Joe Biden discusses new sanctions against Russia and NATO promises “response” in case of chemical weapons use

Update on the situation in the afternoon

Intense diplomacy in Brussels

As the Russian occupation enters its second month, three summits – NATO, the G7 and the European Union – await Western heads of state and government in Brussels on Thursday. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Thursday asked NATO countries for help. “unlimited military aid” to his country so that Kiev could face the Russian army that it is now facing. “on unequal terms”. “Ukraine needs unlimited military assistance to save our people and our cities. Just as Russia is using its entire arsenal against us without restriction.”To the attention of the heads of state and government of the Atlantic Alliance, Mr. Zelensky said in a video message posted on his Telegram account.

NATO strengthens its defense on the eastern flank

President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin made a commitment. ” Big mistake “ With the invasion of Ukraine “underestimated” NATO will deploy four new battlegroups in Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria and Slovakia to strengthen its defenses against Russia on the eastern flank, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Thursday, ahead of the opening of the Alliance’s extraordinary summit.

Deadly bombardment near Luhansk

At least four people, including two children, were killed and six others injured in Russian airstrikes on the town of Rubizhne, near Luhansk, in eastern Ukraine, regional governor Serhi Gaidai said on Thursday. The balance sheet can be “to prove that you are far superior”He accused the Russians of using phosphorus bombs. Other officials in this area have accused the Russians of using such bombs in recent days, these accusations cannot be immediately confirmed.

Kyiv said it destroyed a Russian ship

The Ukrainian navy said on Thursday it had destroyed a Russian troop ship moored in the port of Berdyansk, near Mariupol on the Sea of ​​Azov. The information could not be immediately confirmed, the Russian army very rarely gave information about their losses. The port of Berdiansk is located 80 kilometers west of the strategic port of Mariupol, a city that has been besieged and brutally beaten by the Russians since the end of February.

The director of the Kherson theater is released

We told about the kidnapping of Oleksandr Kniga, the director of the Kherson theater, in this live broadcast, he was released, it was learned. World, in contact with him, on Thursday. He was kidnapped the previous day in this Ukrainian city occupied by the Russians, where demonstrations are held every day against the invaders, kidnappings are increasing. The release of Mr. Kniga was confirmed to us by one of his colleagues, actor Oleksandr Moudry. Mr. Kniga has been tested but is in good condition.

New sanctions from London

The British government announced on Thursday a new set of sanctions targeting 59 Russian and six Belarusian personalities and companies. Companies such as the Russian diamond giant Alrosa or the private military services group Wagner, even the founder of Tinkoff Bank, even the influential boss of the first Russian bank Sberbank, Oleg Tinkov, Guerman Gref, as well as Polina Kovaleva, the daughter of the Russian family are targeted. It was alleged that she was the mistress of Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has also called for preventing Russia from using its large gold reserves.

4.3 million displaced children

UNICEF said on Thursday that more than half of children in Ukraine had to leave their homes to escape the insecurity and clashes caused by the Russian army invasion on February 24. “A month’s war in Ukraine has resulted in the displacement of 4.3 million children, more than half of the country’s estimated 7.5 million child population”detailed the United Nations Children’s Fund in a press release.

Restart of the Moscow Stock Exchange

The stock market partially resumed on the Moscow Stock Exchange on Thursday after a one-month hiatus following the imposition of unprecedented sanctions by the West over Russia’s interference in Ukraine. Only thirty shares were available at the time of this partial acquisition. “What we are witnessing is a masquerade: the opening of the Potemkin market”Daleep Singh, the White House’s deputy national security adviser, reacted in a press release.