The keys of the day:
– The UN Secretary General visits Moscow today to convince Putin of a truce in Ukraine
-Lavrov warns that the danger of a nuclear war “is serious, it is real”
– Russia expels 40 German diplomats and declares them “persona non grata”
– The Russian army concentrates its offensive again in eastern Ukraine
– Russia announces a ceasefire in Mariupol to evacuate the Azovstal steelworks
11.46 The UN estimates that there will be more than 8 million Ukrainian refugees due to the war
The United Nations estimated that 8.3 million people could flee Ukraine in the wake of the Russian invasion launched on February 24, compared to 5.2 million refugees who have fled the war to date.
In view of the worsening of the situation, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees requested 1,850 million dollars to finance its actions and those of its collaborators.
11:30 The governor of Lugansk called on civilians to “run away when they get a chance”
Through an alarming message on Telegram, Sergey Gaidai urged the citizens of Lugansk to flee the combat zone. “I understand that it is difficult to evacuate those who have never been out of the Luhansk region, but go away, in other regions of Ukraine there is life, safe life, ” he indicated. He then said that five places – Severodonetsk, Lysychansk, Rubizhne, Popasna, Gorskoye – would attempt evacuations on Tuesday .
11:15 The Moldovan government meets in the face of growing tension in Transnistria
The recent explosions and attacks by unknown perpetrators in the separatist region of Transnistria have put the Moldovan government on high alert, which has convened the National Security Council in the face of the Russian threat.
As reported by the Moldovan president, Maïa Sandu, her team will meet this Tuesday to discuss the “incidents” in Transnistria.
It is expected that in the next few hours the executive and the military high command of Moldova will meet in the face of the possibility that Russia has plans to expand further west in Europe.
11:06 Germany confirms shipment of anti-aircraft tanks to Ukraine
As had been speculated in recent hours, Germany will finally send a supply of Gepard armored vehicles, specialized in anti-aircraft combat, to support the defense of Ukraine.
This was confirmed a few moments ago by the German Defense Minister, Christine Lambrecht, who gave the news at the meeting of Ukraine’s allies held at the Ramstein air base.
For her Lambrecht, it is necessary to support the Ukrainian army given the “brutality” of the Russian forces in their invasion, who she assures that Germany is “saying goodbye” to the “policy of containment” by sending weapons.
10:57 Russian missile attack on Zaporizhia leaves one dead
Fears of an intensified Russian offensive in southern Ukraine have grown on Tuesday after the early morning missile attack on Zaporizhia left one person dead in the shelling.
According to local authorities, at the moment it is unknown if there have been more deaths, although there is also another wounded in this region of southern Ukraine.
The rockets have hit commercial premises, with two direct explosions in the building and a previous one in the air
10:48 Separatists call on Russia to start next phase of war
The military leader of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, Denis Pushilin, has called on the Kremlin to launch the next phase of the war in Ukraine.
Pushilin considers that the Russian army has achieved the first step in Donbass, having reached the borders of the region and that the campaign must be continued.
At the moment it is unknown what Moscow’s intentions are regarding Ukraine if it finally speeds up military operations.
10:39 They warn that Russia is preparing a “false flag” attack in Transnistria
The recent attacks on radio stations and government headquarters in the pro-Russian separatist region of Transnistria could be part of a strategy by Moscow to justify an aggression against Moldova.
This is the theory held by the Institute for War Studies, who consider that “an attack with a false flag in Transnistria to amplify their claims of anti-Russian sentiment in Moldova” is likely.
The territory to the west of Ukraine is one of Putin’s bastions in western Europe and in recent days it is gaining prominence
10:30 NGOs ask for 2.1 billion euros in aid for civilians in Ukraine
The UN has warned that humanitarian organizations working with refugees and those affected by the war in Ukraine require almost 2.1 billion euros to protect and assist these civilians.
From the United Nations they explain that “two months later, the needs have continued to increase, while the humanitarian response has significantly expanded in scale and scope.”
The goal is to care for 8.7 million people, including displaced people and other types of people affected by the Russian invasion of the country
10:21 Half a thousand Ukrainian soldiers killed in combat tonight
The Russian High Command has reported that it has killed “around 500 enemy troops” during the operations it has carried out tonight, especially thanks to high-precision missiles.
Regarding these attacks, the Russian Ministry of Defense has detailed that two ammunition depots have been hit in Kharkiv to eliminate the supply to the Ukrainian resistance.
