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UN: the number of refugees from Ukraine has reached 836,000 people

UN the number of refugees from Ukraine has reached 836000 people

Russia continues its military invasion of Ukraine, launched on February 24 on the orders of Vladimir Putin. He called this war “a special military operation in the Donbass.” DW is following Wednesday, March 2nd.

On the seventh day of the war against Ukraine, Russian troops continue to strike at settlements in many regions of the neighboring country and do not stop trying to capture them. The Ukrainian army and territorial defense detachments put up stubborn resistance, causing significant damage to the aggressor. Western countries and international organizations are tightening sanctions against Russia. DW is following developments on Wednesday, March 2nd (Moscow time).

German Chancellor Olaf  Scholz rules out NATO military intervention in the war between Russia and Ukraine. “In this situation, it would be wrong,” the head of the German government said after a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett in Jerusalem. According to Scholz, this is a very dangerous situation, since one of the nuclear powers is involved in the conflict. The West “has taken the right position between consistency and necessary caution,” the chancellor said.

For his part, Naftali Bennet stressed that Israel is making efforts to find a “sensible, appropriate” response to the development of the situation in Ukraine. Both Germany and Israel have expressed their intention to continue supporting Kyiv.

Ukrainian athletes arrived at the Paralympic Games in Beijing

The organizers of the Paralympic Games in Beijing, apparently, have increased security measures for the Ukrainian team. After the athletes arrived at the airport in the Chinese capital, buses carrying 20 athletes and nine support staff proceeded to the Paralympic villages, accompanied by an escort of several police cars, SID reported.

Delegations also on the plane, including those from Hungary, Croatia, and Greece, were allowed to proceed to the Paralympic Village without a police escort. The same was true for the German team. Games in the Chinese capital will open on March 4.

 

Ukrainian border guards stopped at the border more than 60 men – citizens of Ukraine. The State Border Guard Service of Ukraine announced this on Wednesday in its Facebook account. The men tried to illegally cross the border with the Republic of Moldova across the Dniester River. They were immediately transferred to the military commissariat. Since the imposition of martial law following Russia’s attack on a neighboring state, Ukrainian men between the ages of 18 and 60 have been banned from leaving the country.

The number of civilians who fled to neighboring countries from Ukraine since the beginning of the war unleashed on its territory by Russia has again increased significantly. According to figures released on Wednesday by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), at the moment it is 836,000 people. A day earlier, the UNHCR registered 677,000 Ukrainian refugees.

More than half of the Ukrainians who left their homeland – 450,000 people – found refuge in Poland. In second place in terms of the number of refugees from Ukraine who arrived there is Hungary (about 116,000 people). It is followed by Slovakia (67,000), Moldova (65,000) and Romania (38,000). 52,000 Ukrainian refugees were accepted by other European states. Approximately 5 percent of citizens who left Ukraine (42,900 people) fled to Russia. In addition to them, even before the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Russia took in 96,000 refugees from the separatist “LPR” and “DPR”. 350 Ukrainians found refuge in Belarus.

The EU banned the export of euro banknotes to Russia

The European Union has banned the export of euro banknotes to Russia as part of another sanctions package. Exceptions – personal use by individuals arriving in Russia, as well as diplomatic missions and international organizations with legal immunity, follow from the text of an official publication in the EU journal.

Japan is ready to accept refugees from Ukraine. This was announced on March 2 by Prime Minister Fumio Kishida. According to Kishida, he announced this intention to Japan during a telephone conversation with Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.

He told German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier the same over the phone, indicating that Tokyo would work closely with Berlin to support Ukraine, Kishida added.

 

The European Union suspended the broadcasting of Russian state media RT (formerly Russia Today) and Sputnik. The corresponding decision was made by the EU Council on Wednesday, March 2. It entered into force on the same day. The ban on broadcasting will be in effect “until the aggression against Ukraine is stopped and until the Russian Federation and related publications stop spreading disinformation and manipulating information directed against the EU and its member states,” the press service of the Council of the European Union specified. 

When a new round of talks on ending the war between Russia and Ukraine will take place is still unknown, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba said. “Now we are ready for negotiations, we are ready for diplomacy, but we are by no means ready to accept any Russian ultimatums. It is still unknown when new negotiations will take place,” Ukrainian News Agency quotes him.

Kuleba added that the demands of the Russian side remain the same. Among other things, we are talking about the recognition of Crimea, annexed by the Russian Federation in 2014, as Russian, as well as the refusal of Ukraine from the prospect of joining NATO.

 

Ukraine refutes the information of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation about the capture of Kherson by Russian troops. The city did not fall, our side continues to defend it, said Aleksey Arestovich, adviser to the head of the Office of the President of Ukraine.

Earlier, UNIAN reported that the mayor of Kherson, Igor Kolykhaev, asked for the creation of a “green corridor” for the removal of the wounded and the dead from the city and the delivery of medicines and food.

To date, more than 5,300 refugees from Ukraine have arrived in Germany. At the same time, since there are no regular checks on the border between Germany and Poland, “it is likely that many more people have already reached Germany,” an official representative of the German Interior Ministry said on March 2. It is currently difficult to give an accurate forecast of the expected number of refugees from Ukraine due to the “very unclear” situation in this country, the ministry added.

EU disconnected seven Russian banks from SWIFT

 

The European Union has disconnected seven Russian banks – VTB, Otkritie, Novikombank, Promsvyazbank, Russia, Sovcombank, VEB (Vnesheconombank) – from financial messaging systems, including SWIFT. This decision of the Council of the EU was published on Wednesday, March 2, in the Official Journal of the EU, after which it immediately entered into force. 

 

During the shelling of Kharkiv, at least 4 people were killed. “Currently, 10 people have been rescued from the rubble. Preliminary 4 dead, 9 injured. 21 pieces of State Emergency Service equipment and 90 personnel are working at the site,” Evgeny Vasilenko, head of the press service of the State Emergency Service in the Kharkiv region, said in a statement. Currently, emergency rescue work in administrative buildings continues.

Nobel laureates against the Russian invasion of Ukraine

 

163 Nobel Prize winners issued an open letter against Russia’s war with Ukraine. At the same time, the signatories compared the invasion of the Russian Federation into the territory of a neighboring state with the attack of Nazi Germany on Poland in 1939 and on the Soviet Union in 1941.

“Together we condemn these military actions and President Putin’s denial of the very legitimacy of Ukraine’s existence. The Russian invasion has tarnished Russia’s international reputation for decades to come. It will be an obstacle to its economic development and a source of hardship for its people,” the scientists said.

 

The delegation of the Russian Federation on Wednesday afternoon will wait for the Ukrainian one to continue the negotiations, said the press secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov. “This afternoon, in the late afternoon, our delegation will be on the spot waiting for the Ukrainian negotiators. Our delegation will be ready to continue the conversation tonight,” Peskov said. However, he did not specify the place of negotiations. “I don’t want to do it in advance,” Peskov said.

Earlier, Russian presidential aide Vladimir Medinsky, who led the Russian delegation at the first round of negotiations, said that the next meeting would be held on the Polish-Belarusian border.

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