged city of Sumy, in northeastern Ukraine, ended successfully and a total of 5,000 people “they are already safe“, according to Kyrylo Tymoshenko, deputy head of the office of Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelensky.
Tymoshenko reported this morning through his Telegram channel, in which you can also see night images of people who seem to be leaving the city in cars, trains and buses, that the evacuation operation from the city had been a success and that In addition to the 5,000 people, about a thousand private cars had been able to leave.
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The city of Sumy, near the Russian border, has been shelled by the Russians for the past four days.
Meeting between Lavrov and Kuleba
The foreign ministers of Russia, Serguei Lavrov, and of Ukraine, Dimitro Kuleba, agreed to meet this Thursday in Turkey, as confirmed by the spokeswoman for Russian diplomacy, Maria Zajárova, reports the Russian agency Sputnik.
The Russian delegation headed by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is scheduled to leave for Turkey today
The meeting could be held in the context of an economic forum that will take place in the Turkish city of Antalya and which the two foreign ministers plan to attend.
“Indeed, the Russian delegation headed by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is scheduled to leave today (Wednesday) for TurkeyZajárova told Radio Sputnik. The spokeswoman answered in the affirmative to the question of whether the Russian foreign minister’s agenda includes a contact with the Ukrainian foreign minister, Dmitri Kuleba.
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The Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, announced last Friday that Ankara proposed to organize a meeting of the foreign ministers of Russia and Ukraine within the framework of the Antalya Diplomatic Forum, which will take place between March 11 and 13, with the consent from both sides.
Russian economy suffers
Fitch has downgraded Russia’s long-term foreign currency sovereign debt rating from ‘B’ to ‘C’ and considers default on its obligations to be imminent.
According to a statement from the agency on Tuesday, this rating downgrade follows the one announced on March 2, as what has happened since then “has further undermined Russia’s willingness to pay government debt“, referring to the international sanctions imposed on Russia for its military invasion of Ukraine on February 24.
“More broadly, the further escalation of sanctions and proposals that could limit energy trade increase the likelihood of a political response by Russia that includes at least selective default on its sovereign debt obligations.“, adds the note.
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Meanwhile, the Russian Central Bank limited this Wednesday to 10,000 dollars the maximum that a client can withdraw in foreign currency in cash in their foreign currency accounts, reported ‘Sputnik’.
“A client can withdraw up to 10,000 US dollars in currency in cash, and the rest of the funds in rubles, depending on the market exchange rate on the day of withdrawal“says the Russian issuer’s statement.
Said limitation will be effective from March 9 to September 9.
The dilemma of the Polish MIG 29
The Pentagon does not see Poland’s proposal to transfer all its MiG-29 fighter planes to Germany to make them available to the United States at the US base in Ramstein, on German territory.
US Department of Defense spokesman John Kirby stated that “the prospect of fighter jets ‘at the disposal of the Government of the United States of America’ departing from a US/NATO base in Germany to fly over disputed Russian airspace in Ukraine raises serious concerns for all The allianceKirby remarked.
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According to the spokesman, it is not clear to the US that there is “a substantive justification” for this measure.
What had Poland proposed?
The Polish government announced on Tuesday its willingness to transfer all its MiG-29 fighter jets to Germany to make them available to the United States at a US base on German territory.
Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau said that “Polish authorities are ready to immediately and free of charge transfer all MiG-29 aircraft to the Ramstein base and make them available to the US government“, and that he hoped that other NATO countries that had them would do the same.
Emblems of Western capitalism leave Russia
The most emblematic brands of the US and the culture of capitalism, such as Coca-Cola, McDonald’s and Starbucks, announced this Tuesday almost in unison that they are suspending their operations in Russia, thus joining the dozens of companies that in previous days took a similar measure.
Today’s announcements are especially significant, both for the volume of business and for the symbolic nature of some brands that represent like no other the “american way of life“, and whose arrival in Russia, in the particular case of McDonald’s in 1990, when the former Soviet Union still existed, became at the time an event of modernity.
French President Emmanuel Macron discussed on Tuesday with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken how to continue material and humanitarian aid to Ukraine and maintain pressure on Russian President Vladimir Putin through sanctions. .
Blinken closed in Paris a tour of European allied countries that began last Thursday and that has taken him above all to the NATO members located further east – Poland and the Baltic republics – and Moldova.
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Macron also held an unprecedented three-way videoconference with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Chinese President Xi Jinping, in an apparent new attempt to gradually separate Beijing from Moscow.
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