On the other hand, the Kremlin also boasts of neutralizing two Ukrainian anti-aircraft missile systems and shooting down 13 unmanned drones.
10:12 The refugee’s verses, by Joaquín Luna
“When I left Ukraine I neither left my life nor left my love, so I left, like every neighbor’s son, on foot through a border crossing with Poland, after a queue of almost two hours enlivened by an American religious choir whose leader offered something like putting you in a conversation with God. I was surprised by that abusive proselytism in view of the fact that no one could run away”.
10:04 The EU marks 2027 as the year in which it will stop depending on gas and oil from Russia
The Commissioner for the Economy of the European Union, Paolo Gentiloni, announced this Tuesday that by 2027 the EU wants to stop depending on exports of Russian oil and gas.
The figures are to reduce these shipments by two thirds by the end of 2022 and not to buy these supplies directly from Russia from 2027 to avoid political pressure from Moscow.
On the other hand, Gentiloni assures that regarding the brake on the European economy “the risk of stagnation will also depend largely on the duration of the war”
09:55 Two radio antennas attacked in Transnistria
The Ministry of the Interior of Transnistria, the pro-Russian separatist region located in present-day Moldova, has denounced that this morning there have been two explosions in the radio antennas of Maiac.
According to the report from the local authorities, at 6:40 am and at 7:05 am there were explosions that destroyed the antennas.
These devices were used to report on Russian advances in Ukraine, among other forms of employment
09:46 Almost a million refugees in Russia
987,000 people have fled from the Donbas region to the Russian Federation since the beginning of the war with Ukraine, as reported Tuesday from Moscow.
Almost a million refugees have arrived in Russian territory after leaving the self-proclaimed republics of Donetsk and Lugansk, areas of intense military activity for years.
According to the Russian authorities, of this almost one million displaced persons, 272,000 are Russians themselves, 546,000 from these territories, and 168,000 without foreigners of other nationalities.
09:37 Germany will send anti-aircraft to Ukraine
The German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung has advanced on Tuesday that Germany will send Gepard-type anti-aircraft systems so that Ukraine defends itself against Russian air raids.
This has emerged from sources close to the German defense minister, Christine Lambrecht, who will be present at the meeting held today by Ukraine’s allies in Ramstein.
The Gepard is an armored vehicle with anti-aircraft guns devised in the last century, but modernized and still in use, especially in combat aviation, helicopters, and drone systems.
09:28 The Azovstal steelworks in Mariupol, a symbol that Putin wants to avoid
The brutal battle to take the Ukrainian city of Mariupol is having the Azovstal steelworks as a major focus of the fighting in recent hours, a symbol of Ukrainian resistance with more than 2,000 combatants and civilians still locked inside.
Fèlix Badia reflects in La Vanguardia on the reasons why Russian President Vladimir Putin does not want to launch a desperate attack on the factory, recalling the Soviet defense of this type of site in the legendary battle of Stalingrad during the Great Patriotic War.
Letting the refugees out on the ship could be a smart move by Putin, who would defuse the account of martyrs and war icons of the Ukrainian fighters left inside.
09:19 Pending the Putin-Guterres meeting
The UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, and Russian President Vladimir Putin meet this Tuesday in the Kremlin to discuss a possible truce in the war with Ukraine.
At a minimum, this is the objective of Guterres, who already met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan yesterday and today has a double visit with Putin and in the afternoon with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.
From the UN they emphasize that the objective of the visit of its secretary-general to Russia is “to end the war as soon as possible and create the conditions to end the suffering of civilians”
09:10🔴 Russia intensifies its offensive in eastern and southern Ukraine
Russian attacks on Ukrainian defensive positions increase this Tuesday, after the Ukrainian army warned of “assault operations in the Eastern Operational Zone”.
According to the Ukrainian General Staff, Moscow’s goal is “to establish full control over the Donetsk and Lugansk regions and create a land corridor between the Donbass region and Crimea.”
Precisely in eastern Ukraine, the defending troops have repelled up to six Russian attacks that have resulted in four destroyed tanks, five disabled artillery systems and thirteen armored vehicles, among other military equipment.
09:01 Zelenski encourages to continue fighting and make the occupation “more unbearable” for the Russians
This Tuesday the president of Ukraine, Volodímir Zelenski, has called to continue fighting against the Russian invasion and “think every day about how to make the stay of aggressors in our land is even more unbearable”.
