The United Nations speak of the worst refugee catastrophe since the Second World War. Russian troops are apparently about to storm Kyiv. The news ticker.
- The United Nations are counting on the “biggest refugee catastrophe since the Second World War” as part of the Ukraine war*.
- Humanitarian corridors were due to be built in the cities of Kyiv, Mariupol, Kharkiv and Sumy on Monday, but French President Macron accused Russia of “sheer mendacity”. (see update from March 7, 4:20 p.m.).
- Meanwhile, Russian troops are to prepare the storming of the Ukrainian capital Kyiv and gather resources for this (see first report).
- This News ticker on the Ukraine war is continuously updated. More on the background of the Ukraine crisis* here.
Update from March 7, 6:39 p.m: During the Ukraine war, Russia reported further gains in territory in eastern Ukraine. Russian troops have captured five settlements on the border of the Donetsk and Zaporizhia regions, the Defense Ministry said in Moscow. The residents of the towns “will be given humanitarian aid,” it said. In addition, fighter jets and bombers destroyed 26 other military objects. These include two command posts, a radar station and five ammunition depots. Russia insists the troops are not attacking civilian targets, only military ones.
According to the Ukrainian armed forces, the attackers suffered heavy losses. Some Russian units lost up to 50 percent of their personnel in battles for Konotop and Ochtyrka in the north-east of the country. “The moral and psychological state of the enemy remains extremely low,” the General Staff claimed in Kyiv. Russian soldiers would desert in droves. Neither the Ukrainian nor the Russian information could be independently verified.
War in Ukraine: At least 13 dead in air raid on large bakery west of Kyiv
Update from March 7, 5:18 p.mAt least 13 civilians were killed in a Russian airstrike west of Kyiv, according to Ukrainian sources. A grenade hit the premises of a large bakery in the town of Makariv, the Ukrainian Ministry of the Interior announced on Monday.
Five people were rescued from the rubble. A total of about 30 people were on the premises. The bakery is currently not in operation. Russian troops are located north-west of Kyiv and are also attempting to advance towards the Ukrainian capital from the west. Russia insists its troops will not attack civilian targets in Ukraine.
Ukraine war: Macron speaks of “pure mendacity” after Putin’s announcement
Update from March 7th, 4:20 p.m.: French President Emmanuel Macron has accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of “moral and political cynicism” with regard to the planned “humanitarian corridors” in Ukraine. Macron said Putin offered corridors for refugees heading to Russia. “I don’t know of any Ukrainians who wanted to flee to Russia, that’s pure hypocrisy,” the French President told the broadcaster on Monday TF1 . “It’s just a PR stunt that I despise,” Macron continued.
Ukrainian troops retake Mykolaiv airport
Update from March 7, 3:30 p.m.: According to local authorities, Russian troops are said to have entered the airport in the southern Ukrainian city of Mykolaiv. According to the report, Ukrainian troops are said to have recaptured the airport on Monday. “We chased them away,” Mykolayiv Oblast Governor Vitaly Kim said in a video message released on Monday. It is currently not possible for aircraft to take off there. “But the airport is ours,” Kim continued. A few hours earlier he had reported that the enemy had advanced on the airport. All other attacks in the area were repelled. The airport is in the north of the city.
Mykolaiv has almost 500,000 inhabitants and is strategically located near the mouth of the southern Bug into the Black Sea. Should Russian troops be able to bypass or isolate the city, the land route to Odessa would be open to them and this important southwestern port city could be cut off from the rest of the country, the German Press Agency reports.
Ukraine War: Attack on Kyiv is said to be imminent
First report: Kyiv – The Ukraine conflict has been raging since 2014*, but February 24, 2022 marks a turning point: the Russian attack on Ukraine begins. More than a million people have now fled the country. In many cities, however, escape routes remained blocked for civilians.
The Russian Defense Ministry on Monday (March 7) promised to open humanitarian corridors in four Ukrainian cities. Meanwhile, Russian troops are said to be preparing to storm the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, according to information from the Ukrainian army.
Ukraine war: Humanitarian corridors and ceasefire planned in four cities
Russia* announced that local ceasefires would be observed in the four Ukrainian cities of Kyiv, Mariupol, Kharkiv and Sumy on Monday from 10 a.m. German time. This is to allow civilians to leave the areas. It was initially unclear whether the time was in Moscow (8:00 a.m. CET) or Ukrainian local time (9:00 a.m. CET).
In the port city of Mariupol, two evacuation attempts failed over the weekend because the ceasefire was repeatedly broken. In the city of Irpin, according to a report, Süddeutsche Zeitung fleeing civilians were shot at with grenades and killed. The United Nations expect the Ukraine war to be the “biggest humanitarian refugee catastrophe since the Second World War.”
Ukraine conflict: Macron calls Putin again
According to the Russian army, the decision in favor of humanitarian corridors was made at the “personal request” of French President Emanuel Macron. He had spoken to Russian President Vladimir Putin* on the phone for around two hours on Sunday. The Russian army said it would open a corridor between the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv and the Belarusian city of Gomel, which is close to the Ukraine* border.
Two more corridors are said to lead from Mariupol either in the direction of Russia to Rostov-on-Don or west to the Ukrainian city of Zaporizhia. There should be a fourth corridor between Kharkiv and the Russian city of Belgorod. After all, two corridors were to lead from Sumy either to Belgorod or to the Ukrainian Poltava.
Ukraine War News: Putin’s troops are said to be planning an assault on Kyiv
According to the Ukrainian army, Russian troops are preparing to storm Kyiv. This information comes from from a Facebook post by the General Staff and could not initially be independently confirmed. Accordingly, Russian troops are currently planning to seize power over the cities of Irpin and Bucha at the same time. These are only a few kilometers away from the city limits of Kyiv.
Attacks took place in various areas of the country during the night. Among other things, a research center in Kharkiv, which contained nuclear material, is said to have been shot at with rocket launchers. This was announced by the Ukrainian domestic secret service SBU, but the information could not initially be checked by an independent party. However, this approach is reminiscent of the attack by Russian troops on Europe’s largest nuclear power plant on Friday night *. *Merkur.de is an offer from IPPEN.MEDIA (afp/dpa/bme).
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