Russian-Ukrainian conflict: more than two million Ukrainian refugees in Poland
War rages in Ukraine for the 23rd day on Friday as Russian troops besiege and bombard towns in the biggest attack on a European nation since World War II, which has also led to the biggest refugee crisis since then. Follow the latest developments in the Warzone:
Over two million Ukrainian refugees in Poland
Polish border guards said on Friday that more than two million refugees had entered the EU member country from neighboring Ukraine since the February 24 Russian attack.
“As of 9 a.m., the number of refugees from Ukraine exceeded two million. They are mostly women with children,” the guards said on Twitter.
Russian missiles hit area near Lviv airport in Ukraine, mayor says
Russian missiles hit an area near Lviv airport in western Ukraine on Friday, its mayor Andriy Sadovy said, while adding that the airport itself was not attacked.
Authorities are assessing the situation and will issue updates, he said.
Earlier, Ukraine 24 TV channel said at least three denunciations had been heard in the city.
Ukrainian actor Oksana Shvets killed in rocket attack
Ukrainian actress Oksana Shvets was killed in a rocket attack on a residential building in kyiv.
Confirming Oksana’s disappearance, her troupe, the Young Theater, issued a statement which read: “During the rocket bombardment of a residential building in kyiv, a well-deserved artist from Ukraine, Oksana Shvets, was killed .”
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Oksana was 67 years old. She had been awarded one of the highest artistic honors in Ukraine, the title of which roughly translates as “Honored Artist of Ukraine”.
Mom Zelensky on the details of the new American aid
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said he was grateful to US President Joe Biden for the additional military aid, but said he would not say specifically what the new package included because he did not want to warn Russia. .
“It’s our defense,” he said in his nightly video address to the nation. “When the enemy doesn’t know what to expect from us. As they did not know what awaited them after February 24, the day Russia attacked. “They didn’t know what we had for defense or how we were preparing for the hit.”
Zelensky said Russia expected to find Ukraine as it did in 2014, when it seized Crimea without a fight and backed separatists as they took control of the region eastern Donbass. But Ukraine is now a different country, with much stronger defences, he said.
He added that now was also not the time to reveal Ukraine’s tactics in the ongoing negotiations with Russia. “Working more quietly than on TV, radio or Facebook,” Zelensky said. “I consider it the right way.”
Russia will not ask the UN Council to vote on its resolution on Ukraine
Russia plans to move forward with a council meeting to discuss its allegations against the United States again.
The Russian ambassador to the UN says he is not asking for a vote on Friday on his resolution on the humanitarian situation in Ukraine, strongly criticized by Western countries for having made no mention of Russia’s responsibility in the war against its little neighbor.
Vassily Nebenzia told the UN Security Council on Thursday that Russia had decided at this stage not to ask for a vote due to pressure from the United States and Albania on UN members to they oppose it, but he stressed that Moscow is not withdrawing the resolution.
Nebenzia said Russia plans to hold a council meeting on Friday to discuss its allegations against the United States again. “biological laboratories” in Ukraine demanding new documents. His initial accusation was made without any evidence and repeatedly denied by US and Ukrainian officials.
US Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield responded to Nebenzia’s announcement by saying that “their preposterous humanitarian resolution…was doomed.”
“We know that if Russia really cared about humanitarian crises, the one it created, it could just stop its attacks on the Ukrainian people,” she said. “But instead, they want to call another meeting of the Security Council to use this council as a place for disinformation and to promote their propaganda.”
During last Friday’s council meeting on Russia’s first allegations of US ‘biological activities’, Thomas-Greenfield accused Russia of using the Security Council to ‘lie and spread disinformation’ as part of of a possible false flag operation by Moscow for the use of chemicals or chemicals. biological agents in Ukraine.
Ukraine and Russia: Main developments
* Japan and Australia are imposing new sanctions on Russian entities as punishment for the attack on Ukraine, which the West says was stalled by fierce resistance but continues to wreak havoc among civilians.
* US President Joe Biden will meet with his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, at 13:00 GMT to discuss “the management of competition between the two countries as well as Russia’s war against Ukraine and other issues”. as part of efforts to “keep lines of communication open”. , the White House said.
* More than 350,000 people have taken refuge in the beleaguered southern port of Mariupol, officials said.
* Rescuers comb the rubble of a theater in Mariupol bombed Wednesday for survivors. Russia denies hitting it. Italy said it would rebuild it.
* The governor of the northern Chernihiv region said 53 civilians had been killed in the past 24 hours. Among the dead was a US citizen as he waited in a queue, his family said. Russia denies targeting civilians.
* The UN said it had recorded 780 confirmed civilian deaths since the attack began, and 3.2 million fled.
Russia’s attack has largely stalled on all fronts in recent days amid heavy casualties, British military intelligence and Ukraine’s armed forces said.
* A “very, very big gap” remains between Ukraine and Russia, Western officials said after another day of peace talks.
* Russian President Vladimir Putin shows little willingness to compromise, they said, while Ukraine wants to retain sovereignty over areas occupied since 2014 by Russia and pro-Russian forces.
* Russia accused the United States of stoking “Russophobia” and said it had the power to set up its “impetuous enemies”.
* The UN Security Council has voted on a Russian-drafted appeal for access to aid and protection for civilians in Ukraine.
* Diplomats have said the measure is doomed because it does not push for an end to the fighting or the withdrawal of Russian troops.
Economy and markets
* The OECD estimates that the war could dent global growth by more than a percentage point this year.
* Some creditors have received coupon payments for Russian bonds that matured this week, market sources said, meaning Russia may have avoided a default for now.
* Germany-based Scope Ratings has become the first EU rating agency to withdraw its Russian sovereign credit rating after a bloc decision to ban their provision. S&P, meanwhile, downgraded Russia’s rating.