For the leader of the Ukrainian resistance, it is key not to think so much about when the war will end as to defend himself in the best possible way to force Moscow to seek a treaty.
On the other hand, Zelensky has stuck out his chest highlighting that “931 settlements have already been liberated”, although “many other cities and communities are under the temporary control of the Russian army”
08:52 The war in Ukraine brings the United States and Russia face to face
The declarations of the US Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin, about his intentions of wanting “a Russia weakened to the point that it cannot do things like invade Ukraine” have escalated a step more hostilities between Americans and Russians.
In his chronicle from Járkiv, Xavier Mas de Xaxàs analyzes the repercussions of the change in American discourse and how it may develop in the future within the conflict in Eastern Europe.
Regarding the clash between Ukraine and Russia, both countries seem doomed to a war of attrition after the initial success of the local resistance
08:43 Russian missiles fall on Zaporizhia
The Ukrainian authorities have reported that this morning a barrage of Russian missiles has fallen on the Zaporizhia region, located in the strategic area of the Dnieper river crossing.
According to military reports from Ukraine, the bombing happened at 6:50 a.m. this Tuesday, the work of the Russian army.
The attack would be part of the Kremlin’s advance operations from the south to link this territory with the advances in Donbass.
08:34 Zelenski thanks the United States for its “unprecedented” military support
The visit of the US Secretaries of State and Defense to the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky, has been very fruitful for the leader of the resistance against Russia, to the point of cataloging the help that The United States has promised “unprecedented” support.
This is how Xavier Mas de Xaxàs explains it to us from Járkiv in La Vanguardia, detailing the dispatch of combat tanks, armored vehicles, cannons, and medium-range anti-missile systems, armed drones, helicopters and ground-attack aircraft. Detailed
numbers of supplies of heavy weapons that the Ukrainian army will receive from American hands are still unknown
08:25 Pope Francis asks Patriarch Kirill to “end the darkness of war”
The war in Ukraine has led Pope Francis to try to mediate with Orthodox Patriarch Kirill, a religious leader in Moscow, to whom he has sent a letter where he calls for an “end to the darkness of war”.
The Pontiff has called for “Christ to be a reality for the Ukrainian people” and to reach peace with Russia as soon as possible to avoid further suffering.
Kirill, very close to Russian President Vladimir Putin and ambiguous in his position regarding the invasion of Ukraine, for the moment, has not spoken publicly in favor of peace
08:16 The Ukrainian government assures that Lavrov is talking about nuclear war because Russia is losing
Ukraine’s Foreign Minister, Dmytro Kuleba, has linked the statements of his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, about the “real and serious” danger of a nuclear war with the situation that the Russian army is experiencing.
According to Kuleba, “Russia loses the last hope of scaring the world not to support Ukraine. That is why there is talk of a ‘real’ danger of the Third World War”.
In this sense, the Ukrainian foreign minister believes that “Moscow feels the defeat in Ukraine. Therefore, the world must redouble its support for Ukraine so that we prevail and safeguard European and global security.”
08:07 Nuclear safety experts arrive in Chernobyl today
A team from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will visit Chornobyl on Tuesday after the withdrawal of Russian troops from the area to assess the safety situation at the nuclear power plant.
The arrival of the experts will be accompanied by supplies of material to guarantee the security of the area with the aim of restoring the surveillance and safeguard systems of the plant.
“In the case of Ukraine, we are working within and largely thanks to the existing framework of rules and procedures of the IAEA Incident and Emergency Center”, explained the president of the organization, Rafael Mariano Grossi
07:58 Pro-Putin Demonstrations in Germany
A group of Germans of Russian descent has demonstrated in the city of Lahr, located in western Germany, in favor of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
With flags, chants, and proclamations in favor of Putin, the demonstrators have paraded with a hundred vehicles through the streets of the town to show their support for the Russian leader and the military operations in Ukraine.
This group of protesters also denounces that the Germans have begun to discriminate against them as a result of the war
07:49 The United States wants Russia to be so “weakened” that it cannot invade another country again
The US Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin, has assured during his visit to Poland that the objective of the White House is “to see Russia weakened to the point that he can’t do the kind of things he’s done by invading Ukraine.”
Austin, in addition to valuing the Ukrainian war effort very positively, has highlighted his intentions: “We want Ukraine to remain a sovereign country, a democratic country capable of protecting its sovereign territory.”
