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Humanitarian corridors, Russia’s absence from the ICJ, European gas

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Kiev refuses humanitarian corridors

Announced early Monday by Moscow, the establishment of local ceasefires from 7 a.m. this morning and the opening of humanitarian corridors to Belarus and Russia have just been refused by Kiev. The measure was aimed at evacuating civilians from Kharkhiv, Kyiv, Mariupol and Sumy, towns in the throes of heavy fighting.

“It is not an acceptable option”, lamented Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk. According to her, the civilians called by the Russians to be evacuated from the bombarded cities “will not go to Belarus and then take the plane and go to Russia”.

During a briefing, Russian army spokesman Igor Konashenkov said local ceasefires to ensure evacuations had started this morning.

This weekend, two attempts to evacuate civilians from Mariupol, in southeastern Ukraine, failed, with Kiev and Moscow accusing each other of violating the conditions of the evacuation.

The city of Kiev caught in a vice

The Russian army has massed forces around Kiev and is going “probably try to take the city in the next few days” alerted an adviser to the Ukrainian interior minister. Many fights took place all day Sunday around Kiev, especially near the road leading to Zhytomyr, 150 km to the west, and that leading to Cherniguiv, 150 km to the north.

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Ukrainian forces have declared themselves ready to destroy the last bridge linking Kiev to its western hinterland to curb the advance of Russian tanks, according to AFP. “The capital is preparing to defend itself” launched the mayor of Kiev and former boxing champion Vitali Klitschko on Telegram. “Kiev will hold! Will fight back! Let’s dress together! Glory to Ukraine! »he shouted.

Historic record for oil and metal prices

The invasion of Ukraine by Russia and the possible Western embargo on Russian oil caused gas and metal prices to soar again on Monday, March 7, which reached a new historic high.

This morning, a barrel of American WTI oil jumped 7.45% to 124.29 dollars and the price of a barrel of Brent from the North Sea soared 7.86% to 127.41 dollars. The price of gas also ignited, its European price jumping 60% to more than 300 euros per megawatt hour.

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If Westerners “discuss very actively” of the possibility of banning imports of Russian oil in response to the invasion of Ukraine, the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, was more cautious on Sunday in avoiding mention of the bans Russian imports.

The director general of Engie Catherine MacGregor explained this Sunday 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”.

Russia absent at the ICJ

Russia refused to appear on Monday at the opening of hearings before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in proceedings initiated by Ukraine a week ago, calling on the UN’s highest court to order stopping the Russian invasion.

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The Ukrainian delegation found itself in front of empty benches when it came to pleading its case on behalf of a population that it said had been victims of deadly attacks, forced to take shelter because of the incessant danger.

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The ICJ “deplores the non-appearance of the Russian Federation during these oral proceedings”, said Joan Donoghue, presiding judge. Alexander Shulgin, the Russian ambassador to the Netherlands, where the court sits, has indeed indicated that the Russian government does not intend to participate in the oral proceedings.

A decision immediately criticized by Ukraine, which is asking the highest UN court for urgent measures ordering Russia to stop its invasion of Ukraine, before deciding on the merits of the case, which could take years.

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