- The city of Mariupol is still surrounded by the Russian army and this morning it wants to evacuate the civilians. The ceasefire, scheduled for Saturday, was suspended after the municipality accused Russia of deliberately violating the ceasefire. Evacuation operations were suspended again on Sunday afternoon. According to the UN, 1.5 million people have left the country since the start of the conflict.
- Volodymyr Zelensky and Joe Biden called each other overnight to discuss possible funding for Ukraine and the pursuit of sanctions against Russia. Emmanuel Macron and Vladimir Putin also spoke at length on the phone on Sunday, with the Russian president specifically accusing Kiev of obstructing the evacuation of Mariupol.
- Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett initiated mediation in the conflict by visiting Moscow and then Berlin on Saturday and holding a phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
- The UN Security Council will meet urgently on Monday, March 7, to discuss the health crisis after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. New negotiations between Kyiv and Moscow will also be held that day on the Belarusian border.
18:15 – Bolshoi director, who opposed the conflict, resigned
Russian conductor Tugan Sokhiev announced on Sunday that he is stepping down from his post as musical director of the Bolshoi Theater and Orchester National du Capitole de Toulouse in Moscow following the events in Ukraine, saying he is “against any conflict in any form”.
“Faced with the impossible choice of choosing between my beloved Russian and French musicians, I have decided to immediately resign as Music Director of the Bolshoi Theater and Orchester National du Capitole de Toulouse in Moscow,” he wrote in a press release.
17:52 – Kyiv confirms the presence of 20,000 international volunteers
About 20,000 foreign fighters have volunteered to help Ukraine fight Russia, Ukraine’s foreign minister said on Sunday. “Currently they number around 20,000, mostly from European countries,” Dmytro Kouleba told US channel CNN.
According to him, “many people hated Russia for years” but did not dare to oppose it. “When the people saw that the Ukrainians were fighting and did not give up, they were involved in the war,” he said.
17:48 Putin threatens countries that will host Ukrainian warplanes
On Sunday, Russia warned Ukraine’s neighboring countries not to host warplanes from Kiev that would later be used against forces in Moscow, and accused Romania of allowing such landings.
“The use of the airspace network of these countries as a base for Ukrainian military aircraft and then its use against the Russian armed forces can be considered as the involvement of these countries in an armed conflict,” the Russian Ministry said in a statement. Defense, Igor Konashenkov.
17:45 US and EU discuss Russia’s oil import ban
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Sunday that the US and the European Union were “very actively discussing” the possibility of banning Russian oil imports in response to the invasion of Ukraine.
“We are talking with our European partners and allies to coordinately address the idea of ensuring there is an adequate supply of oil in world markets while banning the import of Russian oil,” he said. CNN channel.
16:51 Putin assured Macron that he will achieve his goals no matter what
During a phone call with Emmanuel Macron, Vladimir Poutine told the Élysée that he was determined to achieve his goals “either through negotiation or war” within hours of the end of the trade. The Russian President also assured his French counterpart that he has no intention of attacking Ukraine’s nuclear power plants.
Vladimir Putin also denied that his troops targeted Ukrainian civilians. According to the Elysée, the Russian president confirmed that “the responsibility for liberating the population of the surrounding towns falls on the Ukrainians”, the French president told him that “the attacking army is the Russian army” and “no” is not. There is reason to believe that Ukrainian armies endanger civilians”.
16:40 Washington denies any impact of the conflict on the Iran dossier
The head of American diplomacy said on Sunday that the sanctions imposed on Russia after invading Ukraine “have nothing to do with Iran’s nuclear dossier” and that Moscow’s new demands to support the nuclear deal are “irrelevant”.
“The two things are completely different and in no way connected,” Antony Blinken said on CBS, following statements by his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, on Saturday, demanding that new sanctions targeting Moscow be of no concern to cooperation. with Tehran.
16:28 – Russian designer Valentin Yudashkine expelled from Fashion Week
Russian designer Valentin Yudashkine’s virtual fashion show, scheduled for Tuesday as part of Paris Fashion Week, has been canceled because Russia has “not separated” from its war in Ukraine, the head of the Federation of haute couture and fashion told AFP on Sunday.
“Our team wanted to check the position of Valentin Yudashkine. If he had expressed reservations about the war in Ukraine, it would have been difficult to remove him from the program,” said Federation president Ralph Toledano. “They wanted to do a job with all intellectual honesty to see if it was self-isolating like other artists. That wasn’t the case. I told them: you remove it immediately‘, she continued.
16:19 – Paris 2024 Olympics team “respects” IOC’s decision to exclude Russian athletes
Tony Estanguet, head of the organizing committee of the Paris 2024 Games, said on Sunday that he “respects” the IOC’s “bold” call to exclude Russian athletes, even if the decision was “difficult” for the athletes involved.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which began 10 days ago with the help of Belarus, is causing global outcry, and Russia is increasingly isolated in the diplomatic, financial and sports scene. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Monday recommended that Russians and Belarusians be banned from sports competitions until further notice, breaking a long tradition of non-interference in political discussions.
15:53 – Emmanuel Macron to receive Anthony Blinken at the Élysée on Tuesday
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will meet with French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday as world leaders meet to try to stop Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the State Department announced on Sunday.
A spokesperson said Mr Macron will receive the head of American diplomacy on Tuesday around 18:00 (17:00 GMT). Mr. Blinken was in Moldova on Sunday, the day after meeting with his Ukrainian counterpart, Dmytro Kouleba, at the border between Poland and Ukraine.
15:52 – London opposes the departure of British volunteers
Admiral Tony Radakin, chief of the British Defense Staff, said on Sunday that it was “illegal and unnecessary” for the British to fight Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, following a call for foreign volunteers from Kiev.
“We were very clear that starting to travel to Ukraine was both illegal and unnecessary for the British military and people,” he told the BBC.
15:46 Putin accuses Ukrainian forces of obstructing Mariupol evacuation
During a phone call with his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, on Sunday, Russian President Vladimir Putin accused Ukrainian authorities of obstructing humanitarian evacuation operations from Mariupol, a major port in southeastern Ukraine surrounded by Russian forces.
During that interview, Mr. Putin noted that “Kiev continued to disregard the agreements reached on these humanitarian issues” and added that “Ukrainian nationalists blocked the evacuation of the Kremlin, a nearby town of Mariupol and Volnovakha, on Saturday.” reported.