Establishment of humanitarian corridors to Ukraine
While Kiev had refused the establishment by Moscow of humanitarian corridors to Russia and Belarus yesterday, civilians began to be evacuated this Tuesday morning from the city of Sumy, near the Russian-Ukrainian border. These measures aim to protect the inhabitants of Ukrainian cities in the throes of heavy fighting.
Airstrikes on Sumy, some 350 km northeast of Kiev for several days, have killed at least 21 people including children, according to the Ukrainian regional prosecutor’s office on Facebook.
We have already started the evacuation of civilians from Sumy to Poltava, including foreign students.
— MFA of Ukraine 🇺🇦 (@MFA_Ukraine) March 8, 2022
Shortly after 10 a.m., dozens of buses had already left Sumy in the direction of the town of Lokhvytsia, 150 km to the southwest, said the acting head of the Poltava regional administration, Dmitry Lunin.
But the Ukrainian Defense Ministry accused the Russians on Tuesday of not respecting the humanitarian corridor in Mariupol, a besieged port in southeastern Ukraine. “The enemy launched an attack exactly in the direction of the humanitarian corridor,” denounced the ministry on its Facebook page, assuring that the Russian army had no “not let children, women and the elderly leave the city”. And to add, “such actions (…) are nothing but genocide”.
Zelensky denounces the unkept “promises” of Westerners
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Tuesday denounced the “promises” not held by the West to protect Ukraine from Russian attacks.
“We have been hearing promises for thirteen days. Thirteen days that we are told that we will be helped in the sky, that there will be planes, that they will be delivered to us”he said in a video posted on Telegram.
“But the responsibility for this also rests with those who have not been able to make a decision in the West for 13 days. On those who did not secure the Ukrainian skies from Russian assassins »he added.
More than 2 million refugees according to UNHCR
The number of refugees who have fled Ukraine since the invasion by the Russian army on February 24 exceeded two million on Tuesday, according to the High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Filippo Grandi, who is counting them.
Today the outflow of refugees from Ukraine reaches two million people.
—Filippo Grandi (@FilippoGrandi) March 8, 2022
Poland received more than half (1,204,403), according to the UNHCR website. This Monday, the head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell estimated that the number of refugees could rise to five million in the days and weeks to come. Guest of the morning of France info this Tuesday, March 8, the Minister in charge of Citizenship, Marlène Schiappa, indicated that nearly 5,000 Ukrainian refugees had arrived on French territory.
Xi Jinping calls Macron and Scholz
Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday called for “the greatest restraint” in the Ukrainian conflict and expresses its “deep concern” during a call with French leaders Emmanuel Macron and German Olaf Scholz, Chinese television reported.
China, which maintains good relations with Moscow, has so far refused to speak of an invasion of Ukraine and is content to ” to regret “ the conflict in this country, while saying ” to understand “ Russian security concerns.
According to France, the EU will decide in a “united” way in the event of a US embargo
The European Union intends to remain “united” on the question of an embargo on Russian gas and oil and France calls on the United States to act in “coordination” with its partners, the French government said on Tuesday.
French Minister for Ecological Transition Barbara Pompili, whose country holds the rotating presidency of the EU, is due to meet US Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm in Washington on Thursday. “We understand the American position” corn “they are not at all in the same energy situation as ours”underlined the entourage of the minister to AFP.
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Europe is indeed experiencing a very different situation from the United States because it imports 40% of its gas from Russia. This weekend, the general manager of Engie Catherine MacGregor explained to the echoes that a total cut off of Russian gas imports would imply a “unprecedented price shock” and would require government intervention to “price cap” and “limit demand”.