Following these statements, Russian President Vladimir Putin has assured us that the real objective of the West is “to divide Russian society and destroy Russia from within”
07:40 🚨 UK claims Russia has taken the city of Kreminna and tries to surround the Ukrainian army in the east
The latest reports from British military intelligence indicate that Kreminna has fallen to the Russians and that there is very intense fighting in the city of Izium, located in the south of Ukraine.
According to these analyses, the Kremlin is planning to surround the fortified positions of the Ukrainian army in the east of the country.
The objective would then be to advance towards the cities of Sloviansk and Kramatorsk, in addition to a possible Russian attack from the south towards Zaporizhia.
07:35 Zelensky once again warns Europe that “its fate is decided in Ukraine”
As usual in the narrative of the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky, the nation’s leader has once again stressed that “Europe’s fate is decided in Ukraine” to warn of the need for support against Russia.
In his daily speech, Zelensky called on the international community not to forget about Ukraine, since global security and the Western democratic system are at stake.
According to the president of Ukraine, “everyone in the world” agrees that his country is decisive in deciding the future of Europe and the West
07:26 Lavrov: the war will end with a treaty that takes into account “the present situation of military operations”
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced on Tuesday that the war between Russia and Ukraine will end when a treaty-based on ” the present situation of military operations.
“As in any situation where the armed forces are used, of course, everything will end with a treaty, but the parameters of this treaty will be determined by the stage of hostilities at which this treaty becomes a reality,” Lavrov stressed.
On the other hand, the diplomat has revealed that they continue “negotiating with the team that Zelenski put in”, who has also shown the Kremlin’s willingness to reach an agreement, since “the Russian side intends to continue the negotiations”
07:17 Ukraine denounces an attack with Russian missiles near the Khmelnytskyi nuclear power plant
In the last few hours, the Ukrainian authorities have again alerted the world about the bombing by the Russian army in the vicinity of a nuclear power plant, located in the city of Khmelnytskyi.
“Two other cruise missiles have threatened the nuclear security of Ukraine and the world,” warned the nuclear energy company Energoatom through Telegram.
Although the damage to the atomic facilities has not been detailed, those responsible for the plant have denounced the “unconscious” attack with “cruise missiles” in a “critical proximity to nuclear facilities”
07:08 The UK will ban the export of technological goods to Russia and eliminate tariffs on Ukrainian products
The British government has announced a package of economic measures related to the war in Ukraine that will strengthen sanctions against Russia, where technological goods can no longer be exported.
In addition, Ukrainian products will enter the United Kingdom without tariffs: “they will be reduced to zero and all quotas will be eliminated under the free trade agreement,” they detail from Downing Street.
As justified by Boris Johnson’s team, this favored treatment is a plan of “economic support for Ukraine in its time of need”
06:59 Russia is experiencing a guerrilla war, according to Ukraine
The recent fires and attacks in Russian cities on the border are the result of a guerrilla war, according to the adviser to the Ukrainian Presidency, Oleksiy Arestovich, on Tuesday.
In an interview for a local media, Arestovich explained that “what is happening in Russia is unknown” in recent days, referring to the fires caused in fuel depots such as those located in Briansk or Belgorod.
“In Ussuriysk, the military base is on fire, the military enlistment offices are on fire, the military universities are on fire, some warehouses, the houses of the governors,” the government representative analyzed.
06:50 Spain has already blocked twelve bank accounts of Russian oligarchs, three yachts, and 23 properties
The director of the cabinet of the Prime Minister, Óscar López, has announced that Spain has frozen a dozen funds and bank accounts of Russian oligarchs as a result of the sanctions for the war in Ukraine.
In addition, three luxury yachts owned by these tycoons and 23 other properties have been confiscated as part of the international sanctions against the elites close to Vladimir Putin.
In this sense, López considers that the operation has been a success taking into account the “unjustified and illegal” invasion that Russia has launched this year on Ukrainian territory.
06:41 Germany will host a meeting of more than 40 countries in defense of Ukraine
The Ramstein airbase, located in Germany, will receive this Tuesday representative of more than 40 countries that will be invited by the United States to discuss the defense of Ukraine.
Military support for the Ukrainian resistance will be the focus of the talks and there will be exchanges on how Kyiv should be armed and what equipment and supplies are most needed to hold out against Russia.
The meeting will be chaired by US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, who is in Europe on his tour to support Ukraine
06:32 Russia bombs five railway stations
Russian attacks in the last few hours on Ukrainian territory have affected the Ukrainian railway network after bombings have been reported at five stations in the center and west of the country.
Beyond the strategic impact due to the traffic problems that this operation may generate, the Ukrainian authorities estimate that five people have died and 18 have been injured as a result of this assault.
Military analysts point out that this Russian attack seeks to delay supply shipments for the Ukrainian army and suffer complications to weaken its defense
06:23 The Russian Foreign Minister warns of the “real” danger of a nuclear war
Sergei Lavrov has warned that the world faces a risk that “is serious, it is real, it should not be underestimated” of a nuclear war, as he has assured in an interview for Channel One’s Big Game program.
However, Lavrov stresses that “the inadmissibility of a nuclear war is a position of Moscow’s principles”, but that even so “the danger of such a conflict should not be underestimated” taking into account the world stage due to the conflict with Ukraine.
On the other hand, Lavrov denies that the threat of a Third World War is about “artificially inflated risks” and has warned that “if NATO does go to war with Russia through a proxy and arms this proxy, then all is fair in love and war
06:16 The Secretary-General of the UN visits Moscow today
This Tuesday is a day indicated in red by the United Nations, since its Secretary-General, António Guterres, will arrive in Moscow to meet with the Russian President, Vladimir Putin after more than two months of conflict in Ukraine.
Guterres’ goal is to bring Putin closer to a truce and “silence the weapons”, as the deputy UN spokesperson, Eri Kaneko, advanced a few days ago.
Guterres will also meet Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who yesterday warned that World War III was a “real” danger and that it should not be “underestimated.”
06:07 The United States assures that Russia “has failed” in its military objectives
The American Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, and the Secretary of State, Lloyd Austin, agreed a few hours ago in calling Russia’s military operation on Ukraine a “failure”.
“As for Russia’s war goals, it has already failed and Ukraine has already triumphed,” said a Blinken who praised the tenacity of the local resistance against the Russian army.
In addition, the United States announced that within a few days it would reopen its embassy in Ukraine as a show of support and solidarity for the Ukrainian government and people.
05:59 Russia denounces the bombing of Belgorod
The Russian city of Belgorod, located about 40 kilometers from the border with Ukraine, would have been bombed by Ukrainian forces, according to the government of the border region.
The territorial governor of Belgorod, Viacheslav Gladkov, has detailed that the assault was a bombardment that caused no casualties, but caused material damage to several homes in the city.
“There was shelling from the Ukrainian side of Nejoteevka. There are damaged residential buildings and personal vehicles. There are no civilian casualties,” Gladkov reported via Telegram.
05:51 Transnistria, an increasingly troubled territory
The pro-Russian separatist region of Transnistria, located in present-day Moldova, is attracting the attention of the international media after the grenade launcher attack on the territory’s State Security headquarters.
“This Monday, around 5:00 p.m. local time, in the building of the Ministry of State Security of Transnistria there were several explosions. According to previous data, the shots were fired with grenade launchers”, highlighted yesterday by the agency.
This region is part of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s plans to unite southern Ukraine with Crimea and Donbas in the Kremlin high command’s military strategy
05:43 The expulsion of 40 German diplomats from Russia strains relations
The complicated dialogue between Russia and Germany is increasingly on the tightrope after the Kremlin announced the expulsion of 40 German diplomats, who have been declared persona non grata.
From German diplomacy, they brand the decision of the Russian government as “unjustified”, as stated by the German Minister of Foreign Affairs, Annalena Baerbock.
“The 40 members of the Russian representations in Germany whom we expelled three weeks ago did not work a single day in the service of diplomacy during their stay in Germany,” observes Barback.
05:35 The Biden-Macron axis seeks better support for Ukraine
The recently re-elected French president, Emmanuel Macron, and his American counterpart, Joe Biden, spoke yesterday by phone to strengthen support for Ukraine in the coming days.
The goal is for France and the United States to prolong their dialogue to coordinate aid for Ukrainian defense against the Russian invasion.
On the other hand, Macron wants the European Union and the American superpower to strengthen ties and commit to collaborating more unitedly on the conflict in the East.
05:28 Russia-Ukraine War | Latest news of the conflict and of Putin, live.
Good morning and welcome to a new follow-up session on the latest developments in the war between Russia and Ukraine.
This Tuesday marks the 62nd day of open conflict between the two countries and a possible ceasefire is still in sight.
In fact, Russia, assure us that it makes no sense to stop hostilities in this phase of the war